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Coming Up On  The Blues Show  September 18, 2021:

songs from the late bluesman Byther Smith who died at age 89 on September 9th.

In the midnight hour after The Blues Show, on Blue Dimensions: Program #J38 — we'll feature the album Final Floor from Throttle Elevator Music, with tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington and trumpeter Erik Jekabson. We'll take the elevator to several floors on this album, a progressive space-age set of compositions from this innovative group. We'll also hear the latest from two alto saxophonists, Steve Slagle from his album Nascentia, and Jim Snidero, in concert with a band that includes pianist Orrin Evans on the album Live At The Deer Head Inn. Plus: one of the final recordings of the great blues and soul singer Wee Willie Walker, recorded just a few days before his death in 2019, and new blues from Mississippi bluesman Dexter Allen, from his album Keep Moving On.

                  • • • Blues News • • •

One of the Philadelphia area's finest harmonica players, Seth Holzman, is teaching several harmonica classes this fall, all offered online using Zoom, through a variety of organizations. The classes meet online weekly for several weeks. If you are interested, please plan to register in advance of the start date (the start dates are listed on the calendar below), and have a 10-hole, diatonic, key-of-C-major harmonica (such as the Hohner Special 20, Hohner Marine Band Model 1896, or equivalent) for the class. You will also need a required instruction file ($10) which can be purchased through the organizations offering the course from Holzman, who will email it to you.

Eric Clapton says he won't play shows where proof of vaccination is required.
Story from Rolling Stone.

                      • • • [See More Blues News] • • •

          The Blues Festival Guide for 2021 is now available and
           it's full of good info and photos — free download.

Links for   Local Artists  |  Venues  |  Blues Events  |  Cool Blues Links

       • • • Area Blues Concerts & Events • • •

                  For additional blues event listings visit:

Delta Blue's Calendar                 The Blues Collaborative
Bucks County Blues Society      Diamond State Blues Society
Baltimore Blues Society              Blues Society of Central PA
Lehigh Valley Blues Network      Central Delaware Blues Society

     View Weekly Recurring Blues Jams and Events ]


• • • September • • •


Sunday, September 19, 2021

XPoNential Music Festival (Day 3) presented by Suburu @ Wiggins Park
Camden NJ 08103


Monday, September 20, 2021

Seth Holzman's 8-week class Beginners Harmonica For Adults starts, running Mondays
6:30PM-7:45PM (through November 8th). Classes online via Zoom $96.
Register for this class.

Seth Holzman's 8-week class Virtual Blues Harmonica 1 starts running Mondays
8:00PM-9:15PM (through November 8th). Classes online via Zoom $96.
Register for this class.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Seth Holzman's 8-week class Harmonica For Beginners starts
running Tuesdays 6:30PM to 7:45PM (8 weeks through November 9). online via Zoom, $139, through Main Line School Night.

Seth Holzman's 8-week class Introduction To Blues Harmonica starts
running Tuesdays 8:00PM to 9:15PM (8 weeks through November 9). online via Zoom, $139, through Main Line School Night.


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Stevie & The Bluescasters @ Music on Main Lunchtime Concert Series
Lansdale PA 19446 (Noon-1PM) free


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Stevie & The Bluescasters @ Longwood Gardens Beer Garden
Kennett Square PA 19348 (5PM-8PM)


Friday, September 24, 2021

Benjamin Vo Blues Band and Slim & The Perkolators @ The Soundbank
Phoenixville PA 19460

Mike Guldin and Rollin' & Tumblin' @ St. Maria Goretti Food Truck & Beer Festival
Hatfield PA 19440 (6PM-9PM)

Katie Henry @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM - kitchen 6PM)


Saturday, September 25, 2021

Stevie & The Bluescasters with Carol Moog @ Malelani Cafe
Philadelphia (Mt. Airy) PA 19119 (2PM-5PM)


Sunday, September 26, 2021

Dukes Of Destiny @ Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts Festival
Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill) PA 19118 (Dukes play 11:30AM-1:45PM)

Mike Guldin and Rollin' & Tumblin' @ Country Creek Winery

Telford PA 18969 (2PM)

Dana Fuchs @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (7:30PM) $29.50-$40 livestream tickets available


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

JD Simo & GA-20 @ 118 North
Wayne PA 19087 (8PM; doors open at 7PM) $12 tickets


Thursday, September 30, 2021

Sean Chambers @ Jameys House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM - kitchen 6PM) $18 at door     $15 online advance (livestream available)

Seth Holzman's 8-week class Harmonica For Beginners starts running
Thursdays for 8 weeks through December 2 (no class 10/28 or 11/25), online via Zoom $103.
through Cheltenham Township Adult School.

Seth Holzman's 8-week class Intermediate Blues Harmonica starts running
Thursdays 7:45PM-9:00PM through December 2 (no class 10/28 or 11/25), online via Zoom, through Philadelphia Folksong Society $96.
Register for this class.


• • • October • • •


Saturday, October 2, 2021

Jorma Kaukonen @ New Hope Winery
New Hope PA 18938 (8PM-9:30PM) $75

Benjamin Vo Blues Band @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM - kitchen 6PM)


Sunday, October 3, 2021

Jorma Kaukonen @ New Hope Winery
New Hope PA 18938 (6PM-7:30PM) $75


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Albert Cummings @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $21.50-$30
livestream option available

Seth Holzman's 8-week class Harmonica For Beginners starts, running
Wednesdays 6:30PM-8:00PM through November 24, online via Zoom, $85
through Haverford Township Adult School.


Friday, October 8, 2021

Jackie Venson @ Sellersville Theater
https://www.st94.com/events/jackie-venson Sellersville PA 18960 (7:30PM) $19.50-$29.50 livestream tickets available


Saturday, October 9, 2021

Blues Cruisin' Lunch aboard The Spirit of Philadelphia
Vanessa Collier and Roger Girke Band
board ship at 11AM, Pier 3, Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia PA 19106
where Columbus Boulevard meets Lombard Circle
cruise commences at 12:30PM; ship returns to dock 2:30PM — disembark at 3PM

Deb Callahan Blues Band @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM - kitchen 6PM)


Saturday, October 9, 2021

The Two Johns (John Colgan-Davis & Johnny Never)
@ Chestnut Hill Second Saturday
Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill) PA 19118 (1PM-4PM) free


Thursday, October 14, 2021

Kelly's Lot @ Jameys House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM - kitchen 6PM) $18 at door     $15 online advance (livestream available)


