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You asked for it and we’re bringing it to you this weekend….We’re playing all the Low Down Dirty Lying Cheating Blues Songs that you request…That’s right... All Low Down Dirty Lying Cheating Blues Songs….Denise LaSalle will talk about something that happened to her that she did not expect…And Little Milton and Bobby Blues Bland perform some of their Live Cheating Blues Songs in concert….And of course, the best in Cheatin' Blues and Southern Soul....Join R-R-Rojene Bailey for BluesTime In The City Where we give you the Blues Without giving you the Blues…..This Weekend…
Wed Feb 21 Trudy Lynn LaGrange TX The Bugle Boy
Thur Feb 22 Nellie Tiger Travis Chicago Kingston Mines
Thur Feb 22 Big Bill Morganfield Shirley MA The Bull Run
Fri Feb 23 T.K. Soul Meridian MS Temple Theatre
Thur Feb 22 Nellie Tiger Travis Chicago Kingston Mines
Fri Feb 23 Shemekia Copeland Hudson NY Club Helsinki Hudson
Sat Feb  24 Shemekia Copeland Rochester NY The Little Theatre
Sat Feb 24 T.K. Soul Harker Heights TX The Events Center
Sat Feb 24 Stevie J Jackson MS Underground 119
Sat Feb 24 Willie Clayton Greenville MS TBA
Sat Feb 24 Bobby Rush Lula MS Capri Casino
Sat Feb 24 Lil Ed and The Blues Imperials Mankato MN Hooligan’s
Sun Feb 25 Nellie Tiger Travis Chicago Blue Chicago
Fri Mar 2 Sir Charles Jones Calvin Richardson Nellie Tiger Travis Columbia SC Township Auditorium
Fri Mar 2 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials Woonsocket RI Chan’s
Fri Mar 2 O.B. Buchana Tre Williams Tucka Karen Brown Vicksburg MS Vicksburg City Auditorium
Sat Mar 3 Grady Champion 10 am Jackson MS Underground 119
Sat Mar 3 Vick Allen Canton MS Madison Amusement Pk
Sat Mar 3 Grady Champion 7 pm Canton MS Multipurpose Center
Sat Mar 3 Chairman of the Board Beaufort SC Oyster Festival
Sun Mar 4 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials Wilmington DE The Reef
Sun Mar 4 Big Bill Morganfield Forsyth GA Monroe County Fine Arts Ctr
Fri Mar 9 Sir Charles Jones Bobby Rush Calvin Richardson Willie Clayton Detroit MI Fox Theatre
Sat Mar 10 Shemedia Copeland Green Bay WI Meyer Theatre
Sat Mar 10 Avail Hollywood Big Pokey Wynne AR Odell McCallum Center
Sat Mar 10 Irma Thomas Biloxi MS Golden MS
Sat Mar 10 Sir Charles Jones Latimore Theodis Ealey Nellie Tiger Travis Louisville KY Brown Theater
Sat Mar 10 T.K. Soul Hinesville GA Boots Bar
Sun Mar 25 Aretha Franklin Newark NJ New Jersey Performing Ctr
Fri Mar 30 Bigg Robb Willie Clayton Betty Wright Jackson MS Mississippi Coliseum
      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


    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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