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Coming Up On  The Blues Show  September 23, 2017:

The new album Howlin' At Greaseland will be featured. It's a tribute album to Howlin' Wolf from a bunch of great singers and players, some of whom knew and worked with Wolf, including his former pianist Henry Gray and singer Tail Dragger

In the midnight hour on Blue Dimensions, Program F39Songs of the great Ida Cox, sung by Cécile McLorin Salvant, Rhiannon Giddens, Blind Joe Reynolds, and Ms. Cox herself — the music of a great singer and songwriter, Ida Cox, from the 1920s and the 1960s, with thanks to singers Cécile McLorin Salvant and Rhiannon Giddens for recent covers of Ida Cox songs that we will also play on this show. Cox was highly successful in her time; perhaps that is part of why she wasn't celebrated during the folk-blues revival with its emphasis on obscurity and rare records. A cover of one of her songs by Cream that was a hit in the 1960s was actually credited to the obscure country blues player who first covered it, Blind Joe Reynolds, not to her. We'll also hear a couple of other songs from Cécile McLorin Salvant's new album Dreams And Daggers, an excellent set of in-concert performances. Plus, we have a Freddie Hubbard piece from the new album Beneath The Surface by bassist Mike Boone, a classic from Mr. Hubbard himself, and guitarist Dave Stryker taking on a classic composition by another great trumpeter Clifford Brown, on Stryker's new album Strykin' Ahead.

check out some info on the Worried Blues reissue series of blues albums recorded in the 1960s and 1970s.

Eric Gales spoke passionately to the audience at the Briggs Farm Blues Festival July 8th at the start of his set about his battle with addiction and drug dependency, and how, after a long struggle, he is off the stuff and seems to be regaining his freedom and joy in life. Congrats to Eric!

Thornetta Davis sang from the heart earlier that same day — her song I'd Rather Be Alone.

Links for   Local Artists  |  Venues  |  Blues Events

       • • • Area Blues Concerts & Events • • •


For blues event listings visit:
Delta Blue's Calendar
The Blues Collaborative
Bucks County Blues Society
Diamond State Blues Society
Baltimore Blues Society
Blues Society of Central PA
Lehigh Valley Blues Network
Central Delaware Blues Society

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• • • September • • •


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bucks County Blues Society Annual Hank Storey Benefit
Deb Callahan Band
Robin & The Bandits w/ Deja Vu, plus Skinny Mamie
A.C. Steel & The Galvanizers, Spare Parts, and Johnny Betz
@ Terchon VFW Post
Edgely PA 19007 215-943-5898 (Noon-7PM)

Sister Blue & Mark Furman @ Nora Lees French Quarter
New Castle DE 19720 (7PM)


Sunday, September 24, 2017

4th Annual Blues Cruisin' Lunch
1:00PM boarding the Spirit Of Philadelphia
1:30PM Embark - cruise begins
4:00PM Spirit of Philadelphia returns to the dock, and
4:30PM Disembark. The show concludes


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Roy Book Binder @ Lansdowne Folk Club
Lansdowne PA 19050 (7PM) $17 advance; $20 door

Coco Montoya @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)

Doug MacLeod guitar workshop and performance
1 Normandy Circle, Glenmoore PA 19343
(7PM) $75.00 ($78.62 with service fee)

Sister Blue Band hosts open mic @ Randi's Restaurant
Philadelphia PA 19115 (8:30PM)


Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Flashpoints @ The Mermaid Inn
Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill) PA (9:30PM) $10

Sister Blue & Mark Furman @ Black Walnut Winery
Phoenixville PA 19460 (7:30PM)

The Mojo Gypsies @ Lost Tavern Brewing
Hellertown PA 18055


• • • October • • •


Friday, October 6, 2017

Reading Blues Fest Day One
11:30AM Kick-Off Luncheon The Bluesmasters
     @ Peanut Bar Restaurant, Reading PA
5:00PM Deb Callahan Trio @ Double Tree By Hilton, Reading PA
7:00PM Kenny Neal plus Samantha Fish @ Double Tree By Hilton, Reading PA
11:30PM Alexis P. Suter Band with Berks Horns, Mikey Jr. & Deb Callahan
     @ Double Tree By Hilton, Reading PA


AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Puck
Doylestown PA (sets 9PM, 10:30PM) free


