GLT Blues

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We think of GLT Blues Radio as the Best Blues Station on Planet Earth because that's what you tell us.  You hear new stuff every weekend from "young bloods" like Joe Bonamassa, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Beth Hart, and Gary Clark Jr.  And of course you'll hear classics from legends including John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, B.B. King and Etta James.  GLT Blues Radio has all of this and more all day, every day.  You can also learn about up-and-coming artists and hear first-hand stories about the music from the artists themselves by checking out the stories and interviews on this page. 

Use the persistent player links above to listen to GLT Blues Radio any time, or visit the Ways To Listen page for additional streaming options. Scroll down to see a playlist for the GLT Blues Radio stream.

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Paul Natkin

Rocking through what is now album 10 in a 30 year career with the legendary Alligator Records, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials show no sign of slowing down. Though not as nimble as when he regularly performed back bends and toe walks, the energy and crunching houserockin' blues Lil' Ed Williams and his bandmates generate is as authentic as their late label mate Hound Dog Taylor. Reflecting on those three decades of recording and performing, Williams said he has lived his dream. “The funny thing about it, when I was walking around praying to the good Lord above saying what I wanted out of life, which was a wife and family, and a nice house to live in, I never asked for too much. We start asking and we get greedy, you know. And here it is: 19 (years of marriage) and 30 years later, I pretty much got what I asked for,” said Williams.

Dino Perucci

Danielle Nicole said flying solo after 15 years with her sibling band "Trampled Underfoot" had her a bit nervous. But when critical raves and a Blues Blast Music Award for her debut album "Wolf Den" rolled in, she said it was validating. "There was a lot of skepticism when "Trampled Underfoot" broke up and we went our separate ways. Our fans said we were so great together and wondered how we're going to do this apart. So it was pretty cool to be well received and to especially be nominated at all. And then to receive the award was just awesome," said Nicole.

Marc PoKempner

Pierre Lacocque is especially geeked about Mississippi Heat's just released album "Cab Driving Man." But to be fair, he was especially geeked about the band's last recording, 2014's "Warning Shot."

Mitchell Glotzner

“Big Head Todd and the Monsters” built an audience for their rock/alt/pop/jam sound over 30+ years of touring, even landing a few songs and albums on Billboard magazine’s music charts. But blues music has always been near and dear to band leader Todd Mohr, even if straight-up blues songs haven’t been part of their recorded output. “I’m a lifetime blues lover. I fell in love with John Lee Hooker when I was 13 years old” said Mohr. “I just built my life around blues and rhythm and blues music …...

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When Chess Records co-founder Phil Chess died October 18 at age 95, it was another opportunity to wax nostalgic about a fertile era of independent U.S. record companies. From the early 1950’s through the late 1960’s, the Chicago based blues label and its peer independents Atlantic, Sun, and Stax Records, produced and sold millions of recordings of some of America’s greatest roots music.

Beth Hart is teasing fans ahead of the release of her new album with the iTunes and Spotify release of the title track. "Fire On The Floor" is another smoldering blues ballad, a style that has become her calling card. "Fire On The Floor" might be even more intense than her 2012 Kennedy Center Awards performance of "I'd Rather Go Blind" with Jeff Beck. When asked for a preview of other songs on her upcoming album, Hart said she took a different approach to songwriting on "Fire On The Floor."

Dave Weld is one of the founding members of the Chicago Blues Band Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials . But his Chicago Blues history dates back to his time with Ed's uncle, the now legendary bluesman J.B. Hutto. On this edition of GLT's Talkin Blues, Weld talks to Jon Norton about meeting Hutto and other blues artists when he ventured from white clubs on Chicago's north side to the black clubs on the city's "grittier" west side.

Chris Monaghan

As one of the top blues harmonica players in the world, Chicago area native Bob Corritore travels the world playing the music he learned to love as a teenager growing up in Wilmette. Now living in Phoenix, Corritore also owns "The Rhythm Room," a club specializing in blues and roots music. Corritore also has a regular blues show on a Phoenix radio station, and is an enthusiastic blues ambassador and historian. On this edition of GLT's Talkin' Blues, Corritore talks to Jon Norton about hearing the blues as a teen.

