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 2.27.21

19 hours ago

A.J. Croce (yep, Jim's son) has been playing funky piano gems for 30 years or so at clubs and theater's and art centers but his new album By Request is a representation of stuff he plays when he comes back home, has some friends over to the house and plays requests in his music room! Also we'll be hearing from Selwyn Birchwood and Joe Bonamassa.

Ten O'clock Blues 2.20.21

Feb 26, 2021

Minneapolis singer and multi instrumentalist Joyann Parker has put together a really solid album, Out of the Dark. It's her 3rd and the first we've featured on the TOB. We'll also check out ne music from Valerie June and a classic from Irma Thomas!

Ten O'clock Blues 2.06.21

Feb 8, 2021

We're heading into the coldest week of recent memory so we figured why not open the show with a band out of the Great White North? It's great soul blues from Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar! Also we'll hear stuff from A.J. Croce, The Black Keys and Ghalia Volt.

Ten O'clock Blues 1.16.21

Jan 20, 2021

California Blues Rocker Alastair Greene opens up this show, also along the way we'll hear from Bobby Blue Bland, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Singer/Saxophonist, Vanessa Collier.

Ten O'clock Blues Top 25 of 2020 1.09.21

Jan 20, 2021

We've sifted through the entire year of blues this time on the TOB and brought you the Top Ten Albums of the Year! Who comes out on top? Find out, click the button!

Ten O'clock Blues 1.02.21

Jan 13, 2021

Kim Wilson opens the show tonight with one from his new album, along the way we'll also hear from Shemekia Copeland, Buddy Guy and a classic from Otis Redding!

Ten O'clock Blues 12.26.20

Jan 13, 2021

Veteran East Bluesman Duke Robillard kicks off tonight's show with one from his latest, Blues Bash. We'll also we'll hear from The Wood Brothers, ZZ Ward and new music out of Canada with Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar!

Ten O'clock Blues 12.19.20

Dec 19, 2020

It's a decades-old tradition, the TOB Christmas show! We've got some new Christmas tunes from Victor Wainwright, JD McPherson and Hamilton Loomis as well as some vintage cuts from Charles Brown, B.B. King and of course, Big Maybelle, all blended together as smooth as  figgy pudding! 

Ten O'clock Blues 12.12.20

Dec 12, 2020

The Wildroots have their one-time singer/piano man Victor Wainwright sit down to record a Christmas song with them. Also, grab your hard hats, Albert King takes us on the Cadillac Assembly Line, and we hear new blues from Catfish Keith and Joe Bonamassa!

Ten O'clock Blues 12.05.20

Dec 6, 2020

Iowa City's Kevin Burt opens up this edition of the TOB. The Wildroots with Victor Wainwright help spread some Christmas cheer and we'll hear from pianists Marcia Ball and Ben Levin too.

Ten O'clock Blues 11.28.20

Nov 30, 2020

Singer and Harp Player, John Nemeth kicks off the show tonight with Fountain of a Man from his latest album. We'll also hear from new albums by Catfish Keith, and Duke Robillard and a Kenny Wayne Shepherd classic, newly-recorded!

Ten O'clock Blues 11.21.20

Nov 22, 2020

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has just dropped a new collection of live recordings called "Straight to You Live". We'll open with that and hear another new live recording from Miss Emily. We note the 10th Anniversary of the Black Keys album Brothers and we're able to fit in the title cut to Walter Trout's latest album too.

Ten O'clock Blues 11.21.20

Nov 22, 2020

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has just dropped a new collection of live recordings called "Straight to You Live". We'll open with that and hear another new live recording from Miss Emily. We note the 10th Anniversary of the Black Keys album Brothers and we're able to fit in the title cut to Walter Trout's latest album too.

Ten O'clock Blues 11.14.20

Nov 14, 2020

Johnny Iguana is one of those bandleaders that doesn't sing. As it turns out; (just ask Ronnie Earl or Kenny Wayne Shepherd) you don't have to! He enlists the vocal cords of John Primer, Billy Boy Arnold, Lil' Ed and more on his new tribute abum to the great Chicago pianists. Also, we'll hear from Marcus King, Nathaniel Rateliff and Samantha Fish.

