Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blues Moon Radio playlist for July 29, 2014 - Interview with author of Drink Small's biography

Blues Moon Radio playlist for July 29, 2014 - Interview with author of Drink Small's biography

Tonight we will feature an interview with Gail Wilson Giarrantano, the author of Drink Small's upcoming biography.

It is also the final week of our tribute to our Artist of the Month, Mac Arnold. We thank him for all the time he spent with us for that fine interview we featured the first week of July.

August will be a month of re-grouping and preparation for the new academic year. We will not be on the air next week, and possibly the week after, but plan to kick off the semester full-tilt-boogie on August 19th.

Tonight's show features the following planned selections, then some new music at the end of the two-hour block.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blues Moon Radio playlist for July 22, 2014 Johnny Winter, Mac Arnold, Drink Small and Rod Piazza featured tonight

Blues Moon Radio playlist for July 22, 2014 

Johnny Winter, Mac Arnold, Drink Small and Rod Piazza featured tonight on Blues Moon Radio.

Missed all of you last week - there was a genuine Blues trauma and we appreciate your kind tidings throughout - keep them coming and we'll keep working on sending you the best Blues possible.

This week we lost a Blues legend, Johnny Winter. Many of you have written such wonderful stories and tributes to him online and we have been very touched by the loss of this powerful musician. It is a heartbreak to lose him - we've chosen a few of his songs to accompany him on his rise to Blues Heaven. You will be missed, Johnny. I was privileged to have had the chance to meet him several times on a professional level and develop a friendship with him, although nothing on the level of my many musician friends who spent much time with him, especially during the days he shared a stage and studio with Muddy Waters. 

We'll link our artist of the month, Mac Arnold, with Johnny Winters via Muddy Waters' music on tonight's show in tribute to this giant of Blues Rock. 

We will also debut a knockout CD by Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers - it is so good I had to bribe my car CD player to let it come in the studio with me. It's an "Emergency Situation"... SO good! Check him out on www.blindpigrecords.com.

Mac Arnold is our artist of the month and Drink Small is the artist of the year and we are working on getting these great SC artists much more recognition. Be the first on your SC (or better yet... non-SC) block to tell your friends to link up with these greats.

Find them on Facebook at Mac Arnold and Plate Full O'Blues and Drink Small, the Blues Doctor. Click LIKE and suggest the page to your friends, please. And hey, if you have an extra second or two, we'd sure love it if you'd LIKE Blues Moon Radio on FB and follow on Twitter - I'm also on Linked In (but barely) as Clair DeLune. Connect up... and tell us what pages we need to link up with, too... my Linked In e-mail is bluesmoonradio at gmail dot com.

Okay, here's tonight's playlist:

General Playlist

Birthday artists for July 15 and 22

As always, Tuesday is Bluesday and get your licks at six... 
www.wusc.sc.edu - then click on the Listen button. 

Many thanks for listening!
Clair DeLune and RockyDawg

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Blues Moon Radio Playlist for Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Blues Moon Radio Playlist
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 

Mac Arnold

Mac Arnold, our featured Blues artist of the month. 

Drink Small, The Blues Doctor  

Drink Small, our featured Blues artist of the year.

We will also feature previews of music you will hear at two upcoming concerts in the region. 

      Mac Arnold is Blues Moon Radio’s July 2014 Artist of the Month and is also appearing at the Greenwood Blues Cruise in Greenwood, South Carolina. MORE INFO: http://www.greenwoodbluescruise.com/

      Drink Small is appearing at the Mars Theatre in Springfield GEORGIA (not SC) on July 12 at 8 p.m.  as part of a Music Maker Relief Foundation Show. MORE INFO and TIX: www.marstheatre.com

Here are tonight's playlists:

Greenwood Blues Cruise Artists

Birthday artists for July 8

Drink Small at the Mars Theatre July 12, Springfield GA (not SC) at 8 p.m.
Springfield GA is near Savannah GA

Monday, June 30, 2014

Blues concert update: Drink Small at Mars Theater in Springfield GA July 12

Hope everyone in and near Georgia will trek down to see the amazing Drink Small, the Blues Doctor (click here to LIKE his Facebook page) for the Music Maker Relief Foundation show ...

