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Blues Legend Hubert Sumlin 1931-2011

From John Luttrell | 02:30

We remember Hubert Sumlin, legendary guitarist and long-time sideman for Howlin' Wolf, passed away at the age of 80 on December 4, 2011.

Hubertathandy_small Hubert Sumlin was the long-time guitarist for legendary Bluesman Howlin' Wolf. Sumlin inspired guitar gods like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among others and is considered a legend in his own right. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 43 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Sumlin passed away December 4, 2011 at the age of 80. We remember Hubert Sumlin, his contributions to the music timeline, and those signature guitar licks we've all come to know and love.

For more information, log onto http://www.fulltimeblues.com

Blues Musician Ann Rabson 1945-2013

From John Luttrell | 03:30

Remembering Ann Rabson - highly regarded boogie-woogie pianist, songwriter, and founding member of Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women.

Ann_rabson_small Ann Rabson, American Blues singer, pianist, and guitar player, passed away January 30, 2013 at the age of 67. Rabson fell in love with Blues before the age of 5, was playing guitar professionally by 17, and taught herself piano at 35. She was highly regarded as a songwriter and pianist, and highly acclaimed as one of the founding members of the trio Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women.

Full-Time Blues Radio honors the legacy of Ann Rabson.

Full-Time Blues Radio is the home for new and independent Blues music. The weekly series is hosted by "Johnny Full-Time" and features new material by today's stars, tomorrow's legends, and self-produced indie artists. In addition, each week we look at what's making news in the world of the Blues; and dig inside "Johnny's Mailbox" to spotlight a new album that just arrived in the last seven days.

More information, archived artist interviews, and much more can be found online at http://fulltimeblues.com

Full-Time Blues Radio ep 1310 - Kelly Richey Interview

From John Luttrell | Part of the Full-Time Blues Radio series | 59:00

Johnny Full-Time sits down for conversation with Kelly Richey about her new CD, her new band, and much more. There's also music from the new album, and classic Kelly Richey tracks!

Kelly_richey_small Someone once commented Kelly Richey sounds like “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman's
body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out.”
That description has stuck ever since, as Kelly Richey has built an amazing career for herself. After taking a hiatus in 2010, Kelly Richey finally reaches full steam with a new band, a new album Sweet Spirit and a new approach to her music and career.
Johnny Full-Time sat down with Kelly Richey for music and discussion about the new CD, the new members of her band, the impact of music on her life and much more! There's also music from several Kelly Richey albums, including her latest disc.

Full-Time Blues Radio is the home for new and independent Blues music. The weekly series is hosted by "Johnny Full-Time" and features new material by today's stars, tomorrow's legends, and self-produced indie artists. In addition, each week we look at what's making news in the world of the Blues; and dig inside "Johnny's Mailbox" to spotlight a new album that just arrived in the last seven days.

More information, archived artist interviews, and much more can be found online at http://www.fulltimeblues.com

Nationwide Battle of the Blues Winner Boscoe France - The Full-Time Blues Radio Interview

From John Luttrell | Part of the Full-Time Blues Radio series | 59:01

Madisonville, Kentucky's Boscoe France won the nationwide Battle of the Blues competition for 2012, held by Guitar Center. Boscoe and bassist John Gillespie are in studio for conversation and music.

Boscoe_small Boscoe France first picked up a guitar at the age of three. Influenced by Freddie King, Elmore James, and Duane Allman, it was his uncle Duke who made the biggest impact on his playing. Boscoe's skill with the guitar took him to Nashville and beyond before he came back home to raise his family in 2005.

Now fronting The Boscoe France Band, Boscoe is in the spotlight again, winning the nationwide Guitar Center Battle of the Blues competition - and grabbing $25,000, studio recording time with Grammy winner Pete Anderson, and much, much more. At heart, though, he's still the woodshedding guitarist who approaches his music with a professionalism typically reserved for doctors or craftsmen.

Boscoe France and bassist John Gillespie joined Johnny Full-Time in studio for conversation and music. The guys talk about the band, the Guitar Center competition, and their goals for the future.

In addition, this week's show features news about the passing of Johnnie Bassett and a "Johnny's Mailbox" selection from Dennis Jones.

