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Coming Up On  The Blues Show  April 21, 2018:

music from blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter Deborah Coleman, who died recently.

In the midnight hour this week on Blue Dimensions, Program G16Blues Ambassadors — our "blues ambassadors" - - American blues artists, and a great jazz band, performing in Europe. We'll feature several new and recent releases of concerts recorded on European tours, led by a new album called Live At Rockpalast, featuring the great bluesman Muddy Waters with a superb band, in concert in Germany in 1978. We'll also hear blues great Howlin' Wolf recorded in concert in Poland in 1964, and a song from another member of that tour, pianist Sunnyland Slim as well - - plus Miles Davis and John Coltrane from 1960, in Paris from the new album The Final Tour (Volume 6 in the Miles Davis "Bootleg Series" from Columbia/Legacy Records).

Follow what's happening with Gospel Roots Of Rock & Soul,WXPN's year-long exploration of the connections between gospel music and rock, soul and R&B, with concerts, films, and a radio documentary.

Links for   Local Artists  |  Venues  |  Blues Events

       • • • Area Blues Concerts & Events • • •


For 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

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• • • April • • •


Friday, April 20, 2018

Ursula Ricks Project @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM) advance tickets: $16, $18 at door

AC Steel Trio @ Faracos Pizzeria & Pub
Quakertown PA 18951 (6PM-9PM)


Saturday, April 21, 2018

John Primer and Nick Moss Band with Dennis Gruenling presented by
Baltimore Blues Society
@ Rosedale American Legion
Baltimore Md 21237 (8PM-Midnight) $25 advance, $30 door, BYOB

Bobby Kyle & The Administers @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM) advance tickets: $18, $20 at door

Dukes Of Destiny @ The Mermaid Inn
Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill) PA 19118 (9:15PM-Midnight) $12

Bell Bottom Blues @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $30 advance, $35 at door


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Albert Castiglia (opening AC Steel & The Galvanizers)
@ Bucks County Blues Society's Spring Fever Footstomper
Terchon VFW Post 5542
Edgely PA 19057 (2PM-6PM)
if you purchase a ticket to this event, you are entitled to buy
up to ten advance tickets to the July 21st R&B Picnic in Morrisville PA
for $30 each instead of the regular advance price of $35


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Southern Avenue @ World Cafe Live (Upstairs)
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $12 advance, $14 day of show, plus fees


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Madeleine Peyroux @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $58 advance; $60 day of show, plus fees


Friday, April 27, 2018

Deb Callahan Band @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM) advance tickets: $16, $18 at door


Saturday, April 28, 2018

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Patriots Crossing Tavern
Titusville NJ 08560 (8PM-12AM)

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ Music at Maltby's House Concert
128 Stone Cliff Road, Princeton NJ 08540
(8PM-10PM) $20 suggested donation


• • • May • • •


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA 19147 (8PM-Midnight) no cover


Friday, May 4 , 2018

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Crooked Eye Brewery
Hatboro PA 19040 (7PM-10PM)


Saturday, May 5 , 2018

Little Walter Harmonica Tribute with
Steve Guyger, Mark Kenneally, Mikey Junior, and James Day
@ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE 19733 (7:30PM-10:30PM)

Baltimore Blues Society Zydeco dance Party
Dwight Carrier & Black Cat Zydeco
@ Creative Alliance
Baltimore MD 21224

Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM) advance tickets: $16, $18 at door

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Hollywood Tavern
Rockledge PA 19001 (8PM-12AM)


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Dukes Of Destiny @ Chestnut Hill Garden Festival
Germantown Avenue and Bethlehem Pike Stage
Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill) PA 19118 (11:30AM-1:45PM)

Robben Ford @ Sellersville Theatre
Sellersville PA 18960 (7:30PM) $33/$45


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Yardbirds @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $45/$55 advance; $47/$57 day of show, plus fees


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Duwayne Burnside @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance, $30 at door


Friday, May 11, 2018

Mitch Woods @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE 19733 (7:30PM-10:30PM)

Mojo Gypsies @ Crooked Eye Brewery
Hatboro PA 19040 (7PM-10PM)


