• WTJU Best of 2017: Professor Bebop (Blues & Soul)

    Professor Bebop is heard each Tuesday morning from 9 til noon (est) on WTJU. Professor Bebop’s Best of Blues & Soul of 2017 (in alphabetical order) Artist – Album (Label) Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (Rounder): This is Gregg Allman’s final and farewell release. He clearly intended to make a last statement when his final diagnosis […]

  • New Blues News – 7/6/2017

    New Blues News – 7/6/2017 Jim Allchin – Decisions (Sandy Key Music): Singer/guitarist Jim Allchin offers his third release of mostly original compositions spanning blues rock to straight rock or pop. The music itself is very polished with a strong sound, the polished work of producer Tom Hambridge. The guitar work is the most outstanding […]

  • New Blues News – 5/5/2017

    New Blues News – 5/5/2017 Godboogie – Play Music & Dance (VizzTone): This Canadian blues group, featuring singer/harp player/accordion player/composer and former guitarist/singer with Spin Doctors Eric Schenkman, guitarist/bass Shawn Kellerman and drummer Gary Craig, is gathering a lot of attention with the release of this new disc. This is blues rock in full: heavy […]

  • “It wasn’t until I experienced a great amount of pain at one time in my life that I really understood what the blues were about:” An Interview with Matana Roberts

    Matana Roberts is anything but traditional. Hailing from Chicago and having deep roots in the city’s jazz scene, she’s come into her own as the mastermind of the expansive COIN COIN series, a twelve-volume exercise in “sound quilting” that crosses time and space to preserve and relate the black experience in America over the past […]

  • New Blues & Gospel News – 2/13/2017

    New Blues News – 2/13/2017 Elvin Bishop – Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio (Alligator): Hey, you all! It’s ole country-side Elvin coming your way with a bunch of original tunes, some co-written with his buddies and some ole time songs by Sunnyland Slim, Lightnin’ Hopkins and even the Womack Brothers! And right from the beginning, […]

  • New Blues & Soul News – 10/27/2016

    New Blues & Soul News – 10/26/2016 David Bromberg Band – The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues (Red House): Singer/songwriter/guitarist David Bromberg has been releasing recordings since 1971 and he’s still going strong. His voice shows the road wear, but given his comedic and/or talking style, that doesn’t interfere with his […]

  • New Blues News – 10/14/2016

    New Blues News – 10/14/2016 Harpdog Brown – Travelin’ With The Blues (Dog House): Canadian bluesman Harpdog Brown and some impressive advocates and friend, several of whom were guests on this disc. The list includes Big Jon Atkinson (drums), Carl Sonny Leyland (piano), Jimmy Morello (drums), Rusty Zinn, Kid Anderson and Little Victor (guitar), and […]

  • New Blues News – 8/18/2016

    New Blues News – 8/18/2016 Gonzalo Bergara – Zalo’s Blues (Self-produced): Gonzalo Bergara has one of those guitar styles that clearly explains why people often refer to their guitars as their axes. He really swings as well. Charlie Baty, (formerly of Little Charlie & The Nightcats), adds in his liner notes that prior to Bergara’s […]

  • New Blues News – 8/8/2016

    New Blues News – 8/8/2016 Omar Coleman – Live! (Delmark): The title says it all! Coleman (vocals, harp) and band are raising sand at Rosa’s Lounge as they have done every Tuesday for the past several months. Coleman wrote half of the songs on the disc and he certainly put his own stamp on the […]