Friday, October 15, 2021

Lancaster Roots And Blues Festival Day 1
various venues in Lancaster PA
Dillweed @ Front Porch Stage in Freedom Hall Art Expo [5PM]
Little Leroys @ Zoetropolis [6PM]
Buckwheat Zydeco Jr. and Ils Sont Partis Band @ Main Stage Freedom Hall [6PM]
John Nemeth @ Holiday Inn Lancaster [6:30PM]
Lil' Ed and The Blues Imperials @ Tellus 360 (Main) [6:45PM]
Bobby Gentilo @ Zoetropolis [7PM]
Lower Case Blues @ The Elks Lodge [7PM]
Gretchen Menn @ Holiday Inn Lancaster [7:30PM]
Arlen Roth @ Trust Performing Arts Center [8PM]
Charlie Musselwhite @ Main Stage Freedom Hall [8PM]
Gary Hoey @ Zoetropolis [8PM]
Davina and the Vagabonds @ Tellus 360 [8:30PM]
Ray Fuller & The Bluesrockers @ Holiday Inn Lancaster [8:45PM]
Gabe Stillman Band @ The Elks Lodge [9PM]
Chris Cain @ The Village [9:30PM]
Jontavious Willis @ Trust Performing Arts Center [9:45PM]
Billy Price Charm City Rhythm Band @ Main Stage Freedom Hall [10PM]
Roosevelt Collier @ Zoetropolis [10PM]
Delvon Lamaar Organ Trio @ Holiday Inn Lancaster [10:30PM]
Davy Knowles @ The Village [11:30PM]

Peter Parcek @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM - kitchen 6PM)


Saturday, October 16, 2021

Lancaster Roots And Blues Festival Day 2
various venues in Lancaster PA
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper @ Main Stage Freedom Hall [1PM]
Arlen Roth @ Zoetropolis [2PM]
Corsair Blue Jazz Orchestra @ Holiday Inn Lancaster [2PM]
Dave Wilson Group @ Front Porch Stage in Freedom Hall Art Expo [2:30PM]
Kelly Bell Band @ Tellus 360 [2:30PM]
Josh P. Cohen @ Trust Performing Arts Center [3PM]
Lil' Ed and The Blues Imperials @ The Elks Lodge [3PM]
Walter Trout @ Main Stage Freedom Hall [3:15PM]
Roosevelt Collier @ Holiday Inn Lancaster [4PM]
Tommy Z @ Holiday Inn Lancaster [6PM]
Ray Fuller & The Bluesrockers @ Tellus 360 [4:30PM]
Leo DiSanto @ Front Porch Stage in Freedom Hall Art Expo [4:45PM]
Gary Hoey @ The Elks Lodge [5PM]
Eric Gales @ Main Stage Freedom Hall (Main) [5:30PM]
Billy Walton Band @ Holiday Inn Lancaster [6PM]
Chris Cain @ Tellus 360 [6:30PM]
The Moe Blues Band @ Holiday Inn Lancaster [6:30PM]
Corty Byron @ Front Porch Stage in Freedom Hall Art Expo [7PM]
Dave Wilson Group @ Trust Performing Arts Center [7PM]
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones @ [7:30PM]
Robert Finley @ The Elks Lodge [7:45PM]
Joan Osborne @ Main Stage Freedom Hall [7:45PM]
Sweet Leda ft. Ron Holloway @ Holiday Inn Lancaster [8PM]
Celisse @ Zoetropolis [8PM]
Arlen Roth @ @ Holiday Inn Lancaster [8:30PM]
Delvon Lamaar Organ Trio @ Tellus 360 [8:30PM]
Ben Brandt and the Soul Miners Union @ Tellus 360 (Front) [8:50PM]
Clarence Spady & The Electric City Band @ Trust Performing Arts Center [9PM]
Davina and the Vagabonds @ The Elks Lodge [9PM]
Joanna Connor @ The Village [9:30PM]
Inca Campers @ Holiday Inn Lancaster [10PM]
John Nemeth @ Zoetropolis [10PM]
G. Love & The Juice @ Main Stage Freedom Hall [10PM]
Bobby Gentilo @ The Elks Lodge [11PM]
Josh Smith @ The Village [11:30PM]


Ana Popovic @ City Winery
Philadelphia PA 19107 (8PM)

Stevie & The Bluescasters @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM - kitchen 6PM)


Sunday, October 17, 2021

Lancaster Roots And Blues Festival Day 3
various venues in Lancaster PA
Vinegar Creek Constituency @ Tellus 360 [11:30AM]
Vella @ Main Stage Freedom Hall [12:30PM]
Josh Smith @ Zoetropolis [1:30PM]
Vanessa Collier @ Tellus 360 (Back) [1:30PM]
Clarence Spady & The Electric City Band @ The Elks Lodge [1:30PM]
Barrelhouse @ Holiday Inn Lancaster [1:30PM]
Dillweed @ Front Porch Stage in Freedom Hall Art Expo [2:45PM]
Shemekia Copeland @ Main Stage Freedom Hall [2:45PM]
Chris Pierce @ Trust Performing Arts Center [3PM]
Tino Gonzales @ Holiday Inn Lancaster [3PM]
Quinn Sullivan @ The Village [3:30PM]
Will Hoge @ The Elks Lodge [3:30PM]
Kristi Jean & Her Ne'er Do Wells @ Zoetropolis [3:30PM]
Leroy Hawkes & The Hipnotics @ Holiday Inn Lancaster [3:30PM]
Joanna Connor @ Tellus 360 [3:30PM]
North Mississippi Allstars @ Main Stage Freedom Hall [5PM]
Robert Finley @ Holiday Inn Lancaster [5PM]
Dr. Harmonica & Rockett 88 @ Zoetropolis [5:30PM]
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones @ The Elks Lodge [5:30PM]
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band @ Tellus 360 [5:30PM]
Larkin Poe @ Main Stage Freedom Hall [7:15PM]


Bucks County Blues Society's 2021 Fall Footstomper with
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials and Mike Guldin and Rollin' & Tumblin'
@ VFW #5542, Levittown PA 19057 (2PM-6PM) — age 21+ — advance tickets $23 Venmo@buckscountyblues
Bucks County Blues Society reminder: The Eagles do not play this afternoon!


