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 (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

Talkin' The Blues (April 11, 2015)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features the Ghost Town Blues Band from Memphis; Canada's Anthony Gomes' new blues rock album; Beale Street fixture Barbara Blue; and a live radio broadcast recording of acoustic music by Ry Cooder from 1972. 

Talkin' The Blues (April 4, 2015)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features veteran Connecticut R&B singer D.A. Foster; Isaiah B. Brunt from Australia; Eight O'Five Jive from Nashville specializes in late 194O/early 195Os R&B from the pre rock 'n roll era; and Breezy Rodio from Chicago.
 

Talkin' The Blues (March 28, 2015)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

This week's program opens with four late 194Os Chess recordings that were transcribed directly from mono LPs onto CD for broadcast by a collector in Birmingham, Hank Moore; modern soul music by Tad Robinson; Florida ensemble Toots Lorraine records jump blues in California; and Memphis harpman Brandon Santini releases a Live and Extended recording.

Talkin' The Blues (March 21, 2015)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

This episode of Talkin' The Blues with Microwave Dave features Texas/Louisiana guitar duo Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King, San Francisco's Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines, and Nashville's Shaun Murphy.

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.

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