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 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.

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.

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