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Coming Up On  The Blues Show  April 20, 2019:

George Benson pays tribute to Fats Domino and Chuck Berry on his new album Walking To New Orleans.

In the midnight hour after The Blues Show, on Blue Dimensions: Program #H16 — music from the soundtrack for the movie Bolden, the film about the famously influential, and very elusive historical figure in jazz in the early twentieth century in New Orleans, Buddy Bolden, with Wynton Marsalis leading the band. We'll also hear Jelly Roll Morton playing Bolden's music and telling stories about him from 1938 Library Of Congress recordings. Plus, we have two new albums from great tenor sax players, Joshua Redman re-grouping his quartet from the early years of this century on a new album Come What May, and Galician saxophonist Xose Miguélez riffing on a song his great aunt sang in a field recording in 1981 on his album Ontology - - plus the latest from drummers Kendrick Scott and Herlin Riley leading their bands on recent albums

Popular blues harmonica player Mike Mettalia from Perkasie PA has died from ALS. Mike headed the band Midnight Shift and was seen frequently in our area for many years. He also recorded with a number of great Chicago blues singers on his album Chicago /The Blues Legends / Today!. He will be missed.

Congratulations to the Little Red Rooster Blues Band. Their album Lock Up The Liquor
won the award for "best self-produced CD" at The Blues Foundation's "International Blues Challenge" on January 26, 2019.

Here are videos of two bands from the XPN listening area performing in Memphis
in January 2019 at the International Blues Challenge:
lower case blues and Greg Sover Band

Check out a preview of the song "Insurance" from next year's forthcoming album from Toronzo Cannon!

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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• • • April • • •


Sunday, April 21, 2019

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

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ Rittenhouse Soundworks (Musicians Gathering #37)
Philadelphia (Germantown) PA 19144 (7-10) $10


Monday, April 22, 2019

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


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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

Slidewinder Blues Band @ Havana
New Hope PA 18938


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Jackson Howard @ The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA 19147 (8PM-Midnight)


Friday, April 26, 2019

Shakey Lyman @ The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA 19147 (7:30PM-9PM)

SlideWinder Blues Band @ The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA 19147 (9PM-1AM)

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ The Mermaid Inn
Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill) PA 19118 (8PM-Midnight) $15
"Maids of the 'Maid/Benefit for Mothers in Charge"


Saturday, April 27, 2019

Slidewinder Blues Band @ Crafty's Taproom
Warminster PA 18974 (9PM)


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Bucks County Blues Society's
Spring Fever Footstomper with Dave Keller
and Greg Sover Band, plus Future of the Blues
@ VFW Post 5542
Edgely PA 19057 (2PM-6PM)

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


Monday, April 29, 2019

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

• • • May • • •


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Deborah Bonham @ 118 North
Wayne PA 19087 (8PM) $15-$18


Friday, May 3, 2019

Judy Sings The Blues @ Limestone BBQ & Bourbon
Wilmington DE 19808 no cover


Saturday, May 4, 2019

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

Tribute To Little Walter (artists TBA) @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE (7:30PM)


Sunday, May 5, 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, May 10, 2019

Laura Rain & The Caesars @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE (7:30PM)


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Guitar Shorty @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE (7:30PM)


Thursday, May 16, 2019

BB King Blues Band featuring Michael Lee @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 19860 (8PM) $29.50-$40


Friday, May 17, 2019

Gary Allegretto @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE (7:30PM)


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Guitar Shorty @ Lithuanian Music Hall
Philadelphia (Port Richmond) PA 19134 (6PM) $25 — email info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Bucks County Blues Society presents
Billy Price & The Charm City Band @ Terchon VFW
Edgely PA 19057 (8PM)


Friday, May 24, 2019

Gary Hoey @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 19860 (8PM) $29.50-$45


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Black Walnut Winery Blues Fest
Sadsburyville PA 19369

