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This weekend March 23rd and 24th, William Bell weighs in on who he thinks are the two absolute best in the music business….Period….And in response to a question I got last weekend on Great Blues Albums, we got lots of feedback.  The Blues Email(s) of the week re-visit that question and we’ll hear from some of them….Buddy Guy is getting another honor….We’ll tell you about that, and what do you think an old guitar is worth that once belonged to an old school Bluesman.  It may be worth more than you think.  We’ll tell you how much…….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-RojeneBailey for BluesTime In The City Where we give you the Blues without giving you the Blues…..This Weekend…



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The great jazz singer and guitarist George Benson is doing something great with his upcoming CD…It’s titled Walking To New Orleans and it’s remembering Fats Domino and Chuck Berry.  He’s doing their music and according to the article I read on, he says he really enjoyed doing this.  Benson also say that Chuck Berry was a great showman and a great musician, and Fats Domino cut nothing but hit after hit after hit, quoting Benson.  Some of Chuck’s tunes he’s doing are You Can’t Catch Me, Havana Moon, Memphis Tennessee, and How You’ve Changed.  Some of Fats Domino tunes he’s doing are Blue Monday, I Hear You Knocking, and Walking To New Orleans.  Chuck Berry made the transition on March 18 of 2017, and Fats Domino made the transition on October 24 of 2017.  The album is due out April 26th and of course you can order the album before the release date.  I really Love to see these huge stars like George Benson paying homage to those before them… Quite touching.


We mentioned last weekend on the BluesNews that the legendary Aretha Franklin would be inducted in the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame on May 8th in Memphis Tennessee, along with others.  Aretha will be getting a lot of tributes and I think last weekend was just the beginning.  Did you see the tribute that CBS Television and the Grammy Foundation did last Sunday Night on Aretha.  It was Fabulous.  They did a tremendous job on honoring a great Lady of Soul.  From beginning to end, the stars just kept coming and singing Aretha’s hits.  And Madea, or should I say, Tyler Perry did a tremendous job of hosting.  When Jennifer Hudson opened the program with “Ain’t No Way,” all I could say was Woah…I see why they cast Jennifer Hudson to play the part of the great Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biopic “Respect” due out in August of 2020.  If you don’t know, that is in the works now.  According to Variety Magazine, Aretha personally picked Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson to play her before she passed, and last Sunday night showed why.  Great tribute to The Queen of Soul. 


And while we’re talking about the Queen of Soul, in theatres now, the never released 1972 concert Aretha film titled “Amazing Grace.” The film documents a two ngiht performance of her gospel music’s biggest selling live album.  It is said that this album is the most successful in her entire career.  The story goes that Aretha did not like it, and it was never released. They just put it away.  In 2007, a producer named Alan Elliott bought the rights and after Aretha made the transition, got with the estate and they gave it a go.  Now it’s in theaters.  You want to see the trailer, we have a link to it on the BluesNews Page at….

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  • 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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