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This weekend on BluesTime In The City…We’re going to the Blues Vault and hear from the late great with no debate Denise LaSalle.  She was very happy about something that happened to her in 2015 and we’ll tell you about it.  Who is that Old School Blues Musician playing the Harmonica on the front porch on this TV commercial.  We’ll know and we’ll tell you.  This weekend is Millie Jackson’s weekend and she’ll perform on The Top Of The Hour 5-Minute Mini Blues Live…..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…

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES FOR THE WEEKEND OF JUNE 30-JULY 1, 2018 The Jus Blues Music Awards will take place July 31st through August 5th  in Tunica Mississippi.  This Weekend on BluesTime In The City, we talk with the Executive Director of the Jus Blues Music Foundation about the affair and he presented us with a plethora  of information and activities that will take place this year. Among the new activities are the Blues City Tours to the B.B. King Museum on July 31st, with a stop at the Club Ebony.  Scheduled to perform at Club Ebony is Nellie Tiger Travis.  He also informed us that Ms Nellie Tiger Travis will shoot a video at Club Ebony of her performance. Mr. Mitchell also revealed to us that there will be a special tribute to the late Denise LaSalle on August 2nd, with special performances by Karen Wolfe, Toni Green, Chick Rodgers and Ms Jody. Additional events will include the Historical Conference, Book Signings, The Songwriters Clinic, The Technology Conference and The Jus Blues Juke Joint Party will cap the event off with a special performance by Grady Champion. The Jus Blues Music Foundation is an organization that recognizes those artists that work so hard at their craft, but never get the recognition for it.  Mr. Mitchell and his group seek out these people and honor them with well-deserved awards. If you want to know everything that’s going on this year at The Jus Blues Music Awards in Tunica Mississippi beginning July 31st,  clink the link to their web site.  Mr. Charles Mitchell can be heard on the BluesNews segment in the second hour of BluesTime In The City this weekend June 30th and July 1st in a city near you.    

  • 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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