The Roadhouse

The Roadhouse


The finest blues you've never heard.


Roahdouse 642  

This hour suits the common ideal of a roadhouse to a tee. asey James, Nick Schnebelen, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Jason Ricci, and Janiva Magness will take the stage under the blue and red lights. There will be lots of sweat and cold beer and questionable activities going on in the dark. And, straight from the bandstand, a live set will have you knocking around the sawdust. It's another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 642nd Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 641  

It's a jumbo edition of The Roadhouse, with more music than any other edition. And, it's a total chair dance. Nick Moss, Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore, Otis Spann, Studebaker John, and the Andy T Band provide a huge show without so much as a break to catch your breath right up to last call. Brace yourself for another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 641st Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 640  

This hour of The Roadhouse features a number of Roadhouse debuts - artists who have never graced the tight little bandstand in the corner. And, it's an hour with some youngsters - artists who may have the future of the blues squarely on their shoulders. Linsey Alexander, Gina Sicilia, Jonny Lang, ZZ Ward, and Nick Moran are ahead. If there ever really was a doubt about the tagline of the show, let this be a perfect example of another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 640th Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 639  

The theme of the hour is a retrospective on the musical life of Gregg Allman, along with The Allman Brothers Band. Since it's impossible to put together a comprehensive view of their music in just an hour, I've pulled together some of my favorites. I've got a couple of tracks you've heard and some you may not. While it's sad to mark his passing, by the end of the hour, we can celebrate the musical contribution of Gregg Allman. It makes for another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 639th Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 638  

Family graduations two days and five hundred miles apart mean you get a Roadhouse Rewind for show 638. From ten years ago, I hope Roadhouse 118 will keep you entertained until I return next week with another new show.

We return to the freewheelin' feel of The Roadhouse this week, with the Blues Music Awards shows behind us. Dave Hole, Hamilton Loomis, Anson Funderburgh, Roosevelt Sykes, and Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women are just some of the artists you'll love in this edition. It may be a tough genre to pin down, but you're sure to find each and every artist in the 118th Roadhouse Podcast deeply rooted in the blues - the finest blues you've never heard.

Roadhouse 637  

There are two important points to remember for this edition of The Roadhouse: the blues are in good hands and they cover a lot of ground. I feature Big Bill Morganfield, Jimmy & The Sleepers, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Patrick Recob, and John McNamara in a harmonica-heavy hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 637th Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 636  

This hour of The Roadhouse is our annual look back at the Blues Music Awards. The hour is dedicated to the winners in the major categories. Diunna Greenleaf, Doug MacLeod, Kenny Neal, Mavis Staples, and Tedeschi Trucks Band are among the artsts in the spotlight. Even though I know I've had a couple of the tracks in the show, that doesn't prevent it from being another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - our review of the 38th Blues Music Awards in the 636th Roadhouse.

Roadhouse 635  

I've got an 80-proof version of the hour this week, with 40% of the artists new to The Roadhouse. Harlis Sweetwater, Brad Stivers, John McNamara, Hector Anchondo Band, and Selwyn Birchwood fill the hour. This edition has a lot of new stuff wrapped around an old concept - the concept of another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 635th Roadhouse.

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 NĂ©meth 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.

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