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 (September 24, 2016)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

This episode begins with a never-released 1998 album by the late Michael Burks, ascending American blues artist who died suddenly in 2012; Terrie Odabi from Oakland, California offers a set of original blues songs with two covers, and New England veteran guitars Ronnie Earle and the Broadcasters pay tribute to the late David Maxwell with Maxwell Street.

Talkin' the Blues (September 17, 2016)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

This episode is derived entirely from the compilation accompanying the 2011 Music Edition of Oxford American Magazine, which is focused on Mississippi music. Besides blues, a variety of roots genres is represented, allowing familiar names like Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley to intermingle with obscurities, such as Mattie Delaney, Golden Nugget, Ernie Chaffin and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

Talkin' the Blues (September 10, 2016)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The episode opens veteran Tampa act, the Backtrack Blues Band bringing their fifth album; Memphis’ Vaneese Thomas new release mixes blues, R&B and Memphis Soul;  and 95-year-old original Delta blues artists David “Honeyboy” Edwards is featured in a live album recorded in LA in 2010.


Talkin' the Blues (September 3, 2016)

Saturday, September 3, 2016

This episode opens with rising Chicago blues stars the Omar Coleman Band with a live recording; Israeli-born Bat-Or Kalo releases a unique blues album recorded in Oklahoma City; and Mike Sponga from Italy combines millennia-old Greco/Roman poetry with mid-20th century Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters lyrics in an unusual blues concept album.

Talkin' the Blues (August 27, 2016)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

This episode opens with Mick Kolassa’s Taylor Made Blues, a charity album; harpman Dennis Gruenling offers his first recordings of his vocals to go along with his energetic harmonica work; NYC singer Kat Riggins offers Blues Revival; and veteran band Little Boys Blue from Jackson TN check in with a new album recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals.

Talkin' the Blues (August 20, 2016)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

This episode features Paducah, Kentucky’s Lew Jetton & 61 South with their new album, Rain; the Sassy Brown Band from Birmingham who recently won the Shoals blues band competition and will represent the area at the International Blues Competition in Memphis during January 2017; and amazing blues from Argentina’s Gonzalo Bergara, best known for acoustic gypsy jazz, but a great Texas-style electric bluesman as well.



Talkin' the Blues (August 6, 2016)

Saturday, August 6, 2016

This episode opens with Eddie Turner’s new release, recorded live in Canada in 2015; Lucky Losers, a duo from California offer a new album of pop/Americana blues; and a strong live recording of Mel Brown & the Homewreckers also from Canada. 

Talkin' the Blues (July 16, 2016)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

This episode features Canadian harmonicist/vocalist Jordan Patterson’s return to recording; Dallas, TX veteran bluesman Jim Suhler issues a live recording of his band Monkey Beat; NYC blues singer Billie Williams brings out new original R&B songs; and Mark Cameron from Minneapolis offers some great grooves and guitar slinging.

Talkin' the Blues (July 2, 2016)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

This episode opens with The Soul of John Black, from California;  blues-rock from the Pacific NW’s Sammy Eubanks follows, as does Lisa Mann from the same area.

Talkin' the Blues (June 25, 2016)

Saturday, June 25, 2016

This episode opens with Tinsley Ellis’ new album, Red Clay Soul; a ragtime/hokum early roots duo from New Hampshire named Miss Maybell & Slimpickin’s offer a new album of period- sounding original material, and veteran Chicago bluesman Mike Wheeler offers a batch of strong originals.

Talkin' the Blues (June 18, 2016)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

This episode is devoted to the 45th anniversary of Alligator Records- the leading independent blues label. A dozen tracks by various artists are featured, from various eras of the company’s history but with a special focus on the last five to ten years.

Talkin' the Blues (June 11, 2016)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

This episode opens with the latest album from Muscle Shoals hit songwriter, Donnie Fritts; from the Bay Area, Big Harp George releases another album of differently-textured blues featuring his chromatic harmonica work; Nashville’s Allen-Lamun Band offers contemporary blues-rock; and Canadian one-man-band sensation Steve Hill’s latest:  Solo Recordings Volume 3.

Talkin' the Blues (May 28, 2016)

Saturday, May 28, 2016

This episode opens with Albert Castiglia’s new release, featuring rock, southern rock and blues; Shaun Murphy releases a new album from Nashville featuring her road band; and George Griffin and the Firebirds offer original blues and rock songs and a couple covers on their new album.

Talkin' the Blues (May 21, 2016)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

This episode features a restructured band from Milwaukee named TweedFunk, who have changed from their edgy roots music to a slicker southern soul sound on this release; John Long from Denver turns in an amazing set of acoustic Delta and other roots blues performances; and Houstonian Mark May offers a contemporary blues album with lots of tasty guitar playing.

Talkin' the Blues (May 14, 2016)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

This episode opens with Moreland & Arbuckle, the guitar-harp duo from Wichita, Kansas, with their new studiio album; Alabama’s veteran soul singer Sam Frazier Jr’s 1960s/70s Birmingham-recorded tracks are finally released after being in the can for decades; from Oregon, Barbara Healy and Groove Too offer contemporary blues rock; and Los Angeles roots artist Mike Eldred Trio pays homage to the south in an album cut at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis and named for the town in Mississippi where Robert Johnson was murdered in the late 1930s.

Talkin' the Blues (April 30, 2016)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

In this episode, harmonica ace Sugar Blue releases a new album of blues and world music; Canadian guitarist Steve Dawson combines electric and acoustic slide for a fine roots release;  late 1940s blues songs from venerable pianist Memphis Slim; and North Carolina’s Reed Turchi turns up the atmosphere while plumbing the depths of experience in his new release.

Talkin' the Blues (April 23, 2016)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

This episode opens with a lengthy set of harmonica blues from the tribute album, Blues for Big Walter; in Layman Terms, it's a young brother/sister duo; and Corey Dennison is a young Chicago blues star with his first album.

Talkin' the Blues (April 16, 2016)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

This episode opens with a 1976 album by B.B. King, showing his experiments with stylistics during that pre-disco period; Curtis Salgado releases his best album of new blues and soul songs; and Swamp Cabbage features ironic/satiric lyrics sung in a voice reminiscent of Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart over rootsy electric guitar trio structures.

Talkin' the Blues (April 9, 2016)

Saturday, April 9, 2016

This episode opens with Israeli-born Chicago blues and jazz guitarist Guy King’s new release;  Australian harpman, singer and digeridoo player Harper offers his new album; and Shari Puorto from California enlists top players for her newest, My Obsession.

Talkin' the Blues (April 2, 2016)

Saturday, April 2, 2016

This episode features the Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue, an all star gathering of top line players working traditional 1950s blues styles; Skip James’ album from 1964 when he had been ‘rediscovered’ after being absent from blues recording since 1931; and Ilana Katz Katz, an old-style fiddle player who works classic and original blues into her repertoire.




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