The Roadhouse

The Roadhouse


The finest blues you've never heard.


Roadhouse 634  

It's hard to imagine how so much great music can be packed into an hour. After whittling down the playlist by half, I think I arrived at the quintessential Roadhouse. Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Doug South & The Roundabouts, Gina Sicilia, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, and the Johnny Max Band are all out there just waiting to blow you away. Of course, they'll do that with another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 634th Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 633  

In this hour, I've got swing blues, traditional contemporary blues, some acoustic blues, a little blues rock, and a couple of great Roadhouse debuts. Lil' Shakey & The Tremors, Todd Albright, Samantha Fish, Mike Zito, and Vintage #18 are all ahead. Whether you've heard these artists or not, they're all focused on one thing - making sure it's another hour of the finest blues you've never heard: the 633rd Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 632  

This week we mark the passing of Lonnie Brooks with a family set. I've also got blues from all over the place. I've got Godboogie, Bonnie Bishop, Bo Ramsey, Mr. Sipp, and Stevie Silver in the hour ahead. Toronto, Texas, Iowa, Mississippi, and Boston. Just like the blues, the artists in the hour are from all over. And, they're certainly all over another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 632nd Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 631  

Anyone who's ever listened to the blues will tell you that it's not about one thing. This hour helps to prove that with upbeat blues, a set of next generation blues, and a set of protest blues. Gary Clark, Jr., Monster Mike Welch, Corey Dennison Band, Eric Bibb, and Billy Flynn move us through the hour with the big picture of blues and, certainly, another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 631st Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 630  

We jump back into the flow that you've come to expect from The Roadhouse after a slight diversion in the last hour. It's almost all contemporary blues, including a set that builds from there into a pretty rip-roaring blues rock track. Southern Avenue, Coco Montoya, Jeff Michaels, Ruthie Foster, and John Németh help make up the hour. There are some folks we haven't heard from for awhile and at least one making his Roadhouse debut. It all makes for an hour of the finest blues you've never heard - another hour of The Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 629  

We lost another blues great this week with the passing of James Cotton. This edition of The Roadhouse is a rememberance that keeps the context of his musical impact at the forefront. Of course, his context is unequivically Chicago and the legendary blues scene in that city. So, this hour is centered in Chicago, focused on James Cotton, and surrounded by artists who also helped to contribute in making his time in the blues some of the best. Buddy Guy, Lonnie Brooks, Koko Taylor, Luther Allison, and, of course, James Cotton make for another hour in The Roadhouse of the finest blues - the 629th Roadhouse Podcast.

Roadhouse 628  

There's a regional focus in this hour of The Roadhouse, from a part of the US you might not know for its great blues tradition. Lil' Stevie & The Westsiders, Professor Harp, Anthony Geraci & The Boston Blues All-Stars, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, and Paul Rishell & Annie Raines help fuel an hour of what we'll call New England blues. But, it doesn't really matter what you call it as long as you call it another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 628th Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 627  

This hour of The Roadhouse works to rectify an admitted deficit of female blues artists to male. Lauren Mitchell, Hurricane Ruth, Samantha Fish, Rhiannon Giddens, and Southern Avenue take you to a different side of the blues - a side that's a little less male-centric and a little bit more from a woman's perspective. That mix makes for absolutely another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 627th Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 626  

It's the twelfth anniversary of The Roadhouse, and I've got an hour full of upbeat show-opening tracks. Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Candye Kane, Victor Wainwright & The Wild Roots, Trudy Lynn, and R.J. Mischo are queued up to help propel us through a birthday hour. Sometimes it seems like thirty, but mostly the twelve years of The Roadhouse have gone by pretty quickly, as will this hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the twelfth anniversary Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 625  

As always, I'll try to mix things up a bit in this hour of The Roadhouse. SI've got some urban blues, some country blues, and a set in the second half of what I'll call 'hippie blues.' Colin James, Vasti Jackson, Paul Lamb, John Ginty featuring Aster Pheonyx, and The Rockin' Rebels are all ahead. As always, it's a bit of an eclectic hour of blues and certainly another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 625th Roadhouse Podcast.

