Thanksgiving Blues 2015 (Episode 1547)

This week brings us the semi-annual Thanksgiving edition of the program, featuring a mouth-watering selection of songs in all flavors of the Blues. It’s an impressive spread of food themed tracks for your holiday season soundtrack, with all but two of the songs coming off 2015 releases – an impressive feat for a themed episode.

Courtesy ManHatTone

Courtesy ManHatTone

We were fortunate to even have a featured selection from “Johnny’s Mailbox” that fits right in with the Thanksgiving topic. “Mama’s Cookin'” comes off the new album by Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans. The new CD, That’s What They Say, is available now from ManHatTone, and it includes 15 songs. You’ll find guests on this disc like Gina Sicilia, Mike Welch, and Dave Gross. As always, Brad Vickers and company create original music and play covers that keep the American Roots music traditions of the past alive.

“Mama’s Cookin'” is a tribute to mothers everywhere who strive to keep our bellies full. It was written by the Vestapolitans’ Margey Peters, and she also takes lead vocals on the tune. Other than the opening cover of Tampa Red’s “Seminole Blues” and the traditional song “Don’t You Love Your Daddy No More,” all of the songs on the record are original compositions. You can learn more about Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans, That’s What They Say, and the tour schedule online at

In addition to the music, I found a fascinating short film about the history of poke sallet, or polk salad. This video is courtesy of the Southern Foodways Alliance and Joe York. Enjoy the video, and consider making this southern favorite a part of your spread.

1. Crissinger – I Love To Eat – Blues Expression
2. Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials – Chicken, Gravy and Biscuits –
The Best Of Lil Ed And The Blues Imperials (2015)
3. The Texas Horns – Home Cookin – Blues Gotta Holda Me
4. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Cornbread – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor
5. Lonnie Mack ft. Stevie Ray Vaughan – Oreo Cookie Blues – Best Of Lonnie Mack (2015)
6. Georgie Bonds – Butter Your Biscuit – Hit It Hard
7. James Burton, Albert Lee, Amos Garrett, David Wilcox – Polk Salad Annie –
Guitar Heroes
8. The Alastair Greene Band – Red Wine Woman – Trouble At Your Door
9. The Beat Daddys – Pie or Cake – Hoodoo That We Doo
10. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Puddin’ Pie – Good News
11. Delta Moon – Jelly Roll – Low Down
12. Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans – Mama’s Cookin’ – That’s What They Say

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The first Full-Time Blues Radio episode of 2013 features a long list of new releases played throughout the program. There’s also tunes from friends and fan favorites. There’s news about the passing of Blues legend Jimmy McCracklin and the rumored addition of Duke Robillard to Bob Dylan’s band!

Courtesy Vision Wall Records

This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” was a great tune, “Go Home.” It comes off Shaun Murphy’s brand new album Ask For The Moon, which is available now on Vision Wall Records. You can purchase the album direct and find complete information on her official website –


1. Stevie DuPree & The Delta Flyers – Lucky Seven – Dr. DuPree’s Love Shop
2. Mark Robinson – Baby’s Gone to Memphis – Have Axe, Will Groove
3. Sandi Thom – Stormy Weather – Flesh And Blood
4. The Beat Daddys – Gimme Gimme – Root Rubbin’ Ball
5. The Cold Stares – Red Letter Blues – A Cold Wet Night And A Howling Wind
6. Jimmy Bowskill Band – Broke Down Engine – The Jimmy Bowskill Band
7. Robert Nighthawk – Nighthawk Boogie – 35 Years Of Stony Plain
8. Duke Robillard – Do Unto Others – Low Down And Tore Up
9. Sunny Crownover – Love Me Right – Right Here Right Now
10. Willie Buck – Cell Phone Man – Cell Phone Man
11. Mighty Sam McClain – Use Me – Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)
12. Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials – Born Loser – Jump Start
13. Wesley Pruitt Band – Let Me Love You Baby – Line ‘Em Up
14. Big Pete – Rockin’ Daddy – Choice Cuts
15. Shaun Murphy – Go Home – Ask For The Moon