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Coming Up On  The Blues Show  July 21, 2018:

new releases from Big Harp George, Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio, Shemekia Copeland, Ms. Jody, and Vanessa Collier.

In the midnight hour this week on Blue Dimensions, Program G29Heaven And Earth, and Both Directions At OnceHeaven and Earth, a new double album from saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington, free-spirited and adventurous music, employing at times an orchestra and a choir, from an artist who might fairly be called today's John Coltrane - - and in that spirit, we'll also hear from the newly discovered and recently issued album of Coltrane and his classic quartet called Both Directions At Once, saved from back-up copies of a March 1963 session that Coltrane took home with him after the session, recently retrieved by family members of his first wife, Naima. We will also hear from another talented saxophonist and composer, Shawn Maxwell and his band Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow, from their album Music In My Mind, and we have some funky rhythms from multi-instrumentalist and composer Marcus Miller, from his album Laid Black (not "laid back" - - which, by the way, it definitely isn't!).

Follow what's happening with Gospel Roots Of Rock & Soul, WXPN's year-long exploration of the connections between gospel music and rock, soul and R&B, with concerts, films, and a radio documentary.

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 • • •


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Dukes Of Destiny @ Conshohocken Concert Series
Sutcliffe Park Pavillion, Conshohocken PA 19428 (7PM-9PM)


Friday, July 27, 2018

Total Soul (opening: Stevie and the Bluescasters
@ Burlington County Summer Concert Series
Westhampton NJ 08060 (5:30PM-6:10PM) free

Rory Block @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) advance $37. day of show $42


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Susquehanna Folk Festival
Roundtop Mountain Resort
Lewisberry PA 17339
includes Rory Block slide guitar workshop (2PM)
Blues Society Of Cenral PA blues jam (2PM)
Sunnyland Band with Slim Harrison (2PM) Rory Block set (5:15PM)
(also lots of good Irish folk musicians!)

Bill "Howlin' Madd" Perry featuring Shy Perry
@ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance, $30 at door


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Susquehanna Folk Festival
Roundtop Mountain Resort
Lewisberry PA 17339
Hip Hop Dance Workshop with Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble (12:45PM)
Drum Workshop with Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble (2:30PM)
David Bromberg (5:30PM)
(also lots of good Irish folk and bluegrass musicians!)


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ The Porch at 30th Street Station
Philadelphia PA 19104 (12:30PM-1:30PM) free


• • • August • • •


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Dukes Of Destiny @ White Clay Creek State Park (Carpenter Recreation Area)
Newark DE 19711 (6:30PM) free show, small fee for parking


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Tutu Jones @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE 19733 (7:30PM-10:30PM)

Greg Sover and Jamie McLean @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $19.50, $29.50

Central Delaware Blues Society presents
John Pagano Band (aka: JP Blues) @ Jonathan's Landing
Magnolia DE 19962

Junior Watson @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $30 advance, $35 at door


Friday, August 3, 2018

Riverfront Blues Festival @ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park (Day 1)
Water Street, between Market Street and French Street
across from the Wilmington train station
Wilmington DE 19801

      Main Stage
5:00PM Vanessa Collier
6:45PM Tu Tu Jones
8:30PM Samantha Fish


      Side Stage
6:15PM & 8:00PM Nothin' But Trouble


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Riverfront Blues Festival @ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park (Day 2)
Water Street, between Market Street and French Street
across from the Wilmington train station
Wilmington DE 19801

      Main Stage
12Noon Future Of The Blues
1:30PM Backtrack Blues Band
3:15PM Robert Kimbrough Sr. Band
5:00PM Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco High Rollers
6:45PM Jumpin' Johnny Sansone
8:30PM Bernard Allison Band

      Side Stage
2:45PM Venom Blues
4:30PM Judy Sings The Blues
6:15PM Venom Blues
8:00PM Judy Sings The Blues


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Riverfront Blues Festival @ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park (Day 3)
Water Street, between Market Street and French Street
across from the Wilmington train station
Wilmington DE 19801
      Main Stage
12:30PM Zac Harmon Band
 2:30PM John Cleary
 4:30PM Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers

      Side Stage
2:00PM Gary Allegretto
4:00PM Gary Allegretto


Robert Kimbrough Sr. Blues Connection @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7PM) $20 advance, $25 at door


