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This weekend and throughout Christmas, we will play all Christmas Blues and Southern Soul…Patrick Green Stops by and tell us his favorite toy he got as a child for Christmas….Something with a little “Bling” to it.  We’ll hear from our listeners on what their Christmas memories are, and the Blues Email of the Week is from someone that is somewhat “Selfish.”  And throughout the show, we’ll let you know Where They At….Where They At.  Of course, we’ll play the absolute best in Christmas Blues and Southern Soul.  Join R-R-Rojene Bailey for BluesTime In The City Where we give you the Christmas Blues without giving you the Blues…..This Weekend… WHERE THEY AT WHERE THEY AT:
Thur Nov 30 Nellie Tiger Travis Chicago IL Kingston Mines
Mon Nov 27 Syl Johnson Paris France Pan Piper
 Fri Dec 1 Nelson Curry Columbus GA TBA
Sat Dec 2 T.K. Soul Fort Worth TX Guys and Dolls
       
Sat Dec 2 Vick Allen Pennington AL Bobby’s Community Ctr
Fri and Sat Dec 1-2 Lil Ed and The Blues Imperials Atlanta GA Blind Willie’s Blues
Sat Dec 2 Sweet Angel Hooks TX American Legion Post 248
Sat Dec 2 Willie Clayton Jackson MS  
Sat Dec 2 Ms Jody Memphis TN Toni Green’s Palace
Mon Dec 4 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials St Augustine FL Café Eleven
Tue Dec 5 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials Delray Beach FL  
Wed Dec 6 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials Jupiter FL TBA
Thur Dec 7 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials Winter Park FL TBA
Fri Dec 8 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials Bonita Springs FL Center For Performing Arts
Sat Dec 9 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials Bradenton FL  
Sat Dec 9 Willie Clayton Tupelo MS  
Sun Dec 10 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials Gainesville FL  
Sun Dec 10 Willie Clayton Addis LA  
Fri Dec 8 Clarence Carter Theodis Ealey Pat Cooley Bolivia NC Brunswick College Williamson Auditorium
Fri Dec 8 Vick Allen Clinton MS Clinton Event Center
Fri and Sat Dec 8-9 Mr Sipp San Francisco CA Biscuits and Blues
Sat Dec 9 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials Bradenton FL Ace’s Live
Sat Dec 9 Bobby Rush Memphis TN Club Paradise
Sat Dec 9 Clarence Carter Theodis Ealey Pat Cooley Yanceyville NC Caswell County Civic Center
Sat Dec 9 Avail Hollywood L.J. Echols Summer Wolf J Redd Clarksdale MS Coahoma County Expo
Sat Dec 9 Grady Champion Jackson MS Underground 119
Sat Dec 8 Shemekia Copeland Chicago IL City Winery
Sun Dec 10 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials Gainesville FL High Dive
Thur & Fri Dec 14-15 Shemekia Copeland New York City TBA
Sat Dec 16 Shemekia Copeland Albany NY TBA
Sat Dec 16 T.K. Soul West Monroe LA Monroe Convention Ctr
Sat Dec 16 O.B. Buchana L.J. Echols Clarksdale MS Clarksdale Civic Center
Sun Dec 17 T.K. Soul Lenny Williams Doug E. Fresh Southaven MS Landers Center
Wed Dec 20 Nellie Tiger Travis Maywood IL T and JJ’s
Fri Dec 22 T.K. Soul Sumter SC Sumter Civic Center
Sat Dec 23 T.K. Soul Shreveport LA Municipal Auditorium
Thur Dec 28 Nellie Tiger Travis Chicago IL Kingston Mines
Fri Dec 29 Willie Clayton Montgomery AL  
Fri Dec 29 Latimore Sir Charles Jones Calvin Richardson Nellie Tiger Travis Theodis Ealey Bishop Bullwinkle Birmingham AL Boutwell Auditorium
Sat Dec 30 Peggy Scott Adams Bobby Rush Omar Cunningham Calvin Richardson Jackson MS Mississippi Coliseum
Sun Dec 31 T.K. Soul Detroit MI Detroit Rescue Mission
Sun Dec 31 Willie Clayton Greenville MS TBA
  And that my friends is the BluesNews from the World of the BluesBlues and THROUGHOUT THE SHOW, WE’VE BEEN LETTING YOU  know “WHERE THEY AT:”  

  • Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat

    CONGRATULATIONS TO GRAMMY AWARD WINNER BOBBY RUSH!