James Christopher

At this time last year, Walter Trout was still re-gaining his strength following a liver transplant the year prior. Today Trout sounds strong and happy to be alive. When a 16 year old recording of a performance at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival was brought to his attention, specifically his aside saying he was appreciating his mortality more than ever as friends and family were beginning to die, Trout took a deep breath and said "I feel right now even more that every day is a bonus, every breath is beautiful. Like 'there's another breath, I got to do that again'."

Miami bluesman Albert Castiglia returns to central Illinois early next month, and this time he's touring on what critics are calling his finest album. Castiglia says he agrees with with what his critics are saying about the album titled "Big Dog," and credits the albums producer Mike Zito. "Because Mike and I are cut out of a similar cloth musically, and we both grew up listening to blues and rock music made it a good pairing. There's an edge to this album. Mike dialed in my guitar sound. When we met at the studio, he brought his trailer full of all the equipment he owns. We experimented with sound and he really got my guitar sound to what I sound like live. And vocally he pushed me to heights I never thought possible."

One of the founding members of the early 1980's Rockabilly revival group "The Stray Cats" will headline the GLT Summer Concert June 11. Double-bassist Lee Rocker has had a successful career of his own following the bands breakup. Despite being the son of acclaimed clarinetists Stanley and Naomi Drucker, and brother to country music artist Rosanne Drucker, Rocker said from an early age, his ears were tuned to rockabilly and blues music.

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Corey Dennison listened to a lot of music growing up in Chattanooga TN and various other southern burgs. But he said everything changed once he heard Howlin' Wolf's "London Sessions" album. "Right then and there is when I said 'whoa ... I gotta have this.'"

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Following his muse has worked well for California based singer/songwriter/guitarist Mike Eldred. Exhibit A is a recent album of Elvis covers titled "Elvis Unleaded." Eldred said his latest album “Baptist Town” was inspired by his readings of folklorist Alan Lomax, which themselves have inspired many trips by Eldred to Mississippi. “The more I dug into the folklore and history, and the prisons, prison work songs and field hollers, I realized that this music has always done something to me, as has gospel.”

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WGLT's legendary Blues host "Delta" Frank Black made an encore appearance during GLT Blues Sunday, May 15. Black played his 50 favorite blues songs as part of GLT's 50th anniversary celebration, and said he had "a blast." "It's been a long time since I've been on the radio. I tell ya, and I haven't had this much fun in a long, long time." During the show, friends and fans from Black's nearly three decades hosting GLT Blues called from across central Illinois and from states including Kentucky...

Guy King Goes 'Uptown'

Apr 10, 2016
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Chicago’s Guy King spices his blues with Jazz & R&B, the "uptown" sounds he devoured growing up in his native Israel. When he moved to the United States in his early 20’s, those sounds became the foundation of his own music.

Dragan Tasic

"Paying your Dues" is a saying heard frequently in blues music. Chicago's Toronzo Cannon has been doing that nightly for two decades ... while driving a CTA Bus during the day. Cannon began his dues paying as a sideman with some of Chicago's big blues names. He later formed his own band and worked his way through the city's club circuit, and eventually to large crowds in Europe and a label deal with Delmark Records.

Blues singer-songwriter-performer Shari Puorto grew up in Connecticut listening to some of the great names in rock and blues, and was especially drawn to the intensity of Etta James.

Peoria's Smokers Blues Band member Hal Duckett recently stopped by the GLT Studio's to talk with Jon Norton about band's debut album, titled "Roads Less Traveled." He also talked about their recent trip to Memphis representing Peoria at the International Blues Challenge. Duckett says his brother introduced him to Blues through his record collection. But he says he REALLY got the Blues ... in his car. He says he was driving home from St. Louis ... and was listening to WGLT on his car radio.

Jean-Luc Bouchier

The latest album from Blues/Roots Rocker Peter Karp titled "The Arson's Match" is actually an over decade ago live date with former Rolling Stones member Mick Taylor. In this Skype conversation with WGLT's Jon Norton, Karp details how he and Taylor met, and how as a teenager, he coincidentally found his calling at the "The Bottom Line," the same famous New York City nightclub where he recorded his new album shortly before the venue closed in 2004.