Monday, October 18, 2021

Walter Trout opening: Little Buddy @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $35-$49.50


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Robert Finley @ City Winery
Philadelphia PA 19107 (8PM)


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Davy Knowles of Back Door Slam @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $29.50-$45 (livestream of concert available)


Saturday, October 23, 2021

Dukes Of Destiny @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM - kitchen 6PM)

GA-20 @ HMAC Stage on Herr
Harrisburg PA 17102 (6PM-10PM) $13


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Mavis Staples @ City Winery
Philadelphia PA 19107 (8PM)

Tab Benoit with The Whiskey Bayou Revue @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $49.50-$75


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Mavis Staples @ City Winery
Philadelphia PA 19107 (8PM)

Tab Benoit with The Whiskey Bayou Revue @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $49.50-$75


Saturday, October 30, 2021

Johnny Iguana & The Claudettes @ Arden Gild Hall
Arden DE 19810 $20 (8PM)

Judy Sings The Blues @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM - kitchen 6PM)


• • • November • • •


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Sonny Landreth @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $29.50-$45


Friday, November 5, 2021

Corey Harris @ Community Arts Center
Wallingford PA 19086 (7PM) tickets $15

John Mayall & Walter Trout "Survivor Blues" @ Scottish Rite Auditorium
Collingswood NJ 08107 (8PM) $69.50, $59.50, $39.50

Sue Foley (opening: Stevie & The Bluescasters
@ The Living Room at 35 East
Ardmore PA 19003 (8PM) $35 advance; $40 at door


Saturday, November 6, 2021

Slim & The Perkolators @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM - kitchen 6PM)


Sunday, November 7, 2021

Buddy Guy & Robert Randolph & The Family Band @ Paramount Theatre
Asbury Park NJ 07712 (7PM) tickets


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Buddy Guy @ Santander Performing Arts Center
Reading PA 19602 (8PM)


Friday, November 12, 2021

Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Ally Venable @ Scottish Rite Auditorium
Collingswood NJ 08107 (8PM) $69.50, $59.50, $39.50

David Coppa & Scrapple @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM - kitchen 6PM)


Saturday, November 13, 2021

The Blues Project @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM - kitchen 6PM)

Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Ally Venable @ Colonial Theatre
Phoenixville PA 19480 (7:30PM) $85.00, $69.50, $49.50


Friday, November 19, 2021

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram presents "662 — Juke Joint Live", plus guest Ally Venable
@ Keswick Theatre, Glenside PA 19038 (8PM) $29.50 - $49.50

Reading Blues Festival Day 1
DoubleTree Hotel, Reading PA 19602
5:00PM Dave Keyes (solo) opening event (free)
7:30PM Mr. Sipp, plus Clarence Spady & The Electric City Band ($49)
10:00PM Dave Keyes Trio (Blues After Party) (free)


Saturday, November 20, 2021

Reading Blues Festival Day 2
DoubleTree Hotel, Reading PA 19602
10:00AM Bobby Kyle & The Administers morning show (free)
11:30AM Norman Taylor blues lunch (music free, not lunch!)
1:00PM Victor Wainwright & The Train plus Dawn Tyler Watson ($49)
4:30PM Norman Taylor blues dinner (music free, not dinner!) ($49)


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Reading Blues Festival Day 3
Reading PA 19602
9:00AM "Surviving The Pandemic" conversation with the artists with Michael Cloeren (free)
10:00AM Sunday Blues Brunch with Mike Zito plus King Solomon Hicks ($49 includes brunch)

Tommy Castro with Carolyn Wonderland @ Sellersville Thetaer
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $29.50-$45 (livestream of concert available)


Saturday, November 27, 2021

Tas Cru @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM - kitchen 6PM)


• • • December • • •


Friday, December 3, 2021

Hot Tuna with guests David Grisman Trio @ Penn's Peak
Jim Thorpe PA 18229 (8PM)


Saturday, December 4, 2021

Venom Blues @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM - kitchen 6PM)


Thursday, December 9, 2021

Bucks County Blues Society's 2021 Holiday Party with
The Nighthawks @ VFW #5542, Levittown PA 19057 — age 21+ —


Saturday, December 11, 2021

Barrelhouse Blues Band @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM - kitchen 6PM)


Friday, December 17, 2021

Roger Girke @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM - kitchen 6PM)


• • • January • • •


Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Seth Holzman's 6-week class Harmonica For Beginners starts. running
Tuesdays 6:30PM-7:45PM
through February 8, online via Zoom, $112 register through Main Line School Night

Seth Holzman's 6-week class Introduction To Blues Harmonica starts, running
Tuesdays 8:00PM-9:15PM through February 8, online via Zoom, $112
register through Main Line School Night


• • • February • • •


Friday, February 11, 2022

Tinsley Ellis @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $29-$35.50


Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Bettye LaVette @ Kennett Flash
Kennett Square PA 19348 (8PM) $75


• • • March • • •


• • • April • • •


Friday, April 1, 2022

Bucks Blues Explosion 2020 with Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
and Slim & the Perkolators
@ Bucks County Community College, Newtown PA 18940 (7:30PM-10PM)


• • • May • • •


Saturday, May 21, 2022

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
@ Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis MD 21409


Sunday, May 22, 2022

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
@ Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis MD 21409


• • • June • • •


Saturday, June 4, 2022

Saint Georges Blues Festival Day 1
Fort DuPont Parade Grounds
Delaware City DE 19706
11:45AM — Judy Sings The Blues
1:15PM — Studebaker John & The Delaware Destroyers
       with Garry Cogdell
3:00PM — Tennessee Redemption with Brandon Santini & Jeff Jensen
4:45PM — Victor Wainwright & The Train
6:30PM — Joe Louis Walker
Garry Cogdell's Session Tent All Weekend Between Sets

Chester County Blues Barbecue @ Wyndsor Farm (next year)
Elverson PA 19520 (2PM-7PM) rain or shine
Rick Estrin headlining; other performers TBA


Sunday, June 5, 2022

Saint Georges Blues Festival Day 2
Fort DuPont Parade Grounds
Delaware City DE 19706
11:45AM — Gracie Curren & The High Falutin' Band
1:15PM — Backtrack Blues Band with Wayne Sharp
3:00PM — Toronzo Cannon
4:45PM — Mike Zito
6:30PM — Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
Garry Cogdell's Session Tent All Weekend Between Sets


• • • July • • •


Thursday, July 7, 2022

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Opening Night:
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635    tel 570-379-3342


Friday, July 8, 2022

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Day One
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635    tel 570-379-3342
        Main Stage:
performers TBA
        Back Porch Stage:

performers TBA


Saturday, July 9, 2022

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Day Two
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635    tel 570-379-3342
        Main Stage:
performers TBA
        Back Porch Stage:

performers TBA


• • • August • • •


Saturday, August 6, 2022

Riverfront Blues Festival Day 1
Tubman-Garrett Park, Wilmington DE 19801


Sunday, August 7, 2022

Riverfront Blues Festival Day 2
Tubman-Garrett Park, Wilmington DE 19801


Saturday, September 24, 2022

Paoli Blues Festival
Paoli Presbyterian Church on South Valley Road
Paoli PA 19301 (Noon-6PM) free


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Regularly occurring (weekly, monthly) blues jams and events

           Daily

"tune in" daily for online music from Clarksdale MS

           Weekly


• • • every Sunday • • •

Blues Brunch, Jam, & open mic with The Philly Blues Kings
every Sunday
@ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (Noon-3PM)   no cover
Open mic jam Noon-2PM — Philly Blues Kings set 2PM-3PM — lunch can be ordered starting at Noon

Sunday Blues Jam @ The Twisted Tail every Sunday
Philadelphia PA 19147 (5PM-9PM)


