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 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.