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 (March 26, 2016)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

This episode opens with a non-blues item:  the new solo release by Huntsville musician, James Irvin who is known for drumming with Microwave Dave & The Nukes. He also plays a number of instruments at the professional level and writes quality songs- especially in the 80s rock vernacular; Debbie Bond from Tuscaloosa releases the recordings she and her band have made in Muscle Shoals; and Chicago guitarist and songwriter Toronzo Cannon releases his Alligator Records debut.

Talkin' the Blues (March 19, 2016)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

This episode opens with a comparison of the Skip James' original 1931 recording of "I'm So Glad," with the live version released by Cream in 1968; Janiva Magness releases Love Wins Again; and Peter Karp offers a live band recording in NYC featuring veteran Rolling Stones guitarist, Mick Taylor.
 

Talkin' the Blues (March 5, 2016)

Saturday, March 5, 2016

This week's episode features Southern California's Dennis Jones, the Brothers Brown from Nashville and L.A., King Louie and La Rhonda Steele from Portland, OR, and roots music from Racky Thomas of Boston.

Talkin' the Blues (Feb. 27, 2016)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

This week's episode features a number of tracks by various artists on the Alligator Records compilation, "God Don't Never Change - The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson." The compilation includes Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Lucinda WIlliams, Tom Waits and others; Tommy Z from Buffalo's new rocking blues release from Buffalo NY; and the Balkan Brothers from Connecticut have a new hard blues duo album.

Talkin' the Blues (Feb. 20, 2016)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

This episode opens with a deluxe reissue of the Magic Sam Blues Band's classic West Side Chicago album from 1969, Black Magic; Anni Piper, blues bassist/vocalist/songwriter from Australia who has emigrated to Florida releases a new album that shows a shift from her previous hard blues-rock style to one that has more straight rock 'n roll and country overtones; and the Oxy Morons from central Alabama play offbeat and classic string band music.

Talkin' the Blues (Feb. 13, 2016)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

It is time for our annual Mardi Gras show, featuring classic New Orleans R&B from the 1950s through the mid-1970s. Artists include Fats Domino, Little Richard, Huey Piano Smith & the Clowns, Professor Longhair, Ernie K-Doe and many others.

Talkin' the Blues (Feb. 6, 2016)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

This episode opens with Finnish blues act, Micke Bjorklof & Blue Strip, with a fine new studio album recorded in Wales; veteran Mississippi musician and bandleader Johnny Rawls has a new release of blues and southern soul pieces; the Kelly Richey Band from the Rust Belt goes into the studio to make a modern blues-rock trio recording; and the Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band releases a live recording from the historic Slippery Noodle Inn in Indianapolis.

Talkin' the Blues (Jan. 30, 2016)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Featured in this episode are the long-overdue return to recording of soul singer, Wee Willy Walker, with an allstar cast of west coast musicians; the Knickerbocker All Stars made up of blues artists from the Boston/Providence axis; Lara & the Bluz Dawgs offer late 20th century blues rock from Nashville; and Arizona's Walkin' Cane Mark shows his influences of Snooky Pryor and Junior Wells on harp.

Talkin' the Blues (Jan. 16, 2016)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

This episode begins with a new release by Benny Turner, brother of and bassist for the late Freddie King; acoustic guitarist Tim Williams from Canada; Wendy deWitt and Kirk Harwood team up on their album of drums and piano duos; and Calvin Conway from Chicago releases his first solo album.

Talkin' the Blues (Jan. 9, 2016)

Saturday, January 9, 2016

This week's program features three alumni of Muddy Waters bands:  Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers recorded live with Little Mike & the Tornadoes in 1988; Bob Margolin's new autobiographical album; and from Minneapolis, Joyann Parker and Sweet Tea.

Talkin' the Blues (Jan. 2, 2016)

Saturday, January 2, 2016

This first episode for 2016 includes fine funk from the Toronto family band, Blackburn; Houston, Texas guitarist Jonn del Toro Richardson has his first solo album; and the Andrea Marr Band releases a live recording from the House of Blues in their hometown of Melbourne, Australia.

Talkin' the Blues (Dec. 26, 2015)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Our traditional and annual Christmas blues show features recordings from as far back as the 1920s to the present, and there are famous artists as well as local recording musicians. Only a couple of traditional Christmas songs are included; the rest are original blues generated by people celebrating or suffering through the season.

Talkin' the Blues (Dec. 19, 2015)

Saturday, December 19, 2015

This episode opens with Reverend Shawn Amos, heir to the Famous Amos cookie fortune but a bluesman and ordained minister in his own right; Les Copeland plays acoustic and quiet electric guitar to support his vocals on his new release; Nikki Hill comes from New Orleans with a band that rocks like 1967 Stones; and Eddie Cotton plays the blues out of Jackson, Mississippi.

Talkin' the Blues (Dec. 12, 2015)

Saturday, December 12, 2015

This episode opens with several of the 1931 Paramount recordings of Skip James from Bentonia, Mississippi, who was very influential but seldom imitated; then brand new progressive guitar blues from Josh Smith who places himself fully in 2015 with original blues rock.

Talkin' the Blues (Dec. 5, 2015)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

This program features new music from the Beat Daddys, formerly of Mobile/now from Nashville; Chicago's veteran Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames offer a new rocking blues album; Kathy & the Kilowatts reissue an Austin TX album from the 1990s; and David Michael Miller from Buffalo releases a blend of traditional and contemporary blues on his new CD.

Talkin' the Blues (Nov. 28, 2015)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

In this episode long-time Marcia Ball guitarist Mighty Mike Schermer offers his new Texas-recorded blues album; veteran Houston singer Trudy Lynn releases new original songs; Chris Yakopcic from Dayton OH plays acoustic delta blues; and Chris Beard recovers from a mini-stroke and gets his playing skills back on disc.

Talkin' the Blues (Nov. 21, 2015)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

This week's program opens with veteran Detroit bluesman Harmonica Shah; Webb Wilder's new release rocks the roots; Pennsylvania native Deb Callahan sings Sweet Soul; Eric Bibb and JJ Milteau celebrate the music of Lead Belly with a release that combines live and studio tracks.

Talkin' the Blues (Nov. 14, 2015)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Featured this week are Philadelphia area blacksmith and singer Georgie Bonds; New England blues veteran Duke Robillard; and NYC actress and singer Ebony Jo-Ann.

Talkin' the Blues (Nov. 7, 2015)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

This program opens with some amazing alternate takes of 1965-66 songs by Bob Dylan from a new album in the 'Bootleg Series', followed by contemporary blues and Americana by Portland, Oregon singer/songwriter Karen Lovely and great dance R&B grooves from the Jimmys out of Madison, Wisconsin.

Talkin' the Blues (Oct. 31, 2015)

Saturday, October 31, 2015

This episode features gospel songs by secular artists recorded by Sam Butler, guitarist with the Blind Boys of Alabama; various styles of classic R&B and soul in new compositions from Laura Rain and the Caesars from Detroit; acoustic blues from Chaz de Paolo from New York; and roadhouse roots rock from the Bay Area's Tommy Castro & the Painkillers.

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