• • • every Tuesday • • •

Rory Block is doing Facebook Live Concerts from her home Tuesday and Friday nights, starting at 7:30PM ET

Little Red Rooster leads blues jam @ Villa Capri
Doylestown PA 18901   every Tuesday


• • • every Wednesday • • •

Crooked Eye Blues Revue hosts blues jam @ Crooked Eye Brewery
Hatboro PA 19040 (7PM) every Wednesday


• • • every Thursday • • •

Steve Guyger & Filthy Rich lead blues jam @ Temperance House
Newtown PA 18940 (7PM-10PM)   every Thursday

Thursday Night Jazz Jam with Dave Reiter Trio
every Thursday
@ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM-10:30PM)   no cover
dinner can be ordered starting at 6PM


• • • every Friday • • •

Rory Block is doing Facebook Live Concerts from her home Friday and Tuesday nights, starting at 7:30PM ET

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       • • • More News • • •

Shemekia Copeland named Blues Artist Of The Year and her album Uncivil War named Blues Album Of The Year by Downbeat Magazine's 69th Annual Critics' Poll

Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase the Blues Away | American Masters
premieres Tuesday, July 27, 9:00PM ET on PBS View The Trailer

Shemekia Copeland treated for cancer — successfully. Hear her story.

Mississippi blues artist Cedric Burnside has been selected as an
NEA National Heritage Fellow. Congrats, Cedric!

Singer and super-slide-guitarist Ellen McIlwaine has died. More info.

Blues singer Anita White is still battling the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum over the name she has used for over three decades, "Lady A"   Report in Rolling Stone.

Blues harmonica player James Harman has died at age 74. Harman played harmonica with ZZ Top on a few songs and made a number of fine albums as band leader. More info.

Eric Clapton speaks about COVID vaccination.

Pervis Staples of The Staple Singers, the brother of Mavis Staples, has died at age 85. View NPR report on Pervis Staples.

Bob Koester founder of Delmark Records, the nation's oldest ongoing independent record label, which has issued top-notch blues and jazz records for more than six decades, has died at age 88. Read remembrance of Bob Koester from The Chicago Sun Times.

The Blues Foundation has rescinded Kenny Wayne Shepherd's nomination for a Blues Music Award. The decision to rescind the nomination followed continuing revelations of use of the Confederate flag on his "General Lee" car, and on his guitars.

Philadelphia harmonica star John Colgan-Davis of the popular local band The Dukes Of Destiny was recently interviewed by American Blues Scene.
Read the interview.

The late Philadelphia blues singer Frank Bey was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best
Traditional Blues Album" category for his album All My Dues Are Paid.
read article on Frank Bey by Dan DeLuca in Philadelphia Inquirer March 13, 2021

Philadelphia harmonica star John Colgan-Davis of the popular local band The Dukes Of Destiny was recently interviewed by American Blues Scene.
Read the interview.

The famous English record label Blue Horizon is being revived, and classic blues is being reissued. The initial releases are of the label's most famous band, Fleetwood Mac, but we may see reissues of some of the great African-American artists the label recorded, including Bukka White, Furry Lewis, Sunnyland Slim, Curtis Jones, Johnny Shines, Joe Calicott, Eddie Boyd, J.B. Lenoir, Champion Jack Dupree, Doctor Ross, Otis Spann, and more. Read more about Blue Horizon Records.

The catalog of the famed Memphis-based record label Sun Records has been sold to a company that plans a new marketing initiative for the classic blues, rock 'n' roll, and country music that was issued on that label. [See more].

The movie Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is now being shown on Netflix. The film, based on a play of the same name by August Wilson, is about events surrounding a 1927 recording session with Ma Rainey known as the "Mother Of The Blues," and it stars Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman in his final film role. It is produced by Denzel Washington. Reviews of the film and the performances of its stars have been very positive. View the trailer.

We are saddened to note the passing of Paul Patchel of Media PA on January 15th. Paul was active in the music scene around Media, and one of the main planners of annual music events including The State Street Blues Stroll, Roots Ramble, and Jazz By Night.
View Paul Patchel's obituary.

Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield, son of blues great Muddy Waters has died unexpectedly at age 56 in Chicago. Morganfield recently put out a single "It's Good To Be King," with an album planned for 2021.  read Mojo Morganfield's obituary.

The song "Clotilda's On Fire" on Shemekia Copeland's album Uncivil War tells the stories of the last ship to bring slaves to the United States, the descendants of those slaves, and the effort of the ship's captain to destroy the evidence of what it did. The wreckage of the ship has been found in Alabama. View Anderson Cooper's report on the Clotilda from CBS 60 Minutes.

Bluesman Jimmy Johnson turned 92 this November. You can view for free his concert with John Primer, Billy Branch, Dave Specter, and John Kattke, recorded last July. You may also support these artists if you would like to.

There's a new children's book about bluesman Blind Willie Johnson. It's called Dark Was The Night: Blind Willie Johnson's Journey To The Stars, named after one of Johnson's songs, a song that was included with the music and sounds of Earth sent into space on Voyager I in 1977, which is where the story starts in the book. It was written by Gary Golio and illustrated by E. B. Lewis.
Review of Dark Was The Night in The Houston Chronicle.

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram was featured on PBS Newshour, November 11, 2020

Watch Christone "Kingfish" Ingram's Tiny Desk Home Concert from NPR

The Chicago Blues Camp is having Facebook Live online concerts that you can either watch live as they happen or later. Recent ones featuring 92-year-old Jimmy Johnson and Mud Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters, are well worth watching.

Working From Home is a series of at-home concerts by blues and roots artists produced by The Arhoolie Foundation and The Little Village Foundation. The concerts they have up include music from C. J. Chenier, The Sons of The Soul Revivers, Aki Kumar and Rome Yamilov, and John Blues Boyd.

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   Blues Albums Nominated For Grammys:

Best Traditional Blues Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental traditional blues recordings.

Frank Bey All My Dues Are Paid
Don Bryant You Make Me Feel
Robert Cray Band That's What I Heard
Jimmy "Duck" Holmes Cypress Grove
Bobby Rush Rawer Than Raw [Winner]

Best Contemporary Blues Album For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental contemporary blues recordings.

