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Coming Up On  The Blues Show  July 13, 2019:

more new blues from Keb' Mo' from his album Oklahoma.

In the midnight hour after The Blues Show, on Blue Dimensions: Program #H28 — the focus is on the blues on this show, with some young, new artists, including Jontavious Willis, a 23-year-old blues singer from Georgia whose music sometimes sounds traditional though his lyrics are very much present-day, and Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, 20 years old, who comes from a location famous in blues history, Clarksdale MS. Keb' Mo' produced Willis's album Spectacular Class and plays on both that and Ingram's albums - - and he's got his own new album Oklahoma out, that we'll hear too. Plus: we have songs from Southern Avenue, a young Memphis blues band, from their recent album Keep On (their second album), and The Cash Box Kings with a hard-hitting song about race from their latest album. Also: newly issued recordings of blues concerts in 1973 at Washington University in St. Louis featuring blues greats Johnny Shines, Roosevelt Sykes, and Henry Townsend (who sings with his wife about how much they love each other, to the total delight of the audience) - - all blues on this show, both from two generations back, and from the next generation of blues players.

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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• • • July • • •


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 19860 (8PM) $39.50-$55


Friday, July 19, 2019

Judy Sings The Blues @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE (7PM-10:30PM) no cover

Philly Soul Collective (Stevie and the Bluescasters opening)
@ Burlington County Amphitheater
Westampton NJ 08060 (5:30PM-6:30PM) no cover

Shakey Lyman @ Crooked Eye Brewery
Hatboro PA 19040 (7PM)

Hurricane Ruth & Scott Holt @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30 PM) $27 advance; $35 at door


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Bucks County Blues Society R & B Picnic
@ Snipes Farm, in Morrisville PA 19067 (10:30AM-7PM)
John Németh & The Blue Dreamers
Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band
Regina Bonelli & The True-Groove All-Stars
Slim & The Perkolators
Lisa Chavous & The Philadelphia Blues Messengers
Shakey Lyman

Dukes Of Destiny & Deb Callahan Band @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $18 + fees

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ The Living Room at 35East
Ardmore PA 19003 (8PM-10PM) $20

Sister Blue & Mark Furman @ McCoole's Red Lion Inn
Quakertown PA 18951 (7PM)


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Vanessa Collier @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) advance: $22 — day of show: $25, + fees


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Sister Blue & Mark Furman @ The Pines Tavern
Bristol PA 19007 (9PM)

Susquehanna Folk Festival
Roundtop Mountain Resort
Lewisberry PA 17339


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Susquehanna Folk Festival
Roundtop Mountain Resort
Lewisberry PA 17339


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Albert Castiglia @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $27 advance; $35 at door


• • • August • • •


Thursday, August 1, 2019

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ The Mermaid Inn
Philadelphia PA 19118 (8PM-11PM) $10


Saturday, August 3, 2019

Riverfront Blues Festival Day 1
Tubman-Garrett Park, Wilmington DE 19801
     Main Stage (11AM-10PM)
Phantom Blues Band
Larry Garner
Carl Weathersby
Jarekus Singleton
Biscuit Miller & The Mix
Gary Allegretto
Roger Girke & The Wandering Souls
     Side Stage (shows between Main Stage performances)
Lisa Jack Band, lower case blues
Blues Reincarnation Project, Jimmy Pritchard Band


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Riverfront Blues Festival Day 2
Tubman-Garrett Park, Wilmington DE 19801
     Main Stage (11AM-6PM)
Walter Trout
Trudy Lynn
Billy Price and The Charm City Band
Mississippi Heat With Lurrie Bell
     Side Stage (shows between Main Stage performances)
Club Phred, Slim & The Perkolators
Dr. Harmonica & Rockett 88

Blues Brunch, Jam, & open mic with The Philly Blues Kings first Sunday of each month
@ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (Noon-3PM) Free admission
Open mic jam Noon-1:30PM — Philly Blues Kings set 1:30PM-3PM

Mikey Jr. leads blues jam - open mic @ The Twisted Tail every Sunday
Philadelphia PA 19147 (5PM-9PM)

J.P. Soars & The Red Hots @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7PM) $25 advance; $30 at door


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Kat Riggins @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance; $30 at door


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Popa Chubby (open: Eliza Neals) @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) advance: $25; day of show: $27, plus fees


Friday, August 9, 2019

Mike Zito, Eric Steckel & Damon Fowler @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 19860 (8PM) $25-$39.50

Chris O'Leary @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance; $30 at door


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Gooch And The Motion @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) advance: $10; day of show: $12, plus fees

Eliza Neals @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance; $30 at door