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ Old Haverford Meeting Coffeehouse
Havertown PA 19083 (7:00PM-9:00PM) suggested donation canned goods (benefit for Upper Darby Food Bank)


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Danielle Nicole (open: Nate Myers & The Aces) @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $19.50, $29.50


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Indigenous (open: David Jacobs-Strain) @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $21.50, $33


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Blue Thursday, Reunion V with Mikey Jr Blues Revue
featuring MJ's Guitar Army and The Big 3 Rhythm Section
@ Terchon VFW Post 5542
Edgely PA 19057 (7:30PM)

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ Longwood Gardens Beer Garden
Kennett Square PA 19348 (6:00PM-9:00PM)


Friday, May 18, 2018

The Claudettes @ Bourbon & Branch
Philadelphia (Northern Liberties) PA 19123

Doyle Bramhall II @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $29.50, $45


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ For the Sake of Culture, Not Profit House Concert
Philadelphia (Kingsessing) PA 19143 (8PM-10PM) $20
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Mojo Gypsies @ The Lucky Well
Ambler PA 19002


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Robert Finley @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8:30PM) $17 advance; $19 day of show, plus fees

Dana Fuchs @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $29.50, $45


Friday, May 25, 2018

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ The Living Room at 35 East
Ardmore PA 19003 (8:00PM-9:30PM) $15


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Mojo Gypsies @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050


Thursday, May 31, 2018

film screening of Two Trains Runnin'
directed by Samuel D. Pollard
starring Taylor Branch, Gary Clark Jr., Common
@ Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr PA 19010 (7PM) $12.50 (discounts for seniors, students, children)

Chris Duarte (open: James Pace Band) @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $21.50, $29.50


• • • June • • •


Friday, June 1, 2018

Mojo Gypsies @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE 19733 (7:30PM-10:30PM)

Joanna Connor @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance, $30 at door


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Chester County Blues Barbeque @ Wyndsor Farm
Elverson PA (2PM-7PM) rain or shine
Gary Allegretto, Vanessa Collier, Voodoo Deville


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Rev. Billy C. Wirtz @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE 19733 (7:30PM-10:30PM)


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Saint Georges Blues Festival
Fort DuPont Parade Grounds
Delaware City DE 19706
11:45AM-12:45PM Dr Harmonica & Rockett 88
1:15PM-2:30PM Built For Comfort Blues Band
3:00PM-4:15PM Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe
4:45PM-6:00PM James Armstrong
6:30PM-8:00PM Billy Price Band with Jimmy Britton
       and The Nighthawks
(between the sets, Garry Cogdell's tent sessions)

Blues, Brews & Barbecue
Allentown PA 18101 (Noon-10PM)


Mojo Gypsies @ Hollywood Tavern
Rockledge PA 19046 (8PM)

Michael Allman Band @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $30 advance $35 at door


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Saint Georges Blues Festival
Fort DuPont Parade Grounds
Delaware City DE 19706
11:45AM-12:45PM Mikey Junior
1:15PM-2:30PM Peter Karp
3:00PM-4:15PM J. P. Soars and The Red Hots
4:45PM-6:00PM Albert Castiglia
6:30PM-8:00PM Michael Allman Band
(between the sets, Garry Cogdell's tent sessions)

Billtown Blues Festival
Lycoming County Fairgrounds
Hughesville PA 17737


Dom Flemons @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (7:30PM) $21.50, $30


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper @ Union Transfer
Philadelphia PA 19123 (8:30PM) $59.50


Friday, June 15, 2018

Michael Allman Band @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $25, $39.50