Fantastic Negrito Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? [Winner]
Ruthie Foster Big Band Live At The Paramount
G. Love The Juice
Bettye LaVette Blackbirds
North Mississippi Allstars Up And Rolling

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     Cool Blues Links

Barbara Carr & On Big Shoulders "Good Woman Go Bad" watch video
• Watch Listening Party with Christone "Kingfish" Ingram hosted by Gwen Thompkins on
July 23, 2021, which includes playing his entire new album 662.
Ellen McIlwaine In Studio Performance August 2020
Listen to "Juneteenth Jamboree" from Louis Jordan recorded in 1940
Blues singer Tia Carroll in concert at The Sound Room (hour and a half show!)
Tribute To Mikey Junior show at Sellersville Theater
• view video of God's Gonna Make Things Over by Guy Davis, a song about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
watch video of "Hit 'Em Back" with Shemekia Copeland, Kenny Wayne Shepherd,, Robert Randolph, and Tony Coleman.
• video of The World Can Be So Cold by Cedric Burnside
• video of Step In by Cedric Burnside
• watch An Evening With Steve Guyger & The Excellos in a show for the Bucks County Blues Society.
• watch the official lyric video for "Black Myself" by Amythyst Kiah
"Judgement Day" song written by the late Larry Brown from Soul Garage Experience performed by Bette Smith, King Solomon Hicks, Vernon Reid, and more
video of "Jim Crow's Shadow" by The Lizzard Kings featuring Charles Ponder
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram featured on PBS Newshour, November 11, 2020
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram's Tiny Desk Home Concert from NPR
• watch official video of Mikey Junior "Traveling South".
• video for Big Harp George's song Build Myself An App
• Watch the virtual version of this year's East Side Kings Festival from Austin TX
• Urban Ladder Society song/video Take Care Of Each Other
Tinsley Ellis video of "Your Love's Like Heroin"
• Organist Barbara Dennerlein with the great harmonica player Toots Thielemans St. Louis Blues in concert on an Italian TV show "La storia del Jazz" sometime in the 1980s
James Taylor performs his classic spoof on suburban blues wannabes Steamroller Blues in a 1970 concert in London
Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton in concert at Paste Studio in NYC, April 4, 2019 • Danielle Miraglia performs at The Center For Arts in Natic MA October 24, 2020
• singer-saxophonist Evelyn Rubio in concert @ The Mucky Duck in Houston TX, September 13, 2020
Johnny Rawls & Christopher Dean at The Listening Room, Bloomsburg, PA, August 2, 2020
King Solomon Hicks with Kirk Yano bass & John Sweeney harmonica at The Listening Room, Bloomsburg, PA, September 2, 2020
Kevin McCann Blues Trio at The Listening Room, Bloomsburg, PA, August 2020
Danielle Miraglia home concert, September 15, 2020
King Solomon Hicks video from Vintage Guitar Magazine Everyday I Have The Blues
Albert Collins Live At Montreaux 1979 great set!
Buddy Guy at Newport Jazz Festival 08/14/1994
Alexis P. Suter performs "None Of Us Are Free" at The Iridium in New York City in 2014
Joe Louis Walker & Eric Gales video "Comin' On"
Adrena The Corona Blues
Sir Rod & The Blues Doctors video of "Freedom For My People"
Evelyn Rubio sings I'm Gonna Love You Tonight
Toronzo Cannon (clips) @ 2019 Berks BluesFest
• View at-home concerts from various roots musicians (including CJ Chenier) in the Working From Home series from The Arhoolie Foundation and the Little Village Foundation.
The Sons Of The Soul Revivers sing "Let Me Come Home" in their living room.
Dukes Of Destiny in performance at Jamey's House Of Music, October 5, 2018 (two songs)
The 2020 Blues Music Awards online ceremony from The Blues Foundation announcing winners, along with performances by blues artists and archival video
Andrew Alli & Josh SmallHard Workin' Man
Andrew Alli performance and interview
Bobby Rush Facebook Live Session 3/24/2020
Keb' Mo' (with guest Jontavious Willis!) concert at Paste Studio New York City
Sir Rod & The Blues Doctors Come Together not the Beatles song!
  (harmonica by Adam Gussow of the duo Satan & Adam; "Sir" Rod Patterson is nephew of Sterling Magee of that duo
"Triple Tonguing" on the harmonica, from harmonica master Adam Gussow
• Harmonica master Adam Gussow's son Sean plays a whole bunch of instruments!
Camille Thurman, saxophonist and singer, talks about (and plays) the blues
Shemekia Copeland on PBS NewsHour Weekend 1/26/2020
Benny Turner"Who Sang It First"
Cash McCall"One Who's Got A Lot"
Eddie Taylor and Big Walter Horton Live In Finland in 1976
Blind Blake with Gus Cannon 1927 "He's In The Jailhouse Now"
GoogleDoodle for B. B. King's 94th birthday, September 15, 2019
• song video Keb' Mo' with Taj Mahal Don't Throw It Away
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram in performance at Briggs Farm Blues Festival
       July 13, 2019
Annika Chambers in performance at Briggs Farm Blues Festival, July 12, 2019
Southern Avenue in performance at Briggs Farm Blues Festival, July 12, 2019
Cedric Burnside Project in performance at Briggs Farm Blues Festival, July 13, 2019
James Armstrong in performance at Briggs Farm Blues Festival, July 12, 2019
Shemekia Copeland "Would You Take My Blood" in performance World Cafe Live
       October 3, 2018
Shemekia Copeland "The Wrong Idea" in performance World Cafe Live
       October 3, 2018
Shemekia Copeland "In The Blood Of The Blues" in performance World Cafe Live
       October 3, 2018
Vanessa Collier "Bad News Bears" in performance Briggs Farm Blues Festival
       July 7, 2017
Vanessa Collier "The Run Around" in performance Briggs Farm Blues Festival
       July 7, 2017
Thornetta Davis "I'd Rather Be Alone" in performance Briggs Farm Blues Festival
       July 8, 2017
Eric Gales "Change In Me" in performance Briggs Farm Blues Festival July 8, 2017
R. L. Boyce & The Cornlickers "One Of These Days" in performance
       Briggs Farm Blues Festival July 7, 2017
Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames "Mary Had A Little Lamb" in performance
       Saint Georges Blues Festival, June 10, 2017
B. B. King on Ralph Gleason's Jazz Casual in 1968 Part 1
B. B. King on Ralph Gleason's Jazz Casual in 1968 Part 2

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       — Jonny's Top Blues Albums of 2020 —

It's not really possible to precisely rank a whole bunch of great albums like these sensibly. What tiny difference makes the #18 album better than the #19 album? I've decided not to rank these in number order.

For the most part, this is just a list of some of the blues albums that have been played on the show in 2020, and they have made 2020 a good blues year, despite COVID-19. One thing of note — very possibly a result of the pandemic — was that there were a lot more singles issued this year than usual. Some are supposed to be on albums coming out in 2021. I'm including them in the albums list, but marking them as singles.