Friday, August 16, 2019

AJ Ghent 1PM @ Philadelphia Folk Festival
Upper Salford PA 19473

Davy Knowles @ Ardmore Music Hall
Ardmore PA 19003 (8PM) advance: $15; day of show: $18; seated: $32


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Lee Boys 4PM, Chubby Carrier 6:30PM
@ Philadelphia Folk Festival
Upper Salford PA 19473

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones @ Hopewell Theater
Hopewell NJ 08525 (8PM)


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Lee Boys 11AM, Dom Flemons 5:30PM @ Philadelphia Folk Festival
Upper Salford PA 19473

Ronnie Baker Brooks @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7PM) $37 advance; $45 at door


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

John Mayall with Carolyn Wonderland (opening: Rory Block) @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 19860 (8PM)


Saturday, August 24, 2019

Walter Trout with Scoville Blues Band @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 19860 (8PM) $35-$49.50

Mojo Gypsies @ Lost Tavern Brewing
Hellertown PA 18055


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Danielle Nicole @ Ardmore Music Hall
Ardmore PA 19003 (7:30PM) advance: $13; day of show: $15; seated: $29


Friday, August 30, 2019

Judy Sings The Blues @ Bethany Blues
Lewes DE 19958 (8:30PM-11PM) no cover

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ Longwood Gardens Beer Garden
Kennett Square PA 19348 (6PM-9PM) $12-$23


Saturday, August, 31, 2019

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ Longwood Gardens Beer Garden
Kennett Square PA 19348 (6PM-9PM) $12-$23


• • • September • • •


Friday, September 6, 2019

Mavis Staples (opener for Brandi Carlile) @ Mann Center For The Performing Arts
Philadelphia PA 19131 (8PM)


Saturday, September 7, 2019

Phoenixville Blues Fest
Reeves Park, in Phoenixville PA 19460 (Noon-10PM) free

Gypsy Moon Blues Festival
East Petersburg PA 17520 (3PM-8PM) free


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Blues Brunch, Jam, & open mic with The Philly Blues Kings first Sunday of each month
@ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (Noon-3PM) Free admission
Open mic jam Noon-1:30PM — Philly Blues Kings set 1:30PM-3PM

Mikey Jr. leads blues jam - open mic @ The Twisted Tail every Sunday
Philadelphia PA 19147 (5PM-9PM)


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mark Hummel Band featuring Dean Shot @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 19860 (8PM) $21.50-$29.50


Friday, September 20, 2019

Mojo Gypsies @ The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA 19147 (9PM)


Sunday, September 22, 2019

Blues Cruisin' Lunch on The Spirit Of Philadelphia
with: Georgie Bonds, Billy Pierce, John Colgan-Davis
Bev Conklin, Nate Myers.(1PM-4:30PM)


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Paoli Blues Festival
Paoli Presbyterian Church on South Valley Road
Paoli PA 19301 (Noon-6PM) free
Noon Slim & The Percolators
1PM (TBA)
2PM (TBA)
3PM (TBA)
4PM Blow the House Down
5PM (TBA)

Mojo Gypsies @ Lost Tavern Brewing
Hellertown PA 18055


• • • October • • •


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Sonny Landreth @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) advance: $30; day of show: $35, plus fees


Friday, October 4, 2019

Mojo Gypsies @ The Lucky Well
Ambler PA 19002

Billy Price with The Nighthawks @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 19860 (8PM) $21.50-$29.50


Sunday, October 6, 2019

Blues Brunch, Jam, & open mic with The Philly Blues Kings first Sunday of each month
@ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (Noon-3PM) Free admission
Open mic jam Noon-1:30PM — Philly Blues Kings set 1:30PM-3PM

Mikey Jr. leads blues jam - open mic @ The Twisted Tail every Sunday
Philadelphia PA 19147 (5PM-9PM)


Friday, October 18, 2019

Judy Sings The Blues @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE (7PM-10:30PM) no cover


Thursday, October 24, 2019

California Honeydrops @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) advance: $25; day of show: $27, plus fees


Sunday, October 27, 2019

Coco Montoya @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7PM) $37 advance; $45 at door


• • • November • • •


Sunday, November 3, 2019

Blues Brunch, Jam, & open mic with The Philly Blues Kings first Sunday of each month
@ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (Noon-3PM) Free admission
Open mic jam Noon-1:30PM — Philly Blues Kings set 1:30PM-3PM

Mikey Jr. leads blues jam - open mic @ The Twisted Tail every Sunday
Philadelphia PA 19147 (5PM-9PM)


Thursday, November 14, 2019

North Mississippi Allstars @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) advance: $20-$30; day of show: $25-$35, plus fees


