Talkin' The Blues

Hosted by Bluesman Microwave Dave Gallaher, this weekly show explores the latest tunes and the historic names in blues music.

For the past 20 years, Talkin' The Blues has highlighted the tradition, and little-known treasures that lie hidden amidst the Tennessee Valley's wealth of talent.

Talkin' The Blues airs Saturdays at 8pm.

Talkin' the Blues (June 24, 2017)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The episode opens with veteran Jackson, MS gospel/R&B musician’s -- under his blues name of Mr. Sipp – new release of guitar driven blues;  a recent release of live 1963 Chicago recordings of Big Joe Williams find him playing and singing very well; and Illinois blues singer Hurricane Ruth goes to Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge for her fourth album.

Talkin' the Blues (June 17, 2017)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The episode opens with Houston, Texas’ Tony Vega Band; acoustic piano, guitar and string instruments; we'll also have vocals from Canada’s Williams, Wayne & Isaak; and songwriter/bassist Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method from Seattle release a new album of original blues.

Talkin' the Blues (June 10, 2017)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The episode opens with former Stevie Winwood bandleader Bobby Messano’s newest release, Bad Movie;  Kansas City veteran act Kilborn Alley Blues Band turns in spirited sessions with guest artists on The Tolono Tapes; and Gainesville, Florida’s Bridget Kelly Band, featuring Tim Fik, rocks hard on a double-CD set.

Talkin' the Blues (June 3, 2017)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

This episode is the Annual Cigar Box Guitar show, aligning with the 13th annual Cigar Box Guitar Festival at the Lowe Mill/ Flying Monkey, which always follows the weekend after Memorial Day. Featured artists include April Mae & the June Bugs, Johnny Lowebow, Ben Prestage, One String Willie, Hymn For Her, John Nickel and Ben Prestage. 


Talkin' the Blues (May 27, 2017)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The episode opens with the latest album from Texas roadhouse specialist Delbert McClinton; also from Texas, Laura Tate goes to Los Angeles to work with the crack studio team that has turned out a number of quality blues albums for female artists recently; Patrick Recob enlists James Harman to produce his album of classic-styled original blues songs; and amazing guitarist Eric Gales releases an album/DVD set that was recorded Live on the Sunset Strip.

Talkin' the Blues (May 20, 2017)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Opening this episode is a French blues artist’s release, featuring several other great guitar players and singers for the Lost in Paris Blues Band; classic 1928-34 recordings of guitarist Scrapper Blackwell, culled from 78 rpm discs; and the return of Low Society- a duo with American and Belgian components.

Talkin' the Blues (May 13, 2017)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The episode opens with the return of the North Mississippi Allstars to studio recording with a solid album mixing Hill Country blues with other styles; Janiva Magness – after making two albums of more pop-oriented material – returns with a six-song blues EP that features some of her favorites by other artists; and Florida bluesman Selwyn Birchwood releases his second national label recording with all original material.

Talkin' the Blues (May 6, 2017)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The episode opens with Chicago veteran Billy Flynn recording his own release rather than being a sideman in famous blues acts;  Minnesota’s Brother Sun Sister Moon’s guitar/drums duo works with wife on drums, husband on guitar and both singing original songs;  and Maryland singer/saxophonist Vanessa Collier composes a batch of original tunes for her various takes on blues and R&B.

Talkin' the Blues (April 29, 2017)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

This episode opens with Godboogie, a new release from Canadian musicians from several well-known '90s rock acts; Vintage #18 from the Maryland/D.C. metroplex offers guitar trio with fine female vocals out front; and Davis Coen makes his tenth album a gospel workout.

Talkin' the Blues (April 22, 2017)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Featured this episode are Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter in an album tribute to Otis Rush; Tampa Bay-area singer Lauren Mitchell goes to LA, CA to make her best album to date; and award-winning Australian guitarist Geoff Achison releases his first album in a decade in the US.

Talkin' the Blues (April 15, 2017)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Derek & the Dominoes’ Layla album came out in 2010. Besides the original released version, there are a number of other takes and performances that are worthy of note. The broadcast opens with four live tracks by Eric Clapton & company on Johnny Cash’s TV show in November 1970. Also featured is Eric Bibb’s new album, Migration Blues, and Beth Garner’s fine blues CD from Nashville.

Talkin' the Blues (April 8, 2017)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The episode opens with party/swing music from Nashville’s Eight O’Five Jive; acoustic blues masters Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi create new versions of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee repertoire items; and Jon Zeeman from South Florida turns in a very polished blues-rock album.

Talkin' the Blues (April 1, 2017)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Authentic yet contemporary, Hill Country blues from north Mississippi native R.L. Boyce opens this episode; Kansas City’s Samantha Fish changes her production approach and visits vintage R&B influences on her new release; and Donald Ray Johnson – who won a Grammy in the 1970s as the drummer on Taste of Honey’s disco hit, "Boogie Oogie Oogie," returns with a Canadian blues album.

Talkin' the Blues (March 25, 2017)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The episode opens with Coco Montoya’s new blues-rock release; Adrianna Marie’s album features a full horn section with emphasis on swing – styled blues; and Delta Moon from Atlanta offer a new album of original music led by their double slide guitar lineup.

Talkin' the Blues (March 4, 2017)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

This episode opens with New England cornetist and songwriter Al Basile; Florida west coast singer Wendy Rich’s new album has productions from the Keys, Houston and Nashville; and Thorbjorg Risager and the Black Tornado continues to impress with sonically large blues from Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Talkin' the Blues (February 25, 2017)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The annual Mardi Gras New Orleans R&B show takes place in this episode. Various artists include Crescent City icons such as Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, the Meters, Huey Piano Smith & the Clowns, Jessie Hill and many more.

Talkin' the Blues (February 18, 2017)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

This episode features rediscovered 1960s soul singer Wee Willy Walker recorded live in Norway; Muddy Waters’ son, Big Bill Morganfield releases a new studio album; and Ohio vocalist Lisa Biales goes to Los Angeles to bring forth her best recording to date.

Talkin' the Blues (February 11, 2017)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

This episode opens with Huntsville band the Howlin’ Cats on an album of original music recorded in town; Chicago slide guitarist Joanna Connor releases her first album in 15 years; keyboardist Raphel Wressing from Germany and guitarist Igor Prada from Brazil team up with various vocalist for a soul album; and Boston/Houston guitarist Eric Sommer offers an offbeat album recorded in Brooklyn.

Talkin' the Blues (February 4, 2017)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

This week’s episode opens with Elvin Bishop playing tight with his Big Fun Trio, a low-volume excursion into traditional blues and originals as well; Detroit blues queen Thornetta Davis shows good writing skills and a is framed in a great production for her Honest Woman release; and Argentine-bred Bay Area blues rock guitarist David M’ore presents detailed arrangements and lengthy tracks on his new album.

Talkin' the Blues (January 28, 2017)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

This episode opens with 17-year-old Ally Venable and her band from Texas, showing why she is an award-winning blues singer and player at her young age; Reed Turchi covers classic hill country blues pieces on a stellar acoustic production; and Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire – from Chicago – offer strong originals on their second release.




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