Full-Time Blues Radio is the home for new and independent Blues music. The weekly series is hosted by "Johnny Full-Time" and features new material by today's stars, tomorrow's legends, and self-produced indie artists. In addition, each week we look at what's making news in the world of the Blues; and dig inside "Johnny's Mailbox" to spotlight a new album that just arrived in the last seven days.

More information, archived artist interviews, and much more can be found online at http://fulltimeblues.com

Full-Time Blues Radio 5th Anniversary Show

From John Luttrell | Part of the Full-Time Blues Radio series | 59:00

Full-Time Blues Radio celebrates 5 years on the airwaves. This week's show features amazing music, interview clips, and in-studio performances!

Full-time-blues-birthday_small Full-Time Blues Radio first went on air June 7, 2008. This week, we celebrate 5 big years with both a look back, and a look forward. The show's focus remains playing new and independent Blues music. This week, experience great music, along with some archived interview clips and in-studio perfomances. Don't consider this episode a clip show. Listen for yourself and find out it's a mission statement.

Full-Time Blues Radio is the home for new and independent Blues music. The weekly series is hosted by "Johnny Full-Time" and features new material by today's stars, tomorrow's legends, and self-produced indie artists. In addition, each week we look at what's making news in the world of the Blues; and dig inside "Johnny's Mailbox" to spotlight a new album that just arrived in the last seven days.
 
More information, archived artist interviews, and much more can be found online at http://www.fulltimeblues.com

Etta James 1938-2012

From John Luttrell | 05:00

We remember the remarkable life and amazing career of one of the greatest female performers in music history, the legendary Miss Etta James, who passed away on January 20, 2012.

Atlast_small Etta James had her first record at the age of 15 and enjoyed success that few singers ever achieve. She overcame more than her fair share of demons to do it, too, and came out of her career as one of the most heralded and influential voices of all time.

Etta James passed away on January 20, 2012 at the age of 73. We remember her remarkable life and legendary career.

For more information, log on to http://www.fulltimeblues.com

Etta James 1938-2012

From John Luttrell | 05:00

We remember the remarkable life and amazing career of one of the greatest female performers in music history, the legendary Miss Etta James, who passed away on January 20, 2012.

Atlast_small Etta James had her first record at the age of 15 and enjoyed success that few singers ever achieve. She overcame more than her fair share of demons to do it, too, and came out of her career as one of the most heralded and influential voices of all time.

Etta James passed away on January 20, 2012 at the age of 73. We remember her remarkable life and legendary career.

For more information, log on to http://www.fulltimeblues.com

Full-Time Blues Radio ep 1316 - Willie's Blues

From John Luttrell | Part of the Full-Time Blues Radio series | 59:00

We celebrate the 80th birthday of Willie Nelson by exploring his Blues roots, with music by Willie himself, his Blues brethren, and Blues covers of Nelson tunes.

Willie_small Willie Nelson transcends music genres more than any artist in history. In addition to being one of the greatest Country Music artists of all time, Willie's also recorded albums of American Standards, Reggae, and Blues, among others. Willie has also collaborated with Blues artists, and seen others cover his songs. On this episode of Full-Time Blues Radio, we celebrate Willie's 80th birthday by playing Willie's Blues.

The featured selection from inside "Johnny's Mailbox" is "Matchbox Blues" by Willie Nelson. It comes off his brand new album Let's Face The Music And Dance. The album is available now on Legacy Recordings.

Full-Time Blues Radio is the home for new and independent Blues music. The weekly series is hosted by "Johnny Full-Time" and features new material by today's stars, tomorrow's legends, and self-produced indie artists. In addition, each week we look at what's making news in the world of the Blues; and dig inside "Johnny's Mailbox" to spotlight a new album that just arrived in the last seven days.
 
More information, archived artist interviews, and much more can be found online at http://www.fulltimeblues.com

Full-Time Blues Radio ep. 1323 Harmonica Blues

From John Luttrell | Part of the Full-Time Blues Radio series | 59:00

This week we celebrate the "Mississippi Saxophone," the "Blues Harp," the Harmonica - It's all harmonica Blues on this episode of the show!

