Talkin' Blues

SATURDAY 7PM

GLT Music Director Jon Norton is "Talkin' Blues" with the biggest names from the world of blues.  Listen as Buddy Guy, Ana Popovic, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tommy Castro, Beth Hart, and many more talk about their music and the creative process.  There's a healthy dose of blues history, stories from the road, and, of course, lots of music to enjoy in this weekly podcast.  "Talkin' Blues" also airs every Saturday at 7PM on GLT.

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.

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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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."

As a young girl, Brooklyn native Alexis P. Suter says she listened almost exclusively to gospel music.  That is, until a chance meeting with the Mills Brothers at age 9 opened up a new musical world for her.  She says from there she sang in school choirs and eventually found her way as a vocalist for House and Dance music in the early 1990's. Today she's the leader of the band that bears her name, and has opened for some of the bigger names in blues music.  Her latest album is "Love The Way You Roll." 

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Chicago Blues legend Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater celebrated his 81st birthday January 19th.  For his 79th birthday, Clearwater celebrated with a live show at Space Nightclub in Evanston. That show was recorded and produced as his most recent album "Soul Funky."  On this Talkin' Blues encore, Clearwater talks with GLT's Jon Norton about the album, his friendship with fellow blues legend Lonnie Brooks, and a chance  encounter with one of his hero's, Chuck Berry.

When Champaign-Urbana based Kilborn Alley plays Jazz UpFront in downtown Bloomington tomorrow night, Virginia based vocalist Jackie Scott will be sitting in with the band.  On this edition of GLT's Talkin' Blues, Andrew Duncanson tells Jon Norton that Scott brings an exciting presence to Kilborn Alley.

Soul singer and Blues Hall-of-Fame inductee Otis Clay died of a heart attack January 8th in Chicago.  WGLT's Jon Norton talked with Clay just last year about his busy work schedule.  That schedule included a solo album, a duet album with Johnnie Rawls, guest vocals on guitarist Dave Specter's latest album, and a soundtrack to the film "Take Me To the River."

Trish Badger

Jonn Del Toro Richardson spent years playing guitar in the blues bands of Otis Taylor and vocalist Diunna Greenleaf.  He also spends time working with mandolin great Rich Del Grosso.  On this edition of GLT's Talkin' Blues, Richardson talks to Jon Norton about incorporating some Latin sounds into his music, and why it's taken so long to record Tengo Blues, his first album as a leader:

Bengt Nyman

Blues and Cajun singer/songwriter Tab Benoit makes a return appearance at the Castle Theater in downtown Bloomington Thursday. The Louisiana native has won a number of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year awards from the Blues Foundation.  Benoit begins this conversation with GLT's Jon Norton ... talking about the art of entertaining.

Damian Battinelli

2010 GLT Summer Concert headlining band Gas House Gorillas  just released their new album.  GLT's Jon Norton caught up with the Gorillas front man and co-leader Rick Fink, who says though the band is quite happy with previous releases, they're thrilled with their latest, titled "Shut Up."

   

Marilyn Stringer

2015 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of blues legend Muddy Waters. In the late 1970's through 1982, John Primer was a guitarist in the last incarnation of the Muddy Waters Band.  In this edition of Talkin' Blues, Primer talks with GLT's Jon Norton about Waters, as well as the Rolling Stones.  Primer also talks about the new tribute album "Muddy Waters 100" which features a number of guest artists, and Primer on vocals and guitar on most of the tunes.

Bob Marquart

In this episode of GLT's Talkin' Blues, we  catch up with the premier slide guitar player in the world before an appearance in Bloomington-Normal. 

Tim Carter

Robert Randolph is at the forefront of what's known as the secular "Sacred Steel" movement. Coming out of the Church Of God, this music is has quickly spread across the country and the globe in the last decade. On this podcast, Randolph talks about the origins of the lap steel guitar in his church, as well as how uplifting music and popularity aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.

A lot has happened for Bloomington native Matthew Curry since we talked last summer: Opening for Peter Frampton, playing a showcase at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles, and acting a bit part in the upcoming sequel to "Joe Dirt." On this Talkin' Blues segment with GLT's Jon Norton, Curry talks about his now viral video with Frampton, his movie debut, and how life on the road has brought him closer to his family.

Talkin' Blues: Buddy Guy

Sep 28, 2015
Brian Thompson

At 80 years old, blues legend Buddy Guy is still revved up about his two year old album on RCA-Silvertone records. It's titled "Born To Play Guitar." On this edition of GLT's Talkin' Blues, Guy talks with Jon Norton about his new album, Muddy Waters, and why the gumbo at "Legends," his club in Chicago, is better than what you get in the French Quarter in New Orleans.

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 started "The Sirens Records" as a teenager in the 1970's. After a couple early pressings, he says he took a long break from recording to focus on his professional life. Today, Dolins is the chair of the Computer Science department at Bradley University. Since the early 2000's, he picked up where he left off in the 1970's, and to date the label has nearly two dozen recordings in its vault.

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