Saturday, June 16, 2018

State Street Blues Stroll
Business district in Media PA 19063
Joe Louis Walker headline act at Media Theatre 8:15PM-10PM
Many other acts throughout the area within walking distance of
the Media Theatre, throughout the evening, including
Lonnie Shields Band @ Azie (10-1)
Steve Guyger & The Excellos @ Ariano (10-1:15) outdoor stage
Dave Coppa Band @ Shere-E-Punjab (9:30-1:15)
Papa Sez (Formerly The All Stars) @ Stephens On State (9-1)
Kim Trusty @ FMFCU (7:30-8:30) (9:30-10:30) all-ages show
Blues Brothers & A Sister @ John’s Grille (8-12:15)
Philly Blues Social Club @ Joclyn’s (9:30-1:15)
Danielle Miraglia @ Margaret Kuo’s (8-10:30)
Georgie Bonds Band @ Quotations (9:30-1:15)
Johnny Never @ Lotus (6-9) dinner seating only
$20 thru 6/15/2018; $25 on 6/16/2018; seniors & vets $25 6/16 - all venues except Theatre
Theatre admission plus all other venues - $30
WXPN member discounts by web only
Under 21 free @ all-ages stages, except Theatre ($15 – ages 12-20)
More Info & Tickets (VISA & MasterCard): 610-566-5039 - no refunds


AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ North Penn VFW Post 676
Glenside PA 19038 (9PM-1AM)


Friday, June 22, 2018

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ The Lucky Well
Ambler PA 19002 (8PM-11PM)


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ Longwood Gardens Beer Garden
Kennett Square PA 19348 (6:00PM-9:00PM)


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Bobby Messano @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $19.50, $29.50


Friday, June 29, 2018

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Hotel Fiesole
Skippack PA 19474 (8PM-12AM)


• • • July • • •


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Briggs Farm Blues FestivalPre-Festival Night
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635
570-379-3342
Thursday Night's "Slowhand in the Woods"
7PM-11PM The Mighty Susquehannas & friends perform
the music of Eric Clapton


Friday, July 6, 2018

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Day 1
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635
570-379-3342

     Main Stage
9:45PM-11:15PM Samantha Fish
7:55PM-9:25PM The National Reserve
6:05PM-7:35PM Vanessa Collier
4:15PM-5:45PM Shawn Holt & The Teardrops

     Back Porch Stage
9:00PM-10:30PM Swampcandy
7:10PM-8:40PM Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations
5:20PM-6:50PM MiZ
3:30PM-5:00PM Launch Pad
1:40PM-3:10PM Gabe Stillman Band


Stevie and the Bluescasters @ Longwood Gardens Beer Garden
Kennett Square PA 19348 (6:00PM-9:00PM)

Roomful of Blues @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $39 advance, $44 at door


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Day 2
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635
570-379-3342

     Main Stage
9:30PM-11:00PM Amy Helm
7:55PM-9:25PM Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue
5:50PM-7:20PM Selwyn Birchwood
4:00PM-5:30PM JJ Thames & The Violet Revolt

     Back Porch Stage
8:30PM-10:00PM The National Reserve
6:40PM-8:10PM Amanda Fish Band
4:50PM-6:20pM Ursula Ricks
3:00PM-4:30PM Teddy Young & The Aces
1:15PM-2:40PM The Mighty Susquehannas
12Noon-1:00PM 3rd Street Blues Band


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Day 3
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635
570-379-3342
     Main Stage
1:00PM Mike Farris
11:00AM Ed Randazzo & Friends


Eric Steckel and Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (7:30PM) $19.50, $29.50


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Marcia Ball @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $25-$35 advance; $27-$37 day of show, + fees


Friday, July 13, 2018

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Crooked Eye Brewery
Hatboro PA 19040 (7PM-10PM)


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Bucks County Blues Society R & B Picnic
@ Snipes Farm, in Morrisville PA 19067 $35 advance sale
Cash Box Kings, King Solomon Hicks
Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers
Dean Shot & The Solid Senders (tribute to Howlin' Wolf)
Philly Gumbo, Dr. Harmonica & Rockett 88
Stevie & The Bluescasters
send check or money order and self-addressed, stamped envelope to
Bucks County Blues Society, Box 482, Levittown PA 19058-0482
info 215-946-4794 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dean Shot & The Solid Senders @ Sparky's
Levittown PA 19056 (after BCBS R&B Picnic)

Walter Trout (open: Greg Sover Band) @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $35, $49.50


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Bill "Howlin' Madd" Perry featuring Shy Perry
@ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance, $30 at door


• • • August • • •


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Greg Sover and Jamie McLean @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $19.50, $29.50