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Reading Blues Fest Day Two
12 Noon Kick-Off Luncheon Teeny Tucker Women In The Blues with
Robert Hughes, hosted by Michael Cloeren @ Double Tree By Hilton, Reading PA
2:30PM Philadelphia Blues AllstarsMikey Jr., Deb Callahan, Kevin McCann
and Dave Holtzman @ Abe's By Chef Allen, Reading PA
7:00PM Robert Cray Band, opening: Blind Boy Paxton
    @ Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading PA
7:30PM Dave Mell Blues Band @ Peanut Bar Restaurant, Reading PA
11:30PM Alexis P. Suter Band with Berks Horns
& Deb Callahan, Kevin McCann and Dave Holtzman
     @ Double Tree By Hilton, Reading PA


Paoli Blues Festival
Paoli Presbyterian Church
South Valley Road
Paoli PA
Noon — (TBA)
1PM — (TBA)
2PM — (TBA)
3PM — (TBA)
4PM — (TBA)
5PM — (TBA)


James Hunter Six featuring @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $29.50 - $45


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Reading Blues Fest Day Three
10:00AM buffet
11:00AM Slam Allen @ Double Tree By Hilton, Reading PA
12 Noon Josh Taylor's Next Gen Blues @ Sofrito Gastro Pub, Reading PA
1:00PM Blind Boy Paxton @ Goggle Works Center For The Arts, Reading PA
1:30PM Bill Wax keynote speaker, former Sirius XM Bluesville director
   @ Double Tree By Hilton, Reading PA
4:00PM Jonny Lang, opening Dana Fuchs Duo with Jon Diamond
   @ Double Tree By Hilton, Reading PA


Monday, October 9, 2017

Buddy Guy @ Grand Opera House
Wilmington DE 19801


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers/Ronnie Baker Brooks @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $29.50/$45


Friday, October 13, 2017

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ The Local
Point Pleasant PA 18938


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Blue Earl Brewing
Smyrna DE 19977 (7PM-10PM)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dukes Of Destiny @ West Grove Friend Meeting House
153 East Harmony Road, West Grove PA 19390 (7:30PM-10PM) $15 at door


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bucks County Blues Society presents
"An Afternoon of Old School Blues"
with The Cash Box Kings @ Terchon VFW Post
Edgely PA 19007 (215-943-5898) (1:30PM) $18 advance purchase

Magic Dick (of J Geils Band) & Shun Ng @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (7:30PM) $25/$39.50

Cash Box Kings@ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30 PM) $30 advance, $35 Door


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Matt Schofield & Mike Zito @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Harper & The Midwest Kind@ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance, $30 Door


• • • November • • •


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Irma Thomas, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band
@ Grand Opera House
Wilmington DE 19801 (8PM)


Friday, November 3, 2017

Indigenous @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $21.50/$33


Saturday, November 4, 2017

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ "The V" (North Penn VFW)
Glenside PA (9PM-1AM) free

Travis Feaster @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance, $30 Door


Monday, November 6, 2017

Tab Benoit @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)


Friday, November 10, 2017

Jimmy Thackery@ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $30 advance, $35 Door


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mavis Staples opens for Bob Dylan @ Tower Theater
Upper Darby PA 19082 (7:30PM)

The Flashpoints @ The Mermaid Inn
Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill) PA (9:30PM) $10

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Hotel Fiesole
Skippack (8PM-Midnight) free


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Mavis Staples opens for Bob Dylan @ Tower Theater
Upper Darby PA 19082 (7:30PM)


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds with Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations
@ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)

Roomful Of Blues @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $35 advance, $40 Door


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Kate Taylor @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $20 advance, $22 day of show + fees


• • • December • • •


Friday, December 8, 2017

Popa Chubby @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)


• • • January • • •


• • • February • • •


Friday, February 16, 2017

Destination Blues Music Festival Day One
in Bloomsburg, Berwick, and Danville PA


Saturday, February 17, 2017

Destination Blues Music Festival Day Two
in Bloomsburg, Berwick, and Danville PA


Sunday, February 18, 2017

Destination Blues Music Festival Day Three
in Bloomsburg, Berwick, and Danville PA


• • • March • • •


Friday, March 2, 2018

Lurrie Bell @ Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square PA 19348
(8PM) $36


Friday, March 9, 2018

Lancaster Roots And Blues Festival Day 1
locations & venues in Lancaster PA
early bird discount tickets now on sale


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Lancaster Roots And Blues Festival Day 2
locations & venues in Lancaster PA
early bird discount tickets now on sale


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Lancaster Roots And Blues Festival Day 3
locations & venues in Lancaster PA
early bird discount tickets now on sale


Friday, March 16, 2017

Ruthie Foster @ Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square PA 19348
(8PM) $38


