Favorite Albums of 2015 (Episode 1550)

This week brings 2015 to a close with a listen to songs from Johnny Full-Time’s favorite albums released in 2015. Instead of telling you what we think is the “best” new music each year, JFT combs through all of the music that flowed into the studio over the last 12 months and hand picks tracks from his favorite discs. There is some amazing material here; but we’d like to hear from you! What was your favorite song, album, or episode of Full-Time Blues Radio this year? let us know in the comments section here OR at our Facebook page.

And, be sure to look below the playlist, this week, for a music video by JJ Appleton and Jason Ricci. They recorded Blind Willie Johnson’s song “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” for their new album Dirty Memory, one of John’s favorites of 2015.

1. Amy Helm – Spend Our Last Dime – Didn’t It Rain
2. Ian Siegal – Heavenly Houseboat Blues – The Picnic Sessions
3. Pokey LaFarge – Cairo, Illinois – Something In The Water
4. N.M.O. – Annabel – Freedom & Dreams
5. Albert Cummings – Movin’ On – Someone Like You
6. The Beat Daddys – You Made Me Cry – Hoodoo That We Doo
7. JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci – Jason Solo – Dirty Memory
8. Muddy Waters 100 – Forty Days and Forty Nights ft. Gary Clark Jr.- Muddy Waters 100
9. Steve Earle & the Dukes – King of the Blues – Terraplane
10. Leo “Bud” Welch – So Many Turnrows – I Don’t Prefer No Blues
11. Bobby Rush – Hey Western Union Man – Chicken Heads:
A 50-Year History Of Bobby Rush

12. JD McPherson – Mother Of Lies – Let The Good Times Roll

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Episode 1542: Smokin Joe Kubek Tribute

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It’s been an emotionally taxing week for everyone associated with Full-Time Blues Radio. This week’s program features two tributes in the first half of the program. First up, we revisit a 2010 telephone conversation that johnny Full-Time had with Smokin’ Joe Kubek. Kubek passed away Sunday October 11, 2015, after suffering a fatal heart attack. You’ll also hear a pair of songs by Joe and his musical partner, Bnois King.

Johnny Full-Time also takes the opportunity to pay tribute to a personal friend, radio veteran Dave Lyons, who, coincidentally, passed away the same day as Joe Kubek. Dave was a veteran of the radio business for more than three decades, and worked in the Evansville, Indiana market for the majority of it. JFT remarked, “Dave and I crossed paths often in a professional setting. Then, I got to know him outside of work through a mutual friend we shared. I enjoyed the brief time I got to share with Dave; and I was looking forward to reconnecting with him following my move back home. I’m heartbroken I missed that chance.”

Courtesy Stony Plain

Courtesy Stony Plain

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a song simply titled “You,” by the Canadian trio MonkeyJunk. The men have put together a new album titled Moon Turn Red, which is available now from Stony Plain. The album features 10 tracks, nine of which were written by the band themselves or in collaboration with others. The 10th song is a cover of David Wilcox’ “Hot Hot Papa.” Wilcox joined the band for the recording.

You can find complete information on all things MonkeyJunk at their official website, MonkeyJunkBand.com, and be sure to scroll below this week’s playlist, and watch a video featuring MonkeyJunk discussing their sound, the new album, and more.

1. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Lone Star Lap Dance – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor
2. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – My Best Friend – Close To The Bone
3. Ian Siegal – Preachin’ Blues/Live So God Can Use You/You Got To Move – Man & Guitar
4. Robert Johnson – Sweet Home Chicago – The Complete Recordings:
The Centennial Collection

5. The Jimmys – Funk Schway – Hot Dish
6. Reverend Freakchild – All I Got Is Now – Hillbilly Zen-Punk Blues
7. The Claudettes – You’d Have to Be Out of Your Mind (To Play These Blues) – No Hotel
8. The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson – Superman Blues –
Meet Me In Bluesland
9. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson – I Want To Be Loved –
For Pops: A Tribute To Muddy Waters
10. MonkeyJunk – You – Moon Turn Red

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Courtesy Nugene Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Keen & Peachy.” It comes off the new album by Ian Siegal, The Picnic Sessions, which is available now from Nugene Records. For the album, Ian traveled back to Mississippi to meet up with friends Jimbo Mathus, Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, Luther Dickinson, and Cody Dickinson. Cody also produced the album, and the group successfully captured the front porch feel that they set out to create.

You can find out more about Ian Siegal, The Picnic Sessions, and tour dates on his official website, IanSiegal.com Scroll down and check out the video of Ian performing “Gallo del Cielo,” another song off this CD, courtesy of the Beverley Blues Festival.

