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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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,, 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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New release CDs for the summer keep rolling in, so our playlists are staying filled with music never before featured. 10 out of the 14 tracks played this week come off those such albums. In amongst them, there are releases from Sweden and Scotland! Sweden’s Kee Man Hawk kicked off the program, and you can watch the official music video for their killer song “Delta DC” by scrolling below the playlist and checking out the YouTube video.

Courtesy Vizztone

Courtesy Vizztone

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Workin’ Mama Is Gone” by Andra Faye & Scott Ballantine. It comes off their brand new album Coulda Woulda Shoulda. It is available now through a partnership with the Vizztone Label Group, and follows up on their independently released 2013 record Laying Down Our Blues.

Andra and Scott have been performing together for a few years, now. Scott has a virtuosity to his guitar playing that spans multiple genres. Andra is a multi-instrumentalist, beautiful vocalist, and talented songwriter who plays bass, mandolin, guitar and more. She has been performing for decades, most notably as a member of Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women, until the group retired from performing together.

Coulda Woulda Shoulda features 13 tracks, including eight original songs. You can find out more about the album and hear samples from every song by clicking here. You can also visit the duo’s official Facebook page for additional information, performance schedules, and more.

1. Kee Man Hawk – Black Creek Blues – Headin’ For The Sun
2. Kee Man Hawk – Delta DC – Headin’ For The Sun
3. Jeff Healey – Hong Kong Blues – The Best Of The Stony Plain Years
4. Michael Jerome Browne – Broke Down Engine – Sliding Delta
5. Jeremy McEwan – Mississippi Free (Single)
6. Duffy Kane – Roadhouse Boogie Woogie – Dead Man Walkin’
7. Laura Tate – Counting Up the Ways – I Must Be Dreaming
8. Macy Blackman & The Mighty Fines – Don’t Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes At Me – Friskin’ The Whiskers
9. The Peterson Brothers – I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me) – The Peterson Brothers
10. Zoe Schwarz, Blue Commotion – I’ll Do Anything – I’ll Be Yours Tonight
11. Simon Kennedy Band – Show Them It’s True – Make Up Your Mind
12. Randy Volin and the Hard Ones – Mr. Johnson – Detroit Thang
13. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Don’t Want To Be Alone – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor
14. Andra Faye & Scott Ballantine – Workin’ Mama Is Gone – Coulda Woulda Shoulda

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