Roadhouse 624  

It's not all driving backbeats in this hour of The Roadhouse. In fact, I've got a set acoustic blues featuring the National Resonator guitar. And, I'll follow that up with a set of ragtime blues, as well. Big Bill Morganfield, Doug MacLeod, Maria Muldaur, The Ragpicker String Band, and The Bluesmasters are the spine of the hour, if you will. But, as with the human body, it takes ribs and muscles and other bones to make a body full. I've got plenty of other tracks to fill that role and fill out the body of another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 624th Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 623  

This hour's all about blues attitude. Ronnie Baker Brooks, Peter Karp, The Lachy Doley Group, King King, and Mighty Lester lay it out. They help assure we just keep rolling with another hour of blues variety as you've come to expect every week. But, really, it's another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 623rd Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 622  

There's a lot of good stuff in the hour ahead with Elvin Bishop, Thornetta Davis, Sonny Landreth, Southern Avenue, and Tab Benoit with Jimmy Thackery. But, the centerpiece of the hour is a tribute to Butch Trucks - a single track that I think really exemplifies the propulsive drummer that he was. It also helps to support the case that he was, simply, one of the greatest drummers of all time in one of the greatest bands of all time. While the track I pulled is really more blues rock, it's absolutely surrounded by another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 622nd Roadhouse Podcast.

Roadhouse 621  

I think I've got another hour of blues ahead that you'll find to be just solid. Big George Jackson, Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado, Hadden Sayers, Bo Carter, and Ronnie Baker Brooks. The hour includes a trip into the deep blues roots - something I haven't done for awhile. But, overall, it really is something I do every week: give you another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 621st Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 620  

Every hour of The Roadhouse is a little bit of a winding road - we tend to swing from one groove to another, usually in the context of a set. This hour will be another of those twisted treks - a little blues rock, some acoustic blues, a couple of live tracks. Quinn Sullivan, The Ragpicker String Band, Craig Erickson, The Jimmys, and Wee Willie Walker lead the way. I think there's bound to be quite a bit in the hour ahead that you like - but I'll admit to my own bias. I am certain, though, that you'll like another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 620th Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 619  

If you're an old hand in The Roadhouse, you know the drill, here - an hour of great blues variety. If you're new, I'm glad you stopped by and I think you might be in for a surprise or two. Big Golden Wheeler, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Sharon Lewis, Popa Chubby, and Lucinda Williams are all ahead. I've also got at least three artists making their debut in The Roadhouse. All in all, you know it makes for another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 619th hour of The Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 618  

We're building a strong hour of blues in this edition of The Roadhouse. Jack Mack & the Heart Attack Horns, Lucky Peterson, Kenny Neal, Moreland & Arbuckle, and The Mighty Mojo Prophets provide the bricks, with another seven or eight artists providing the mortar. All told, it takes a lot of hands to construct the hour, but when it's done, you end up with another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 618th Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 617  

We're down to two Roadhouse hours left in 2016. What's up in the 51st hour of the year? The Rolling Stones, JW-Jones, Michael Burks, David Bromberg Band, and The Blind Boys of Alabama. If it's cold where you live, this one will keep you warm. If it's warm, I think you'll find this to be a very cool hour. In any case, you know it's going to be another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 617th Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 616  

Grab a cup of eggnog and make yourself comfortable. I've got the third holiday edition of The Roadhouse for 2016 queued up and ready for your celebration. Jack DeKeyser, Cedell Davis, Jack Mack & The Heart Attack Horns, Wee Willie Walker & The Greaseland All Stars, and Keb' Mo' fill the hour. My guess is that this will be another edition where you just get lost in the music, looking up in surprise when we signal closing time. Regardless, it'll be another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 616th Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 615  

The second holiday edition of The Roadhouse for 2016 keeps the spirit rolling. I've also got quite of bit of new music to round out the hour, including Big Bill Morganfield, Mike Zito, Jim Suhler, Annika Chambers, and Doyle Bramhall II. Holiday blues and new releases will help keep us moving along. As always, they also help to make sure we roll another hour of the finest blues you've never heard, the 625th Roadhouse.

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