Florian Levassort

Linsey Alexander's second album for Chicago’s Delmark Records is only his fourth as a solo artist. WGLT's Jon Norton spoke with Alexander via phone at his home in Chicago to talk about his latest album titled “Come Back Baby” and about growing up in Memphis. They also talked about his live shows, which are often laden with flirtatious innuendo. “Everybody enjoys the show. I can talk to anybody the way I like to talk to anybody, as long as I don’t talk disrespectfully. I never get out of hand....

Delbert McClinton says as a young child in 1940's and 50's Texas, he knew music was going to be a huge part of his life. After six decades on the road and multiple Grammy awards to his credit, he says he's lived his dream. That dream nearly ended two years ago when McClinton underwent triple bypass surgery.

Carol M. Highsmith

Rick Hall has lived the mythical American story. As a boy in 1930's rural Alabama, he lived in a house that literally had a dirt floor. Seven decades later, Hall is rich many times over and is considered one of the great producers in music history. Hall recently released a memoir that documents his life and career.
WGLT's Jon Norton caught up with Hall via Skype to talk about the book, and the historic role he played in creating the world famous "Muscle Shoals Sound."

April Martin

When St. Louis based author, documentary filmmaker, theologian and activist Rev. Osagyefo Sekou met Bay area educator, musician and arts administrator Jay-Marie Hill, they found they shared a common interest in social justice and blues, soul & gospel music. Seven months later they released an album titled "The Revolution Has Come" under the name "Reverend Sekou and the Holy Ghost." Hill and Sekou tell WGLT's Jon Norton via Skype that they met in Cleveland at a Black Lives conference last summer. Hill says when she and fellow conference attendees surrounded a police car after a 14 year old boy was arrested for what she characterizes as "sitting while black," it was Sekou who cleaned the police administered pepper spray from her face.

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Former GLT Summer Concert headliner Jimmy Burns says if you want to test your blues chops, show up on a Monday night at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago's Loop. Now a senior member of the Chicago blues scene, Burns hosts the weekly Blues Jam every other Monday night. WGLT's Jon Norton recently caught up with Burns. They talked about his brothers, the restaurant Burns once owned, and about his latest album on Delmark Records titled "It Ain't Right." Burns says one song he wanted to get on the CD was the Ben E. King classic "Stand By Me."

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Brothers Dave and Phil Alvin play the Castle Theater in downtown Bloomington Saturday March 5th.
Many music critics credit the two for kicking off the American Roots Rock scene in the early 1980's with their band The Blasters. As teens the brothers absorbed the recordings of now legendary blues, rockabilly and country performers, and as Dave Alvin tells WGLT's Jon Norton, they also frequented nightclubs that featured these bands in their hometown of Downey, in Southern California.

Alyce Jackson

Band members Dennis Bosley and Danny Meyers met when both played in an early incarnation of the Dave Chastain Band. When members of that band went their own ways, Bosley and Myers created "Rooster Alley." Though the band has been an active part of the central Illinois live music scene for nearly a quarter century, their recordings are few and far between.

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A small independent Chicago record label has been documenting Chicago's unsung jazz, blues, and gospel keyboard players since the 1970's. One of the founders of the label is Steven Dolins, who founded "The Sirens Records" as a teenager in the 1970's. After a couple early pressings, he took a long break from recording to focus on his professional life.

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Andy Santana is a west coast harmonica player also known for his guitar and vocal prowess. Though he's a household name up and down the California coastline, and he's played with blues music legends, his name outside the Golden State barely registers, even among blues fans. On this edition of Talkin' Blues, Santana tells GLT's Jon Norton that it was his wife's urging that convinced him to make a "go of it" nationally.

35 year old Canadian JW-Jones has released 8 blues albums in just over a decade. His latest is titled Belmont Boulevard . It's his first album with producer Tom Hambridge, who has guided a slew of albums for many artists, including blues legend Buddy Guy. On this Talkin' Blues excerpt, Jones tells GLT's Jon Norton that Hambridge's guidance was invaluable in the making of his new album.

Portland Oregon based blues vocalist and songwriter Karen Lovely has a commanding stage presence that matches her equally powerful voice. On this edition of GLT's Talkin' Blues, Lovely tells Jon Norton how she has learned to channel stage fright into that commanding stage presence. She also talks about
her brand new album, titled "10 Miles of Bad Road."

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