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Coming Up On  The Blues Show  May 30, 2020:

The new album Live At The Paramount from The Ruthie Foster Big Band.

In the midnight hour after The Blues Show, on Blue Dimensions: Program #I22 — magical music from Azar Lawrence's stunning 1975 album Summer Solstice, reissued on audiophile LP in the United States a few weeks before the winter solstice last year. We also have more from the continuing album reissue series on pianist Erroll Garner from Mack Avenue Records, Up In Erroll's Room and That's My Kick. Also: a band called Works For Me featuring rising star saxophonist Alexa Tarantino with their album Reach Within. Plus: a song from the new album Every Day Of Your Life from 91-year-old Chicago bluesman Jimmy Johnson.

       • • • Online Blues Concerts & Events • • •

On Sunday, May 3rd, the winners of the 2020 Blues Music Awards from The Blues Foundation were announced, along with some performances online, and you can view the event now.

Rory Block is doing Facebook Live Concerts from her home Tuesday and Friday nights, starting at 7:30PM ET

"tune in" daily for online music from Clarksdale MS

Harmonica player Mikey Junior presents live online music every Wednesday from 5PM to 7M from The Twisted Tail's Facebook Page

Roger Girke, Jimmy Pritchard and others perform live online music every Tuesday at 6PM from The Saint Georges Country Store on Facebook Live.

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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We have no live concert or performance events
happening in the month of May 2020


• • • June • • •


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Bettye LaVette @ Kennett Flash
Kennett Square PA 19348 (8PM) $75
event status uncertain


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Sonny Landreth @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)
Postponed to Saturday July 18th


Friday, June 5, 2020

Vanessa Collier @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)
postponed to September 19th

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


Saturday, June 6, 2020

festival re-scheduled to next year June 5-6, 2021
    with the same schedule and lineup of performers
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

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

Chester County Blues Barbecue @ Wyndsor Farm
Elverson PA 19520 (2PM-7PM) rain or shine
Noon (gates open)
1:00PM Voodoo Deville (Beer Tent)
2:00PM Slidewinders Blues Band
3:45PM Nate Meyers and The Aces
5:30PM Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Canceled — the next Barbecue is scheduled for next year, June 5, 2021


Paul Rishell & Annie Raines @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $30 advance    — $40 Door

postponed — new date to be determined


Sunday, June 7, 2020

festival re-scheduled to next year June 5-6, 2021
    with the same schedule and lineup of performers
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
Canceled


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Keb' Mo' @ Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square PA 19348 (7:30PM) $38-$58
Canceled


Thursday, June 11, 2020

Selwyn Birchwood & Jarekus Singleton @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)
postponed — new date to be determined

Trudy Lynn @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE 19733 (7:30PM) $30
Canceled


Friday, June 12, 2020

Billtown Blues Festival Day 1
Lycoming County Fairgrounds, Hughesville PA 17737

Billtown Blues Festival Canceled — next festival scheduled for June 11-13, 2021 next year

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


Saturday, June 13, 2020

Blues Brews & Barbecue on Hamilton Street, in Allentown PA
Noon — 10PM   free
headliners Shemekia Copeland and Toronzo Cannon
six music stages and many craft and food vendors
Canceled

Billtown Blues Festival Day 2
Lycoming County Fairgrounds, Hughesville PA 17737

Billtown Blues Festival Canceled — next festival scheduled for June 11-13, 2021 next year

Selwyn Birchwood @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087
postponed — new date to be determined

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


Sunday, June 14, 2020

Reverend Billy C. Wirtz @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (7:30PM)
Postponed — new date to be determined

Billtown Blues Festival Day 3
Lycoming County Fairgrounds, Hughesville PA 17737

Billtown Blues Festival Canceled — next festival scheduled for June 11-13, 2021 next year


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Reverend Billy C. Wirtz and Billy Price @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE 19733 (7:30PM) $30
Canceled

Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band @ World Cafe Live
Philadelphia PA 19104 (8PM) $18-$20


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Nighthawks @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE 19733 (7:30PM) $30
Canceled

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $32 advance    — $37 day of show

postponed — new date to be determined


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Dave Keller @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087
postponed — new date to be determined