1. Tad Robinson – Lonely Talking – Day Into Night
2. The Cash Box Kings – Download Blues – Holding Court
3. Nancy Wright – Funkin’ It Up – Putting Down Roots
4. Original Legends of the Blues – Royal & St. Pete – Still Carrying The Flame
5. Tweed Funk – Blues In My Soul – First Name Lucky
6. Steve Earle – Terraplane Blues – Terraplane Blues Vinyl Single
7. Robert Johnson – Terraplane Blues – Terraplane Blues Vinyl Single
8. Randy Volin and the Hard Ones – Brand New Day – Detroit Thang
9. Michael Burks – Got a Way With Women – The Best Of Michael “Iron Man” Burks
10. Gaye Adegbalola & The Wild Rutz – Fireballin’ – Is It Still Good To Ya?
11. JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers – Apples and Oranges – Wild Moon
12. JD McPherson – It Shook Me Up – Let The Good Times Roll
13. Ian Siegal – Keen and Peachy – The Picnic Sessions

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I had a lot of fun putting together this week’s show, editing layers of sound and setting the mood for the Halloween theme. These songs hold up year round, but fit the format for this journey through the haunted home for new & independent Blues music. All of the songs featured this week are from 2014 releases, except one. Oh, and scroll below the playlist to watch a video performance of that Munsters theme that kicked us off!

Courtesy RobertJohnsonJrMusic.com

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” was actually released back in 2013, but was only recently sent to the studios of the show. The song, “Werewolves Make Lousy Boyfriends,” was put out as a digital single by North Carolina based artist Robert Johnson, Jr. This young man may share the name of a Blues legend, but the Blues is only a small influence on his sound. He plays what he calls “Dirty Southern Soul Music.” This funky number suits this Halloween special nicely, and the song’s cool, too. For more information about Robert Johnson, Jr.’s music, and his digital singles, including “Werewolves Make Lousy Boyfriends,” visit his official website RobertJohnsonJrMusic.com

1. Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Boogie Man – Goin’ Home
2. Doug Prescott Band – Invisible Man – Karma & The Big Caboose
3. The MacKenzie Blues Band – Bone Cage – Slam! Bam!
4. Luther Dickinson – Blood & Guts – Rock ‘N’ Roll Blues
5. Mark T Small – Moanin’ At Midnight – Smokin’ Blues
6. Too Slim & the Taildraggers – She Sees Ghosts – Anthology
7. Blue Moon Marquee – Lonesome Ghosts – Lonesome Ghosts
8. Iko-Iko – Walk With the Zombie – Bullets In The Bonfire Vol 1
9. Dave Fields – Voodoo Eyes – All In
10. Delta Generators – Spider Bite – Get On The Horse
11. JP Soars – Full Moon Night In Memphis – Full Moon Night In Memphis
12. Royal Southern Brotherhood – Ritual – HeartSoulBlood
13. Robert Johnson, Jr. – Werewolves Make Lousy Boyfriends (Single)

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This week, Full-Time Blues Radio returns to our stack of new arrivals and spins the best new & indie Blues to arrive on our doorstep. There’s some highly anticipated tunes from Tommy Castro & the Painkillers and Billy Branch and Sons of the Blues. In addition, there’s truly independent acts like Bob Lanza Blues Band and Kat Danser, among others.

Courtesy Guardian Angels Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Sandi Thom. Her interpretation of one of Bonnie Raitt’s signature tunes appears on Sandi’s latest album, The Covers Collection. This new release features Sandi performing her versions of some of her favorite songs. It’s an eclectic list of tracks that appear here, from the Bonnie Raitt tune on this week’s show to Guns n Roses’ “November Rain” – which you can see in a music video below this week’s playlist.

You can find full album information, a tour schedule, and much more on Sandi’s official website: SandiThom.com

1. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers – The Devil You Know – The Devil You Know
2. Terry Gillespie – What Would Bo Diddley Do – Bluesoul
3. Tom Principato – Robert Johnson Told Me So – Robert Johnson Told Me So
4. The Bob Lanza Blues Band – Mojo – Till The Pain Is Gone
5. The Howlin’ Brothers – Tennessee Blues – HOWL
6. Eddie Cotton – A Woman’s Love – Here I Come
7. Hank Mowery – Banana Oil – Account To Me
8. Billy Branch and Sons of the Blues – Going To See Miss Gerri One More Time
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9. Debbie Bond and the TruDats – Steady Rolling Man – That Thing Called Love
10. Kat Danser – None Of Us Are Free – Baptized By The Mud
11. Tail Dragger – Don’t Trust Yo Woman – Stop Lyin’: The Lost Session
12. Dave Riley and Bob Corritore – Go Ahead and Blame Me – Hush Your Fuss
13. Sandi Thom – I Can’t Make You Love Me – The Covers Collection

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