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Coming Up On  The Blues Show  January 18, 2020:

songs about the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King.

In the midnight hour after The Blues Show, on Blue Dimensions: Program #I03Christian McBride's work The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait Of Four Icons. We'll hear several pieces from this mix of music and spoken word celebrating the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr,, Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali, and Malcolm X, from an album issued this year. Also: John Coltrane's composition written to the words of a Martin Luther King speech, and Teodross Avery's take on a Coltrane piece about his roots.

Check out Jonny's picks for 2019's top blues albums and best blues songs.

The Blues Foundation announces 2020 inductees!

Some Blues News: The monthly Blues Brunch at Jamey's House Of Music in Lansdowne is now weekly, every Sunday with no cover from Noon-3PM.

Links for   Local Artists  |  Venues  |  Blues Events  |  Cool Blues Links

       • • • 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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• • • January • • •


Friday, January 24, 2020

Slim & The Perkolators @ The Lucky Well
Warrington PA 18976


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Lehigh River Blues Jam
@ Days Inn Jetport Ballroom, Allentown PA 18109 doors open at 2:30PM (advance: $15     at door: $20
 3:00PM-3:30PM - Acoustic Blues Project
 3:45PM-4:30PM - Jack Adams Band
 4:50PM-5:35PM - Blues Collaborative Band
 5:55PM-6:40PM - Dana Gaynor Band
 7:00PM-7:45PM - BC Combo
 8:00PM-8:40PM - Bobby Kyle & the Administers
9:00PM-10:00PM - Nate Myers & The Aces

Ian Lander @ The Lucky Well
Warrington PA 18976

Frank Bey @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance    — $35 Door   Show canceled.


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Blues Brunch, Jam, & open mic with The Philly Blues Kings every Sunday
@ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (Noon-3PM)   free
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, January 30, 2020

Davy Knowles of Back Door Slam with Eric Tessmer @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 19860 (8PM) $29.50 & $45


Friday, January 31, 2020

Mike Guldin & Rollin' & Tumblin' @ The Lucky Well
Warrington PA 18976


• • • February • • •


Sunday, February 2, 2020

Blues Brunch, Jam, & open mic with The Philly Blues Kings every Sunday
@ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (Noon-3PM)   free
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, February 7, 2020

Chris O'Leary @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance    — $35 Door


Saturday, February 8, 2020

Frank Bey @ La Rose Jazz Club
Philadelphia (Germantown) PA 19144

Vanessa Collier @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $32 advance    — $40 Door


Sunday, February 9, 2020

Blues Brunch, Jam, & open mic with The Philly Blues Kings every Sunday
@ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050 (Noon-3PM)   free
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, February 15, 2020

Night of the Mighty Blues Women with Vanessa Collier and Deb Callahan
@ Arden Gild Hall
Arden DE 19810 (8PM) $20 ($16 for Gild members)

Slim and The Perkolators @ Marchwood Tavern
Exton PA 19341 (9PM)     no cover

Gracie Curran & The High Falutin' Band @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance    — $35 Door


Friday, February 21, 2020

Frank Bey CD Release Concert @ The Barn at Stoner Commons
Lancaster PA 17601 (doors 6PM)
Blues On The Loose 7PM-8 :30PM
Frank Bey 9PM-11PM

Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite Duo @ Keswick Theatre
Glenside PA 19038 (8PM) $35-$70 advance; $40-$70 day of show

Mike Guldin & Rollin' & Tumblin' @ Rising Sun Inn
Telford PA 18969 (9PM)

Eric Lindell @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $27 advance    — $35 Door


Saturday, February 22, 2020

Paul Nelson @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $30 advance    — $35 Door


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Dave Keyes @ The Listening Room
Bloomsburg PA 17815 (7PM) $5


Friday, February 28, 2020

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram @ XL Live
Harrisburg PA 17104


Saturday, February 29, 2020

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram @ City Winery
Philadelphia PA 19107 (doors 6PM; show at 8PM) $30-$40

Robert Cray Band @ Keswick Theatre
Glenside PA 19038 (8PM) $35-$59 advance; $44-$64 day of show


