Ten O'clock Blues

Thursdays 8 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays 10 p.m. to midnight
  • Hosted by Steve Smith
  • Local Host Steve Smith

Nighttime is the right time to have the blues and KWIT-KOJI dutifully brings them to you each Saturday Evening with "Stumpy" Steve Smith and the 10 O'Clock Blues. Smith, whose only real brush with southern culture was growing up in South Dakota, has enjoyed blues for about half of his life, first listening regularly to the public radio program Bluesstage with Ruth Brown. Smith mixes today's rising stars like Keb' Mo' and Susan Tedeschi with old masters like Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. "Occasionally I'll throw in some Louisiana spice and I'll do a Zydeco set, or sometimes I'll play a spiritual or two," Smith says. He also takes a detour from the normal musical direction of the show when a noteworthy musician comes to town. He lists people like B.B. King, Robert Cray, Kenny Wayne Sheppard and Delbert McClinton among those whom he has interviewed for the show.

Ten O'clock Blues 6.13.20

Jun 13, 2020

Ruthie Foster and her Big Band open this week's episode, we also hear from GA-20, Alabama Shakes and Buddy Guy teamed up with John Mayer.

Ten O'clock Blues 6.03.20

Jun 12, 2020

It's forthcoming music from Larkin Poe to start things off this time. We'll also hear new blues from Linsey Alexander and The Ruthie Foster Big Band plus a great summer time tune from J.J. Grey & Mofro.

Ten O'clock Blues 5.09.20

May 9, 2020

John Primer has been playing the blues for a real long time, he's had a fruitful partnership with Harp Player Bob Corritorre for the past few years and we'll hear a sample of their latest efforts. We'll also hear from the Wood Brothers, B.B. King plays the Cook County Jail and  we'll hear a murder ballad by Bror Gunnar Jansson.

Ten O'clock Blues 5.02.20

May 7, 2020

The Future of the blues looks really good with folks like Larkin Poe, Gary Clark Jr. and ZZ Ward  just a handful of many artists under 40 on tonight's show. We've also got James Blood Ulmer and a newly-discovered older gentleman by the name of John Blues Boyd. 

Ten O'clock Blues 4.25.20

Apr 25, 2020

Rev. Shawn Amos has a new album out with collaborations from Ruthie Foster and the Mudbug Brass Band, we here from a true crime concept album from Sweden's Bror Gunnar Jansson and we get to slip in some classic Bobby Blue Bland.

Ten O'clock Blues 4.18.20

Apr 20, 2020

Christone Kingfish Ingram hasn't completed his upcoming album yet but couldn't wait to give us a sample, we'll hear another yet to be released project by Larkin Poe and a classic from B.B. King.

Ten O'clock Blues 4.11.20

Apr 11, 2020

Bluesman and erstwhile trucker Watermelon Slim has a new double album out and we'll open with a song in tribute to the men and women that transport goods across these United States. Plus we'll also hear from The Wood Brothers, Cindy Cashdollar with Omar Kent Dykes and a blues classic from Eddie Boyd.

Ten O'Clock Blues 3.28.20

Apr 1, 2020

James Hunter's voice is uh-MAAAAZ-ing!!! From hoarse and gravelly one minute to a smooth, velvety baritone the next.  He's also got access to a bunch of squeaks and clicks and buzzes that he throws in like all the great soul singers do. Hear The James Hunter Six plus new music from Christone Kingfish Ingram and Watermelon Slim too!

Ten O'Clock Blues 3.21.20

Mar 23, 2020

Sonny Landreth is a Southerner but the title track to his new album is all about driving across our beloved Great Plains. Also we'll share tunes from the late Clarence Gatemouth Brown, JD McPherson and the Tedeschi Trucks Band too!

Ten O'Clock Blues 3.14.20

Mar 14, 2020

Whatever it is Roomful of Blues has been working on - it's certainly taken them a long time to finish it, but here they are with In a Roomfull of Blues. We'll also hear what Kingfish Ingram has been putting together for his upcoming release!

Ten O'Clock Blues 3.07.20

Mar 7, 2020

Whitney Shay's new Album is called, Stand Up! and we'll listen to the title cut. Plus we'll unveil a new live recording from Bernard Allison as well as new material from Tinsley Ellis and Cindy Cashdollar teamed up with Omar Kent Dykes too!

Ten O'Clock Blues 2.22.20

Feb 23, 2020

We've got brand new music from the both The Robert Cray Band and The Wood Brothers this time. Plus if you like innovative guitar players you won't have to wait long, the first set has Mark Knopfler, Ry Cooder and a brand new offering from Sonny Landreth!

Ten O'Clock Blues 2.15.20

Feb 15, 2020

The Robert Cray Band's next album will be called That's What I Heard and we'll take a peak at it's lead-off single. Also we'll hear from Sonny Rhoades, Marcus King and Grace Potter.

