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 (Sept. 26, 2015)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Featuring this week world-traveling Texas guitarist Eugene Hideaway Bridges; New England vocalist Diane Blue; acoustic artist Andy Cohen; and classic Chicago duo Chris James & Patrick Rynn.

Talkin' the Blues (Sept. 19, 2015)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

This week's episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features a new release from 81-year-old John Mayall; Tony Lynn Washington from Boston has a fine new dance record, and under-20 guitarist Andy Poxon plays beyond his age on an album of new original songs.

Talkin' The Blues (Sept 12, 2015)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

This episode of Talkin' The Blues concentrates on some new releases from small ensembles, opening with piano/drums duo The Claudettes; D'Mar & Gill operate as a guitar/drums duo; and Andra Faye & Scott Ballantine play mostly acoustic blues with Andra operating string bass, mandolin and fiddle behind her vocals.

Talkin' The Blues (Sept 5, 2015)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave opens with a strong album from Shemekia Copeland with powerful stories in the lyrics and a large rock band feel supporting her blues singing; the Ragpicker String Band offers new and traditional prewar acoustic blues and rags; and veteran Jackson MS singer/writer/guitarist Zac Harmon offers mainstream contemporary blues in his new release.

Talkin' The Blues (August 29, 2015)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

This week's episode of Talkin' The Blues features selections from the Muddy Waters 100th Birthday tribute by John Primer and others; late 50s blues from Andy T/Nick Nixon Band; and an amalgam of Appalachian, Celtic, bluegrass and blues by Grant Dermody.

Talkin' The Blues (August 22, 2015)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

This week's edition of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features Stevie Ray Vaughn-inspired blues-rock from Massachusetts guitarist/songwriter Albert Cummings; a pair of jazzy-hipster tunes from former Birmingham resident Robert Moore from his new release on Reference Recordings; and a variety of piano timbres from veteran John Fogerty band member Bob Malone.

Talkin' The Blues (August 1, 2015)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Talkin' The Blues (July 18, 2015)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave opens with venerable 90-year old pianist Henry Gray with Bob Corritore; zany lyrical blues from Massachusetts by Wildcat O'Halloran Band; Kentuckian Alonzo Pennington's new Muscle Shoals-produced album; and various artists supported by the Texas Horns.

Talkin' The Blues (July 11, 2015)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Talkin' The Blues (July 4, 2015)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

This edition of Talkin’ The Blues with Microwave Dave begins with piano blues from East Coast veteran John Coluzzi; good rocking songwriting and performance from Philly band Blue Plate Specials; The Lucky Losers, a duo from California; and Lazer Lloyd, a blues rocker from Israel touring the US festival circuit this summer.

Talkin' The Blues (June 27, 2015)

Friday, June 26, 2015

This episode of Talkin’ The Blues with Microwave Dave features award-winning blues pianist Victor Wainwright and the Wildroots; former Huntsville resident and downtown musician Laurence Luckyman Beall, and veteran songwriter/singer Diane Durrett.

Talkin' The Blues (June 20, 2015)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Talkin' the Blues (June 13, 2015)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Talkin' The Blues (June 6, 2015)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Talkin' The Blues "Cigar Box edition" (May 30, 2015)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

This episode is the annual cigar box guitar show that aligns with the Flying Monkey Cigar Box Guitar Festival in Huntsville, Alabama.  Featured artists include many who have appeared over the festival's eleven-year run including Richard Johnston, Johnny Lowebow, Ben Prestage, April Mae & the June Bugs, Hymn for Her, David Williams/One String Willie, Bill Jehle & Nadaband, and your host, Microwave Dave.

Talkin' The Blues (May 23, 2015)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

This week's episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features the 2O14 IBC winner, Mr. Sipp: Michigan harmonica artist Hank Mowery; native Canadian singer Crystal Shawanda; and the UK's Ian Siegal with north Mississippi blues royalty.

Talkin' The Blues (May 16, 2015)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave opens with vintage-style Chicago blues from the Cash Box Kings; continues with modern slide guitar blues and rock from Californian Roy Rogers; and concludes with emotional vocals and more fine slide from the Amanda Fish Band from Kansas City.

Talkin' The Blues (May 9, 2015)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Talkin' The Blues (May 2, 2015)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features funk ensemble styles with fine vocals from Chris Daniels & the Kings; sacred steel blues and rock from the AJ Ghent Band; Cassandra Wilson's moody and cinematic takes on classic Billie Holiday songs; plus first and last recordings from Chicago artist JB Hutto & the Hawks.

Talkin' The Blues (April 18, 2015)

Saturday, April 18, 2015




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