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 (July 12, 2014)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features new music from The Nighthawks. Also music from The Reverend Shawn Amos, a Delmark reissue of an early 19802 Chicago blues record by Steve Freund and Gloria Hardiman, Steve Hill and Los Angelos piano man Ron Tanski. (audio pending)

talkin' the blues (July 5, 2014)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

This episode of Talkin’ The Blues opens with new Chicago blues from veteran guitarist Dave Specter; iconic Sleepy John Estes recorded live in Japan in the late 1970s; west coast jump blues with snappy lyrics by Rick Estrin and the Nightcats; two funky tunes by Deanna Bogart; and Washington state's Too Slim and the Taildraggers release a 34-song Anthology with three new tracks included.

Talkin' The Blues (June 21, 2014)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features a new release from the winner of Best Blues Guitar at the Blues Music Awards 2014, Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters; hoosier voodoo from rural Indiana roots act Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band; Classic guitar blues from the 30s through the 50s by Big Bill Broonzy; and a new release by multiple Blues Music Award winner Janiva Magness.

Talkin' The Blues (June 14, 2014)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features hill country blues via New York City by Pork Chop Willie; great boogie piano and vocals from Canada's David Vest; Li'l Ronnie & the Bluebeats' new release from Richmond, VA; Ben Prestage live cigar box guitar recording; Fo 'Reel, veteran musicians joining forces in New Orleans; and Steve Dawson's acoustic solo work--some people call him Canada's Leo Kottke and Ry Cooder.

Talkin' The Blues (June 7, 2014)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues features boogie woogie/funk pianist and vocalist Eden Brent's new album which leans toward Americana; Florida's Selwyn Birchwood makes a strong statement in his rocking blues debut; daughter of legend Rufus Thomas, Vaneese Thomas makes an outstanding blues/R&B album featuring debuts with her dad and sister, Carla Thomas; world boogie from North Carolina's Turchi; and Harpdog Brown brings a Canadian spin to classic blues records.

Talkin' The Blues (May 31, 2014)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues features West Coast harp man Mark Hummel; singer/writer/guitarist Rachelle Coba; guitar slinger Dudley Taft; classic R&B vocalist Bettye Lavette; and veteran pianist and entertainer Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne.

Talkin' The Blues 'Cigar Box Guitar Music' (May 24, 2014)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave explores cigar box guitars and the unique music they make as we head toward the 10th annual Cigar Box Guitar Festival at Lowe Mill on May 30th, 2014.

Talkin' The Blues (May 17,2014)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Talkin' The Blues (May 10, 2014)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Talkin' The Blues (May 3rd, 2014)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Featured in this week's Talkin' The Blues is a new solo album from the Subdudes' Tommy Malone, grooving west coast blues from saxman Terry Hanck, sultry uptown blues from Buffalo's Patti Parks, and down home acoustic numbers from Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes and Terry 'Harmonica' Bean's new duo album.
 

Talkin' The Blues (April 26, 2014)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

This week's Talkin' the Blues opens with Luther Dickinson's new acoustic punk/folk/blues album, Rock 'n Roll Blues. We'll also hear some great Memphis grooves by Pacific Northwest singer/harpman John Nemeth; Lisa Biales' new Belle of the Blues album; and two from Tweed Funk, a Milwaukee blues act.

Talkin' The Blues (April 19, 2014)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features music from a new album by San Francisco native Joe Louis Walker, historic early 1950s blues and R&B from Big Maybelle, including the original version of Jerry Lee Lewis' Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, and Chicago blues front man, Johnny Drummer. (aired Sat. 4/19/14 8pm)

Talkin' The Blues (April 12, 2014)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features new releases from the Holmes Brothers, a trio of blues/gospel artists who are celebrating thirty-five years as a band; Lisa Mann, the fine bassist/vocalist/writer from Portland who plays like Duck Dunn and sings like Bonnie Bramlett; and Bob Corritore's album of harmonica-led instrumentals, featuring stellar musicianship and great arrangements on what may be his best album to date.

Talkin' The Blues (April 5, 2014)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features new releases from NY/LA guitarist and singer James Armstrong; Huntsville's Dawn Osborne Band's new release on Startingly Fresh Records; and swampy blues from northeaster harp man Mikey Junior.

Talkin' The Blues (March 29, 2014)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Talkin' The Blues (March 22, 2014)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

This week's Talkin' the Blues features a new release from Dallas guitarist and songwriter Jim Suhler, who also works on the road with George Thorogood & the Destroyers. We'll also hear 1928-30 recordings from iconic gospel slide guitarist Blind Willie Johnson; and new blues from Oregon by Tess Barr.

Talkin' The Blues (March 8, 2014)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features the compilation Delmark 60 Years of Blues with various artists from the venerable Chicago label's roster, along with new releases from Lansing, Michigan's Root Doctor and Ohio's early 70s's southern rock band, Dixie Peach, which has reunited with nearly all its original members.

Talkin' The Blues (March 1, 2014)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

This week's Talkin The Blues brings the annual New Orleans R&B show in honor of Mardi Gras. Various artists from the golden age of New Orleans popular music are featured, including Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, the Wild Tchopitoulas, Huey Piano Smith and The Clowns, Smiley Lewis, Dr. John and many others.

Talkin' The Blues (Feb. 15, 2014)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

This week's edition of Talkin' the Blues features Kent Burnside, grandson of R.L Burnside; soul/blues singer Daunielle, a Memphis native and backup singer in her first feature album; Gregg Martinez from Louisiana with New Orleans, zydeco, and some Memphis style; and slide and lap steel guitarist Damon Fowler from Florida.

Talkin' The Blues (Feb. 8, 2014)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Featured this week on Talkin' The Blues are new albums from Atlanta guitarist Tinsley Ellis and Eddie Cotton from Jackson, Mississippi, and a fine reissue of a 1980 LP by John and Sylvia Embry, a couple who worked extensively in Chicago blues bands during the disco era.

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