Friday, March 23, 2018

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day 1 @ Steel Stacks
Bethlehem PA 18015


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day 2 @ Steel Stacks
Bethlehem PA 18015


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day 3 @ Steel Stacks
Bethlehem PA 18015


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Rory Block @ Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square PA 19348
(8PM) $35


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• • • August • • •

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Regularly occurring (weekly, monthly) blues jams and events

           Weekly


• • • every Tuesday • • •

open blues jam lead by Paul Boddy @ Puck Live
Doylestown PA   (8PM)   free

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
Enola PA


• • • every Wednesday • • •

Mikey Jr. @ The Twisted Tail 8PM
Philadelphia PA


• • • every Sunday • • •

Mikey Jr. leads blues jam 5PM-9PM @ The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA

           Monthly


Fred Miller Blues Band @ The Rusty Nail
Blues Jam 8PM last Sunday of each month
Ardmore PA


The ten-album series Worried Blues from Fat Possum Records reissues some
music from some wonderful albums recorded by Gene Rosenthal,
some issued on LP in the 1960s and 1970s, and all issued on CDs in the 1990s
in the "Blue Vault" series on the Genes label.
The albums in this series did not enjoy wide promotion and distribution
at the time of issue. Now in the Worried Blues series, they do.

Some of these draw from two originally issued albums, and as such, have
to omit some songs from the original releases. Others are straight reissues of original
albums in the series, and some of those lack a few tracks from those originals.
Possibly this is the result of issues around the publishing of those songs,
though it is unfortunate.
The liner notes in the series are almost all "adapted"
(significantly abridged versions of the excellent notes in the original releases).
Some of the original releases are still around, available as used discs
or ocassionally new, still wrapped. The reissues are
generally much less expensive, can be downloaded as mp3s, and will
come out on LPs for those who want that format in September.

I have found the Discogs website useful, not only for checking info on these particular albums, but also usually a good source of info about the personnel on albums, the dates and places where they were recorded, and the different editions in which they have been issued.

R. L. BurnsideWorried Blues
straight reissue of My Black Name A-Ringin' released on CD in 1991 by
Genes Records through Adelphi label. Original had much more extensive liner notes
and photos. Reissue liner notes lack name of harmonica player Red Ramsey
who plays on several tracks.
originally issued on Genes Records - GCD 9917

Reverend Gary DavisWorried Blues
reissue of O, Glory - The Apostolic Studio Sessions which came out on Edsel label
in 1996, missing two cuts from the original CD. Liner notes significantly abridged,
fail to mention the name of harmonica player Larry Johnson
who plays on four songs.
originally issued on CD by Edsel Records - EDCD 482; LP "O, Glory" issued in
1973 by Adelphi Records.

Honeyboy EdwardsWorried Blues
reissue of Don't Mistreat A Fool album released 1999 Genes label missing three songs from original release (including both that had
Big Walter Horton on harmonica); abridged liner notes
original issue on CD by Genes Records - GCD 9914

Mississippi John HurtWorried Blues
original issue was issued as a double CD, and also apparently
as separate single CDs.
The reissue omits some of the songs and also omits an interview with Hurt
conducted by Pete Seeger on disc two of the original.
Abridged liner notes and art.
both albums/volumes issued together as double CD
Mississippi John Hurt Memorial Anthology
by Genes label - GCD 9906/7 in 1993
Volume 1: released by Edsel Records - EDCD 381 in 1994
Volume 2: released by Edsel Records - EDCD 446 in 1997

Skip JamesWorried Blues
straight reissue of his album She Lyin' which came out in 1993 from Genes Records.
This has all the songs on the original, though abridged liner notes. This is an album of
guitar-based songs. Skip also did a wonderful piano album for Genes, but that is not
reissued in the Worried Blues series, at least not yet.
original issue on Genes Records - GCD 9901 in 1993

Furry LewisWorried Blues
this album draws some songs from two albums in the original Blues Vault series,
On The Road Again (which had come out on LP in 1969) and Take Your Time.
The album "On The Road Again" had some tracks with famed Memphis banjo player Gus Cannon and guitarist Bukka White,
but those songs are among the omitted titles.
On The Road Again originally issued on CD by Genes Records - GCD 9918
Take Your Time originally issued on CD by Genes Records - GCD 9911

Little Brother MontgomeryWorried Blues
this is a straight reissue of Montgomery's No Special Rider CD album
for the Genes label (issued 1999 on CD; 1969 LP issue had two fewer cuts),
with abridged liner notes. On some songs
Jeanne Carroll is the vocalist. Guitarist Mike Stewart plays on some tracks.

