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 (June 18, 2015)

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, 2015)

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, 2015)

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.

Talkin' the Blues (May 21, 2015)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

This episode features a restructured band from Milwaukee named TweedFunk, who have changed from their edgy roots music to a slicker southern soul sound on this release; John Long from Denver turns in an amazing set of acoustic Delta and other roots blues performances; and Houstonian Mark May offers a contemporary blues album with lots of tasty guitar playing.

Talkin' the Blues (May 14, 2015)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

This episode opens with Moreland & Arbuckle, the guitar-harp duo from Wichita, Kansas, with their new studiio album; Alabama’s veteran soul singer Sam Frazier Jr’s 1960s/70s Birmingham-recorded tracks are finally released after being in the can for decades; from Oregon, Barbara Healy and Groove Too offer contemporary blues rock; and Los Angeles roots artist Mike Eldred Trio pays homage to the south in an album cut at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis and named for the town in Mississippi where Robert Johnson was murdered in the late 1930s.

Talkin' the Blues (April 30, 2015)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

In this episode, harmonica ace Sugar Blue releases a new album of blues and world music; Canadian guitarist Steve Dawson combines electric and acoustic slide for a fine roots release;  late 1940s blues songs from venerable pianist Memphis Slim; and North Carolina’s Reed Turchi turns up the atmosphere while plumbing the depths of experience in his new release.

Talkin' the Blues (April 23, 2015)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

This episode opens with a lengthy set of harmonica blues from the tribute album, Blues for Big Walter; in Layman Terms, it's a young brother/sister duo; and Corey Dennison is a young Chicago blues star with his first album.

Talkin' the Blues (April 16, 2015)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

This episode opens with a 1976 album by B.B. King, showing his experiments with stylistics during that pre-disco period; Curtis Salgado releases his best album of new blues and soul songs; and Swamp Cabbage features ironic/satiric lyrics sung in a voice reminiscent of Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart over rootsy electric guitar trio structures.

Talkin' the Blues (April 9, 2015)

Saturday, April 9, 2016

This episode opens with Israeli-born Chicago blues and jazz guitarist Guy King’s new release;  Australian harpman, singer and digeridoo player Harper offers his new album; and Shari Puorto from California enlists top players for her newest, My Obsession.

Talkin' the Blues (April 2, 2015)

Saturday, April 2, 2016

This episode features the Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue, an all star gathering of top line players working traditional 1950s blues styles; Skip James’ album from 1964 when he had been ‘rediscovered’ after being absent from blues recording since 1931; and Ilana Katz Katz, an old-style fiddle player who works classic and original blues into her repertoire.

Talkin' the Blues (March 26, 2015)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

This episode opens with a non-blues item:  the new solo release by Huntsville musician, James Irvin who is known for drumming with Microwave Dave & The Nukes. He also plays a number of instruments at the professional level and writes quality songs- especially in the 80s rock vernacular; Debbie Bond from Tuscaloosa releases the recordings she and her band have made in Muscle Shoals; and Chicago guitarist and songwriter Toronzo Cannon releases his Alligator Records debut.

Talkin' the Blues (March 19, 2015)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

This episode opens with a comparison of the Skip James' original 1931 recording of "I'm So Glad," with the live version released by Cream in 1968; Janiva Magness releases Love Wins Again; and Peter Karp offers a live band recording in NYC featuring veteran Rolling Stones guitarist, Mick Taylor.
 

Talkin' the Blues (March 5, 2015)

Saturday, March 5, 2016

This week's episode features Southern California's Dennis Jones, the Brothers Brown from Nashville and L.A., King Louie and La Rhonda Steele from Portland, OR, and roots music from Racky Thomas of Boston.

Talkin' the Blues (Feb. 27, 2015)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

This week's episode features a number of tracks by various artists on the Alligator Records compilation, "God Don't Never Change - The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson." The compilation includes Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Lucinda WIlliams, Tom Waits and others; Tommy Z from Buffalo's new rocking blues release from Buffalo NY; and the Balkan Brothers from Connecticut have a new hard blues duo album.

Talkin' the Blues (Feb. 20, 2015)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

This episode opens with a deluxe reissue of the Magic Sam Blues Band's classic West Side Chicago album from 1969, Black Magic; Anni Piper, blues bassist/vocalist/songwriter from Australia who has emigrated to Florida releases a new album that shows a shift from her previous hard blues-rock style to one that has more straight rock 'n roll and country overtones; and the Oxy Morons from central Alabama play offbeat and classic string band music.

Talkin' the Blues (Feb. 13, 2015)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

It is time for our annual Mardi Gras show, featuring classic New Orleans R&B from the 1950s through the mid-1970s. Artists include Fats Domino, Little Richard, Huey Piano Smith & the Clowns, Professor Longhair, Ernie K-Doe and many others.

Talkin' the Blues (Feb. 6, 2015)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

This episode opens with Finnish blues act, Micke Bjorklof & Blue Strip, with a fine new studio album recorded in Wales; veteran Mississippi musician and bandleader Johnny Rawls has a new release of blues and southern soul pieces; the Kelly Richey Band from the Rust Belt goes into the studio to make a modern blues-rock trio recording; and the Dave Muskett Acoustic Blues Band releases a live recording from the historic Slippery Noodle Inn in Indianapolis.

Talkin' the Blues (Jan. 30, 2015)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Featured in this episode are the long-overdue return to recording of soul singer, Wee Willy Walker, with an allstar cast of west coast musicians; the Knickerbocker All Stars made up of blues artists from the Boston/Providence axis; Lara & the Bluz Dawgs offer late 20th century blues rock from Nashville; and Arizona's Walkin' Cane Mark shows his influences of Snooky Pryor and Junior Wells on harp.

Talkin' the Blues (Jan. 16, 2015)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

This episode begins with a new release by Benny Turner, brother of and bassist for the late Freddie King; acoustic guitarist Tim Williams from Canada; Wendy deWitt and Kirk Harwood team up on their album of drums and piano duos; and Calvin Conway from Chicago releases his first solo album.

Talkin' the Blues (Jan. 9, 2015)

Saturday, January 9, 2016

This week's program features three alumni of Muddy Waters bands:  Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers recorded live with Little Mike & the Tornadoes in 1988; Bob Margolin's new autobiographical album; and from Minneapolis, Joyann Parker and Sweet Tea.

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