Artist Album
Frank BeyAll My Dues Are Paid
Shemekia CopelandUncivil War
Jimmy JohnsonEvery Day Of Your Life
John Blues BoydWhat My Eyes Have Seen
AdrenaCorona Blues [single]
Bobby RushRawer Than Raw
Alex Dixon's Vintage DixonThe Real McCoy
Andrew AlliHard Workin' Man
Kat RigginsCry Out
Ruthie Foster Big BandLive At The Paramount
Kirk FletcherMy Blues Pathway
Mercedes NicoleConstellation
Kat PearsonMy Roots
Kenny "Blues Boss" WayneGo, Just Do It!
Kevin BurtStone Crazy
Jonas Scott CowanParlor Tricks - Exhibit: A
Dorothy MooreI'm Happy With The One I've Got Now
Joe Louis WalkerBlues Comin' On
Maceo ParkerSoul Food - Cooking With Maceo
Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul OrchestraI'm Just Like You [single]
Big Bill MorganfieldStop This Mess [single]
Sonny GreenFound! One Soul Singer
Vanessa CollierHeart On The Line
Chanda Rule + Sweet Emma BandHold On
Rory BlockProve It On Me
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite100 Years Of Blues
Terrie OdabiLove Trumps Hate [single]
Johnny IguanaJohnny Iguana's Chicago Spectacular!
Dennis JonesSoft Hard & Loud
Leyla McCallaVari-Colored Songs
Henry Gray & Bob CorritoreCold Chills
Cathy GrierI'm All Burn
Benny TurnerWho Sang It First [single]
The Lizzard Kings featuring Charles PonderJim Crow's Shadow
Annika Chambers & Derrick ProcellBlack Man's Justice [single]
Devin B. ThompsonTales Of The Soul
Nora Jean WallaceBlues Woman
Big Harp GeorgeLiving In The City
Dave Specter & Billy BranchBallad Of George Floyd [single]
Mojo MorganfieldIt's Good To Be King [single]
King Solomon HicksHarlem
Sir Rod & The Blues DoctorsCome Together
Dave KellerLive At the Killer Guitar Thriller
Jack HadleyDaybreak In Alabama - The Langston Hughes Project
Robert Cray BandThat's What I Heard
Sister LucilleAlive
Roomful Of BluesIn A Roomful Of Blues
Ryan PerryHigh Risk, Low Reward
Erin HarpeMeet Me In The Middle
Evelyn RubioCrossing Borders
Dave Riley & Bob CorritoreTravelin' The Dirt Road
GA-20Sit Down Baby [single]
Jimi HendrixLive In Maui
John Lee HookerLive At Montreux 1983
Tomás DonckerWherever You Go
Duke Robillard & FriendsBlues Bash!
Anni PiperBlow Up Doll
Tas CruDrive On
A Band Called Sam Legacy
Boo Boo Davis with ElectroBluesSocietyChicago Blues Covers
Bobby BlackHatAmerica How Great Do You Feel Today [single]
Phantom Blues BandStll Cookin'
Christian McBride Big BandFor Jimmy, Wes and Oliver
Kim WilsonTake Me Back - The Bigtone Sessions
GA-20Live, Volume 1
DionBlues With Friends
The BC ComboThe Garage Sessions
Danielle MiragliaBright Shining Stars
V. A.2020 Blues - New Music From Alligator Records
Sam BarlowFaith In The Blues
John MayallI'm As Good As Gone [single]
Lloyd JonesTennessee Run
Chris Shutters with special guest Jimmy BurnsGood Gone Bad
Cash McCallOne Who's Got A Lot [single]
Albert CummingsBelieve
Sonny LandrethBlacktop Run
Dom FlemonsProspect Hill: The American Songster Omnibus
Donald KinseyBloody Tears [single]
Tinsley EllisIce Cream In Hell
Bernard AllisonSongs From The Road
Cindy CashdollarWaltz For Abilene
Albert CastigliaWild and Free
Reverend Shawn Amos & The BrotherhoodBlue Sky
Mike ZitoQuarantine Blues
The BC ComboThe Garage Sessions
John Primer & Bob CorritoreThe Gypsy Woman Told Me
Misty BluesWeed 'Em & Reap
Zakiya HookerLegacy
Eliza NealsBlack Crow Moan
Tyler MorrisLiving In The Shadows
Tony HolidaySoul Service
The NighthawksTrying To Get To You
Linsey AlexanderLive At Rosa's
Little Red Rooster Blues BandUnder The Covers
Gerald McClendonCan't Nobody Stop Me Now
David BrinstonI'm An O. G.
Jose RamirezHere I Come
Johnny NeverBlue Delta - New And Used Vintage Blues
Harper And Midwest KindRise Up
Catherine RussellYou Reap Just What You Sow [single]
Johnny BurginNo Border Blues
Mark May BandDeep Dark Demon
Victor Wainwright and The TrainMemphis Loud
Hurricane RuthGood Life
Shirley KingBlues For A King
Eddie 9VWay Down The Alley
Clarence SpadySurrender [single]
Anthony GeraciDaydreams In Blue
The Lucky LosersGodless Land
The MystixCan't Change It
Gregg MartinezMacdaddy Mojeaux
Lisa MannOld Girl
Sugar Ray & The Bluetones featuring Little CharlieToo Far From The Bar
Savoy BrownAin't Done Yet
Too Slim And The TaildraggersThe Remedy
DownchildLive At The Toronto Jazz Festival
Andy WattsSupergroove
New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom RockersVolume 1
Ronnie Earl & The BroadcastersRise Up
Bette SmithThe Good The Bad And The Bette
John NémethStronger Than Strong
Johnny RawlsWhere Have All The Soul Men Gone
Ron ThompsonFrom The Patio: Live At The Poor House, Vol. 1
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and Dom Flemons featuring Steve CropperShake Your Moneymaker [single]
Bob MargolinStar Of Stage And Screens
Ju EvansAll About Soul
Gabe Stillman ft The NighthawksFlying High
Miss Bix ft Keeshea PrattRed Walls [single]
Tomislav GolubanMemphis Light
Whitney ShayStand Up!
Sass JordanRebel Moon Blues
Lucas SpinosaFriends & Legends Of Louisiana
Kid Ramos & Bob CorritorePhoenix Blues Sessions
Mark TelescaHigher Vibrations
AJ CrawdaddySteppin' Out!
Thorbjørn RisagerCome On In
Peter ParcekMississippi Suitcase
Greg Sover BandThe Parade
Barrett Anderson BandHypnoboogie
Alastair GreeneThe New World Blues

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       — Jonny's Top Blues Songs of 2020 —

My top song picks for 2020 . . . of course, as with the albums above, the ranking of these isn't the result of some kind of perfectly precise, logical process. All of these songs added something important to the overall body of blues songs in 2020. Some certainly "packed a punch" — songs like "Clotilda's On Fire" from Shemekia Copeland, telling the story of the last ship to bring slaves to this country, which was burned and sunk to conceal what it did, or "All My Dues Are Paid" from the late Frank Bey, summing up his life in blues.