Friday, June 19, 2020

tribute to Monterey Festival
Lisa Chavous & The Philadelphia Blues Messengers @ The Twisted Tail
Philadelphia PA 19147
event status uncertain

Stevie and the Bluescasters @ Hard Rock Cafe
Philadelphia PA 19107 (6PM-9PM) no cover
event status uncertain


Saturday, June 20, 2020

State Street Blues Stroll in the Media PA business district
Media PA 19063
Postponed; new date not yet determined


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Laura Rain & The Caesars @ Saint Georges Country Store
Saint Georges DE 19733 (7:30PM) $30
Canceled


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Ghost Town Blues Band @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087
postponed — new date to be determined


• • • July • • •


Friday, July 3, 2020

The Blues Project (2020 "Projections" tour) @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050
event status uncertain

Sad to note that The Briggs Farm Blues Festival for this year has been canceled. Planning is already underway for the 2021 festival, July 8, 9, and 10 in 2021, with the hope of retaining much of the schedule of performers that were set for this year. The Briggs family is hoping that some of the ticket-holders will hang to their tickets and use them next summer, but is also offering refunds upon request. This festival has always been a fun weekend with great music, and we share the disappointment of the Briggs family in having to cancel it this year.


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)
    Festival Canceled


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

        Back Porch Stage
TBA
    Festival Canceled


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
    Festival Canceled


Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087


Friday, July 17, 2020

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day 1
@ SteelStacks, Bethlehem PA 18015

event status uncertain; schedule not posted


Saturday, July 18, 2020

Bucks County Blues Society's R & B Picnic
Biscuit Miller & The Mix, Shawn Holt & The Teardrops Harper & Midwest Kind, Moonshine Society, Nick Trill & The Thrillseekers, Tom Craig Band
@ Snipes Farm, in Morrisville PA 19067 (10:30AM-7PM)
Canceled

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day 2
@ SteelStacks, Bethlehem PA 18015

event status uncertain; schedule not posted

Sonny Landreth @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)


Sunday, July 19, 2020

Blast Furnace Blues Festival Day 3
@ SteelStacks, Bethlehem PA 18015

event status uncertain; schedule not posted


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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


Friday, July 31, 2020

Dr. Harmonica & Rockett 88 @ Kennett Flash
Kennett Square PA 19348 (8PM) $23 at door, $18 advance
event status uncertain


• • • August • • •


Saturday, August 1, 2020

Rory Block @ Kennett Flash
Kennett Square PA 19348 (8PM) $30
event status uncertain


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Rory Block @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087


Saturday, August 8, 2020

Eric Gales @ Ardmore Music Hall
Ardmore PA 19003 (8PM) $20-$35

Gary Hoey @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)

Popa Chubby @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087

Riverfront Blues Festival Day 1
@ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, Wilmington DE 19801
performers TBA
postponed — new date to be determined


Sunday, August 9, 2020

Riverfront Blues Festival Day 2
@ Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, Wilmington DE 19801
performers TBA
postponed — new date to be determined


Monday, August 10, 2020

Walter Trout (open: Little Buddy) @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)


Friday, August 14, 2020

Dukes of Destiny @ Kennett Flash
Kennett Square PA 19348 (8PM) advance: $18; day of show: $23
event status uncertain

Mud Morganfield @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087 (7:30PM) $37 advance    — $45 day of show


Saturday, August 15, 2020

Dion @ Keswick Theatre
Glenside PA 19038 (8PM) advance tickets: $55-$145      day of show: $60-$150


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Jimmie Vaughan @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $65-$79.50


Thursday, August 20, 2020

Savoy Brown @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $29.50-$45


Saturday, August 22, 2020

Gary Clark Jr., The Black Keys, & Yola @ BB&T Pavilion
Camden NJ 08103 (7PM)

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


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

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


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Arlen Roth (solo show) @ Kennett Flash
Kennett Square PA 19348 (8PM) $30
event status uncertain

Larkin Poe @ TLA
Philadelphia PA 19147 (8PM)


Friday, August 28, 2020

Popa Chubby @ Jamey's House Of Music
Lansdowne PA 19050
event status uncertain at this time


Saturday, August 29, 2020

Albert Castiglia @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087


• • • September • • •


Friday, September 11, 2020

R. L. Boyce & Lightnin' Malcolm @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi @ Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square PA 19348 (7:30PM) $38-$58
Canceled