Popa Chubby @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $37 advance; $45 at door


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Black Walnut Winery Blues Fest
Sadsburyville PA 19369

Savoy Brown with James Pace Band @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA (8PM) $29.50-$4519860


Friday, May 31, 2019

Deb Callahan Band @ The Living Room at 35 East
Ardmore PA 19003 (7PM) $21.69 with ticket fee

Chris Duarte & Indigenous @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 19860 (8PM) $29.50-$40

Western Maryland Bluesfest Day 1
Central Lot, North Potomac Street
Hagerstown MD 21740


• • • June • • •


Saturday, June 1, 2019

Chester County Blues Barbecue @ Wyndsor Farm
Elverson PA (2PM-7PM) rain or shine
Noon (gates open)
1:00PM Voodoo DeVille (Beer Tent stage)
2:00PM Roger Girke
3:45PM Bill Kirchen
5:30PM Joe Louis Walker

Western Maryland Bluesfest Day 2
Central Lot, North Potomac Street
Hagerstown MD 21740


Sunday, June 2, 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)


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

JP Soars & The Red Hots @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE (7:30PM)


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (7:30PM) advance: $18 + fees, day of show: $20 + fees


Friday, June 7, 2019

Havre De Grace Jazz & Blues Fest Day 1
Havre De Grace MD 21078

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


Saturday, June 8, 2019

Saint Georges Blues Festival
Fort DuPont Parade Grounds
Delaware City DE 19706
11:45AM-12:45PM Tommy Alderson Group with Alicia Maxwell
  1:15PM-2:30PM Amanda Fish Band
  3:00PM-4:15PM Robert Kimbrough Sr.
  4:45PM-6:00PM Shawn Holt & The Teardrops
  6:30PM-8:00PM headliner TBA

Blues, Brews & Barbecue
9th & Hamilton Streets and surrounding area
Allentown PA 18101 (Noon-10PM)
Taz Niederauer, Vanessa Collier, Slam Allen, James Armstrong
King Solomon Hicks, Craig Thatcher, Deb Callahan

Havre De Grace Jazz & Blues Fest Day 2
Havre De Grace MD 21078


Sunday, June 9, 2019

Saint Georges Blues Festival
Fort DuPont Parade Grounds
Delaware City DE 19706
11:45AM-12:45PM Nuthin' But Trouble
  1:15PM-2:30PM Bobby Kyle & The Administers
  3:00PM-4:15PM Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
  4:45PM-6:00PM Selwyn Birchwood
  6:30PM-8:00PM Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials

Billtown Blues Festival
Lycoming County Fairgrounds
Hughesville PA 17737

Havre De Grace Jazz & Blues Fest Day 3
Havre De Grace MD 21078

Eilen Jewell @ Kennett Flash
Kennett Square PA 19348 (6PM) advance $24; at door $28


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials and Selwyn Birchwood @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 19860 (8PM) $25-$39.50


Friday, June 14, 2019

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

Dana Fuchs @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 19860 (8PM) $29.50-$45


Saturday, June 15, 2019

State Street Blues Stroll
Business district in Media PA 19063
6PM to 1AM twenty indoor stages, rain or shine
headline act Marcia Ball at Media Theatre 8:15PM-10PM
Many other acts throughout the area within walking distance of
the Media Theatre, throughout the evening, including:
Lonnie Shields Band, Deb Callahan, Philly Gumbo
Steve Guyger & The Excellos, Judy Sings The Blues
Blues Brothers & A Sister, Kim Trusty, Andrea Carlson
Ben Tinsley/Dimitri Papadopoulos, Johnny Never
Lost Northern Tribe, Fred Miller Band, Blue Pharaohs
and more
adult tickets $20 through June 14th; $25 on June 15th
Seniors & Vets $20 on 6/15 -All Venues except Media Theatre
Theatre admission plus all other venues - $30
WXPN Member discounts - - web only
Under 21 Free at all-ages stages except Media Theatre ($15 @ Door – Ages 12-20)
more info 610-566-5039 no refunds
Proceeds Benefit Blues Foundation & Media Police Foundation