Ten O'clock Blues 10.31.20

Nov 5, 2020

Shemekia Copeland has finally released a full length album to Uncivil War and we'll open up this edition of the TOB with a song about the slave ship, Clotilda. Also we'll hear Oliver Wood cover a song by the late, Sean Costello and Doyle Bramhall II gets us ready for November.

Ten O'clock Blues 10.03.20

Oct 3, 2020

Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop are a couple of the the blues elder statesman - their new album is called 100 Years of Blues for a reason. Walter Trout has been around the block a few times as well, but newcomers GA-20 and ZZ Ward help to bring the average performer age down a few decades on this edition of the TOB.

Ten O'clock Blues 9.26.20

Sep 26, 2020

We've got a good variety of Betty's on the show this time, though neither of them spell it like that... Bettye LaVette has one from her new Blackbirds album, and Bette Smith kicks off the night with a Jimbo Mathus collab called "I'm a Sinner". We'll also hear Johnny Winter cover Bob Dylan and a great early-catalogue Keb' Mo' tune, too!

Ten O'clock Blues 9.19.20

Sep 23, 2020

Lil' Ed is playing the Alley Art Festival this weekend, so we'll close the hour with 3 in a row from this "Compact Man". We'll also hear from Kat Riggins, J.J. Grey and Watermelon Slim.

Ten O'clock Blues 9.12.20

Sep 12, 2020

ZZ Ward's new single Giant gets us up and running (away....terrified) this week. Plus we've got more new music from Peter Parcek and Kat Riggins and a classic from Johnny Littlejohn too!

Ten O'clock Blues 9.05.20

Sep 5, 2020

Harp player and singer Sugar Ray Norcia has employed the services of Little Charlie Baty on Too Far From the Bar, his Latest Album.  We'll also hear a new single from ZZ Ward and something from Magic Sam, too.

Ten O'clock Blues 8.29.20

Sep 3, 2020

It's always great to hear what Bettye LaVette can do to a song to make it her own, she's got a whole new album full of songs that we'll debut this week. Mike Henderson gives the honky-tonk treatment to a blues classic and we'll hear some 50's-era gospel from The Original Blind Boys of Alabama.

Ten O'clock Blues 8.22.20

Aug 22, 2020

The War and Treaty will hopefully quit hitting the snooze button on releasing their new album, Hearts Town. Until then, we'll open the TOB with "Five More Minutes" - the lead-off single. Also we'll hear from Jimi Hendrix, Peter Karp and we'll just have room for the Tedeschi Trucks Band too!

Ten O'clock Blues 8.15.20

Aug 21, 2020

Joe Louis Walker & Keb' Mo' get things started this time. We'll also hear from The Record Company, The War and Treaty and Black Pumas too!

Ten O'clock Blues 8.01.20

Aug 1, 2020

Peter Karp's new album is called Magnificent Heart and it's a worthy place to start this episode of the TOB. Along the way we'll also hear brand new music from The War and Treaty, and Christone Kingfish Ingram and JW Jones too!

Ten O'clock Blues 7.25.20

Jul 25, 2020

We'll open this show with the new single from Shemekia Copeland, plus brand new music from Joe Louis Walker, a classic from Aaron T-Bone Walker (no relation) and Eli Paperboy Reed.

We'll cover the second half of the alphabet in Part 2 of the show this time (with apologies to Grace Potter who inexplicably came in after Bonnie Raitt. That's enough spoilers! You'll have to click and find out who else made the cut.

Tough decisions galore! Do I pick the Allman Bros. or Luther Allison? And SOOO MANY C's!!!!!! Give it a click and found out how I stacked up this special Saturday in the Park A - Z edition of the 10 O'Clock Blues!

Ten O'clock Blues 6.27.20

Jul 9, 2020

Piano Man, Kenny Blues Boss Wayne kicks off tonight's show with a duet featuring Dawn Tyler-Watson. We'll also be hearing from Too Slim & the Taildraggers and the very latest from Shemekia Copeland!

Ten O'clock Blues 6.20.20

Jul 9, 2020

At age 71, John Blues Boyd is moving into his next career, that of being a bluesman, after stints in roofing, farm labor and taking care of his late wife. He seems to be picking up on it pretty well though, as you can hear on his new album, In My Blood. Also we'll hear new music from  a band called Aloud and Derek Trucks covers Bob Dylan.

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.