Thursday, August 9, 2018

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


Friday August 10, 2018

Judy Sings The Blues @ Bethany Blues
Lewes DE 19958 (8:30-11:00PM)


Saturday, August 11, 2018

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

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ Blues N’ Brews at Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center
West Chester PA 19380 (6:30PM-10PM) $35 in advance


Sunday, August 12, 2018

"Voodoo Threauxdown" featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
with Cyril Neville, Walter Wolfman Washington, & Kermit Ruffins
@ River Stage at Great Plaza - Penn's Landing
Philadelphia PA 19106 (6PM) $30-$48


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Philadelphia Folk Festival
Old Pool Farm, Upper Salford PA 19473
"Camping Only" Night: Toronzo Cannon and others

Welsh/Ledbetter Connection @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7PM) $30 advance; $35 day of show


Friday, August 17, 2018

Philadelphia Folk Festival
Old Pool Farm, Upper Salford PA 19473
David Bromberg Quintet and others

Albert Cummings @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $21.50, $30

JP Soars & The Red Hots @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7PM) $25 advance; $30 day of show


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Philadelphia Folk Festival
Old Pool Farm, Upper Salford PA 19473


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Philadelphia Folk Festival
Old Pool Farm, Upper Salford PA 19473

Watermelon Slim @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7PM) $30 advance; $35 day of show


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Selwyn Birchwood & Nikki Hill @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960


Tuesday, August 22, 2018

Guitar Shorty @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (7:30PM) $21.50-$29.50

Victor Wainwright & The Train @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ (7:30PM) $35 advance; $40 day of show


Friday, August 24, 2018

Rockin' Johnny Burgin Band @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance, $30 at door


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Joanne Shaw Taylor & SIMO @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Central Delaware Blues Society Blues Jam
Judy Sings The Blues hosting the jam
@ Jonathan's Landing
Magnolia DE 19962 (7:00-10:00PM)


• • • September • • •


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Baltimore Blues Society presents the annual Alonzo's Memorial Picnic
@ Rosedale American Legion Hall
Rosedale MD 21237

Bikes and Blues Festival @ Artie's Bar & Grill
Frenchtown NJ 08825
Vin Mott, Dana Gaynor, Trevor Powers
Johnny Charles, Snakeman Runyon


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA 19147 (8PM -11:45PM) free

Friday, September 7, 2018

Robert Cray band @ SugarHouse Casino
Philadelphia PA 19125 (8PM) $29 - $49

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ The Lucky Well
Ambler PA 19002 (8PM-11PM)

Greg Sover Band @ The Living Room at 35 East Ardmore PA 19003 (8PM-9:30PM) $15


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Phoenixville Blues Festival
in Reeves Park, in Phoenixville PA, Noon-10PM

Popa Chubby @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7PM) $33 advance; $38 day of show


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Lansdowne Arts On The Avenue Festival
music and arts festival, free admission, including
"Blues Boulevard Music Tent" sponsored by
Jamey's House Of Music in Lansdowne
Noon-2PM The Philly Blues Kings
2PM-4PM Judy Sings The Blues
4PM-6PM Blue Plate Specials


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ana Popovic @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ Longwood Gardens Beer Garden
Kennett Square PA 19348 (5:30PM-8:30PM)


Friday, September 14, 2018

Rockin Johnny Burgin @ Jamey’s House of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (show 8PM, dinner at 6PM) $15 online advance, $18 at door; all ages

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Crooked Eye Brewery
Hatboro PA 19040 (7PM-10PM)


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Benjamin Vo Blues Band @ Jamey’s House of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (show 8PM, dinner at 6PM) $15 online advance, $18 at door, all ages


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Blues Cruisin' Lunch aboard The Spirit of Philadelphia:
3½ hours of live blues aboard The Spirit of Philadelphia, cruising the Delaware River:
buffet lunch, open bar for beer, wine and soft drinks.
Georgie Bonds
Mikey Junior
Vanessa Collier
Suzie Vinnick
board ship at 1PM promptly; return to dock 3:30PM
and disembark by 4:30PM; $70 + fee for adult


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Paul Thorn @ World Cafe Live (downstairs)
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $25-$35 in advance - - $27-$37 day of show, plus fees