Friday, November 15, 2019

Mojo Gypsies @ Crooked Eye Brewery
Hatboro PA 19040


Friday, November 22, 2019

Reading Blues Fest (Day 1) — Ticket Information
@ DoubleTree by Hilton, Reading PA 19601
11:30AM kickoff luncheon with The Bluesmasters
featuring Bennie Sims, Cliff Starkey, Erich Cawalla
@ Peanut Bar Restaurant,Reading PA 19602
4:30PM blues dinner Dave Hinkel & The Crew
@ Double Trouble BBQ Restaurant @ DoubleTree by Hilton
6:00PM Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling & The Berks Horns
@ Crossroads at @ DoubleTree by Hilton
8:00PM Vanessa Collier plus 9:45PM Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
@ Grand Ballroom in
DoubleTree by Hilton
9:00PM James Supra & Sarah Ayers Quartet
@ Cheers Lounge in
DoubleTree by Hilton
11:30PM blues jam, hosted by Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling
& The Berks Horns
@ Crossroads at @ DoubleTree by Hilton

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Reading Blues Fest (Day 2) — Ticket Information
@ DoubleTree by Hilton, Reading PA 19601
10:30AM blues film screening:
Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story
in Amphitheater @ DoubleTree by Hilton
11:30AM blues lunch Dave Hinkel & The Crew
@ Double Trouble BBQ Restaurant @ DoubleTree by Hilton
12Noon Albert Castiglia @ Crossroads at @ DoubleTree by Hilton
2:00PM Rob Paparozzi & The Ed Palermo Big Band featuring guitarist Robben Ford
celebrating the music of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
@ Grand Ballroom in DoubleTree by Hilton
4:30PM blues dinner Dave Hinkel & The Crew
@ Double Trouble BBQ Restaurant @ DoubleTree by Hilton
6:00PM John Primer @ Crossroads at DoubleTree by Hilton
7:00PM blues dinner Dave Mells Blues Band
@ Peanut Bar Restaurant, Reading PA 19602
8:00PM Victor Wainwright & The Train plus 9:45PM Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers
with The Berks Horns
@ Grand Ballroom in DoubleTree by Hilton
9:00PM James Supra & Sarah Ayers Quartet
@ Cheers Lounge in DoubleTree by Hilton
11:30PM blues jam, hosted by John Primer
@ Crossroads at @ DoubleTree by Hilton

Saturday, November 23, 2019 (not Reading Blues Fest)

Judy Sings The Blues @ The Blue Earl Brewery
Smyrna DE 19977 no cover


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Reading Blues Fest (Day 3) — Ticket Information
@ DoubleTree by Hilton, Reading PA 19601
10:00AM blues film screening: Satan & Adam
in Amphitheater @ DoubleTree by Hilton
Triple Concert:
Noon: The Deanna Bogart Band
1:45PM: Toronzo Cannon
3:30PM: Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
@ Grand Ballroom in DoubleTree by Hilton

Friday, November 29, 2019

Son Little @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (9PM) advance: $20; day of show: $22, plus fees


• • • December • • •


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Blues Brunch, Jam, & open mic with The Philly Blues Kings first Sunday of each month
@ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (Noon-3PM) Free admission
Open mic jam Noon-1:30PM — Philly Blues Kings set 1:30PM-3PM

Mikey Jr. leads blues jam - open mic @ The Twisted Tail every Sunday
Philadelphia PA 19147 (5PM-9PM)


Friday, December 13, 2019

Judy Sings The Blues @ Bethany Blues
Lewes DE 19958 (8:30PM-11PM) no cover


Friday, December 20, 2019

Mojo Gypsies @ The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA 19147 (9PM)


• • • January • • •


• • • February • • •


• • • March • • •


• • • April • • •


• • • May • • •


Saturday, May 23, 2020

10th Annual Black Walnut Winery Blues Fest
Sadsburyville PA 19369
Noon-3PM: (TBA)
4PM-7PM: (TBA)


Sunday, May 24, 2020

10th Annual Black Walnut Winery Blues Fest
Sadsburyville PA 19369
Noon-3PM: (TBA)
4PM-7PM: (TBA)


• • • June • • •


Friday, June 26, 2020

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


Saturday, June 27, 2020

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


Sunday, June 28, 2020

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


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Regularly occurring (weekly, monthly) blues jams and events

           Weekly


• • • every Monday • • •

blues jam & open mic with Joe Alves Band @ The Ashburner Inn every Monday
Philadelphia (Torresdale) PA 19136 (8PM-11PM)


• • • every Tuesday • • •

Little Red Rooster hosts blues jam @ Villa Capri every Tuesday
Doylestown PA 18901 (8PM)

blues jam hosted by Paul Boddy & The Slidewinder Blues Band @ Havana every Tuesday
New Hope PA 18938 (8PM)