Harmonica_small The harmonica was invented in the early 19th century. Their size and relatively affordable cost made them a musical instrument that was easy to buy and easy to carry with you - two characteristics that made the instrument a natural fit for Blues musicians. This week, Full-Time Blues Radio plays some of the best harmonica Blues to be released in the last three years. There's tributes to legends like Little Walter, new music from harmonica giant James Cotton, and young guns, as well. The featured selection from inside "Johnny's Mailbox" is "Tomorrow Night" by Watermelon Slim and the Workers. It comes off their first album since 2008, Bull Goose Rooster. Full-Time Blues Radio is the home for new and independent Blues music. The weekly series is hosted by "Johnny Full-Time" and features new material by today's stars, tomorrow's legends, and self-produced indie artists. In addition, each week we look at what's making news in the world of the Blues; and dig inside "Johnny's Mailbox" to spotlight a new album that just arrived in the last seven days. More information, archived artist interviews, and much more can be found online at http://www.fulltimeblues.com

Full-Time Blues Radio ep. 1334 - Cover Blues

From John Luttrell | Part of the Full-Time Blues Radio series | 59:00

This week, we're listening to new versions of old songs. It's an hour of new Blues releases with a focus on cover songs!

Full-time-blues-logo-white-2010_small Whether you call them cover songs, tributes, or reinterpretations - we call them new versions of old songs. That's the focus this week on Full-Time Blues Radio. This episode is filled with brand new release Blues albums, with the cover songs cherry picked for our use on the show.

Even the selection from inside "Johnny's Mailbox" is a cover, this week. Blind Pig Records has released a new album of Roosevelt Sykes performing live in 1977. Called The Original Honeydripper, this album features Sykes performing a version of Ray Charles' "What'd I Say."

Full-Time Blues Radio is the home for new and independent Blues music. The weekly series is hosted by "Johnny Full-Time" and features new material by today's stars, tomorrow's legends, and self-produced indie artists. In addition, each week we dig inside "Johnny's Mailbox" to spotlight a new album that just arrived in the last seven days.

More information, archived artist interviews, and much more can be found online at http://www.fulltimeblues.com

Full-Time Blues Radio ep. 1337 - Halloween Blues

From John Luttrell | Part of the Full-Time Blues Radio series | 59:00

This week's playlist is filled with haunted Blues to provide your Halloween playlist.

Ftbhalloween_small This week, we become the haunted "Home for New & Independent Blues Music," as you'll hear an hour of the best music on Earth, all built for your Halloween enjoyment.

The featured selection from inside "Johnny's Mailbox" is "Howlin' In the Moonlight," by Studebaker John's Maxwell Street Kings. The song comes off their brand new album Kingsville Jukin' which is available on Delmark Records.

Full-Time Blues Radio is the home for new and independent Blues music. The weekly series is hosted by "Johnny Full-Time" and features new material by today's stars, tomorrow's legends, and self-produced indie artists. In addition, each week we dig inside "Johnny's Mailbox" to spotlight a new album that just arrived in the last seven days.

More information, archived artist interviews, and much more can be found online at http://www.fulltimeblues.com

Halloween Blues 2014

From John Luttrell | Part of the Full-Time Blues Radio series | 59:00

A new selection of chilling Blues tunes for your Halloween soundtrack.

Ftbhalloween_medium_small It's that time of year again, when all of the ghouls, ghosts and goblins roam the earth...and Full-Time Blues Radio becomes the haunted home for new & independent Blues music. This week's playlist features 13 terrifying tracks fitting the Halloween theme. There's songs about ghosts, a zombie, werewolves, and the invisible man, to name a few; and they're actually all really incredible tunes that hold up any time of the year.

The featured selection from inside "Johnny's Mailbox" is "Werewolves Make Lousy Boyfriends" a single released by North Carolina-based Robert Johnson, Jr. The song was actually released in 2013, but only recently arrived here at our studios.

Full-Time Blues Radio is the home for new and independent Blues music. The weekly series is hosted by "Johnny Full-Time" and features new material by today's stars, tomorrow's legends, and self-produced indie artists. In addition, each week we dig inside "Johnny's Mailbox" to spotlight a new album that just arrived in the last seven days.