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ The Living Room at 35 East Ardmore PA 19003 (8PM-9:30PM) $15


Saturday September 29, 2018

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


• • • October • • •


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Devon Allman Project with guest Duane Betts @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Shemekia Copeland @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $30 advance; $32 day of show, & fees

Jimmie Vaughan @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960


Thursday, October 4, 2018

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


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Roomful Of Blues @ World Cafe Live (upstairs)
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $22 advance sale, $24 day of show, plus fees

Paoli Blues Festival
Paoli Presbyterian Church
South Valley Road
Paoli PA

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Eilen Jewell @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960


Friday, October 12, 2018

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Hotel Fiesole
Skippack PA 19474 (8PM-12AM)


Sunday October 14, 2018

Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7PM) $30 advance; $35 day of show


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ Longwood Gardens Beer Garden
Kennett Square PA 19348 (5:30PM-8:30PM)


Saturday October 20, 2018

Biscuit Miller & The Mix @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance; $30 day of show


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Sonny Landreth @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960

Paul Nelson Band @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $30 advance; $35 day of show


• • • November • • •


Friday, November 2, 2018

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Red Hot & Blue
Cherry Hill NJ (8M-12AM)


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Lucky Peterson @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (7:30PM) $29.50 - $45

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA 19147 (8:00PM-11:45PM) free


Friday, November 9, 2018

AC Steel & The Galvanizers @ Crooked Eye Brewery
Hatboro PA 19040 (7PM-10PM)


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Blues Bizness & Stevie and the Bluescasters @ Jamey's House of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (8PM)


Friday, November 16, 2018

Reading Blues Fest 2018

 — — 11:30AM Kickoff Luncheon: The Bluesmasters
featuring Bennie Sims, Cliff Starkey, Erich Cawalla
@ Peanut Bar Restaurant, Reading PA 19602
reservations 610-376-8500

— — 4:00PM Blues Happy Hour: Rockman Blues Band
reservations 610-373-3115
Sofrito Gastro Pub, Reading PA 19601

 — — 6:00PM Welcome Concert:
Craig Thatcher Band with special guest G.E. Smith
@ Crossroads at the DoubleTree, Reading PA 19601

 — — 8:00PM A Night of Soulful Blues:
Booker T. Jones plus Ruthie Foster
featuring Doxa Gospel Ensemble
@ DoubleTree By Hilton, Reading PA 19601

 — — 11:30PM Blues Jam: hosted by
Craig Thatcher Band, with special guest G.E. Smith
@ DoubleTree By Hilton, Reading PA 19601


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Reading Blues Fest 2018

 — — 10:30AM Guitar Conversations: Craig Thatcher & G.E. Smith
hosted by Michael Cloeren
DoubleTree by Hilton Amphitheater, Reading PA 19601

 — — 12 Noon Multi-Instrumentalist Blind Boy Paxton
@ Crossroads At The DoubleTree, Reading PA 19601

 — — 1:30PM Windy City Blues Doubleheader: "Chicago Plays The Blues"
featuring Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Branch & more
plus Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
@ DoubleTree By Hilton, Reading PA 19601

 — — 4:30PM A Sly Fox Brewing Co. Happy Hour Concert:
Alexis P. Suter & The Ministers Of Sound
Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading PA 19601
$10 donation at door

 — — 6:00PM Multi-Instrumentalist Blind Boy Paxton
@ Crossroads At The DoubleTree, Reading PA 19601

 — — 7:30PM Dave Mells Blues Band
@ Peanut Bar Restaurant, Reading PA 19602
reservations 610-376-8500

 — — 8:00PM Burnin’ Guitar Doubleheader:
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, plus Tinsley Ellis
@ DoubleTree By Hilton, Reading PA 19601

 — — 11:30PM Blues Jam: hosted by Vanessa Collier
@ DoubleTree By Hilton, Reading PA 19601


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Reading Blues Fest 2018

 — — 10:00AM Blues Film Screening:
Sidemen: Long Road To Glory with
post-film Q & A session with director Scott D. Rosenbaum
hosted by Michael Cloeren
@ DoubleTree By Hilton, Reading PA 19601