Saturday, June 22, 2019

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


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Quinn Sullivan @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 19860 (8PM) $25-$40


Friday, June 28, 2019

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day 1
@ Steel Stacks, in Bethlehem PA 18015    This festival is FREE

     Square Stage
6:00PM-7:30PM Brody Buster
9:00PM-11:00PM BC Combo

     Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
7:30PM-9:00PM Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble


Saturday, June 29, 2019

Buddy Guy @ Keswick Theatre
Glenside PA 19038 (8PM) $59-$99

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day 2
@ Steel Stacks, in Bethlehem PA 18015    This festival is FREE

     Square Stage
4:00PM-5:30PM Kevin Burt
7:00PM-7:30PM Ursula Ricks
9:00PM-11:00PM Brandon Santini

     Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
7:30PM-9:00PM Tommy Castro


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day 3
@ Steel Stacks, in Bethlehem PA 18015    This festival is FREE
     Square Stage
4:00PM-5:30PM Laura Rain & The Caesars
6:00PM-7:30PM Studebaker John & The Hawks
     Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
7:30PM-9:00PM The War And Treaty


• • • July • • •


Sunday, July 7, 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, July 11, 2019

Briggs Farm Blues Festival tickets:
Thursday, July 11th through Sunday, July 15th
1-day (Friday or Saturday): $35
1-day (Thursday or Sunday): $23
2-day (Friday & Saturday): $60
4-day (Thursday thru Sunday): $95
3-day (Friday thru Sunday) plus camping: $105
4-day (Thursday thru Sunday) plus camping: $130

Premium Reserve Campsites
(Site ONLY. Does not include ticket)
$300 RV or Tent — — $250 Tents only
Must buy camping ticket for premium reserve

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Pre-Festival Night Back Porch Party
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635
570-379-3342
7PM-11PM "Briggsstock" Bret Alexander & friends with songs of Woodstock


Friday, July 12, 2019

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Day 1
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635
570-379-3342
       Main Stage
 4:15PM-5:45PM Annika Chambers
 6:05PM-7:35PM James Armstrong
 7:55PM-9:25PM Southern Avenue
9:45PM-11:00PM Donna The Buffalo
       Back Porch Stage
 5:20PM-6:50PM Robert Kimbrough, Sr.
 7:10PM-8:40PM Mikey Junior
9:00PM-10:30PM Lonnie Shields

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram @ Reading City Park Bandshell
Reading City Park Bandshell
Reading PA 19602 (7PM) free, donations requested, no smoking, bring chairs and blankets


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Day 2
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635
570-379-3342
       Main Stage
 4:00PM-5:30PM Cedric Burnside
 5:50PM-7:20PM Vanessa Collier
 7:40PM-9:10PM Slam Allen
9:30PM-11:00PM Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
       Back Porch Stage
 6:30PM-8:00PM Clarence Spady
8:30PM-10:00PM Heather Gillis

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Day 3
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635
570-379-3342
       Main Stage
11:00AM-12:30PM Slam Allen
 1:00PM-2:30PM Alexis P. Suter Ministers Of Sound


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

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


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Susquehanna Folk Festival
Roundtop Mountain Resort
Lewisberry PA 17339


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Susquehanna Folk Festival
Roundtop Mountain Resort
Lewisberry PA 17339


• • • August • • •


Sunday, August 4, 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)

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


Friday, August 9, 2019

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


Saturday, August 10, 2019

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


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

John Mayall with Carolyn Wonderland @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 19860 (8PM)


Friday, August 30, 2019

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


• • • September • • •


Sunday, September 18, 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)


• • • October • • •


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


• • • 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)


Saturday, November 23, 2019

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


• • • 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


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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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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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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
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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