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

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This week features some excellent new releases, including the highly anticipated CD/DVD set, Songs From The Road by Thorbjorn Risager & the Black Tornado. Their song “China Gate” kicks off the show, and if you scroll down below the playlist, you can watch a video from the DVD for their performance of “Rock ‘n’ Roll Ride!”

Courtesy Destin Records

Courtesy Destin Records

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Older Fool” by Chris Beard. It comes off his new CD, Eye Of The Witch, and it features Chris joined in studio by his father, Joe Beard. Chris grew up surrounded by the Blues. In the liner notes to this album, Chris’ fifth release, the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter recalls visits to his boyhood home from Buddy Guy and Matt “Guitar” Murphy.

Chris burst onto the scene in the late 1990’s, releasing his debut CD and earning a Best New Artist Debut at the Blues Music Awards (which were called the W.C. Handy Awards at the time.) Chris’ most recent album came in 2010. In between all of that, he suffered a small stroke that drastically altered his approach to guitar playing. Where he once played fast and furious, Beard now slows his playing and gets every ounce of emotion from each note.

Eye Of The Witch is available now digitally on CD Baby and iTunes. You can also pick up a copy directly from Chris at one of his live shows. You can find out more about Chris, his music, and tour schedule on his official website, ChrisBeard1.com

1. Thorbjorn Risager & the Black Tornado – China Gate – Songs From The Road
2. Randy Mcallister – You Lit the Dynamite – Gristle To Gold
3. Leo “Bud” Welch – Poor Boy – I Don’t Prefer No Blues
4. Crooked Eye Tommy – Come On In – Butterflies & Snakes
5. Andra Faye & Scott Ballantine – Coulda Woulda Shoulda – Could Woulda Shoulda
6. Trudy Lynn – Just A Little Kiss – Everything Comes With A Price
7. Scott Ellison – School Girl – Elevator Man
8. Wendy DeWitt with Kirk Harwood – Feel So Bad – Getaway
9. Davina and the Vagabonds – Away From Me – Sunshine
10. Steve Howell & the Mighty Men – Viola Lee Blues – Friend Like Me
11. Steve Earle & the Dukes – The Tennessee Kid – Terraplane
12. HowellDevine – Let You Go – Modern Sounds Of Ancient Juju
13. Chris Beard – Older Fool – Eye Of The Witch

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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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This week’s shift features new releases, as well as a new segment: The Vinyl Report. This occasional segment will provide information on new Blues music available for vinyl record enthusiasts. Vinyl record sales hit roughly 20 year highs in 2014, and artists from all genres are once again seeing the format as a viable option for releasing music to fans eager to get their hands on a great physical album.

Courtesy KennyWayneShepherd.net

This week, The Vinyl Report looks at Record Store Day, an annual event designed to promote community and support independent record stores across the world. One of the special edition releases that will be available exclusively on Record Store Day is A Little Something From The Road, Vol. 1 by The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. The EP features live performances recorded in 2014 at the KWS Band’s show in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Complete details on the release, and a link to find out the participating Record Store Day shops in your area are available on the official website at KennyWayneShepherd.net

Courtesy Arlen Roth

Courtesy Arlen Roth

The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is a very special track. This new take on “Rocket 88” is taken from Arlen Roth’s brand new album, Slide Guitar Summit, and it marks the very last recording session for the great Johnny Winter, who performs on this song with Roth. It’s an emotional honor for Arlen Roth, who admits that being a 16-year-old attending Woodstock, he was inspired seeing Johnny Winter perform.

It’s been hard to track down the link to purchase the full Slide Guitar Summit album. Best advice is to stay tuned to ArlenRoth.com
You can also purchase the album’s track, “Steel Guitar Rag” on Arlen’s online store. Click Here To Purchase

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1. Pokey LaFarge – Knocking the Dust Off the Rust Belt Tonight – Something In The Water
2. Peter Novelli – Je Ne Sais Quoi – St. Amant Sessions
3. Monkeyjunk – Je Nah Say Kwah – All Frequencies
4. Blues Engine – Tumbledown – Blues Engine
5. Deb Ryder – Money Monsoon – Let It Rain
6. Magnus Berg – One Way To Please You – Cut Me Loose
7. Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – Looking Back – A Little Something From The Road, Vol. 1
8. AJ Ghent Band – Can’t Be Your Dog – Live At Terminal West CD/DVD
9. Steve Krase – Jolene – Buckle Up
10. Reno Jack the Bear – Blue Ball Boil – Lightning Fried
11. Albert Bashor – Put Me On Like You Do – Cotton Field Of Dreams
12. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Gamblin’ Blues – Terraplane
13. Arlen Roth – Rocket 88 ft Johnny Winter – Slide Guitar Summit

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This week’s shift inside the home for new & independent Blues music features a playlist built around the various stages of love. There’s songs of courtship, heartache, passion, and lasting commitment. The best part? The songs are truly incredible. There are tracks from Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, Igor Prado Band with Kim Wilson, and a new Blues album by legendary troubador Steve Earle.

Courtesy RootsDuo.com

This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Always There For Me” by Joe Filisko and Eric Noden, The Roots Duo. It comes off their new album On The Move, which is one of two new albums that the two men are involved in. The other release is Eric Noden Band’s Solid Ground.

Eric Noden has his hands in nearly every facet of the Blues, including singing, guitar, producing and teaching. The Ohio native relocated to Chicago in the early 90’s. It didn’t take him long to meet Joe Filisko and form a partnership. Filisko, himself, is an instructor and master of his instrument: the harmonica. He is highly regarded not only for his playing, but his building and customization of the instrument. You can get to know these men a little better by watching the video posted just below this week’s playlist. Check it out!


1. Igor Prado Band – Ride With Me Baby – Way Down South
2. Billy Walton Band – True Lovin Man – Wish For What You Want
3. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Something’s Got A Hold Of Me – Live In Amsterdam
4. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Won’t You Stay – Send The Nightengale
5. Cathy Lemons – It All Went Down The Drain – Black Crow
6. Neil Barnes – Tears, Tears and More Tears – Hyde And Seek
7. Coco Montoya – It’s My Own Tears – The Best Of Coco Montoya
8. Mark Hummel – Lovey Dovey Lovely One – The Hustle Is Really On
9. Steve Earle & the Dukes – You’re the Best Lover That I Ever Had – Terraplane
10. David Egan – Every Tear – David Egan
11. Patti Parks – Everyday – Cheat’N Man
12. Joe Filisko & Eric Noden – Always There For Me – On The Move

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