More information, archived artist interviews, and much more can be found online at http://www.fulltimeblues.com

Full-Time Blues Honors BB King (Episode 1519)

From John Luttrell | Part of the Full-Time Blues Radio series | 59:00

This week, we say "Thank You" to the legendary BB King for his life and continued career in music.

Bbking-ftb_small As May 2015 began, news broke that BB King, the music legend known and beloved as "The King of the Blues," had fallen ill and was under hospice care at his Las Vegas home.

This week, Full-Time Blues Radio offers a kind of "get well" episode by saying thanks to Mr. King. You'll hear collaborations between BB and some of his friends, tributes by his peers, and covers of BB songs by young artists that he inspired.

The featured selection from inside "Johnny's Mailbox" is "Thank You BB King," a brand new digital single by Kenny Neal.

Full-Time Blues Radio brings listeners the widest variety of new Blues music. That means we'll never play the same song twice in this program's lifetime! The weekly series is hosted by "Johnny Full-Time" and features new material by today's stars, tomorrow's legends, and self-produced indie artists from around the world. In addition, each week we dig inside "Johnny's Mailbox" to spotlight a new album that just arrived in the last seven days. Occasionally, we'll hear news about Blues on wax in "The Vinyl Report." From time to time, you may hear an interview or in studio performance, as well.

More information, archived artist interviews, and much more can be found online at http://www.fulltimeblues.com

Levon Helm 75th Birthday Celebration (Episode 1521)

From John Luttrell | Part of the Full-Time Blues Radio series | 59:00

Full-Time Blues Radio honors Levon Helm for what would have been his 75th birthday.

Episode1521-small_small Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm was born in Elaine, Arkansas May 26, 1940. As a member of the Hawks, The Band, and through his solo material, he was a Rock 'n Roll pioneer and a torch bearer for American Roots music styles like Country and Blues. His musical legacy is as rich as the Mississippi River Delta soil that he helped his family farm as a boy.

Levon passed away April 19, 2012, but the love for his work, his music, and his life continues to burn brighter with each year that passes. His friends and family continue to follow in his footsteps, keeping the music alive.

May 26, 2015 would have marked Levon's 75th birthday, and as a way for host Johnny Full-Time to honor one of his personal heroes, Full-Time Blues Radio celebrates Levon's impact with an hour of music by the man himself, by those close to him, and by artists he inspired.

Full-Time Blues Radio brings listeners the widest variety of new Blues music. That means we'll never play the same song twice in this program's lifetime! The weekly series is hosted by "Johnny Full-Time" and features new material by today's stars, tomorrow's legends, and self-produced indie artists from around the world. In addition, each week we dig inside "Johnny's Mailbox" to spotlight a new album that just arrived in the last seven days. Occasionally, we'll hear news about Blues on wax in "The Vinyl Report." From time to time, you may hear an interview or in studio performance, as well.

More information, archived artist interviews, and much more can be found online at http://www.fulltimeblues.com

Episode 1612: Spiritual Side of the Blues 2016

From John Luttrell | Part of the Full-Time Blues Radio series | 59:00

This year's Spiritual Side of the Blues special focuses on the music of Blind Willie Johnson!

Full-time-blues-logo-white-2010_small Each year, in time for the Easter season, Full-Time Blues Radio explores the Spiritual Side of the Blues. This year, inspired by the new album God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, we will hear songs covering this legendary musician and street corner preacher.

Willie was born around 1900 and was blinded at the age of 7. He always wanted to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and play music. He spent his life doing both. Johnson is highly influential in genres outside of just the Blues, is regarded as one of the greatest slide guitar players ever, and has the distinction of one of his songs being shot into space on a golden record as a part of the 1977 Voyager mission.

 Full-Time Blues Radio brings listeners the widest variety of new Blues music. That means we'll never play the same song twice in this program's lifetime! The weekly series is hosted by "Johnny Full-Time" and features new material by today's stars, tomorrow's legends, and self-produced indie artists from around the world. In addition, each week we dig inside "Johnny's Mailbox" to spotlight a new album that just arrived in the last seven days. Occasionally, we'll hear news about Blues on wax in "The Vinyl Report." From time to time, you may hear an interview or in studio performance, as well.   

More information, archived artist interviews, and much more can be found online at http://www.fulltimeblues.com