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 (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.

Talkin' the Blues (January 21, 2017)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Rolling Stones have released an album of all Chicago blues from the 50s and 60s; Holly Hyatt and Jon Burdon's live show consists of both acoustic and gentle electric blues; and Randy McAllister burns his way through shifting grooves in roots songs from his native East Texas.

Talkin' the Blues (January 14, 2017)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

This episode opens with a new album from British blues icon John Mayall, who- in his early 80s- is still singing, playing, writing and performing well; French-American singer Madeleine Peyroux releases a subtle album recorded in an ancient church in the UK; and south Texas guitarist Mike Zito records a rocking contemporary blues release in Nashville.


Talkin' the Blues (January 7, 2017)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

This episode opens with Murali Coryell, son of renowned avant jazz guitarist Larry Coryell in his eighth blues release; Alexis P. Suter is a baritone-voiced female singer from upstate New York; the late Buster Benton’s 1970s output is summed on Spider In My Stew; and New Jersey bluesman Peter Karp offers Alabama Town.

Talkin' the Blues (December 24, 2016)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The annual Christmas Blues show is presented this week, featuring artists from the 1930s to contemporary with blues songs fun, rowdy and somber.

Talkin' the Blues (December 17, 2016)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

This episode opens with various artists recording songs of Memphis pianist and songwriter Charlie Rich; Jackson, Mississippi bluesman releases an album of original blues songs; and Trudy Lynn from Houston offers some favorites with a couple new tunes.

Talkin' the Blues (December 10, 2016)

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The episode opens with new originals by Bay Area saxophonist/singer/writer Nancy Wright and special guests; the Knickerbocker All-Stars release their third album in support of a music education center in Rhode Island; and upstate NY singer Tas Cru shows fine playing to go along with his songwriting skills.

Talkin' the Blues (December 3, 2016)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

This episode opens with a fine production from Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps; Canadian guitarist Colin James shows some quality slide guitar chops; newcomer Mary Jo Curry takes up blues singing on the theatrical stage, then makes an album; and a live recording from 1967 of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers featuring Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, the latter three departing just months later to form Fleetwood Mac.

Talkin' the Blues (November 26, 2016)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

This edition opens with Canadian roots/blues act Monkeyjunk’s new album, exploring more group vocals and instrument textures; historical 1950s New Orleans recordings on Specialty Records by the king (and inventor) of zydeco, Clifton Chenier; and JJ Thames, whose voice- trained in classical music in Detroit- is right at home, singing blues and R&B in Jackson, Mississippi.

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.




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