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 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.

Ten O'Clock Blues 8.31.19

Aug 31, 2019

The Nick Moss Band's partnership continues to thrive with Harmonica man Dennis Gruenling, also we hear from a brand new record by Tad Robinson and a classic from Elmore James.

Ten O'Clock Blues 8.24.19

Aug 30, 2019

We sound the trumpets (and the saxophones)  on this edition of the TOB with The Texas Horns who enlist the help of Guy Forsyth on Guitar Town. Also we hear more Lone Star blues from Delbert McClinton and Jimmie Vaughan.

Ten O'Clock Blues 8.17.19

Aug 20, 2019

Ben Levin caught the blues bug at the age of 6 when his dad rented the Ray Charles biopic, Ray. It's only been 13 years since then, but this teenager has already won two Blues Blast awards and has just released his second album, Before Me.

Ten O'Clock Blues 8.10.19

Aug 20, 2019

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.

Ten O'Clock Blues 8.03.19

Aug 6, 2019

Mavis Staples, We Get By is newly out. On it, she recorded a duet with Ben Harper and they sound fantastic together, you can hear recorded evidence on this week's show. Also, we'll hear the latest from Gov't Mule and Supersonic Blues Machine.

Ten O'Clock Blues 7.27.19

Jul 28, 2019

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.

Ten O'Clock Blues 7.20.19

Jul 21, 2019

Kenny Wayne Shepherd kindles our broadcast this time with the lead off from The Traveler, the band's latest album. Also we hear from the Taylor Scott Band, who will be performing the last Downtown Live event of the summer on Friday and a dynamic young piano player named Ben Levin favors us with a Big Bill Broonzy song.

Ten O'Clock Blues 7.13.19

Jul 16, 2019

Joanne Shaw Taylor is the first song you'll hear on this episode plus a fabulous duet with Mavis Staples and Ben Harper and a new one from Delbert McClinton too.