• • • March • • •


Friday, March 6, 2020

The Keyes-Bergeron-Hooks Band featuring Bernard Purdie @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $27 advance    — $35 Door


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Roomful of Blues @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $39 advance    — $45 Door


Sunday, March 8, 2020

Kim Wilson @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7PM) advance: $72     at door: $80


Friday March 20, 2020

Biscuit Miller & The Mix @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $27 advance    — $35 Door


Sunday, March 22, 2020

Dave Keller Band @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 7:00 PM $$20 advance    — $30 Door


Monday, March 23, 2020

Walter Trout @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 19860 (8PM) $35 & $49.50


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Jarekus Singleton @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE 19733


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Ann Kerstetter Band @ The Listening Room
Bloomsburg PA 17815 (7PM) $5


Friday, March 27, 2020

Roomful Of Blues @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 19860 (8PM) $25-$39.50

John Mayall (with Dave Mason) @ Scottish Rite Auditorium
Collingswood NJ 08107 (8PM) $39.50-$85


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Berks Jazz Fest
Kenny Neal & The Neal Family Revue with special guest Frank Bey
@ The Inn At Reading, Wyomissing PA 19610 (1:30PM) $49


• • • April • • •


Friday, April 3, 2020

Berks Jazz Fest
Billy Price & Charm City Rhythm Band @ @ The Inn At Reading, Wyomissing PA 19610 (7:30PM) $20

Larkin Poe @ The Foundry
Philadelphia PA 19123


Saturday, April 4, 2020

Berks Jazz Fest
Tab Benoit opening: Greg Sover
@ The Inn At Reading, Wyomissing PA 19610 (1:30PM) $49

Albert Castiglia @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ (7:30PM) advance: $30     at door: $40


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

JP Soars & The Red Hots @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $25 advance    — $35 Door


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Bret Alexander & Nyke Van Wyck @ The Listening Room
Bloomsburg PA 17815 (7PM) $5


• • • May • • •


Sunday, May 3, 2020

Mississippi Heat @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7PM) advance: $32     at door: $40


Saturday, May 16, 2020

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival Day 1
@ Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis MD 21409
Blues Traveler
The Spinners
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Southern Avenue
Elektric Voodoo
Wayne Baker Brooks
Chesapeake Bay Blues Band, featuring
Patty Reese, Daryl Davis, Mark Wenner, Dave Chappell
Holiday Ticket Price sale ends December 31, 2019 — Tickets go on sale December 16, 2019
Holiday ticket prices:
One-Day Pass $55
Two-Day Pass $100
VIP Ticket Package $550

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival Day 2
@ Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis MD 21409
Buddy Guy
Shemekia Copeland
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
Cash Box Kings
Vanessa Collier
Altered Five Blues Band


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)


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Stacia Abernatha & Ben Geise @ The Listening Room
Bloomsburg PA 17815 (7PM) $5


Saturday, May 30, 2020

Chester County Blues Barbecue @ Wyndsor Farm
Elverson PA (2PM-7PM) rain or shine


• • • June • • •


Friday, June 5, 2020

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


Saturday, June 6, 2020

Blues, Brews & Barbecue
9th & Hamilton Streets and surrounding area
Allentown PA 18101 (Noon-10PM)

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

Saint Georges Blues Festival Day 1
Fort DuPont Parade Grounds
Delaware City DE 19706
11:45AM — Judy Sings The Blues
1:15PM — Studebaker John & The Delaware Destroyers
       with Garry Cogdell
3:00PM — Tennessee Redemption with Brandon Santini & Jeff Jensen
4:45PM — Victor Wainwright & The Train
6:30PM — Joe Louis Walker
Garry Cogdell's Session Tent All Weekend Between Sets


Sunday, June 7, 2020

Saint Georges Blues Festival Day 2
Fort DuPont Parade Grounds
Delaware City DE 19706
11:45AM — Gracie Curren & The High Falutin' Band
1:15PM — Backtrack Blues Band with Wayne Sharp
3:00PM — Toronzo Cannon
4:45PM — Mike Zito
6:30PM — Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
Garry Cogdell's Session Tent All Weekend Between Sets

