JUST A MORTAL MAN
The ‘Jerry Lawson Legacy Project,’ an exclusive series for Blues America, explores the history of Jerry Lawson and the legendary Persuasions in chronological order as explained in a biographical commentary by Jerry and Julie Lawson with special guests.
Jerry Lawson is arguably one of the most important figures in the genre of a’cappella (singing without the use of instrumental accompaniment). For more then 40 years, Lawson was the lead singer, producer, arranger and founding member of the Persuasions, the most famous a’cappella group to date, and the only performers of their genre to earn worldwide mainstream success. Jerry Lawson and the Persuasions have undoubtedly done more to popularize a’capella then anyone else before or since. Lawson launched a solo career in 2004 soon after releasing an album with Talk of the Town and appearing on CBS's the Sing-Off. At the age of 71, he is releasing his first solo album on Nashville Red Beet Records, 'Just a Mortal Man.'
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Louisiana Red is a downhome blues master who performed with an unabashed energy of raw emotion. He led a remarkable life filled with struggles and tales of bad luck but also stories of worldly adventures and meetings with seminal blues figures such as Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Champion Jack Dupree. Along the way he recorded extensively, first as Rocky Fuller for Chess, later contributing to some of the best lowdown blues the genre has ever produced; like ‘Red’s Dream’, ‘Sweet Blood Call’, and ‘I’m Too Poor to Die.’ This show includes interviews with: Louisiana Red, Paul Oscher, Bob Corritore, Sugar Blue.
Show 63: Sep 09 to Sep 15, 2016
Show 64: Sep 16 to Sep 22, 2016
LIL ED WILLIAMS
Lil Ed Williams is one of a kind. With his trademark Fez hat which symbolizes an African crown and his torturous slide guitar, Lil Ed Williams embodies the spirit of his famous uncle, J.B. Hutto and has become one of the biggest names in the blues. He is an award winning artist who is set to release his ninth full-length recording for acclaimed Alligator records called ‘The Big Sound of Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials.’ When he hits the road to promote his new album, he’ll be greeted by mobs of devoted followers called “Ed Heads”; with popular late night talk-show host Conan O’Brien being their most high profile member.
Show 65: Sep 23 to Sep 29, 2016
Grady Champion has been captivating audiences for two decades with his high energy blues that represents who he is and where he’s from. Who he is, is a Grammy-Award winning songwriter, Malaco recording artist who recently graced the cover of Living Blues Magazine and 2010 winner of the coveted International Blues Challenge. Where he’s from is the birthplace of the blues, Mississippi; the place where he was raised in a religious rural family as the youngest of 28 children. During his career as a rap artist, the blues came calling and he never looked back releasing several albums which included notable songs with social commentary like “Police Man Blues” and “Children of the Corn.” He released his sophomore effort for famed Malaco records in September, “One of a Kind.”
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Show 66: Sep 30 to Oct 06, 2016
Kim Wilson is the charismatic frontman for America’s quintessential contemporary blues band, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and author of the top 40 barnburner hit “Tuff Enuff.” More importantly, Wilson is a great student and historian of classic blues who was mentored at the feet of legends such as Muddy Waters, Albert Collins, Eddie Taylor, Jimmy Rogers and more. Today, the multi-Grammy nominated star is recognized as one the top harmonica players in the business and managed to produce a brilliant solo career when he’s not touring with his famous band. The Fabulous Thunderbirds released their newest incarnation for Severn, “Strong Like That.”
Show 67: Oct 14 to Oct 20, 2016
SUGAR RAY NORCIA
Sugar Ray Norcia fine-tuned his chops with Ronnie Earl backing Roomful of Blues and some of the greatest legends like Big Walter Horton, Big Mama Thornton, Roosevelt Sykes and Big Joe Turner. Today he is recognized as one of the world’s finest blues singers who has recorded on nearly 50 albums and has led New England’s most notorious hallmark band, The Bluetones for 35 years. They are as tight as it gets and have the unique distinction of being one of the few bands where each member has been nominated for a Blues Music award.
Show 68: Oct 21 to Oct 27, 2016
Heard on this Episode
BILLY BOY ARNOLD
Big Head Blues Club
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Let Me Love You
Way Down Inside
Lake St. Shuffle
Mojo Marks Chicago..
Katy Crossing Blue
They Ganged Him
Billy Boy Arnold
I Wish You Would
Back Where I Belong
Billy Boy Arnold is one of a handful of musicians still standing to talk about the vibrant and important Chicago blues scene of the 1950’s. He was first inspired by John Lee Sonny Boy Williamson who he considered to be the most important purveyor of modern blues harmonica. After several meetings with Sonny Boy, while only a teenager, he cut his first two sides for the cool label before meeting Ellas McDaniel. Soon after, Arnold was in the studio with McDaniel cutting the two-sided smash “Bo Diddley/I'm a Man” for Checker which forever branded McDaniel with the moniker, Bo Diddley. This session led to Arnolds own hits for Veejay Records, “I Wish You Would” and “I Ain’t Got You.” Both hits put Arnold on the map and were later covered by British rockers the Yardbirds.