Artist Song Album
Shemekia Copeland Clotilda's On Fire Uncivil War
Frank Bey All My Dues Are Paid All My Dues Are Paid
Adrena Corona Blues [single]
John Blues Boyd In My Blood What My Eyes Have Seen
Jimmy Johnson Every Day Of Your Life Every Day Of Your Life
Bobby BlackHat America, How Great Do You Feel Today? [single]
Kat Riggins Cry Out Cry Out
Benny Turner Who Sang It First [single]
The Lizzard Kings featuring Charles Ponder Jim Crow's Shadow Jim Crow's Shadow
Annika Chambers & Derrick Procell Black Man's Justice [single]
Big Bill Morganfield Stop This Mess [single]
Sir Rod & The Blues Doctors Freedom For My People Come Together
Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra I'm Just Like You (with The Sons Of The Soul Revivers) [single]
Phantom Blues Band Better But Not Good Still Cookin'
Dave Specter & Billy Branch Ballad Of George Floyd [single]
Dennis Jones I Hate Hate Soft Hard & Loud
Ruthie Foster Big Band Woke Up This Morning Live At The Paramount
Terrie Odabi Love Trumps Hate [single]
John Blues Boyd What My Eyes Have Seen What My Eyes Have Seen
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne Sittin' In My Rockin' Chair Go, Just Do It!
Kat Riggins No Sale Cry Out
Bobby Rush Hard Times Rawer Than Raw
Shemekia Copeland Money Makes You Ugly Uncivil War
Mercedes Nicole Path Of The Mystic Constellation
Frank Bey Idle Hands All My Dues Are Paid
Joe Louis Walker Feed The Poor Blues Comin' On
Jonas Scott Cowan People Grinnin' In Your Face Parlor Tricks - Exhibit: A
Chanda Rule + Sweet Emma Band Hold On Hold On
Dorothy Moore I'm Happy With The One I've Got Now I'm Happy With The One I've Got Now
Alex Dixon's Vintage Dixon I Want To Be Loved The Real McCoy
Rory Block Prove It On Me Prove It On Me
Andrew Alli Hard Workin' Man Hard Workin' Man
Kat Pearson Ode To My Mother My Roots
Bobby Rush Down In Mississippi Rawer Than Raw
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite 100 Years Of Blues 100 Years Of Blues
The BC Combo I Found The Blues The Garage Sessions
Anni Piper 24 Guys Named Dave Blow Up Doll
Evelyn Rubio He Did Me Wrong But He Did It Right Crossing Borders
Vanessa Collier Who's In Power? Heart On The Line
Johnny Never Falls Off The Bone (The Blues in 7/8) Blue Delta - New And Used Vintage Blues
King Solomon Hicks Help Me Harlem
Maceo Parker Right Place Wrong Time Soul Food - Cooking With Maceo
Big Harp George Build Myself An App Living In The City
A Band Called Sam Nothing In The Streets Legacy
Johnny Iguana Lady Day And John Coltrane Johnny Iguana's Chicago Spectacular!
New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers Stop And Listen Blues Volume 1
Nora Jean Wallace Martell Blues Woman
Kirk Fletcher Fattening Frogs For Snakes My Blues Pathway
Sonny Green If Walls Could Talk Found! One Soul Singer
Kevin Burt You Get What You See Stone Crazy
Tomás Doncker Hard Time Killing Floor Blues Wherever You Go
Mike Zito Quarantine Blues Quarantine Blues
Vanessa Collier Bloodhound Heart On The Line
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne T & P Train 400 Go, Just Do It!
The Lizzard Kings featuring Charles Ponder Pennsylvania Avenue Blues Jim Crow's Shadow
Sugar Ray & The Bluetones featuring Little Charlie What I Put You Through Too Far From The Bar
Bette Smith Fistful Of Dollars The Good The Bad And The Bette
Jonas Scott Cowan Church Street Parlor Tricks - Exhibit: A
Cathy Grier Ode To Billy Joe I'm All Burn
Duke Robillard & Friends You Played On My Piano (ft Michelle Willson) Blues Bash!
Kim Wilson Rumblin' Take Me Back - The Bigtone Sessions
Jack Hadley Merry Go Round Daybreak In Alabama - The Langston Hughes Project
Devin B. Thompson Tell Me Tales Of The Soul
Roomful Of Blues Phone Zombies In A Roomful Of Blues
John Blues Boyd Why Did You Take That Shot What My Eyes Have Seen
Chanda Rule + Sweet Emma Band Another Man Done Gone Hold On
Cindy Cashdollar (w/ Rory Block vocal) That Ain't No Way For Me To Get Along Waltz For Abilene
Rory Block In My Girlish Days Prove It On Me
Alex Dixon's Vintage Dixon Groanin' The Blues The Real McCoy
Dorothy Moore Sad, Sad Sunday I'm Happy With The One I've Got Now
Ruthie Foster Big Band Brand New Day Live At The Paramount
Kat Pearson Labour's Train My Roots
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne Just Do It! (duet w/ Dawn Tyler Watson) Go, Just Do It!
Catherine Russell You Reap Just What You Sow [single]
Frank Bey I Bet I Never Cross Your Mind All My Dues Are Paid
Jimmy Johnson Somebody Loan Me A Dime Every Day Of Your Life
Christian McBride Big Band Medgar Evers Blues For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver
Johnny Burgin I Just Keep Loving Her (Mada Sukinanda) No Border Blues
Maceo Parker Cross The Track Soul Food - Cooking With Maceo
Victor Wainwright and The Train Memphis Loud Memphis Loud
Shirley King Hoodoo Man Blues (with Junior Wells) Blues For A King
Eddie 9V Going Down Slow Way Down The Alley
Anthony Geraci with Dennis Brennan and Monster Mike Welch Jelly, Jelly Daydreams In Blue
Bobby Rush Smokestack Lightning Rawer Than Raw
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite If I Should Have Bad Luck 100 Years Of Blues
Big Harp George Don't Talk! Living In The City
New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers Let's Work Together Volume 1
A Band Called Sam Mother Blues (Papa Blues) Legacy
GA-20 The Whale Has Swallowed Me Live, Volume 1
Jonas Scott Cowan Evil On My Mind Parlor Tricks - Exhibit: A
Vanessa Collier Freshly Squozen Heart On The Line
Kirk Fletcher Life Gave Me A Dirty Deal (hca Charlie Musselwhite) My Blues Pathway
Kim Wilson Money, Marbles & Chalk Take Me Back - The Bigtone Sessions
Cathy Grier Key To My Survival I'm All Burn
Nora Jean Wallace I'm A Blues Woman Blues Woman
Danielle Miraglia Walkin' Blues Bright Shining Stars
Kevin Burt I'm Busting Out Stone Crazy
Shemekia Copeland Apple Pie And A 45 Uncivil War
Johnny Iguana Hammer And Tickle (instrumental) Johnny Iguana's Chicago Spectacular!
Dennis Jones I Love The Blues Soft Hard & Loud
Mojo Morganfield It's Good To Be King [single]
Leyla McCalla Love Again Blues Vari-Colored Songs
Henry Gray & Bob Corritore Going Down Slow Cold Chills
Sonny Green Cupid Must Be Stupid Found! One Soul Singer
Miss Bix ft Keeshea Pratt Red Walls [single]
Erin Harpe What's The Matter With The Mill Meet Me In The Middle
Dave Riley & Bob Corritore Country Tough Travelin' The Dirt Road
Sam Barlow with Annika Chambers My Babe Faith In The Blues
Tomás Doncker I'm Gonna Run To The City Of Refuge Wherever You Go
Cathy Grier Backroad Blues I'm All Burn
Greg Sover Band Feelin' Sumthin' The Parade

