Blues America

Series produced by Drew Verbis

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Blues America is an hour-long weekly syndicated public radio series that features candid 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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Lindsay Beaver is a multi-instrumentalist from Halifax, Nova Scotia who is the most recent young talent to sign with Chicago-based Alligator Record...

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  • Added: Nov 30, 2018
  • Length: 58:12
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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: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 58:04
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Johnny Ace is one of the first black artists to cross-over into the white pop charts and is widely regarded as an integral part of the advent of R&...

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  • Added: Oct 26, 2018
  • Length: 58:01
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Whitney Shay is a talented upcoming blues talent from Southern California with 2-San Diego Music Awards under her belt.

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  • Added: Oct 12, 2018
  • Length: 58:14
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Dr. Kawashima is an Asian-American multi-instrumentalist traditional Chicago blues talent who is recognized under the moniker, Sugar Brown. He cut ...

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  • Added: Sep 21, 2018
  • Length: 58:23
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Linsey “Hoochie Man” Alexander has been a fixture on Chicago’s Northside blues scene for decades. He celebrates his latest Delmark Records studio r...

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:01
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Canadian-born Harrison “Sweet-Taste” Kennedy is a multi-instrumentalist and a founding member of the famed Detroit R&B-Pop band Chairmen of the Boa...

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  • Added: Sep 07, 2018
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Shemekia Copeland is the Grammy-nominated reigning Queen of Chicago Blues who released her 8th studio effort on Alligator records, ‘America’s Child.’

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  • Added: Aug 26, 2018
  • Length: 58:21
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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
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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
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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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