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


Friday, June 12, 2020

Billtown Blues Festival Day 1
Lycoming County Fairgrounds, Hughesville PA 17737 (6PM)

Trudy Lynn @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $32 advance    — $40 Door


Saturday, June 13, 2020

State Street Blues Stroll
Business district in Media PA 19063

6PM to 1AM twenty indoor stages, rain or shine

Billtown Blues Festival Day 2
Lycoming County Fairgrounds, Hughesville PA 17737 (12 Noon)


Sunday, June 14, 2020

Billtown Blues Festival Day 3
@ Lycoming County Fairgrounds
Hughesville PA 17737 (11AM)


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Deb Callahan @ The Listening Room
Bloomsburg PA 17815 (7PM) $5


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


• • • July • • •


Thursday, July 9, 2020

Briggs Farm Blues Festival
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635    tel 570-379-3342
6PM-11PM Bret Alexander & Friends (songs from summer of 1970)
MiZ (songs from Grateful Dead album American Beauty)

Friday, July 10, 2020

Briggs Farm Blues Festival
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635    tel 570-379-3342
        Main Stage
 4:15PM-5:45PM Celisse Henderson
 6:05PM-7:35PM Campbell Brothers
 7:55PM-9:25PM Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
 9:45PM-11:15PM Ana Popovic
br />         Back Porch Stage
TBA


Saturday, July 11, 2020

Briggs Farm Blues Festival
88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck PA 18635    tel 570-379-3342
        Main Stage
 4:00PM-5:30PM Scott Pemberton
 5:50PM-7:20PM Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues
 7:40PM-9:10PM Victor Wainwright & The Train
9:30PM-11:00PM Shemekia Copeland

        Back Porch Stage
TBA


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Norman Taylor @ The Listening Room
Bloomsburg PA 17815 (7PM) $5


• • • August • • •


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Kevin McCann Blues Trio @ The Listening Room
Bloomsburg PA 17815 (7PM) $5


• • • September • • •


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Kerry Kenny Trio @ The Listening Room
Bloomsburg PA 17815 (7PM) $5


• • • October • • •


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Jeff Anderson Project @ The Listening Room
Bloomsburg PA 17815 (7PM) $5


• • • November • • •


Friday, November 20, 2020

Reading Blues Fest (Day 1) — Ticket Information
@ DoubleTree by Hilton, Reading PA 19601

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Reading Blues Fest (Day 2) — Ticket Information
@ DoubleTree by Hilton, Reading PA 19601

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Reading Blues Fest (Day 3) — Ticket Information
@ DoubleTree by Hilton, Reading PA 19601

• • • December • • •


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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 Wednesday

• • • every Wednesday • • •

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

blues jam hosted by Empty Belly Blues Band @ Brut Lounge every Thursday
Feasterville PA 19053 (7:30PM)


• • • 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
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 Blues Albums of 2019 —

It's pretty hard to precisely rank a whole bunch of great albums like these sensibly. What tiny difference makes the #17 album better than the #18 album? Catherine Russell's album is really superb throughout, though it's only partly blues songs, so it's a little lower on the list, which is a list of blues releases.

For the most part, this is just a list of some great 2019 blues albums, and they have made 2019 a good blues year. I would "stand by" the top three ranking choices. Toronzo Cannon's highly inventive songwriting and distinctive, edgy performance makes his album my #1 for the year. Jontavious Willis, still in his early twenties, has produced a really solid neo-traditional album that invokes traditional country blues while coming from a modern perspective. Christone "Kingfish" Ingram's debut album is invigorating, fun, and thought-provoking. But you can't go wrong with any of these.

The six albums at the bottom of this list (shown in green) are all "old" music, recorded several years ago (in the case of Leo Bud Welch), or decades ago (all the others), and issued or reissued this year. It was one of the best highlights of the past year that the concert albums featuring Johnny Shines, and Henry Townsend and Roosevelt Sykes, from previously unreleased 1973 concerts, came out for the first time. All of the artists on these albums are no longer living, except a few on the Cadillac Baby box set.

