Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine’s “The
Adventures of Sugar & Junior” is back on the radio!
Episode 822 an hour of music by second-generation Baton
Episode 821 an hour of music and conversation centered
on recordings by North Mississippi drummer, vocalist & bandleader
Cedric Burnside as a featured artist and playing drums with his grandfather
R.L. Burnside, guitarists Junior Kimbrough and Lightning Malcolm, and
the Hill Country ensemble called Afrissippi plus a conversation with Robert
Jr. Whitall & Sugar Mae Owens of Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine
backstage at the 50th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Episode 820 an hour of music and conversation centered on the Kansas City/New Orleans guitarist and singer Samantha Fish and her album Chills & Fever plus a conversation with Robert Jr. Whitall & Sugar Mae Owens of Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine and a pair of cuts from her performance in Ann Arbor at my 75th birthday party in 2016.
Episode 819 featuring the great singer Shemekia Copeland with songs from several of her albums and a conversation with Robert Jr. Whitall & Sugar Mae Owens of Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine. I didn’t have any Shemekia Copeland recordings in my archives so I dug into several RFA programmers’ files and got some really great selections tthanks to Bruce Pingree, Cary Wolfson, Dave Kunian, and Leslie Keros.
Episode 818: Louisiana Two Step- Zydeco great C.J. Chenier
interviewed by Robert Jr. Whitall &
Episode 810 a new episode of On The Road with Robert Jr.
Whitall & Sugar Mae Owens of Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine
featuring their special guest, singer & guitarist jonathan Long at
JazzFest in New Orleans and playing tunes from his new album produced
by Samantha Fish.
Episode 808 is coming from Radio Free Amsterdam headquarters
in Detroit’s Cass Corridor with music and conversation centered
comprising a full-length “On The Road” contribution from Robert
Jr. Whitall & Sugar Mae Owens of Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine
reporting on the Crawfish Festival in New Jersey at the end of the month
with concert producer Michael Arnone and music from festival headliners
the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Aaron Neville, Walter “Wolfman”
Washington, and the Rebirth Brass Band.
Episode 807 is an eclectic program of music centered on
a tasty “On The Road” contribution from
Episode 792 is coming from the John Sinclair Café
in the Psychedelic Healing Shack in the north end of Detroit, where I’ve
been beaming out on Mondays since the new year started and where I’m
featuring this week the brand new Big Ciity Rhythm & Blues Magazine
CD Sampler #25, titled On The Road To Nowhere and offering selections
by Little Freddie King, John Boutte, Paul Oscher, Ed Jackson’s Time
Out, Willie Buck, the great Detroit guitarist Jim McCarty, Jim Allchin,
Tiaxica & Pope, Dawn Tyler Watson, the Blues Disciples, the L&M
Rhythm KIngs, Mortal Soul, Harpdog Brown, Duca Belintani:, WildCat O’Halloran,
and Blair Miller, wih Robert Jr. Whitall & Sugar Mae Owens starting
& ending things tonight.
Episode 790 is coming to you “live” from the
John Sinclair Café in Dr. Bob’s Psychedelic Healing Shack
at Woodward & Goldengate in the north end of Detroit, where I’ve
got my beloved granddaughter Beyonce riding shortgun. It’s colder
than cold today and we’ll start appropriately with the Sonny Boy
Williamson classic “Nine Below Zero ,” add a couple more Sionny
Boys on Checker and a pair of cuts from the brand new Buddy Guy album
called The Blues Is Alive And Well, then we’ll turn things over
to Robert Jr. Whitall and Sugar Mae Owns from Big City Rhythm & Blues
magazine and their guest, the eminent new Orleans bluesman Benny Turner,
with cuts from his new album deicated to his late brother Freddie King,
and we’ll finish up with 3 sides by T-Bone Walker from the late
Episode 788 is coming for the last time from my Detroit
head quarters for the past two years at 55 Peterboro in the Cass Corridor,
where Joel Landy has kept me warm and comfortable out of the goodness
of his heart, but starting next week we’ll be coming to you “live”
from the new John Sinclair Café in Dr. Bob’s Psychedelic
Healing Shack on Woodward & Goldengate in the north end of Detroit,
every Monday evening at 9:00 pm EST and aired again the following Monday
at 4:20 pm EST. This first episode for 2019 is centered on the Big City
Rhythm & Blues magazine’s interview with bluesmen Chris James
& Patrick Rynn by Robert Jr. Whitall & Sugar Mae Owens in San
Diego last month, intercut with selections from their albums Barrelhouse
Stomp, Gonna Boogie Anyway, Stop and Think About It, and Trouble Don't
Episode 769 is coming from the Detroit studios of Radio
Free Amsterdam in the Cass Corridor with another edition of On The Road
with Robert Jr. Whitall & Sugar Mae Owens of Big City Rhythm &
Bues magazine, this time featuring an interview with James Partridge,
producer of the revived Ann Arbor Blues Festival which takes place this
month. The music for this week’s program is taken from the recordings
of the 1972 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival made by Atlantic Records
on Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Sippie Wallace,
Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Freddie King, and Luther Allison, plus
an opening cut by Little Sonny from 1972 and a number from Full Circle
by John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars with Wayne Kramer.
Episode 766 is coming from the Detroit studios of Radio
Free Amsterdam up above the Carl Lundgren
Episode 761 is coming from the Detroit studios of Radio
Free Amsterdam up above the Carl Lundgren Art Studio in the Cass Corridor,
and we’ve got a new installment of the On The Road feature by Robert
Jr. Whitall and Sugar Mae Owens of Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine
in Detroit all the way from the recent New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Festival, where they had a nice talk backstage with the greatest bass
player in the world, George Porter Jr., surrounded by music from The Meters.
the Funky Meters, and the incomparable Snooks Eaglin with George on bass.
Episode 755 is coming once again from the Radio Free Amsterdam studios in Detroit’s Cass Corridor, where I’m featuring the return this week of Robert Jr. Whitall & Sugar Mae Owens of Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine for the third installment in their series of artist interviews on location, this time with bluesman John Nemeth at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival earler in April, plus songs by John Nemeth, Thornetta Davis, Bob & April Monteleone, the great pianist and composer Cecil Taylor who passed away this month at the age of 89, a band called Blue & The Worn Out Soles singing “The Ballad of Sugar & Junior,” Charlie Wooten’s Zabadodat featuring Laura Reed, Bob Baldori & Arthur Magliazza, Billy Davis, Robert Bradley, the Planet D Nonet, and Charlie Parker & strings with our closing theme.
Episode 753 is coming from the Radio Free Amsterdam studios
in Detroit’s Cass Corridor, where I’m featuring music this
week from the new blues compilation called We Jukin’ Here, Volume
23 from Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine in Detroit produced by my
dear friends & colleagues Robert Jr. Whitall and his wife & companion
Sugar Mae, with selections by Scott Morgan, Kathy & The Kilowatts,
Kelly’s Lot, Alastair Greene, Little G Weevil, Mike Skill, Jesse
Cotton Stone, Little Red Rooster, Peter V & Blues Train, Laurie Morvan,
and the Backtrack Blues Band.
Episode 752 is coming from the Radio Free Amsterdam studios
in Detroit’s Cass Corridor, with the second installment featuring
music and conversation from the Blues Queen of Detroit, Ms. Thornetta
Davis, and her album Honest Woman, a couple of cuts from her
early Live At The Music Menu album, and her guest appearance
on my album Detroit Life in 2008.
Show 748 at RadioFreeAmsterdam.org featuring Bettye Lavette
who we recently interviewed in Detroit, Michigan (3/3/18) talking about
her new CD “Things Have Changed.”