Friday, August 3, 2018

Riverfront Blues Festival @ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park (Day 1)
Water Street, between Market Street and French Street
across from the Wilmington train station
Wilmington DE 19801

      Main Stage
5:00PM TBA
6:45PM TBA
8:30PM TBA

      Side Stage
6:15PM & 8:00PM TBA


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Riverfront Blues Festival @ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park (Day 2)
Water Street, between Market Street and French Street
across from the Wilmington train station
Wilmington DE 19801

      Main Stage
12Noon TBA
1:30PM TBA
3:15PM TBA
5:00PM TBA
6:45PM TBA
8:30PM TBA

      Side Stage
2:45PM TBA
4:30PM TBA
6:15PM TBA
8:00PM TBA


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Riverfront Blues Festival @ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park (Day 3)
Water Street, between Market Street and French Street
across from the Wilmington train station
Wilmington DE 19801
      Main Stage
12:30PM TBA
 2:30PM TBA
 4:30PM TBA

      Side Stage
2:00PM TBA
4:00PM TBA


Saturday, August 11, 2018

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Blue Earl Brewing
Smyrna DE 19977 (7PM-10PM)


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Philadelphia Folk Festival
Old Pool Farm, Upper Salford PA 19473
"Camping Only" Night: Toronzo Cannon and others


Friday, August 17, 2018

Philadelphia Folk Festival
Old Pool Farm, Upper Salford PA 19473
David Bromberg Quintet and others

Albert Cummings @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $21.50, $30


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Philadelphia Folk Festival
Old Pool Farm, Upper Salford PA 19473


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Philadelphia Folk Festival
Old Pool Farm, Upper Salford PA 19473


Friday, August 24, 2018

Rockin' Johnny Burgin Band @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance, $30 at door


• • • September • • •


Friday, September 7, 2018

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ The Lucky Well
Ambler PA 19002 (8PM-11PM)


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Phoenixville Blues Festival
in Reeves Park, in Phoenixville PA, Noon-10PM

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ Longwood Gardens Beer Garden
Kennett Square PA 19348 (5:30PM-8:30PM)


Friday, September 14, 2018

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Crooked Eye Brewery
Hatboro PA 19040 (7PM-10PM)


Saturday, September 15, 2018

John Mayall @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (6PM) and (9PM) $35, $49.50


Sunday, September 23, 2018

5th Annual Blues Cruisin' Lunch
1:00PM boarding the Spirit Of Philadelphia
1:30PM Embark - cruise begins
4:00PM Spirit of Philadelphia returns to the dock, and
4:30PM Disembark. The show concludes


• • • October • • •


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Paoli Blues Festival
Paoli Presbyterian Church
South Valley Road
Paoli PA

Friday, October 12, 2018

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Hotel Fiesole
Skippack PA 19474 (8PM-12AM)


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ Longwood Gardens Beer Garden
Kennett Square PA 19348 (5:30PM-8:30PM)


• • • November • • •


Friday, November 2, 2018

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Red Hot & Blue
Cherry Hill NJ (8M-12AM)


Friday, November 9, 2018

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Crooked Eye Brewery
Hatboro PA 19040 (7PM-10PM)


Friday, November 16, 2018

Reading Blues Fest Day One
Reading PA 19601


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Reading Blues Fest Day Two
Reading PA 19601


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Reading Blues Fest Day Three
Reading PA 19601


• • • December • • •


Friday, December 7, 2018

Mavis Staples @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $75-$85 advance; $78-$88 day of show, plus fees


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Mavis Staples @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $75-$85 advance; $78-$88 day of show, plus fees


• • • January • • •


• • • February • • •


Friday, February 22, 2019

Lancaster Roots and Blues: A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA 17603 advance tickets now on sale


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Lancaster Roots and Blues: A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA 17603 advance tickets now on sale


Sunday, February 24, 2019

Lancaster Roots and Blues: A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA 17603 advance tickets now on sale


• • • March • • •


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Blast Furnace Blues Festival 2018 Day 2

      Fowler Blast Furnace Room
12Noon  TBA
1:00PM  TBA
2:30PM  TBA
4:15PM  TBA
6:00PM  TBA
7:45PM  TBA

