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Muddy Bottom Blues

Fridays, 8pm to 9pm and Saturdays, 3pm to 4pm

A reflective hour of roots-based blues, folk and Americana music. Each theme-based hour showcases musicians, singers and songwriters who have created and crafted these distinct music genres.

Grateful Web

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #151 (August 31 at 8:00pm and September 1 at 3:00pm)

At some point all those miles turn into milestones.  For four decades and counting, on stages across the globe - from the grange hall to the Grand Ole Opry - all those performances turn into statements of legacy and purpose. The goal was to play their music all over, have people like it, and make a living.  And then, at some point, the journey circles back home.

“We wanted to have a party,” says bassist Nick Forster.  “We wanted to have a full-out bash!” 

Tami Neilson

Aug 8, 2018
Saving Country Music

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #150 (August 10 at 8:00pm and August 11 at 3:00pm)

Singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, from her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as a formidable talent in her own right, Tami Neilson has won the Tui Award for each of her past four albums.

Kevin Gordon

Aug 3, 2018
Nashville Scene

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #149 (August 3 at 8:00pm and August 4 at 3:00pm)

Alternative country-rock singer and songwriter Kevin Gordon was born and raised in West Monroe, Lousiana, and grew up on a steady diet of the area's indigenous swamp blues, honky tonk and rockabilly.

A published poet and graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, he teamed with producer and E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent to record his debut Illinois 5 a.m., issued in 1997 on the Nashville-based Motherlode label; Down to the Wall followed in mid-2000.

Milk Carton Kids

Jul 27, 2018
Billboard

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #148 (July 27 at 8:00pm and July 28 at 3:00pm)

The Milk Carton Kids are a neo-traditional folk duo from Los Angeles, California. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan formed the group in early 2011, shelving their solo careers in favor of a collaborative project that focused on harmonized vocals, entwined acoustic guitars, and rootsy songwriting.

Paul Cauthen

Jul 13, 2018
CMT

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #146 (July 13 at 8:00pm; July 14 at 3:00pm)

Paul Cauthen has kept the fires of old-fashioned outlaw country, spiking his sinewy swagger with an undercurrent of gospel.

Luke Winslow-King

Jun 29, 2018
My New Orleans

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #145 (June 29 at 8:00pm and June 30 at 3:00pm)

Originally from Cadillac, Michigan, Luke Winslow-King began studying and performing music at a young age. He first came to Louisiana at age 19 with Earthwork Music founders Seth Bernard and Daniel Kahn presenting “From California to the New York Island: The songs and stories of Woody Guthrie.”

Clarence Bucaro

Jun 22, 2018
Clarence Bucaro

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #144 (June 22 at 8:00pm and June 23 at 3:00pm)

Clarence Bucaro originally hails from outside Cleveland, Ohio.

When he was just twenty years old, he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. On this hike, carrying a Martin backpacker, he wrote his entire first album “Sweet Corn,” which caught the attention of an Americana record label in Portland, Oregon. Soon Clarence found himself on tour with The Blind Boys of Alabama and Mavis Staples playing to sold out theaters across America.

Dom Flemons

Jun 15, 2018
Allmusic

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #143 (June 15 at 8:00 p.m. and June 16 at 3:00 p.m.)

Dom Flemons is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area. He is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes.

Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist. He is considered an expert player on the Banjo, Fife, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Quills, and Rhythm Bones.

Kelly Willis

Jun 8, 2018
Broadway World

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #142 (June 8 at 8:00pm and June 9 at 3:00pm)

Americana singer and songwriter Kelly Willis launched her recording career in 1990 with the album Well Travelled Love, but she first hit her creative stride with the 1999 independent release What I Deserve. Since then, Willis has carved out a comfortable niche writing and recording at her own relaxed pace, often in collaboration with her spouse, Bruce Robison (2013's Cheater's Game and 2014's Our Year), while 2002's Easy and 2007's Translated from Love were fine examples of her talent and charm.

Gretchen Peters

Jun 1, 2018
Rolling Stone

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #141 (June 1 at 8:00 p.m.; June 2 at 3:00 p.m.)

A singer and songwriter whose work is both literate and easily relatable, Gretchen Peters has enjoyed a successful career as a recording artist, releasing a series of albums that have made her a cult heroine thanks to her clear, expressive voice and way with a melody.

Her recordings have earned her a devoted following, but there are plenty of folks who are fans of her work and don't even know it -- Peters is a go-to songwriter for many of the biggest names in country and pop.

Doc Watson

May 25, 2018
NPR

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #140 (May 25 at 8:00pm and May 26 at 3:00pm)

Doc Watson – Live at Club 47

Yep Roc Records and the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries announce the release of Doc Watson, Live at Club 47, set for a February 9 release on CD and digital, nearly 55 years to the date of the original recording.

Frankie Lee Sims

Apr 27, 2018
Discogs

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #138 (April 27 at 8:00pm and April 28 at 3:00pm)

A traditionalist who was a staunch member of the Texas country blues movement of the late '40s and early '50s (along with the likes of his cousin Lightnin' Hopkins, Lil' Son Jackson, and Smokey Hogg), guitarist Frankie Lee Sims developed a twangy, ringing electric guitar style that was irresistible on fast numbers and stung hard on the downbeat stuff.

Dallas Moore

Mar 29, 2018
Carpe Diem

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #136 (March 30 at 8:00 p.m. and March 31 at 3:00 p.m.)

Dallas Moore is an outlaw country singer who makes his home in Cincinnati. The long-haired Harley-riding singer, who was influenced by old Elvis Presley and Hank Williams 45s as a kid, plays a hard rockin' brand of country that is topped-of by his gruff vocals and shows equal reverence for Waylon Jennings and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Moore, who went to college on a jazz scholarship, has won several trophies at the Cincinnati Music Awards.