Saturday, September 19, 2020

Vanessa Collier @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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


• • • October • • •


Saturday, October 2, 2020

Indigenous (open: The Levi Platero Band) @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM)


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Ana Popovic @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $29.50-$45


Friday, October 9, 2020

Arlen Roth (solo show) @ Kennett Flash
Kennett Square PA 19348 (8PM) $27 advance; $32 day of show
event status uncertain

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Tinsley Ellis @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $25-$39.50


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Canned Heat @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $35-$49.50


Friday, October 23, 2020

Bucks Blues Explosion 2020 with Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
and Slim & the Perkolators
@ Bucks County Community College, Newtown PA 18940 (7:30PM-10PM)

Billy Walton Band @ Lizzie Rose Music Room
Tuckerton NJ 08087


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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


• • • November • • •


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band (open: Samantha Fish) @ Whitaker Center For Science And The Arts
Harrisburg PA 17101 (8PM)


Thursday, November 5, 2020

Shemekia Copeland (open: Billy Walton Band) @ Ardmore Music Hall
Ardmore PA 19003 (7:30PM) $25-$39


Saturday, November 21, 2020

Roomful Of Blues @ Sellersville Theater
Sellersville PA 18960 (8PM) $25-$39.50


• • • December • • •


• • • January • • •


• • • February • • •


• • • March • • •


• • • April • • •


• • • May • • •


Saturday, May 22, 2021

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
@ Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis MD 21409


Sunday, May 23, 2021

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
@ Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis MD 21409


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Regularly occurring (weekly, monthly) blues jams and events

     All of these are on hold, not happening at present, because of the COVID-19 pandemic

           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)


• • • every Thursday • • •

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
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


           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

Adrena The Corona Blues
B. B. King on Ralph Gleason's Jazz Casual in 1968 Part 1
B. B. King on Ralph Gleason's Jazz Casual in 1968 Part 2
Evelyn Rubio sings I'm Gonna Love You Tonight
Toronzo Cannon (clips) @ 2019 Berks BluesFest
• View at-home concerts from various roots musicians (including CJ Chenier) in the Working From Home series from The Arhoolie Foundation and the Little Village Foundation.
The Sons Of The Soul Revivers sing "Let Me Come Home" in their living room.
Dukes Of Destiny in performance at Jamey's House Of Music, October 5, 2018 (two songs)
The 2020 Blues Music Awards online ceremony from The Blues Foundation announcing winners, along with performances by blues artists and archival video
Andrew Alli & Josh SmallHard Workin' Man
Andrew Alli performance and interview
Bobby Rush Facebook Live Session 3/24/2020
Keb' Mo' (with guest Jontavious Willis!) concert at Paste Studio New York City
Sir Rod & The Blues Doctors Come Together not the Beatles song!
  (harmonica by Adam Gussow of the duo Satan & Adam; "Sir" Rod Patterson is nephew of Sterling Magee of that duo
"Triple Tonguing" on the harmonica, from harmonica master Adam Gussow
• Harmonica master Adam Gussow's son Sean plays a whole bunch of instruments!
Camille Thurman, saxophonist and singer, talks about (and plays) the blues
Shemekia Copeland on PBS NewsHour Weekend 1/26/2020
Benny Turner"Who Sang It First"
Cash McCall"One Who's Got A Lot"
Eddie Taylor and Big Walter Horton Live In Finland in 1976
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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       Check Out Some Cool Blues Links

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

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

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

Frank Bey and Jonny Meister
Jonny with Frank Bey, house concert September 2019

Mindi Abair and Jonny Meister
Jonny with Mindi Abair, Reading Blues Fest November 2019

Mikey Junior and Jonny Meister
Jonny with Mikey Junior, live recording session Philadelphia PA, September 2019

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

James Cotton and Jonny Meister
Jonny with the late, great James Cotton, Riverfront Blues Festival 2013

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

Lurrie Bell and Jonny Meister
Jonny with Lurrie Bell, Riverfront Blues Festival 2019

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
The Psalm Salon in Overbrook 2010

R. L. Burnside and Jonny Meister
Jonny with R. L. Burnside, WXPN May 31, 1986

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
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!