Blues America

Series produced by Drew Verbis

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Blues America is where the blues talks. An hour-long weekly public radio series featuring conversations with blues people who share their stories and music.

Blues America is heard around the country on over 50 public radio stations and the podcast has been downloaded over 2 million times. It is a featured “station” on the Living Blues Magazine radio-charts. Past guests have included B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Elvin Bishop, Cedric Burnside, Henry Gray, Kim Wilson, Billy Boy Arnold and more.The series is independently produced at the Chico Chism Memorial Studio in Phoenix by award winning host, Drew Verbis. The former Mississippi resident produced records for R.L. Burnside, Louisiana Red and the last album released by the great Robert Jr. Lockwood. He also contributed to the last album released by Mojo Buford. He earned his Master's degrees in Communication and Museum Science from the University of Oklahoma.

Host: Drew Verbis
Audio format: Stereophonic sound
Number of episodes: 120 (2017 – 37, 2016 – 44, 2015 – 34, 2014 – 05)
Original radio release: May 2, 2015 (KFNX, 1100 AM)
Recording studio: Chico Studio, Phoenix, Arizona

Each program presents a guest interview, special features and music packed into a one-hour (58:00 minutes) program. The music is arranged around the interview and is chosen to complement the guest or theme of the show

**There are no uploads twice per year: Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For more information about the program visit the Blues America website at http://www.bluesamerica.com
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Blues America is heard around the country on over 50 public radio stations and the podcast has been downloaded over 2 million times. It is a featured “station” on the Living Blues Magazine radio-charts. Past guests have included B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Elvin Bishop, Cedric Burnside, Henry Gray, Kim Wilson, Billy Boy Arnold and more.The series is independently produced at the Chico Chism Memorial Studio in Phoenix by award winning host, Drew Verbis. The former Mississippi resident produced records for R.L. Burnside, Louisiana Red and the last album released by the great Robert Jr. Lockwood. He also contributed to the last album released by Mojo Buford. He earned his Master's degrees in Communication and Museum Science from the University of Oklahoma. Host: Drew VerbisAudio format:... Show full description


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Rockin’ Johnny Burgin is a renowned bluesman who has established himself as a major player on the scene since arriving in Chicago for college durin...

Bought by Public Radio East, Goat Radio, WOUB, GCR (Global Community Radio), and KRSC


  • Added: May 18, 2018
  • Length: 58:05
  • Purchases: 5
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Anson Funderburgh is a blues guitar master who is best known as the band leader for the Texas hallmarks Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets. Recently...

Bought by Goat Radio, WEAA, RadioFreePalmer, Spokane Public Radio, KRPS and more


  • Added: May 11, 2018
  • Length: 58:05
  • Purchases: 10
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Mud Morganfield is the eldest son of the legendary Muddy Waters. Mud celebrates the release of his fourth studio effort, ‘They Call Me Mud’ on Seve...

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  • Added: May 04, 2018
  • Length: 58:04
  • Purchases: 9
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Mojo Mark Cihlar has been a fixture of the Chicago blues scene for over 30 years. From the well-known to the obscure, he’s played with so many grea...

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  • Added: Apr 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 9
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Kenny Neal stands tall among the younger generation of blues players. His trademark brand of blues, featuring a combination of Louisiana swamp blue...

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  • Added: Apr 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 7
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With a career spanning forty years, award-winning soul, blues and R&B star, Curtis Salgado is a one-of-a-kind talent whose music is as compelling a...

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  • Added: Apr 13, 2018
  • Length: 58:21
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The Tail Dragger got his name from the Howlin' Wolf and is one of the most notorious singers on the Chicago blues scene over the past 35 years. He ...

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  • Added: Apr 06, 2018
  • Length: 57:55
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Blues guitar ace, Bernard Allison marks his return to Ruf records with “Let It Go”, another solid studio album to his already distinguished recordi...

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2018
  • Length: 58:17
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Lurrie Bell is one of Chicago’s biggest blues stars and has now appeared on over 50 recordings either as leader or featured sideman. His elegant an...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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Nick Moss is a Chicago blues veteran with 10 albums under his belt. In 2018, he teamed with longtime friend, harmonica ace Dennis Grueling to relea...

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  • Added: Mar 16, 2018
  • Length: 58:14
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Billy Flynn is a Delmark recording artist who is known as one of the top guitarist on the blues and jazz scene. In addition to his own studio proje...

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 8
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Crooner and harmonica ace, Quique Gómez hails from Madrid and has spread his authentic Chicago blues all over the world.

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  • Added: Mar 02, 2018
  • Length: 58:17
  • Purchases: 8
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Living legend Bill “Howl-n-Madd” Perry is a living delta blues figure whose incredible story finds him rubbing shoulders behind Little Richard, J.J...

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  • Added: Feb 23, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 8
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George Bowman is a singing legend in his home state of Arizona. He recently collaborated with Bob Corritore on a single for the upcoming Delta Groo...

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  • Added: Feb 16, 2018
  • Length: 58:03
  • Purchases: 8
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Despite his amazing legacy, Billy Preston is nearly forgotten in the mainstream and is not in the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame. Author Steve Bergsman d...

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2018
  • Length: 57:59
  • Purchases: 8
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Standing 6’ 5” 300 pounds, Sugaray Rayford is a formidable force. Critics consider him to be one of the greatest and last blues shouters; in the sa...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 8
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The late great Preston Shannon is internationally recognized as the King of Beale Street. He gained international recognition during the 90’s after...

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  • Added: Jan 26, 2018
  • Length: 58:01
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Famed sou-funk singer, Sweet Pea Atkinson of the 80's hitmakers Was (Not Was) releases his first solo studio effort in 30 years for Blue Note Recor...

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2018
  • Length: 58:07
  • Purchases: 6
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Before closing the book on 2017, we rewind the tape to hear what the year sounded like with some of the best interview segments packed into one sho...

Bought by KRPS, GCR (Global Community Radio), Spokane Public Radio, WEAA, WOUB and more


  • Added: Jan 12, 2018
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 6
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Wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado, Alligator recording artists Rick Estrin & The Nightcats have created one of the blues’ mo...

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  • Added: Jan 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:03
  • Purchases: 6