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Playlist for Week after May 23, 2014

Original Show Date  - March 23, 2014

HourArtistSong
1John HammondNo One Can Forgive Me But My Baby
Come to Find Out
Further on up the Road
Heartache Blues
No Money Down
DumpstaphunkDancin' to the Truth
Blueswave
Betty Davis
Reality of the Situation
Everybody Wants Some
2The Blind Boys of AlabamaSpirit in the Sky
There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God is Seated at the Conference Table)
I Shall Not Be Moved
Amazing Grace
God Put the Rainbow in the Cloud
The Robert Cray BandWon't Be Coming Home
You Move Me
Fine Yesterday
What Would You Say
Hip Tight Onions
Forcast Calls for Pain
Larry Groce & Co.Soldier of the Lord
Press Release

 

Robert Cray - When bluesman Albert Collins played Robert Cray’s high school graduation, his fate was all but sealed and, before long, Cray was a member of Collins’ backing band. Cray’s  recordings helped fuel the ‘80s blues revival and, using the blues as a foundation, he has since explored R&B, soul, jazz and gospel. Cray’s five Grammys include back-to-back awards for 1985's “Summit” (which also featured Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland) and another for 1986's “Strong Persuader.” After venturing into R&B (with the help of the famed Memphis Horns), 2009's “This Time reunited him with longtime friends and bandmates Richard Cousins and Jim Pugh. Cray has written or performed with legends ranging from Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Bonnie Raitt and John Lee Hooker. At 57, he is one of the youngest artists to be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. To date, he has sole more than 12 million records and has his own line of Fender guitars. Marking 40 years since he formed The Robert Cray Band, his new release is titled “In My Soul” and was produced by Steve Jordan.

  

Blind Boys of Alabama - For more than 70 years, the Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing quartet-styled gospel anywhere people would listen - from churches and concert halls to nightclubs and the White House (they have played for the past three presidents). Formed at Alabama's Talladega School for the Blind in the late '30s, the group has harmonized from Jim Crow through Civil Rights and into the Obama era, making the group a significant part of American history. The Blind Boys latest, “I’ll Find a Way,” is their ninth studio album of the 21st Century and was produced by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. The set features cameos by a new generation of Blind Boys fans - Sam Amidon, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Casey Dienel (White Hinterland), Patty Griffin, and Vernon himself. The Blind Boys have appeared on “60 Minutes,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O'Brien,” “The Today Show” and “CBS Saturday Morning.” 

  

John Hammond - One of the country’s most accomplished acoustic blues artists, John Hammond’s storied career began more than a half-century ago. Hammond was originally inspired by blues master Jimmy Reed and, in the early ‘60s, his backing groups included members of the Band and, briefly, Jimi Hendrix. Since his 1962 debut, Hammond has recorded with artists including Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, JJ Cale, Tom Waits, The Band, John Lee Hooker, and Dr. John. Singing, playing guitar, stomping and wailing on harmonica, Hammond’s shows are a whirlwind tour of the blues. Hammond’s recent projects have included a release of Tom Waits’ songs, and a CD produced by innovative singer/guitarist G Love. Hammond was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. His many awards include being named “Acoustic Artist of the Year” at the Blues Music Awards in 2011. His 2010 release, “Rough & Tough,” earned him his seventh Grammy nomination. None other than Tom Waits - who has written songs specifically for Hammond - described him as a “great force of nature” while T Bone Burnett said Hammond “is in a very small circle of men with a guitar and a harmonica. Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf, Bob Dylan.” His new release - his 35th to date - is a live recording titled “Timeless.” John Hammond - One of the country’s most accomplished acoustic blues artists, John Hammond’s storied career began more than a half-century ago. Hammond was originally inspired by blues master Jimmy Reed and, in the early ‘60s, his backing groups included members of the Band and, briefly, Jimi Hendrix. Since his 1962 debut, Hammond has recorded with artists including Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, JJ Cale, Tom Waits, The Band, John Lee Hooker, and Dr. John. Singing, playing guitar, stomping and wailing on harmonica, Hammond’s shows are a whirlwind tour of the blues. Hammond’s recent projects have included a release of Tom Waits’ songs, and a CD produced by innovative singer/guitarist G Love. Hammond was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. His many awards include being named “Acoustic Artist of the Year” at the Blues Music Awards in 2011. His 2010 release, “Rough & Tough,” earned him his seventh Grammy nomination. None other than Tom Waits - who has written songs specifically for Hammond - described him as a “great force of nature” while T Bone Burnett said Hammond “is in a very small circle of men with a guitar and a harmonica. Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf, Bob Dylan.” His new release - his 35th to date - is a live recording titled “Timeless.”

 

Dumpstaphunk - This diverse, New Orleans-based funk and jam band was formed in the early 2000s by Ivan Neville and his cousin, Ian Neville (son of Art Neville). The group’s debut at the 2003 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival served up a bass-heavy dose of serious New Orleans grooves. It was only fitting that Dumpstaphunk’s first CD was a live recording from that same venue in 2006. From their now packed performances at New Orleans' Jazz Fest to music rooms and festivals across the nation (Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, All Good, High Sierra, Summer Camp, Hangout, Jam Cruise and Outside Lands), Dumpstaphunk’s sets are marked by “colossal low end and filthy grooves.” In 2013, Dumpstaphunk supported Lionel Richie on a five-city tour, while noted rock critic Jon Pareles wrote in The New York Times, “I don’t expect to hear anything funkier this year.” To date, the band has issued eight live records and a pair of studio releases, the most recent of which is titled, “Dirty Word.” 

  

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