 — — 12 Noon Blues Brunch:
Josh Taylor’s Next Gen Blues
@ Sofrito Gastro Pub, Reading PA 19601
reservations 610-373-3115

 — — 12 Noon Fest Finale — four concerts:
Shemekia Copeland
John Németh & The Blue Dreamers With The Berks Horns
Jazz Gets The Blues: Clarence Spady & Nick Colionne
Vanessa Collier
@ DoubleTree By Hilton, Reading PA 19601


• • • December • • •


Friday, December 7, 2018

Mavis Staples @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $75-$85 advance; $78-$88 day of show, plus fees


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Mavis Staples @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $75-$85 advance; $78-$88 day of show, plus fees


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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


• • • January • • •


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Big Bill Morganfield @ Capitol Theatre
Chambersburg PA 17201 (7:30PM)


• • • February • • •


Friday, February 22, 2019

Lancaster Roots and Blues: A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA 17603 advance tickets now on sale


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Lancaster Roots and Blues: A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA 17603 advance tickets now on sale


Sunday, February 24, 2019

Lancaster Roots and Blues: A Festival Of Music
Lancaster PA 17603 advance tickets now on sale


• • • March • • •


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Blast Furnace Blues Festival 2018 Day 2

      Fowler Blast Furnace Room
12Noon  TBA
1:00PM  TBA
2:30PM  TBA
4:15PM  TBA
6:00PM  TBA
7:45PM  TBA

      Musikfest Café
12:30PM  TBA
 1:45PM  TBA
 3:15PM  TBA
 5:00PM  TBA
 6:45PM  TBA
 8:30PM  TBA


Sunday, March 24, 2019

Blast Furnace Blues Festival 2018 Day 3

      Fowler Blast Furnace Room
12:30PM  TBA
 2:15PM  TBA
 3:45PM  TBA
 5:15PM  TBA

      Musikfest Café
 Noon  TBA
1:15PM  TBA
2:30PM  TBA
4:15PM  TBA
6:00PM  TBA

• • • April • • •


• • • May • • •


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Blues, Brews, & Barbecue @ Capitol Theatre
Chambersburg PA 17201 (1PM-7PM)


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
@ Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis MD 21409
 7:15PM TBA
 5:30PM TBA
 4:05PM TBA
 2:45PM TBA
 1:30PM TBA
 12:15PM TBA
 11:00AM TBA



Sunday, May 19, 2019

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
@ Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis MD 21409
 7:15PM TBA
 5:30PM TBA
 4:05PM TBA
 2:45PM TBA
 1:30PM TBA
12:15 PM TBA
11:00 AM TBA

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Black Walnut Winery Blues Fest
Sadsburyville PA 19369


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Black Walnut Winery Blues Fest
Sadsburyville PA 19369


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Regularly occurring (weekly, monthly) blues jams and events

           Weekly


• • • every Tuesday • • •

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 8PM
Philadelphia PA


• • • every Sunday • • •

Blues Brunch and Jam with The Philly Blues Kings
@ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (11:30AM-4:30PM) $4

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


    Jonny's Top Twenty-Five Blues Songs 2017

Vanessa Collier "Cry Out"
Eight O'Five Jive "Never"
David Brinston "I Drinks My Whiskey"
Linsey Alexander "Starting Monday"
Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers "Pretty Good For A Girl"
Eric Bibb "We Had To Move"
Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' "Ain't Nobody Talkin'"
Karen Lovely "Next Time"
Chuck Berry "Eyes Of Man"
Cecile McLorin Salvant "Wild Women Don't Have The Blues"
Big Bill Morganfield "Help Someone"
Southern Avenue "80 Miles From Memphis"
Mr. Sipp "Juke Joint"
Polly O'Keary "Hard Hearted World"
Robert Cray "You Must Believe In Yourself"
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats "Dissed Again"
Reverend Sekou "In Times Like These"
Willa Vincitore "Love Looks Good On Me"
Stew Cutler & Friends "Gumbo Trane"
Ms. Jody "Where I Come From"
Alabama Mike "Meet Me In The Bottom"
James Armstrong "Old Man In The Morning (Young Man At Night)"
Eric Gales "Boogie Man"
Harrison Kennedy "Afraid To Fail"
Selwyn Birchwood "My Whiskey Loves My Ex"

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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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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
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

   — — 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

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

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

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