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About The Blues Show and Jonny Meister

The Blues Show airs every Saturday night from 7:00 to Midnight on XPN. Host Jonny Meister explores this music and its history not only because it is the key ingredient in later rock and pop music, but also because of its own special allure and unique power as a style of music and expression of the human soul.

Catherine Russell and Jonny
Jonny Meister with Catherine Russell

The Blues Show covers the entire history of the blues from 1920 to the present, from the best-known to the most obscure blues, with focus on the present-day blues, but with an eye on the rich history of this music and its large body of timeless recordings.

Host Jonny Meister has been playing the blues on WXPN since March 1977. Meister grew up with old blues records in the house. His father played boogie woogie on the piano, which Jonny learned at about the age of 12. Later he played in rock bands and did a few solo gigs as a singer-songwriter. As his interest in blues grew, he became especially interested in the history of the music, a history not always revealed by the rock musicians and their promoters who drew heavily on the blues.

Jonny spent a week with the family of the late, great blues musician J. B. Lenoir in 1979, and he was one of the consultants for the Wim Wenders film The Soul Of A Man which featured Lenoir, in the PBS film series The Blues. He won the "Keeping The Blues Alive" award for work in Public Radio for The Blues Show in 2000 and a "Best of Philly" award from Philadelphia Magazine in 1996 for "Best Local Radio Show".


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Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram and Jonny Meister
Jonny with Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, St. Georges Blues Festival 2019

Jonny Meister with Cedric Burnside at 2019 Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jonny with Cedric Burnside,
Briggs Farm Blues Festival 2019

King Solomon Hicks and Jonny Meister
Jonny with King Solomon Hicks
Briggs Farm Blues Festival 2021

Jonny Meister with Tierinii Jackson of Southern Avenue at 2019 Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jonny with Tierinii Jackson of Southern Avenue, Briggs Farm Blues Festival 2019

Frank Bey and Jonny Meister
Jonny with Frank Bey, house concert September 2019

Mindi Abair and Jonny Meister
Jonny with Mindi Abair, Reading Blues Fest November 2019

Mikey Junior and Jonny Meister
Jonny with Mikey Junior, live recording session Philadelphia PA, September 2019

James Cotton and Jonny Meister
Jonny with the late, great James Cotton, Riverfront Blues Festival 2013

Jonny Meister with Vanessa Collier at the Riverfront Blues Festival 2018
Jonny with Vanessa Collier,
Riverfront Blues Festival 2018

Lurrie Bell and Jonny Meister
Jonny with Lurrie Bell
Riverfront Blues Festival 2019

Jonny Meister with Mac Arnold at the Briggs Farm Blues Festival 2021
Jonny with Mac Arnold,
Briggs Farm Blues Festival 2021

Jonny Meister with blues singer Miss Freddye
Jonny with Miss Freddye,
at house concert 2018

Samuel James and Jonny Meister
Jonny jammin' with Samuel James, at
The Psalm Salon in Overbrook 2010

R. L. Burnside and Jonny Meister
Jonny with R. L. Burnside, at WXPN
May 31, 1986

Robert Johnson Charlie Musselwhite
Shemekia Copeland Blind Lemon Jefferson

Ready for anything and everything
Ready for anything and everything!


Local Blues Artists in our listening areas

A C Steel & The Galvanizers
Blue Jay Slim and the Tone Blasters
Blue Plate Specials
Georgie Bonds
Deb Callahan
Lisa Chavous & The Philadelphia
    Blues Messengers

Vanessa Collier
Dukes Of Destiny
Roger Girke
Mike Guldin and Rollin' & Tumblin'
Judy Sings The Blues
Kitty Mayo and the Emperess Band
Mikey Jr.
Johnny Never
Philly Blues Kings
Porkroll Project
Scoville Blues
Sister Blue Band
Slim and The Perkolators
Greg Sover
Stevie and the Bluescasters
Norman Taylor

   — — Venues — —

Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore PA 19003
610-649-8389

Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM $25

The Flash
102 Sycamore Alley
Kennett Square PA 19348
484-732-8295

Jamey's House Of Music
livehouse and BYOB Café
32 South Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne PA 19050
tel or text 215-477-9985
fax 215-879-1457

Keswick Theatre
291 North Keswick Avenue
Glenside PA
215-572-7650

Lansdowne Folk Club
at the Twentieth Century Club
84 South Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne PA 19050
484-466-6213

Lizzie Rose Music Room
217 East Main Street
Tuckerton NJ 08087
609-389-0118

The Lucky Well
111 East Butler Avenue
Ambler PA 19002
215-646-4242

Mermaid Inn
7673 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19118
215-247-9797

The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Avenue
Bordentown NJ 08505
609-324-0880

Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202

Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
215-257-5808

The State Theatre
15 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick NJ 08901
732-246-7469

The Twisted Tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
215-558-2471 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
215-222-1400

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The Mississippi Blues Project:                     

From the summer of 2012 through the summer of 2013, with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, through the Philadelphia Music Project, we presented The Mississippi Blues Project, a series of concerts by Mississippi blues artists that are now available online, with shows from The Cedric Burnside Project, Big George Brock, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Robert Belfour, Big A (Anthony Sherrod) with Robert "Bilbo" Walker, Super Chikan, The Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Rory Block, and James Cotton. Check 'em out!

Jonny's 78 rpm record want list:

Blind Lemon Jefferson
Okeh label:
80525B   Stillery Blues
80526B   Woman Labor Man
80527B   My Easy Rider
80528B   Elder Green's In Town
80529B   English Stop Time
80536B   Laboring Man Away From Home

Rubin Lacy
Columbia label:
145347-2   Black Dog Blues
145348-3   Long Lonesome Blues
145349-2   Railroad Blues
145350-2   Red River Blues

Willie Brown
Paramount label:
Pm 13099   Kicking In My Sleep Blues
Pm 13099   Window Blues
Pm 13001   Grandma Blues
Pm 13001   Sorry Blues