Here is the poster for the show at the Mars Theater:

Mars Theatre presents Drink Small, the Blues Doctor

From the Web site (link above):
"Drink Small (his real name), based in Columbia, SC, is known worldwide as "The Blues Doctor". Born on January 28, 1933 in Bishopville, SC, he learned his first rudiments of music, as a child, on guitar and piano. His first recordings were with The Spiritualaires of Columbia, SC (1955-56, Vee Jay Records), during which time he received numerous awards as a top gospel guitarist, touring nationally and performing at such notable venues as The Apollo (NYC), The Howard (DC), The Regal (Chicago), etc. He cut his first blues record (1959: "I Love You Albertha" b/w "Cold Cold Rain) on Savoy Records subsidiary Sharp; a platter now cherished by collectors everywhere. Subsequent recordings for Ichiban, Erwin Music, Mapleshade, Southland, and his own Bishopville Records imprint helped position him on the international blues scene. Drink Small has played the Chicago Blues Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Smithsonian Folk-Llfe, The World's Fair (Knoxville), virtually every major blues festival in the Southeast, and, despite a dislike for flying, even gigged in Europe (Finland, 1992) at the urging of his longtime friend and collaborator (the late) Charles Derrick. Drink Small is still going strong, performing solo & with band. Ever creative, he continues to write new songs and releases at least one record every year. His "The United States Will Never Be the Same" (2008) "Living in a BBQ World" (2011) are witty blues observations and deserve to be in every serious blues library."

NOTE FROM CLAIR: Drink and I are working on a very special CD that will include those two songs - available soon!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Blues Moon Radio Playlist and Artist of the Month, Mac Arnold, July 1, 2014

Blues Moon Radio Playlist
Artist of the Month
for July, 2014

This Tuesday Blues Moon Radio will celebrate three things:

1) Mac Arnold's 72nd birthday (June 30). Mac is from the Upstate of South Carolina but has played all ovr the country and has shared a stage with many a Blues legend on his way to becoming one himself. Hear him talk about his early years in the same band with James Brown; being a part of the formation and production of Soul Train; playing in Chicago with Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, among many others; and probably most importantly to Mac, playing with Plate Full O'Blues, living in the country, fishing, growing his own food and opening his new restaurant, Mac Arnold's Blues Restaurant at 1237 Pendleton in Greenville,S.C.

2) RockyDawg, Blues Defender's birthday is July 1st, so - as co-host - he has selected quite a few of his favorite dog songs, including Drink Small, the Blues Doctor's Coon Dog Blues. A-Roo-Roo-Roo to all of Yoo Yoo Yoo from our beloved mascot, co-host and source of inspiration and happiness.

3) The actual (and correct this time... a little oopsie on the math last year) start of our Silver Anniversary Celebration. We will celebrate all year long and play the very best in Blues and make efforts to have a wonderful array of artists represented through their music and interviews.

Stay tuned!

Tonight's playlist:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Blues Moon Radio playlist for Tuesday, June 24, 2014; Theme: Live It Down

Blues Moon Radio playlist 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Theme: Live It Down

So many times we live it up, only to have to live it down later. It's a Blues show, kiddeos, so we're doing the Live It Down side. Enjoy!

We're also playing some new music - including our featured new CD of the week: 
Janiva Magness' Original - on sale today (Papa Jazz can help you!)
Janiva Magness - Original (CD in stores  June 14, 2014)

Be sure to tune in tonight at 6 p.m. ET. Here is the partial playlist:

See you on the air!

Clair and RockyDawg, Blues Defender

Blues Moon Radio VIDEO Interview and 70th anniversary DDay Tribute to WWII veterans and their families - with SCHAF

Blues Moon Radio VIDEO Interview and 70th anniversary DDay Tribute to WWII veterans: 

WWII Bomber raised from Lake Greenwood.
It is being restored by the SC Historic Aviation Foundation

YouTube audio/visual video about the event, which was held on June 7, 2014:
Blues Moon Radio Video Interview: DDay 2014 at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5CgwJyJoDo