Ursula Ricks hosts "Cats Eye Blues Jam" @ The Cats Eye Pub
Baltimore (Fells Point) MD 21231 (9PM)

Nate Myers and The Aces @ Grotto Pub
Enola PA


• • • every Wednesday • • •

Mikey Jr. @ The Twisted Tail every Wednesday
Philadelphia PA 19147 (8PM)

Mikey Jr. @ The Twisted Tail every Thursday

blues jam hosted by Steve Guyger @ Temperance House every Thursday
Newtown PA 18940 (7PM)


• • • every Sunday • • •

Mikey Jr. leads blues jam - open mic @ The Twisted Tail every Sunday
Philadelphia PA 19147 (5PM-9PM)

Blues Brunch, Jam, & open mic with The Philly Blues Kings first Sunday of each month
@ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (Noon-3PM) Free admission
Open mic jam Noon-1:30PM — Philly Blues Kings set 1:30PM-3PM

           Monthly


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


    Jonny's Top Twenty-Five Blues Songs 2018

Artist Song Album
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne How 'Bout That Inspired By The Blues
Shemekia Copeland Would You Take My Blood? America's Child
Cedric Burnside Hard To Stay Cool Benton County Relic
Keesha Pratt Band Have A Good Time Y'All Believe
Russ Green Goin' Down South City Soul
Shemekia Copeland Ain't Got Time For Hate America's Child
Dry Johnson Daddy's Got A Cadillac Long Live Them Blues, Volume One
Bobby G Ph.D. In The Blues Ph.D. In The Blues
Frank Bey Where You Been So Long Back In Business
Teeny Tucker Crack The Door Put On Your Red Dress Baby
Buddy Guy Cognac The Blues Is Alive And Well
Trudy Lynn Blues Keep Knocking Blues Keep Knockin'
Vanessa Collier Sweatin' Like A Pig, Singin' Like An Angel Honey Up
Marcia Ball Pots And Pans Shine Bright
Eric Bibb Race And Equality Global Griot
Joe Louis Walker, Bruce Katz, Giles Robson Mean Old Train Journeys To The Heart Of The Blues
Maria Muldaur Georgia Grind Don't You Feel My Leg (The Naughty Bawdy Blues Of Blue Lu Barker)
RC and The Moonpie Band Buddy Guy Up All This
Teeny Tucker One Kind Favor Put On Your Red Dress Baby
Muddy Gurdy See My Jumper Hanging On The Line Muddy Gurdy
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite Bad Habits No Mercy In This Land
Mike Mettalia Going Down Slow Chicago/The Blues Legends/Today!
Mud Morganfield Who's Foolin' Who? They Call Me Mud
Big Harp George Alternative Facts Uptown Cool
Billy Price Reckoning Reckoning

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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).

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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.

Catherine Russell and Jonny
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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Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram and Jonny Meister
Jonny Meister with Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, St. Georges Blues Festival 2019

Jonny Meister with Cedric Burnside at 2019 Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jonny Meister with Cedric Burnside at 2019 Briggs Farm Blues Festival

Jonny Meister with Tierinii Jackson of Southern Avenue at 2019 Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jonny Meister with Tierinii Jackson of Southern Avenue at 2019 Briggs Farm Blues Festival

Jonny Meister with King Solomon Hicks at 2019 Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jonny Meister with King Solomon Hicks at 2019 Briggs Farm Blues Festival

James Cotton and Jonny Meister
Jonny Meister with the late great James Cotton

Jonny Meister with Vanessa Collier at the Riverfront Blues Festival 2018
Jonny Meister with Vanessa Collier at the Riverfront Blues Festival 2018

Jonny Meister with blues singer Miss Freddye
Jonny Meister with blues singer Miss Freddye

Samuel James and Jonny Meister
Jonny Meister jammin' with Samuel James

Robert Johnson Charlie Musselwhite
Shemekia Copeland Blind Lemon Jefferson

Local Blues Artists in our listening areas

A C Steel & The Galvanizers
Frank Bey
Blue Jay Slim and the Tone Blasters
Blue Plate Specials
Georgie Bonds
Deb Callahan
Lisa Chavous & The Philadelphia
    Blues Messengers

Vanessa Collier
Dukes Of Destiny
Roger Girke
Mike Guldin and Rollin' & Tumblin'
Judy Sings The Blues
Kitty Mayo and the Emperess Band
Mike Mettalia & Midnight Shift
Mikey Jr.
Johnny Never
Philly Blues Kings
Porkroll Project
Scoville Blues
Sister Blue Band
Greg Sover
Stevie and the Bluescasters
Norman Taylor

   — — 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

Jamey's House Of Music
livehouse and BYOB Café
32 South Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne PA 19050
tel or text 215-477-9985
fax 215-879-1457

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

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

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

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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!

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