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This weekend December the 16th and 17th…We’ll hear from William Bell.  He has a great answer to the question, What Can We Do To Save Our Communities.  This is a great Christmas Thought.  We’ll have The Late Mel Waiters on Mel Waiters.  We’ll hear more of those great Blues Christmas Stories, some good some other… The Email of the Week is from Tallahassee Florida, and the listener says that he too has a lot to be Thankful for this Holiday Season, even though what happened to him is not good.  And throughout the show, we’ll let you know Where They At….Where They At.  Of course, we’ll play the absolute best in 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…

Tue Dec 19 Shemekia Copeland Boston MA City Winery
Tue Dec 19 Selwyn Birchwood St Petersburg FL Hideway Cafe
Wed Dec 20 Nellie Tiger Travis Maywood IL T and JJ’s
Wed Dec 20 Lil Ed and The Blues Imperials Chicago IL Navy Pier
Thur , Fri and Sat Dec 21-22-23 Shemekia Copeland Washington DC Blues Alley
Fri Dec 22 T.K. Soul Sumter SC Sumter Civic Center
Fri Dec 22 Selwyn Birchwood New Smyma Beach FL OM Bar and Chill Lounge
Fri Dec 22 Ms Jody Charleston SC East Cooper Disco
Fri Dec 22 L.J. Echols Fat Daddy Killeen TX Live Nightclub
Sat Dec 23 T.K. Soul Shreveport LA Municipal Auditorium
Sat Dec 23 Mr. Sipp Vicksburg MS Bottleneck Blues Bar
Sat Dec 23 Sweet Angel Ripley TN Chocolate City
Thur Dec 28 Nellie Tiger Travis Chicago IL Kingston Mines
Fri Dec 29 Willie Clayton Montgomery AL  
Fri Dec 29 Nelson Curry Greensboro AL  
Fri Dec 29-30 Lil Ed and The Blues Imperials Chicago IL Rosa’s Lounge
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
Sat Dec 30 Nellie Tiger Travis Atlanta GA/College Park GIC Convention Ctr
Sat Dec 30 Kenne Wayne Quincy FL LR’s Sports BAr
Sun Dec 31 T.K. Soul Wendell B Sir Charles Jones Priscilla Price Detroit MI Detroit Rescue Mission
Sun Dec 31 Willie Clayton Greenwood MS TBA
Sun Dec 31 Nelson Curry Mobile AL TBA
Sun Dec 31 Ms Jody Memphis TN Club Paradise
Thur Jan 4 Buddy Guy Bobby Rush Chicago IL Buddy Guy’s Legend
Sun Jan 7 Sweet Angel East St. Louis IL Candlelight Banquet Hall
Sat Jan 13 Lenny Williams Lacee Omar Cunningham Big Pokey Maurice Wynn Weldon NC Halifax Community Drive
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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