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 (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

Talkin' The Blues (Sept. 20, 2014)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

This week's Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features New York City veterans Big Mike and the Tornadoes, west coast guitarist Carmen Grillo and southern California singer Kaye Bohler. Also, music from the first album from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Jackson MS artist Grady Champion.

Talkin' The Blues (Sept. 13, 2014)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues features northern California artist Shane Dwight; neo Nashville blues band Markey Blue; Austin, TX based Ty Curtis, and Whitey Johnson.

talkin' the blues (September 6, 2014)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues features guitarist/singer JP Soars, California chromatic harmonica specialist Big Harp George, the Georgia songbird EG Knight and Indiana's hoosier voodoo act Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band.

talkin' the blues (August 30, 2014)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues features Murali Coryell's new album from this son of jazz guitarist Larry Coryell; the Generation Blues Experience with an age range from 14 to 8O; Sena Ehrhardt's new release of mainstream contemporary blues rock; veterans Andy T and Nick Nixon follow their successful 2O12 album; and founder of the Nighthawks Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers new guitar-slinging record.

talkin' the blues (August 23, 2014)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The episode of Talkin' The Blues features a new album highlighting deep cuts from Muddy Waters' recordings by his son, Mud Morganfield and Fabulous Thunderbirds harp ace Kim Wilson; new Chicago blues rock from Giles Cory's Stone Soul, and Etta Britt pays tribute to Delbert McClinton.

talkin' the blues (August 16, 2014)

Friday, August 15, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues feaures Elvin Bishop opens the program with three tracks from his new album; Ruthie Foster is second with her fine vocals and Texas deliver; New England's Sugar Ray and the Bluetones turn in some fine ensemble work; and Lucky Peterson's return to recording results in The Son of a Bluesman.

talkin' the blues (August 2, 2014)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

This episode opens with Bob Stroger and Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith -- a veteran and son of a veteran of the Muddy Waters band -- with a new release; Laura Rain and the Caesars feature more well-done R&B funk from various ears
on their new release;  Jeremy Baum's new album incorporates blues in a jam band style; Dexter Allen emerges from under the shadow of Bobby Rush with a fine new record; and Smoke Wagon Blues Band recorded in front of a home
audience in Hamilton, Ontario.

talkin' the blues (July 26, 2014)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

talkin' the blues (July 19, 2014)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Talkin' The Blues (July 12, 2014)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features new music from The Nighthawks. Also music from The Reverend Shawn Amos, a Delmark reissue of an early 19802 Chicago blues record by Steve Freund and Gloria Hardiman, Steve Hill and Los Angelos piano man Ron Tanski. (audio pending)

talkin' the blues (July 5, 2014)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

This episode of Talkin’ The Blues opens with new Chicago blues from veteran guitarist Dave Specter; iconic Sleepy John Estes recorded live in Japan in the late 1970s; west coast jump blues with snappy lyrics by Rick Estrin and the Nightcats; two funky tunes by Deanna Bogart; and Washington state's Too Slim and the Taildraggers release a 34-song Anthology with three new tracks included.

Talkin' The Blues (June 21, 2014)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features a new release from the winner of Best Blues Guitar at the Blues Music Awards 2014, Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters; hoosier voodoo from rural Indiana roots act Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band; Classic guitar blues from the 30s through the 50s by Big Bill Broonzy; and a new release by multiple Blues Music Award winner Janiva Magness.

Talkin' The Blues (June 14, 2014)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features hill country blues via New York City by Pork Chop Willie; great boogie piano and vocals from Canada's David Vest; Li'l Ronnie & the Bluebeats' new release from Richmond, VA; Ben Prestage live cigar box guitar recording; Fo 'Reel, veteran musicians joining forces in New Orleans; and Steve Dawson's acoustic solo work--some people call him Canada's Leo Kottke and Ry Cooder.

Talkin' The Blues (June 7, 2014)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues features boogie woogie/funk pianist and vocalist Eden Brent's new album which leans toward Americana; Florida's Selwyn Birchwood makes a strong statement in his rocking blues debut; daughter of legend Rufus Thomas, Vaneese Thomas makes an outstanding blues/R&B album featuring debuts with her dad and sister, Carla Thomas; world boogie from North Carolina's Turchi; and Harpdog Brown brings a Canadian spin to classic blues records.

Talkin' The Blues (May 31, 2014)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues features West Coast harp man Mark Hummel; singer/writer/guitarist Rachelle Coba; guitar slinger Dudley Taft; classic R&B vocalist Bettye Lavette; and veteran pianist and entertainer Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne.

Talkin' The Blues 'Cigar Box Guitar Music' (May 24, 2014)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave explores cigar box guitars and the unique music they make as we head toward the 10th annual Cigar Box Guitar Festival at Lowe Mill on May 30th, 2014.




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