Blues America

Series produced by Drew Verbis

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8/2/2018: Back Next week! Due to technical difficulties there will not be a new show this week. Next week we will feature an interview with the great Dom Flemons, the Grammy-Award winning co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Many great shows upcoming. Thanks for your support.

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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Dom Flemons is a multi-instrumentalist and native of Arizona who emerged onto the roots scene as the co-founder of the Grammy-Award winning folk ba...

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  • Added: Aug 12, 2018
  • Length: 58:21
  • Purchases: 6
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He is best known as the downhome singer of the Cash Box Kings. The group’s latest album, Holding Court (Blind Pig Records) – has struck a favorable...

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  • Added: Aug 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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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 Vizztone Records re...

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  • Added: Jul 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:03
  • Purchases: 8
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Walter “Wolfman” Washington is a living blues legend from New Orleans who has been on the scene since the late 60’s including time spent with famed...

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:06
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Marcia Ball has been inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame and her latest studio effort on Chicago’s famous Alligator records is called...

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  • Added: Jul 13, 2018
  • Length: 58:09
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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: Jul 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:14
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Shawn Holt is an international blues star who carries on the tradition and family legacy of his father, the legendary Magic Slim.

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  • Added: Jun 29, 2018
  • Length: 58:05
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Louisiana Red is a downhome blues master who performed with an unabashed energy of raw emotion. In total, he recorded almost 50 albums during a car...

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  • Added: Jun 22, 2018
  • Length: 58:18
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Known as the "Chief", the legendary blues icon performed from 1950 to 2018. He cut over 17 albums which earned him a Grammy nomination and a handfu...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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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: Jun 08, 2018
  • Length: 58:07
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Westcoast blues great, Johnny Tucker talks about the release of his first studio effort in over a decade called, ‘Seven Day Blues’ on the High John...

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2018
  • Length: 58:05
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Johnny Rawls released his latest studio effort for Cat Food Records called "Waiting for the Train." Rawls carries on the soul-blues tradition of pe...

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  • Added: May 25, 2018
  • Length: 58:05
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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...

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  • Added: May 18, 2018
  • Length: 58:05
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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...

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  • Added: May 11, 2018
  • Length: 58:05
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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
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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
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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: 8
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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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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
  • Purchases: 9
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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
  • Purchases: 9