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This is the Memorial Day Weekend and this weekend on BTIC, we'll play the absolute best in All Instrumentals Blues and Southern Soul.  We'll have what we thins is theBest Blues Instrumental Song ever recorded.  This is from an emailer.  Bobby Rush talks about trying new stuff...HE SAYS HE AIN'T SCURRRRRED!!!! Albert Collins and James Cotton will show their Instrumental Prowess on The Top of the Hour 5 Minute Mini Blues Concert Live, and yes, we have a Low Down Dirty Lying Cheating Blues Instrumental of the week.  Join Rojene Bailey, the Happiest Man In America, for BluesTime In The City...Where We Give You The Blues Without Giving You The Blues...This weekend......
 
WHERE THEY AT WHERE THEY AT:
Wed May 9 Buddy Guy Washington DC Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Thur May 10 Buddy Guy Charlotte NC Ovens Auditorium
Thur May 10 Shemekia Copeland Dallas TX Kessler Theater
Thur May 10 Zac Harmon Memphis TN Blues Awards
Fri May 11 Peggy Scott Adams J-Wonn L.J. Echols Ronnie Bell Vicksburg MSd   Vicksburg city Auditorium
Fri May 11 Buddy Guy Mavis Staples Atlanta GA Wolf Creek Amphitheater
Fri and Sat May 11-12 Nellie Tiger Travis Chicago IL Kingston Mines
Sat May 12 Vick Allen Ruston LA
Sat May 12 Donnie Ray Billy Soul Bonds Gregg A. Smith Ricky White Richwood LA Richwood Park
Sat May 12 Shemekia Copeland Houston TX Height Theater
Sat May 12 Big Bill Morganfield Atlanta GA Blind Willie’s
Sat May 12 Terry Wright Pokey Bear JoJo Murray Clarksdale MS Clarksdale Civic Auditorium
Sat May 12 Vick Allen Lacee Jeter Jones Ronnie Bell Fat Daddy Ruston LA Ruston Civic Center
Sun May 13 Vick Allen East St Louis MO The VIP Lounge
Sun May 13 Buddy Guy Grand Prairie TX Verizon Theatre
Sun May 13 Karen Wolfe O.B. Buchana J Wonn Avail Hollywood Ronnie Bell Whitehall AL Carnes Park
May 15-21 Nellie Tiger Travis Los Angeles CA The Foundation Center
Thur May 17 Syl Johnson Nice France Forum Nice Nord
Fri May 18 Sir Charles Jones Tunica MS TBA
Fri May 18 Sir Charles Jones Latimore O.B. Buchana Bigg Robb Willie Clayton Calvin Richardson Tunica MS Tunica Arena Expo Center The Kings of Southern Soul
Fri May 18 and Sat May 19 Lil Ed And The Blues Imperials Memphis TN Rum Boogie Café
Sat May 19 Dexter Allen Jackson MS Underground 119
Sat May 19 Eddie Clearwater Chicago Buddy Guy’s
Sat May 19 Trudy Lynn Houston TX Bayou City Music Series
Sat May 19 Zac Harmon Irving TX Cimarron Park Rec Ctr
Sun May 20 Lil Ed And The Blues Imperials Montgomery AL Capitol Oyster Bar
Fri May 25 Willie Clayton Birminghal AL
Sat May 26 Wilson Meadows Bishop Bullwinkle Tucka Kenny Wayne Mr. Sam Tallahassee FL North Florida Fairgrounds
Sat May 26 Nellie Tiger Travis Harvest AL The Huntsville Dragway
Sat May 26 Zac Harmon Dallas TX Babb Brothers BBQ Blues
Sun May 27 Sheba Potts-Wright L.J. Echols Theodis Ealey Jaye Hammer Pokey Bear Grady Champion Byhalia MS Wall Hill Park
Sun May 27 Sir Charles Jones Karen Wolfe Bobby Rush And More Holly Springs MS The Stadium
Sun May 27 Omar Cunningham Dave Mack Terry Wright Prentiss MS Lucas Ball Park
Thur May 31 Nellie Tiger Travis Chicago IL Kingston Mines
   

  • 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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