    BOBBY RUSH~PORCUPINE MEAT by Rojene Bailey, Host of “BluesTime In The City” Bobby RushTo say Bobby Rush has been singing the Blues a long time is an understatement.  But to say that Bobby Rush doesn’t have “IT” is also an understatement.  Bobby Rush still got it and that’s a statement of true fact.  In September of this year, Bobby released “Porcupine Meat” on Rounder Records. Rounder Records have been around since the early 1970’s, and was founded in Massachusetts recording all forms of music to include the Blues.  This is Bobby’s first foray with Rounder, and it’s a good one.  It doesn’t matter where Bobby records, he makes it work.  The Majority of the songs were written by Bobby, and the ones he didn’t write totally, he had a hand in writing. Before I tell you the songs I really love, let me give you a few of the guests that are included on the BCD.  That’s BluesTime In The City talk for Blues Compact Disc.  Vasti Jackson was the musical director and is the guitar soloist on the title cut, Porcupine Meat.  Keb Mo is featured on NightTime Gardner.  Joe Bonamassa is featured on Me, Myself, And I and Dave Alvin is featured on It’s Your Move.  Mind you, all of these great guitarists have very unique styles, but the styles all worked as a “Bobby Rush Song” in the traditional and innovative Bobby Rush style.  And believe me, these guys are good. Bobby continues to amaze me singing the Blues. His ability of adapt the old with the new, integrate technology into the Blues, but yet maintain the integrity of the Blues is second to none. His use of horns and the thump bass on some of the songs are amazing.  Just check out my favorite, “I Don’t Want Nobody Hanging Around.” It makes you move, whether you want to or not.  After you listen to “Me, Myself and I,” the guitar melody and solo will stay in your head for days.  And I’m always reminding listeners that the slide guitar is losing its steam in the African American community, but on “Night Time Gardner” Keb Mo proves me wrong.  Again. “Night Time Gardner” is a great piece of work and Keb Mo brings it.  And venturing out a little on “Funk O De Funk” the horn session put it’s “Blues Stamp” on it. There is a story in each song that only Bobby can tell.  If only our younger generation would listen to him.  As I always tell my friend Bobby, “You’re old, Dude…. But you keep on finding new ways of bringing the Blues.” “Porcupine Meat” was nominated for the Best Traditional Blues Grammy, and in February Bobby will get his just due for such a great piece of work.  Even though the title may be a little strange, there’s always a story and life experiences in Bobby’s decisions.  As Bobby puts it, “Too Fat to eat and Too Lean to throw away.”  That’s Porcupine Meat, but you can’t throw it away.  Just Eat It!!!! It’s that good…..
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  • Goodbye, My Friend screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-9-43-48-amMy condolences go out to the family and friends, and one of my great friends, Mr. Edwin Clay who passed away on last Saturday.  For the last several years, he served as General Manager of WCSU-FM Radio in Wilberforce Ohio, where BluesTime In The City has been on the schedule for many years.  I’ve known Ed for over 40 years, and we served together on the Founding  Board of The National Black Program Consortium, which brought more Black Programming to the PBS Television Network.  He was with Ohio’s WOSU Public Television in Columbus Ohio at the time, and I was with Georgia Public Television in Atlanta Georgia.  Ed did stints with Phil Donahue, NBC Sports, ESPN, you name it, Ed did it…..He was a character and a great musician…..Always had a smile on his face and a great line to say…….When you hear the line from the song, “Second Verse Same As The First.” think of Ed Clay.  Only a few people know where it came from.  Again, our condolences go out to his lovely wife Ilene, his daughter, his family and the WCSU Radio Family….Ed Clay was my boy……..
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  • BTITC Video of the Week: Mavis Staples on Austin City Limits “Freedom March”
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  • Song Review: “Fue Asi” or “Meant to Be” Evelyn Rubio Con La Orquestra De Blues De Calvin Owens

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  • Kenny Neal’s Tribute to B.B. King

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