      Musikfest Café
12:30PM  TBA
 1:45PM  TBA
 3:15PM  TBA
 5:00PM  TBA
 6:45PM  TBA
 8:30PM  TBA


Sunday, March 24, 2019

Blast Furnace Blues Festival 2018 Day 3

      Fowler Blast Furnace Room
12:30PM  TBA
 2:15PM  TBA
 3:45PM  TBA
 5:15PM  TBA

      Musikfest Café
 Noon  TBA
1:15PM  TBA
2:30PM  TBA
4:15PM  TBA
6:00PM  TBA

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Regularly occurring (weekly, monthly) blues jams and events

           Weekly


• • • every Tuesday • • •

Ursula Ricks hosts "Cats Eye Blues Jam" @ The Cats Eye Pub
Baltimore (Fells Point) MD 21231 (9PM)

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
Enola PA


• • • every Wednesday • • •

Mikey Jr. @ The Twisted Tail 8PM
Philadelphia PA


• • • every Sunday • • •

Blues Brunch and Jam with The Philly Blues Kings
@ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (11:30AM-4:30PM) $4

Mikey Jr. leads blues jam 5PM-9PM @ The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA

           Monthly


Fred Miller Blues Band @ The Rusty Nail
Blues Jam 8PM last Sunday of each month
Ardmore PA


    Jonny's Top Twenty-Five Blues Songs 2017

Vanessa Collier "Cry Out"
Eight O'Five Jive "Never"
David Brinston "I Drinks My Whiskey"
Linsey Alexander "Starting Monday"
Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers "Pretty Good For A Girl"
Eric Bibb "We Had To Move"
Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' "Ain't Nobody Talkin'"
Karen Lovely "Next Time"
Chuck Berry "Eyes Of Man"
Cecile McLorin Salvant "Wild Women Don't Have The Blues"
Big Bill Morganfield "Help Someone"
Southern Avenue "80 Miles From Memphis"
Mr. Sipp "Juke Joint"
Polly O'Keary "Hard Hearted World"
Robert Cray "You Must Believe In Yourself"
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats "Dissed Again"
Reverend Sekou "In Times Like These"
Willa Vincitore "Love Looks Good On Me"
Stew Cutler & Friends "Gumbo Trane"
Ms. Jody "Where I Come From"
Alabama Mike "Meet Me In The Bottom"
James Armstrong "Old Man In The Morning (Young Man At Night)"
Eric Gales "Boogie Man"
Harrison Kennedy "Afraid To Fail"
Selwyn Birchwood "My Whiskey Loves My Ex"

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The ten-album series Worried Blues from Fat Possum Records reissues some
music from some wonderful albums recorded by Gene Rosenthal,
some issued on LP in the 1960s and 1970s, and all issued on CDs in the 1990s
in the "Blue Vault" series on the Genes label.
The albums in this series did not enjoy wide promotion and distribution
at the time of issue. Now in the Worried Blues series, they do.

Some of these draw from two originally issued albums, and as such, have
to omit some songs from the original releases. Others are straight reissues of original
albums in the series, and some of those lack a few tracks from those originals.
Possibly this is the result of issues around the publishing of those songs,
though it is unfortunate.
The liner notes in the series are almost all "adapted"
(significantly abridged versions of the excellent notes in the original releases).
Some of the original releases are still around, available as used discs
or ocassionally new, still wrapped. The reissues are
generally much less expensive, can be downloaded as mp3s, and will
come out on LPs for those who want that format in September.

I have found the Discogs website useful, not only for checking info on these particular albums, but also usually a good source of info about the personnel on albums, the dates and places where they were recorded, and the different editions in which they have been issued.

R. L. BurnsideWorried Blues
straight reissue of My Black Name A-Ringin' released on CD in 1991 by
Genes Records through Adelphi label. Original had much more extensive liner notes
and photos. Reissue liner notes lack name of harmonica player Red Ramsey
who plays on several tracks.
originally issued on Genes Records - GCD 9917

Reverend Gary DavisWorried Blues
reissue of O, Glory - The Apostolic Studio Sessions which came out on Edsel label
in 1996, missing two cuts from the original CD. Liner notes significantly abridged,
fail to mention the name of harmonica player Larry Johnson
who plays on four songs.
originally issued on CD by Edsel Records - EDCD 482; LP "O, Glory" issued in
1973 by Adelphi Records.

