The old saying goes something like "If it ain't been in a pawn shop, it can't never play the blues." On Delbert McClinton's latest album he ponders a queston related to that old axiom. If I Hock my Guitar is about 2 minutes worth of gravel-voiced song writing genius. Plus hear from frequent McClinton collaborator Whitey Johnson AKA, Gary Nicholson and we go under with the latest from Robert Randolph & the Family Band.
We "Get Down" with the funky R&B of Leela James and the Truth Band, plus Nathaniel Rateliff gives us a case of the Night Sweats (eww!) and Big Joe & the Dynaflows favor us with a tune by Fats Domino's main man, Dave Bartholomew.
The B-Sides takes a look at blues rock from The Yardbirds, featuring Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck to Peter Frampton's latest all blues album. Also included Humble Pie, Rory Gallagher, Led Zep and ZZ Top.
Jimmie Vaughn's new studio album is everything you'd expect and more from one of the blues not quite elder statesmen. Plus, from the Home of the Blues, it's Southern Avenue with a fine new effort called Keep On. We'll also hear from Joe Bonamassa and East Coast bluesman, Dennis Brennan and his band The White Owls.
We drop into the the TOB this time with Aaron Kamm & the One Drops, equally proficient at playing reggae, this very fine trio out of St. Louis has all you'd ever ask for in soulful vocals and tasty guitar licks. Plus the latest from Joanne Shaw Taylor and a classic from the late, Etta James.