Number Artist Album
1 Toronzo Cannon The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp
2 Jontavious Willis Spectacular Class
3 Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Kingfish
4 Cash Box Kings Hail To The Kings!
5 Vaneese Thomas Down Yonder
6 Mary Lane Travelin' Woman
7 Kenny "Beady Eyes" Smith & The House Bumpers Drop The Hammer
8 Sugaray Rayford Somebody Save Me
9 Fillmore Slim Son Of The Seven Sisters
10 Bushmaster Dancing In The Belly Of The Beast
11 Bobby Rush Sitting On Top Of The Blues
12 Lucky Peterson Just Warming Up!
13 Annika Chambers Kiss My Sass
14 Fruteland Jackson Good As Your Last Dollar
15 Benny Turner and Cash McCall Going Back Home
16 Gaye Adegbalola The Griot
17 Bloodest Saxophone Texas Queens 5
18 Eric Gales The Bookends
19 Billy Branch & The Sons Of The Blues Roots And Branches: The Songs Of Little Walter
20 Keb' Mo' Oklahoma
21 Altered Five Blues Band Ten Thousand Watts
22 North Mississippi Allstars Up And Rolling
23 Mike Dangeroux & Inetta Visor It's About Time
24 Big Daddy Wilson Deep In My Soul
25 Willie Farmer The Man From The Hill
26 Jimmy "Duck" Holmes Cypress Grove
27 Zac Harmon Mississippi BarBQ
28 Tad Robinson Real Street
29 Rick Estrin & The Nightcats Contemporary
30 21 Blue Live From Heartwood
31 Davell Crawford Dear Fats, I Love You
32 Southern Avenue Keep On
33 Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers No Good Deed
34 Biscuit Miller And The Mix Chicken Grease
35 Bruce Katz Solo Ride
36 John Primer The Soul Of A Blues Man
37 Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell, Amythyst Kiah Songs Of Our Native Daughters
38 (Various Artists) Battle Of The Blues: Chicago Vs. Oakland
39 Pack Rat's Smoke House Men Of The Swamp Live
40 Billy Price Dog Eat Dog
41 Grady Champion Steppin' In: A Tribute To Z. Z. Hill
42 S. E. Willis and the Willing Too Much Love
43 BB King Blues Band The Soul Of The King
44 Joanna Connor Rise
45 Alexis P. Suter Band Be Love
46 Lee Boys Live On The East Coast
47 The Good, The Bad And The Blues The Good, The Bad And The Blues
48 Willie Buck Willie Buck Way
49 GA-20 Lonely Soul
50 Catherine Russell Alone Together
51 Kentucky Headhunters Live At The Ramblin' Man Fair
52 Rosie Flores Simple Case Of The Blues
53 Big Joe & The Dynaflows Rockhouse Party
54 Arthur Adams Here To Make You Feel Good
55 Henry Townsend & Roosevelt Sykes Blues Piano and Guitar
56 Johnny Shines The Blues Came Falling Down - Live 1973
57 (Various Artists box set) Cadillac Baby's Bea & Baby Records: The Definitive Collection
58 Leo Bud Welch The Angels In Heaven Done Signed My Name
59 Big Jack Reynolds That's A Good Way To Get To Heaven
60 (Various Artists) Blues Images Presents 22 Classic Blues Songs from the 1920s - 1950s • Volume 17 (Blues Images)

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    — Jonny's Top Blues Songs of 2019 —

My top song picks for 2019 . . . of course, as with the albums above, the ranking of these isn't the result of some kind of perfectly precise, logical process. All of these songs added something important to the overall body of blues songs in 2019.