Honeyboy EdwardsWorried Blues
reissue of Don't Mistreat A Fool album released 1999 Genes label missing three songs from original release (including both that had
Big Walter Horton on harmonica); abridged liner notes
original issue on CD by Genes Records - GCD 9914

Mississippi John HurtWorried Blues
original issue was issued as a double CD, and also apparently
as separate single CDs.
The reissue omits some of the songs and also omits an interview with Hurt
conducted by Pete Seeger on disc two of the original.
Abridged liner notes and art.
both albums/volumes issued together as double CD
Mississippi John Hurt Memorial Anthology
by Genes label - GCD 9906/7 in 1993
Volume 1: released by Edsel Records - EDCD 381 in 1994
Volume 2: released by Edsel Records - EDCD 446 in 1997

Skip JamesWorried Blues
straight reissue of his album She Lyin' which came out in 1993 from Genes Records.
This has all the songs on the original, though abridged liner notes. This is an album of
guitar-based songs. Skip also did a wonderful piano album for Genes, but that is not
reissued in the Worried Blues series, at least not yet.
original issue on Genes Records - GCD 9901 in 1993

Furry LewisWorried Blues
this album draws some songs from two albums in the original Blues Vault series,
On The Road Again (which had come out on LP in 1969) and Take Your Time.
The album "On The Road Again" had some tracks with famed Memphis banjo player Gus Cannon and guitarist Bukka White,
but those songs are among the omitted titles.
On The Road Again originally issued on CD by Genes Records - GCD 9918
Take Your Time originally issued on CD by Genes Records - GCD 9911

Little Brother MontgomeryWorried Blues
this is a straight reissue of Montgomery's No Special Rider CD album
for the Genes label (issued 1999 on CD; 1969 LP issue had two fewer cuts),
with abridged liner notes. On some songs
Jeanne Carroll is the vocalist. Guitarist Mike Stewart plays on some tracks.

Houston StackhouseWorried Blues
reissue of the album Cryin' Won't Help You minus two of its tracks, originally
released on CD in 1994. The highly abridged liner notes are unfortunate,
as the extensive info in the original liner notes included much about the artist
that was previously unpublished and not known.
original label: Genes Records - GCD 9904.

Bukka WhiteWorried Blues
reissue of album 1963 Isn't 1962
issued by Genes Records - GCD 9903 in 1994.

Reverend Robert WilkinsWorried Blues
reissue of Remember Me album, abridged liner notes
originally issued 1993 on Genes label (GCD 9902).

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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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Streams Of Recent Blues Show Programs:
Shemekia Copeland - Free At Noon Concert 10/2/2015

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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!


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'
Kitty Mayo and the Emperess Band
Mike Mettalia & Midnight Shift
Mikey Jr.
Johnny Never
Philly Blues Kings
Porkroll Project
Scoville Blues
Sister Blue Band
Greg Sover
Stevie and the Bluescasters

   — — Venues — —

The Twisted Tail is the one place where you can hear blues in Philadelphia just about every night. They have a blues jam every Sunday starting at 5PM hosted by Mikey Jr. & Stone Cold Blues. Mikey Jr. and band also play there pretty regularly on Wednesday nights.

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.


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

Red Hot & Blue
2175 Marlton Pike West
Route 70 East in Cherry Hill
across from Garden State Park Shopping Center
adjacent to the Holiday Inn
Cherry Hill NJ 08002
856-665–7427

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

Warmdaddy's
1400 South Columbus Boulevard (at Reed Street)
Philadelphia PA 19147
215-462-2000

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

World Cafe Live (Wilmington)
501 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
302-994-1400

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James Cotton and Jonny Meister
Jonny Meister with the late great James Cotton

Samuel James and Jonny Meister
Jonny Meister jammin' with Samuel James

Robert Johnson Charlie Musselwhite
Shemekia Copeland Blind Lemon Jefferson

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