Ten O'Clock Blues 2.08.20

Feb 14, 2020

Harmonica virtuoso Sugar Blue leads off this episode with new music from his album Colors. We also hear a classic from John Lee Hooker plus tracks from Lil' Ed and Mike Zito, both of whom will be visiting Sioux City's Vangarde Arts in the near future.

Ten O'Clock Blues 2.01.20

Feb 1, 2020

We'll hear music from tribute albums to three different artists on this episode of the TOB, Sean Costello, Gregg Allman and Chuck Berry. Also we finally get to the Grammy nominated blues of Larkin Poe.

Ten O'Clock Blues 1.18.20

Jan 18, 2020

Grace Potter's latest album, Daylight, guides us into tonight's show. We'll also play Nathaniel Rateliff and Josh Hoyer back to back, just to see if there's anything to the conspiracy theory that they are, in fact, the same person. Speaking of Josh Hoyer he's coming to Sioux City next month, we've got all the details on this episode of the 10 O'Clock Blues!

Ten O'Clock Blues 1.11.20 Top 25 of 2019

Jan 14, 2020

We count down the top 12 blues albums of the year this time on the TOB. Stumpy considers his own playlist and playlists from across the country on the top 25 of 2019 (which has been pared down to top 12 for podcasting purposes) on this episode of the 10 O'Clock Blues.

Ten O'Clock Blues 1.04.20

Jan 10, 2020

Marcus King is barely two decades old, but he's been playing professionally for half his life already, hear one from his album El Dorado which comes out later this month. Also we'll hear live Jack Mack & the Heart Attack, and The Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Ten O'Clock Blues Christmas Show

Dec 19, 2019

  It's JD McPherson's rocker Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights) to christen the show and it's Christmas all the way through this edition of the TOB. We'll hear classics from Charles Brown and Johnny Winter plus new holiday tunes from Keb' Mo' and HeavyDrunk.

Ten O'Clock Blues 12.14.19

Dec 16, 2019

Christmas songs from Samantha Fish and Keb' Mo' (who has put out an entire album of holiday songs) plus we'll hear from The Black Keys and Black Stone Cherry too.

Ten O'Clock Blues 12.07.19

Dec 7, 2019

Janiva Magness and Taj Mahal open this edition of the TOB plus some seasonal selections start to trickle in from J.D. McPherson and Eden Brent.

Ten O'Clock Blues 11.23.19

Nov 27, 2019

Junior Watson, Paul Rischell and Annie Raines and Mike Zito pays homage to Chuck Berry on his latest album, check out this very fine edition of the Ten O'Clock Blues to hear all that and a bunch more!

Ten O'Clock Blues 11.16.19

Nov 22, 2019

Check out a fine young band from the East Coast called GA-20, plus Beth Hart, Gary Clark Jr. and J.P. Soars covers the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.

Ten O'Clock Blues 11.09.19

Nov 11, 2019

Michael Lee is currently the voice and the guitarist featured with the B.B. King Blues Band, but before that, he released his own album. We'll hear one of his originals from that this week, plus Iowan, Catfish Keith, Mavis Staples and an absolute treasure from Slim Harpo.

Ten O'Clock Blues 11.02.19

Nov 2, 2019

Bluesman Sean Costello passed away far too young, a day before his 29th birthday in 2008. Now many of his fellow players pay tribute to his memory with  Don't Pass Me By an album of Costello's songs. Victor Wainright recorded the title cut, we open tonight's show with that, plus you'll hear SRV and the new Brittany Howard.

Ten O'clock Blues 10.19.19

Oct 22, 2019

Beth Hart's last album was a live endeavor at Royal Albert Hall. She's back in the studio this time, with similar results, a fine blend of gritty blues featuring her patented Beth-Hart-growl. Plus we've got Michael Lee, who is now fronting the B.B. King Blues Band and Bettye LaVette covers the Beatles.

Ten O'Clock Blues 10.12.19

Oct 15, 2019

We'll kick off the show with HeavyDrunk, if you like tight soul bands with great hooks, you should make a point to listen. Also the latest from both Beth Hart and Samantha Fish and we debut the new Janiva Magness too!

Ten O'Clock Blues 9.28.19

Sep 28, 2019

It's Chicago's Cash Box Kings to kick off this week's show. We'll also hear from Tab Benoit, Jimbo Mathus and the spectacular gospel sounds of The Sensational Barnes Brothers.

Ten O'Clock Blues 9.21.19

Sep 27, 2019

Samantha Fish plays slide on a cigar-box guitar on her new single and it sounds absolutely unholy, but in a good way! Also Mavis Staples and Trombone Shorty.  

Ten O'Clock Blues 9.07.19

Sep 9, 2019

The sweet, singing, pedal steel guitar of Robert Randolph open this episode, plus Keb' Mo' a new one from Tad Robinson and Luther Allison from his Motown years.