Artist Song Album
Toronzo Cannon and The Chicago Way The First 24 The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp
Cash Box Kings Bluesman Next Door Hail To The Kings!
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Believe These Blues Kingfish
Jontavious Willis The Blues Is Dead Spectacular Class
Bobby Rush Get Out Of Here (Dog Named Bo) Sitting On Top Of The Blues
Vaneese Thomas Ebony Man Down Yonder
Keb' Mo' Don't Throw It Away Oklahoma
Toronzo Cannon and The Chicago Way The Silence Of My Friends The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Fresh Out Kingfish
Bushmaster Forty Acres And A Mule Dancing In The Belly Of The Beast
Toronzo Cannon and The Chicago Way Insurance The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Hard Times Kingfish
Jontavious Willis Daddy's Dough Spectacular Class
Fillmore Slim Emma Lou, Queen Of The Homeless Son Of The Seven Sisters
Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell, Amythyst Kiah Black Myself Songs Of Our Native Daughters
Mike Dangeroux & Inetta Visor Haters University It's About Time
Mary Lane Travelin' Woman Travelin' Woman
North Mississippi Allstars What You Gonna Do Up And Rolling
Lucky Peterson The Blues Is Driving Me Just Warming Up!
21 Blue S. O. L. Blues Live From Heartwood
Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling Sanctfied, Holy And Hateful Lucky Guy!
Sugar Blue Bass Reeves Colors
Fruteland Jackson All The Dad I Had Good As Your Last Dollar
Giles Robson Fearless Leaders Don't Give Up On The Blues
Tad Robinson Real Street Real Street
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats Root Of All Evil Contemporary
Altered Five Blues Band Great Minds Drink Alike Ten Thousand Watts
Billy Price Dog Eat Dog Dog Eat Dog
Annika Chambers Brand New Day Kiss My Sass
Zac Harmon Make A Dollar Out Of Fifteen Cents Mississippi BarBQ
Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers Seven Day Fool No Good Deed
Pack Rat's Smoke House 95 South Men Of The Swamp Live
Paula Harris Nothing Good Happens After Midnight Speakeasy
Albert Castiglia Thoughts And Prayers Masterpiece
Southern Avenue The Tea I Sip Keep On
Willie Farmer Daddy Was Right The Man From The Hill
Sugaray Rayford Sometimes You Get The Bear (And Sometimes The Bear Gets You) Somebody Save Me
Rosie Flores Enemy Hands Simple Case Of The Blues
S. E. Willis And The Willing Crawl Off And Die Too Much Love
Henry & Vernell Townsend Why We Love Each Other So Blues Piano and Guitar

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     Cool Blues Links

Blind Blake with Gus Cannon 1927 "He's In The Jailhouse Now"
GoogleDoodle for B. B. King's 94th birthday, September 15, 2019
• song video Keb' Mo' with Taj Mahal Don't Throw It Away
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram in performance at Briggs Farm Blues Festival
       July 13, 2019
Annika Chambers in performance at Briggs Farm Blues Festival, July 12, 2019
Southern Avenue in performance at Briggs Farm Blues Festival, July 12, 2019
Cedric Burnside Project in performance at Briggs Farm Blues Festival, July 13, 2019
James Armstrong in performance at Briggs Farm Blues Festival, July 12, 2019
Shemekia Copeland "Would You Take My Blood" in performance World Cafe Live
       October 3, 2018
Shemekia Copeland "The Wrong Idea" in performance World Cafe Live
       October 3, 2018
Shemekia Copeland "In The Blood Of The Blues" in performance World Cafe Live
       October 3, 2018
Vanessa Collier "Bad News Bears" in performance Briggs Farm Blues Festival
       July 7, 2017
Vanessa Collier "The Run Around" in performance Briggs Farm Blues Festival
       July 7, 2017
Thornetta Davis "I'd Rather Be Alone" in performance Briggs Farm Blues Festival
       July 8, 2017
Eric Gales "Change In Me" in performance Briggs Farm Blues Festival July 8, 2017
R. L. Boyce & The Cornlickers "One Of These Days" in performance
       Briggs Farm Blues Festival July 7, 2017
Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames "Mary Had A Little Lamb" in performance
       Saint Georges Blues Festival, June 10, 2017

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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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Riverfront Blues Festival 2018

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Jonny Meister with blues singer Miss Freddye
Jonny with Miss Freddye,
at house concert 2018

Samuel James and Jonny Meister
Jonny jammin' with Samuel James, at
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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
Mikey Jr.
Johnny Never
Philly Blues Kings
Porkroll Project
Scoville Blues
Sister Blue Band
Slim and The Perkolators
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!