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The Blues spectrum is incredibly varied, and there are several hues represented on this week’s program. It kicks off in a big way with brand new Tommy Castro, shifts into a set of acoustic based numbers; then you enjoy a jazzy selection, some soulful material, and we wrap up with true-to-form Chicago Blues.

Courtesy Elrob Records

Courtesy Elrob Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is the fantastic slow Blues, “A Fool’s Lament” by Zora Young & Little Mike and the Tornadoes. The song appears on the new album, Friday Night, which is available now from the independent label Elrob Records.

This project is a New York meets Chicago collaboration that sees Chi-town’s Blues diva teaming up with the New York boys for 11 total tracks. The songs are a great mix of original compositions and covers of songs by Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf and Otis Spann. The band is frequently touring, and you can find their full tour schedule, as well as information about Friday Night and more on their official website

1. Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – All About The Cash – Method To my Madness
2. Chaz DePaolo – Angel On My Shoulder – Resolution Blues
3. Sad Sam Blues Jam – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out – Finally…The EP
4. Empire Roots Band – Orangitang Rag – Music From The Film Harlem Street Singer
5. Andy Cohen – Spread the News Around – Road Be Kind
6. Mick Kolassa – Nothin’ Left To Lose (Robin’s Blues) – Ghosts Of The Riverside Hotel
7. Colin Linden – Smoke ‘Em All – Still Live
8. Nick Fishman Band – Extra Simple – California Fresh
9. Paul Thorn – Get You a Healin’ – Too Blessed To Be Stressed
10. Lara Price – Undone – I Mean Business
11. Royal Southern Brotherhood – Here It Is – HeartSoulBlood
12. Benny Turner – I Wanna Give It To You Baby – Journey
13. Zora Young & Little Mike and the Tornadoes – A Fool’s Lament – Friday Night

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This week, our show sounds a little different. That’s because we are moving, and all of the home studio gear except for the computer and microphone is in storage. More importantly, though, is that there is a raft of new release Blues music with eight out of the 12 songs on this week’s program coming from albums never before featured on the show!

UPDATE: The Beat Daddys have a new official website. You can find it online at – JFT

Courtesy Stony Plain Records

Courtesy Stony Plain Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Higher Love” by Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters. Ronnie and company have just released their new album Father’s Day through Stony Plain Records, and it is currently available in CD and digital formats. Later on this year, the album will also be available on vinyl LP! It features a total of 13 songs, with two original tracks that include the title cut and “Higher Love,” a great duet between Diane Blue and Michael Ledbetter.

Other songs from this album include covers of songs by Otis Rush, Magic Sam, and the great B.B. King, among others. Father’s Day is available now, and you can hear samples at this link.

You can also find out more information about Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, their tour, the new album and much more, on their official website

1. The Beat Daddys – D.U.I. Love – Hoodoo That We Do
2. Hot Roux – Big Mama’s – Stranger’s Blues
3. The Mike Henderson Band – If You Think It’s Hot Here – If You Think It’s Hot Here
4. Slackjaw – It’s Always Something – It’s Always Something
5. Debbie Davies – A Darker Side of Me – Love Spin
6. Royal Southern Brotherhood – Come Hell Or High Water – Don’t Look Back
7. David Michael Miller – Doing Me In, Doing Me Wrong – Same Soil
8. Joey Gilmore – Brandon’s Blues – Brandon’s Blues
9. Eddie Cotton – Ego At Your Door One At A Time
10. Nancy Wright – Hush Little Darlin’ – Putting Down Roots
11. Mr. Sipp – Hold it in the Road – The Mississippi Blues Child
12. Ronnie Earl – Higher Love – Father’s Day

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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!


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

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, we’re packed and stacked with an incredible playlist. There’s new releases from The Nighthawks, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, and Indigenous ft Mato Nanji. There’s also a two-fer from the Delmark Records family featuring a new album by Dave Specter and a new release of archived concert recordings by Sleepy John Estes!

Courtesy Ruf Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Let’s Ride.” The track appears on the highly anticipated sophomore album by supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood titled HeartSoulBlood. The album is available now on Ruf Records. The band, comprised of Devon Allman, Cyril Neville, Mike Zito, Yonrico Scott and Charlie Wooton, blew everyone’s doors off when they released their self-titled debut. They also recently won the Blues Music Award for Best DVD for their Songs From The Road release.

Royal Southern Brotherhood tours extensively, and they’re traveling in support of this new album now. For complete information on HeartSoulBlood, a listing of tour dates, and much more, Click Here and Visit
Scroll Below the Playlist to Watch Videos of Royal Southern Brotherhood Behind the Scenes and Track by Track on HeartSoulBlood!

1. The Nighthawks – Livin’ the Blues – 444
2. Dave Specter – I Found A Love – Message In Blue
3. Sleepy John Estes – Corrina Corinna – Live In Japan With Hammie Nixon
4. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Calling Out To You – Made Up Mind
5. Jazzy Jeff Baldori – Mean Mistreating Mama – No Genre & The Blues
6. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Good News – Good News
7. The Reverend Shawn Amos – Good Morning, Little School Girl
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8. Indigenous ft Mato Nanji – Time is Coming – Time Is Coming
9. Tweed Funk – Hoodoo Power – First Name Lucky
10. Honey Roy Band – Burn It Up – Family
11. Terry Quiett Band – I Come Running – Taking Sides
12. Van Morrison – Come Running – Moondance Deluxe Edition (2013)
13. Royal Southern Brotherhood – Let’s Ride – HeartSoulBlood

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This week, Full-Time Blues Radio features a playlist filled with great music – the majority of which comes from newly arrived 2014 album releases. We ease into the show with Jim Suhler, and groove our way through the hour, taking opportunities to rock our Blues along the way.

Courtesy True North Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox,” this week, is “I Lost My Way” from Matt Andersen. It comes off his 2014 release on True North Records titled Weightless. The album is available now in a variety of formats, including vinyl LP; and you can purchase it from all major retailers. Below this week’s playlist, you’ll find a video of Matt performing the song acoustic.

The music is great, but it is a departure from the more Blues based material he has performed in the past. Matt recently told CBC that while he believes there is a strong Blues influence to his music, he doesn’t necessarily believe that he is a Blues musician. Feel free to share your comment below and chime in on the topic. You can also find complete information, tour dates, and more on his official website

1. Jim Suhler – Texassippi – Panther Burn
2. Back Pack Jones – I Got a Girlfriend – Betsy’s Kitchen
3. Adrianna Marie & Her Groovecutters – He May Be Your Man –
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4. James Armstrong – Blues Ain’t Nothin’ – Guitar Angels
5. Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans – Together for Good – Great Day In The Morning
6. Lisa Biales – Trouble – Belle Of The Blues
7. Tess Barr – I’m Gonna Die – Do What You Want
8. Royal Southern Brotherhood – Fired Up! – Songs From The Road: Live In Germany
9. The Bluesmasters – Colorado Boogie – Volume 3
10. Johnny Drummer – Ain’t No Secret In A Small Town – Bad Attitude
11. The Mighty Mojo Prophets – One for Me – Flyin Home From Memphis
12. Quinn Sullivan – Like Your Love – Getting There
13. Matt Andersen – I Lost My Way – Weightless

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