Houston StackhouseWorried Blues
reissue of the album Cryin' Won't Help You minus two of its tracks, originally
released on CD in 1994. The highly abridged liner notes are unfortunate,
as the extensive info in the original liner notes included much about the artist
that was previously unpublished and not known.
original label: Genes Records - GCD 9904.

Bukka WhiteWorried Blues
reissue of album 1963 Isn't 1962
issued by Genes Records - GCD 9903 in 1994.

Reverend Robert WilkinsWorried Blues
reissue of Remember Me album, abridged liner notes
originally issued 1993 on Genes label (GCD 9902).

About The Blues Show and Jonny Meister

The Blues Show airs every Saturday night from 7:00 to Midnight on XPN. Host Jonny Meister explores this music and its history not only because it is the key ingredient in later rock and pop music, but also because of its own special allure and unique power as a style of music and expression of the human soul.

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Jonny Meister with Catherine Russell

The Blues Show covers the entire history of the blues from 1920 to the present, from the best-known to the most obscure blues, with focus on the present-day blues, but with an eye on the rich history of this music and its large body of timeless recordings.

Host Jonny Meister has been playing the blues on WXPN since March 1977. Meister grew up with old blues records in the house. His father played boogie woogie on the piano, which Jonny learned at about the age of 12. Later he played in rock bands and did a few solo gigs as a singer-songwriter. As his interest in blues grew, he became especially interested in the history of the music, a history not always revealed by the rock musicians and their promoters who drew heavily on the blues.

Jonny spent a week with the family of the late, great blues musician J. B. Lenoir in 1979, and he was one of the consultants for the Wim Wenders film The Soul Of A Man which featured Lenoir, in the PBS film series The Blues. He won the "Keeping The Blues Alive" award for work in Public Radio for The Blues Show in 2000 and a "Best of Philly" award from Philadelphia Magazine in 1996 for "Best Local Radio Show".


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The Mississippi Blues Project:                     

From the summer of 2012 through the summer of 2013, with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, through the Philadelphia Music Project, we presented The Mississippi Blues Project, a series of concerts by Mississippi blues artists that are now available online, with shows from The Cedric Burnside Project, Big George Brock, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Robert Belfour, Big A (Anthony Sherrod) with Robert "Bilbo" Walker, Super Chikan, The Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Rory Block, and James Cotton. Check 'em out!


Local Blues Artists in our listening areas

A C Steel & The Galvanizers
Georgie Bonds
Deb Callahan
Lisa Chavous & The Philadelphia
    Blues Messengers

Dukes Of Destiny
Mikey Jr.
Sister Blue Band

   — — Venues — —

The Twisted Tail is the one place where you can hear blues in Philadelphia just about every night. They have a blues jam every Sunday starting at 5PM hosted by Mikey Jr. & Stone Cold Blues. Mikey Jr. and band also play there pretty regularly on Wednesday nights.

The Twisted Tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
215-558-2471 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore PA 19003
610-649-8389

Building 24 Live
1115 Bern Road
Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-2700 7:30PM $25

The Flash
102 Sycamore Alley
Kennett Square PA 19348
484-732-8295

Keswick Theatre
291 North Keswick Avenue
Glenside PA
215-572-7650

Lansdowne Folk Club
at the Twentieth Century Club
84 South Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne PA 19050
484-466-6213

Lizzie Rose Music Room
217 East Main Street
Tuckerton NJ 08087
609-389-0118

The Lucky Well
111 East Butler Avenue
Ambler PA 19002
215-646-4242

Mermaid Inn
7673 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19118
215-247-9797

The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Avenue
Bordentown NJ 08505
609-324-0880

Red Hot & Blue
2175 Marlton Pike West
Route 70 East in Cherry Hill
across from Garden State Park Shopping Center
adjacent to the Holiday Inn
Cherry Hill NJ 08002
856-665–7427

Saint Georges Country Store
1 Delaware Street
Saint Georges DE 19733
302-836-8202

Sellersville Theater
24 West Temple Avenue
Sellersville PA
215-257-5808

The State Theatre
15 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick NJ 08901
732-246-7469

The Tin Angel
20 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19106
215-928-0770

Warmdaddy's
1400 South Columbus Boulevard (at Reed Street)
Philadelphia PA 19147
215-462-2000

World Cafe Live (Philadelphia)
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
215-222-1400

World Cafe Live (Wilmington)
501 North Market Street
Wilmington DE 19801
302-994-1400

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