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Spotlight on Nu-Soul

This week on the Radio Hour, we're focusing on the soul music revival, with artists like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, James Hunter, and Ryan Shaw who are leading the charge. And we just discovered another-- from Austin, Texas, check out Black Joe Lewis. The track is "Sugarfoot": 

Win the New CD from J.J. Cale

J.J. Cale's new CD Roll On is our CD of the Month for March, it debuts on our Top 10 Blues Chart this week at #7, and you can win a copy over on our contests page. While we're at it, let's make J.J. our video of the week. Scroll down to see him play with special guest Eric Clapton.

Blues of the Month Club Triple Play for April

Blues of the Month Club members will get three CDs in April -- the new one's from Mick Fleetwood, Susan Tedeschi, and Duke Robillard's new project Sunny and Her Joy Boys. As a member you get a T-shirt, then a handpicked new CD delivered to your door every month. Sign up in the Blues Collectibles Store by March 31 to take advantage of the April Triple Play!

On the Show and the Stream This Week:

As mentioned, this week I have got a focus on Nu-Soul on the air.

Four great House of Blues Radio Hour shows are ready for you on the stream.  Last week's Blind Boys show is there for those of you who missed it.  And there is also Michael Burks, John Nemeth, and the Valentine's Day show.  Get comfortable and get listening!

Win Stuff!

Over on the Contests page, we are giving away a copies of JJ Cale's CD "Roll On." We've also got free copies of the most recent release from Cooke and the Vagrantz.


March 14-15, 2009

Big Shanty
"Kiss The Eight Ball"

Sold Out
King Mojo Records

Big Shanty is also the alter ego of former record promoter Dick Wooley.  In his days with Atlantic and Capricorn Records, Dick worked with folks like Molly Hatchett, Wet Willie, and the Allman Brothers.  Then he started his own label in Georgia, King Mojo Records. 

Following the old saying “if you don’t hear the music you want to hear, make it yourself,” he did just that.  He became Big Shanty and made some music.  And his new album is called Sold Out.

Song of The Week: Build Your Blues Library One Song at a Time

Lightnin' Hopkins
Ball of Twine

This week we're marking the birthday of Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins, who was born on March 15, 1912.

Influenced by a childhood meeting with Blind Lemon Jefferson, Hopkins found the blues and was discovered in the mid 1940s, playing the Third Ward clubs in Houston, Texas. He moved briefly to Los Angeles to record for the Alladin label. Hopkins recorded almost costantly - by some estimates he cut 1000 songs. It's impossible to single out just one track, but we picked Ball of Twine as our song of the week.


Elwood's Blues of the Month Club

JJ Cale follows up his brilliant and award-winning collaboration with Eric Clapton with a new solo album call Roll On.

We're happy to announce that Roll On is our CD of the Month! Members of Elwood's Blues of the Month Club get a hand-picked new disc every month direct to their door. In January, members received two discs -- the Cadillac Records soundtrack, as well as the Best of Chess, which featured original versions. In February, it was Jorma Kaukonen's River of Time. If you'd like to join, details are here.

We Need a Shirt on Your Back

Some very special friends that work on the Radio Hour donned their new T-shirts emblazoned with logo. Buying a shirt helps pay artist and record label royalties so we can keep the stream free for everyone. We've figured out some ways to reduce the price and ship to Canada and Europe! Pick yours up in the Blues Collectibles Store.

What's New


The House of Blues Radio Hour Stream Goes Global!

We've heard from more than 56 countries and territories so far. The map below shows some of our recent listeners (scroll over the targets to see cities and countries):


  Video of the Week 

Great clip of two guitar greats. J.J. Cale gets support from Eric Clapton on After Midnight.

Buddy Guy #1 In 2008 House of Blues Radio Hour Listener Poll!

The Top Ten albums of 2008, as voted by you, my Blues Brethren. If you missed the show, it is streaming live right now! Check out the complete list below, and congratulations are due to our winner, Angela Stork from Ontario! She won a set of all 10 albums:

Top Ten Albums of 2008

10: Peace, Love, and BBQ- Marcia Ball
9: Full Tilt- Lil' Ed and The Blues Imperials
8: Pinetop Perkins and Friends- Pinetop Perkins
7: The Blues Rolls On- Elvin Bishop
6: Mess Of Blues- Jeff Healey
5: Complete Clapton- Eric Clapton
4: What You Gotta Go Through- Big Daddy O
3: Live From Nowhere in Particular- Joe Bonamassa
2: One Kind Favor- B.B. King

And the Number One Album of 2008 is-
Skin Deep- Buddy Guy

(All are available in our Amazon Blues Music Store)

The Blues Festival Season never really ends -- it's time to start thinking about a Blues Cruise! Visit our friends at the Blues Festival Guide!