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 (November 19, 2016)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Featured this week are New York City singer/songwriter Sari Schorr with and album cut in Spain; Will Porter’s album from New Orleans was produced by Wardell Quezergue and features celebrity guests; Mississippi Heat release another album of danceable blues for Delmark Records; and Duke Robillard returns from rotator cuff surgery with Blues Full Circle- a return to his combo-style roots.

Talkin' the Blues (November 12, 2016)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

This episode opens with a new release of R&B-flavored blues from the venerable Fabulous Thunderbirds; Hymn For Her releases a new album of their rock-duo lineup of original songs, some with blues flavoring; Rory Block continues her tributes to her country blues mentors with Keep Outta Trouble, with the music of Bukka White; and Canadian blues come to us from the Smoke Wagon Blues Band.

Talkin' the Blues (November 5, 2016)

Saturday, November 5, 2016

This episode opens with Houston, Texas band Richard Cagle & the Voodoo Choir; from Kansas City, Levee Town shows their earned expertise from time as the house band in KC’s leading blues venue; Chicago songwriter Liz Mandeville gets three songs each from guests who stay in her home while performing in the area; and Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers release new guitar-driven music with six instrumentals, alongside six vocal tracks.

Talkin' the Blues (October 29, 2016)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

This episode features contemporary West Coast harmonica blues by Mitch Kashmar; Australian blues artist Fiona Boyes releases an all-acoustic album recorded with the demanding parameters required by the label, Reference Recordings; and West Tennessee’s Elam McKnight Band blends hill country blues with gritty rockers and some surprising ballads.


Talkin' the Blues (October 22, 2016)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

This entire episode is devoted to the new release of Jimi Hendrix’s release of a live concert with Band of Gypsies from the first show on New Years Eve, 1969, at the Fillmore East in NYC. Replacing the Experience with Gypsies, Jimi conveys his future direction away from the flamboyant gestures and rock, back into R&B/Soul and blues.

Talkin' the Blues (October 8, 2016)

Saturday, October 8, 2016

This show opens with the ninth label release by Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials with new West Chicago songs; Deb Ryder applies Little Feat-inspired grooves and musicianship to her new blues album; and Sugar Ray and the Bluetones show why they are consistently listed in the awards ceremonies for traditional blues albums.

Talkin' the Blues (October 1, 2016)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The episode opens with unique Chicago blues guitarist Lurrie Bell’s new album; New Jersey’s April Mae & the June Bugs release an album recorded at historic Sun Studio in Memphis; and Boston keyboardist Bruce Katz Band offers some jam textures in their new blues release.

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.




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