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Blues from Coast to Coast to Coast


As American as apple pie, the blues have carved an important niche in this nation's musical history. On this episode of the B-Sides with Bolin and Blumberg, we take a look at some of the more recent additions to this legacy.

Joined by Steve Smith, host of Siouxland Public Media's Ten O'clock Blues, we take a trip from coast to coast to coast to bring you some of the more prolific artists tied to this genre.

First comes Too Slim and the Taildraggers from Washington state. With 14 studio albums and five live ones, Too Slim presents two slices of blues from the 2000's. Next from L.A., we have Alabama Music Hall of Fame's James Harman with his distinct vocals and down and dirty blues harp.

Next we cover the Gulf Coast with two cuts from artists hailing from Austin, TX. There's Marc Benno, who was first in a band with Stevie Ray Vaughn and Stevie Ray’s older brother Jimmie. Here he teams up with Omar Kent Dykes for a trip down the Jimmy Reed Highway.

We hit Florida next with the electric resonator stylings of Eric Sardinas followed by Washington D.C.'s Nighthawks, who incidentally have 31 albums under their belt.

Finally, New Jersey and New York are highlighted by Jersey City's Better Off Dead and NYC's Paul Mark and the Van Dorens.

So, if you're into great blues music join me and Steve Smith for musical journey around America's three coasts. It's music you can only hear on the B-Sides with Bolin and Blumberg, which can only be heard right on Siouxland Public Media.

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