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 (March 7, 2015)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

This edition of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features Gulf Coast sounds from a Philadelphia band, James Day & the Fish Fry; hard-edged Detroit blues rock by Eliza Neals; Canadian roots blues by Harrison Kennedy; and delta blues from Denmark by Thorbjorn Risager.

Talkin' The Blues (February 28, 2015)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Featured in this episode Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave are the Igor Prado Band from Sao Paolo, Brazil, showing great expertise in mid 2Oth century American blues; My Own Holiday, a roots duo from a small town in southern California with great vocals and songwriting; plus Joe Filisko & Eric Noden, who bring the prewar blues of the 193Os into the 21st century with subtlety, skill and a sense of humor.

Talkin' The Blues (February 21, 2015)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

This episode Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features the annual Mardi Gras New Orleans show. It includes classic R&B from between the late 194Os and mid 197Os, the golden age of New Orleans R&B.

Talkin' the Blues (February 14, 2015)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Talkin' the Blues (February 7, 2015)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Talkin' the blues (january 31, 2015)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

This episode of Talkin' The Blues features piano and guitar blues from Jeff Baldori; UK singer and songwriter Jo Harman's live recording at the Royal Albert Hall; Bill Phillippe plays acoustic hill country blues in the Bay Area; and Rob Stone offers fine harmonica-driven Chicago blues.

Talkin' The Blues (January 10, 2015)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Talkin' the Blues (January 3, 2015)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

In response to a couple requests, this episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave departs from the normal current blues releases in magazine format to listen to individual tracks from formative 195Os blues artists like Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King, Hound Dog Taylor and the House Rockers, and Big Mama Thornton.

Talkin' the Blues (December 27, 2014)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

This edition of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features contemporary blues rock by Devon Allman, the Bruce Katz Band, Gaetano Letizia, and the Alastaire Greene Band.  These are followed by the only three New Years Eve songs I could find in my collection, by Charles Brown, Mary Harris, and Lightnin' Hopkins.

Talkin' the blues (December 13, 2014)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

This edition of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave includes the Sauce Boss, Bill Wharton of the Florida panhandle in a smoked up one man band format; Eric Clapton and friends celebrate the music of the late JJ Cale; Deak Harp plays big-toned dirty harmonica and guitar simultaneously in Clarksdale, MS; and Nathan James from California releases a pair of albums in one jacket that feature very strong songwriting and fine authentic playing and singing of original songs that sound sixty years old.

Talkin' the blues (December 6, 2014)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

This edition of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features Colorado guitarist/singer Jack Hadley recorded in St. Louis; Magnus Berg, an 18-year-old blues guitarist and singer from Norway; Vanessa Collier writes and sings original songs and solos on sax; and Blue
Lunch from Cleveland celebrates 3O years as a band with a west coast-flavored album.

Talkin' The Blues (November 29, 2014)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features guitar slinging from the 199Os releases by Jimmy Thackery; fine acoustic versions of songs by Reverend Gary Davis from the film Harlem Street Singer by the Empire Roots Band; Robin Banks explores the lounge facet of blues music; and Linsey Alexander plays classic Chicago blues.

talkin' the blues (November 22, 2014)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features a just-released 2OO5 album from the late Sean Costello; Eric Bibb assembles a number of well-known artists to create Blues People; and Low Society brings contemporary rocking blues and roots out of Memphis.

talkin' the blues (November 15, 2014)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

talkin' the blues (November 8, 2014)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Talkin' the Blues "Duke Way" (November 1, 2014)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

This edition of Talkin’ The Blues features music from Duke Way from Huntsville with his album of jazz stories and hipster poems; Georgie Bond from Philadelphia sings a new batch of songs; from Boston comes Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers; and Canada's JW-Jones releases and album recorded in Nashville.

Talkin' the Blues (October 25, 2014)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Talkin' the Blues continues to celebrate its 25th anniversary on WLRH with a show this week featuring Rhode Island's Duke Robillard Band; Dave Riley and Bob Corritore's blend of Chicago and Mississippi Blues; Rory Block's fine tribute to north Mississippi blues icon Skip James; and Oakland piano man S.E. Willis.

Talkin' the Blues "Johnny Sansone" (October 18, 2014)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Featured this week are New Orleans harmonica ace Johnny Sansone; soul brothers Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls; Missouri-born writer/singer Ingrid Gerdes; and Markus James with a combination of West African and North Mississippi blues.

talkin' the blues (October 4, 2014)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

talkin' the blues (September 27, 2014)

Saturday, September 27, 2014




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