Springs Magazine

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #135 (March 23 at 8:00pm and March 24 at 3:00pm)

Although the Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing gospel music for more than five decades, it wasn't until the late 20th century that they had the benefit of a major record company behind them.

Wood Brothers

Mar 16, 2018
NPR

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #134 (March 16 at 8:00 p.m. and March 17 at 3:00 p.m.)

A roots music trio featuring brothers Chris (upright bass, vocals) and Oliver Wood (guitars, vocals) along with multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix, the Wood Brothers bring a distinctive flair to their union of folk, blues, gospel, and jazz.

Old Time School of Folk Music

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #133 (March 9 at 8:00 p.m. and March 10 at 3:00 p.m.)

Although they received a boost in popularity when actor/banjo player Steve Martin joined their ranks in 2009, the Steep Canyon Rangers had already earned an audience with their progressive bluegrass sound.

Grayson Capps

Feb 23, 2018
Southland Music Line

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #132 (February 23 at 8:00 p.m.; February 24 at 3:00 p.m.)

A literate and impassioned songwriter whose song characters are often caught barely hanging on at the edges of American life, Grayson Capps is a bit like a New Orleans version of Tom Waits, albeit more of a roots rocker in actual musical execution.

Concert Monkey

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #131 (February 16 at 8:00 p.m. and February 17 at 3:00 p.m.)

When their plane from Los Angeles to New York is grounded on the morning of September 11, 2001, strangers Elliott (Joe Purdy) and Joni (Amber Rubarth) are unexpectedly thrust together amidst the chaos of that historic day. 

With little in common but both needing to get to NYC urgently, they accept help from Joni's family friend Scottie (Krisha Fairchild) who lends the duo a rusty old 1972 Chevy Van.

Guy Davis

Feb 9, 2018
Guy Davis

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #130 (February 9 at 8:00 p.m. and February 10 at 3:00 p.m.)

Updating the rural blues tradition for the modern era, Guy Davis was among the most prominent ambassadors of African-American art and culture of his generation, additionally winning great acclaim for his work in the theater.

Cowboy Junkies

Feb 2, 2018
Allmusic

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #129 (February 2 at 8:00 pm and February 3 at 3:00 pm)

Although it didn't originally have anything to do with their sound, the Cowboy Junkies' name wound-up seeming pretty accurate: their music was grounded in traditional country, blues, and folk, yet drifted along in a sleepy, narcotic haze that clearly bore the stamp of the Velvet Underground.

The Blazers

Jan 26, 2018
Allmusic

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #128 (January 26 at 8:00pm and January 27 at 3:00pm)

The Blazers, who perform a guitar-heavy blend of blues, surf rock, country, rocked-up norteño, cumbia, and other Mexican styles, are often compared with their East Los Angeles counterparts, Los Lobos. Like Los Lobos, the Gourds, or Doug Sahm's Texas Tornados, the Blazers perform a rousing, danceable mix of North American musical styles.

Amos Lee

Dec 8, 2017
WFUV

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #126 (December 8 at 8:00PM; December 9 at 3:00PM)

With his laid-back vocal delivery and earthy acoustic songwriting, Amos Lee draws inspiration from soul music, contemporary jazz, and '70s folk artists like James Taylor. The Philadelphia native first became serious about performing while attending the University of South Carolina during the mid-'90s.

JJ Grey & Mofro

Oct 6, 2017
Jefferson Theater

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #124 (October 6 at 8:00 p.m. and October 7 at 3:00 p.m.)

Although Mofro is based in the Florida city of Jacksonville, near where JJ Grey and Daryl Hance grew up, the band actually formed across the Atlantic in London.

Dale Ann Bradley

Sep 29, 2017
Bluegrass Today

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #123 (September 29 at 8:00 p.m. and September 30 at 3:00 p.m.)

Raised in the coal fields of Appalachia, life for Dale Ann Bradley was much like her musical heroes from the same area in the southern mountains. No running water or "safe" electricity was available until she was a senior in high school. "One light socket and an extension cord kept a 1950's "Philco" refrigerator, box fan, and radio going. Looking back now I know how dangerous that was."

Amazon

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #122 (September 22 at 8:00 p.m. and September 23 at 3:00 p.m.)

This program features “An American Troubadour: Songs of Steve Forbert,” a 2017 release on Blue Rose Music. The album features twenty-one songs showcasing Steve Forbert’s five decade career and the impact he's had on other songwriters and musicians.

Blue Rose Music assists in the business and creative development of musicians and projects. A portion of all revenue is donated to The Blue Rose Foundation, providing pre-school scholarships to financially disadvantaged children.

Leroy Carr

Sep 15, 2017
Speakin' The Blues

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #121 (September 15 at 8:00 p.m. and September 16 at 2:00 p.m.)

The term "urban blues" is usually applied to post-World War II blues band music, but one of the forefathers of the genre in its pre-electric format was pianist Leroy Carr.

Aaron Burdett

Sep 8, 2017
Bandsintown

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #120 (September 8 at 8:00 p.m. and September 9 at 3:00 p.m.)

Creating music isn’t a means to an end, it is an end with a meaning for Aaron Burdett. Writing and creating songs is rooted somewhere deep in his psyche; it’s something that can’t be denied and must be shared. His lyrics are soul-touching, intelligent, witty, and poetic all at once, while his music style is a seamless blend of Americana, country, blues, bluegrass, and folk-rock that cohesively creates a story.

Luna and the Mountain Jets

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #119 (September 1 at 8:00 p.m. and September 2 at 3:00 p.m.)

“Appalachian rock band” seems to be as good of a description as can be found for Luna and the Mountain Jets.

This quartet from eastern Kentucky covers a lot of musical ground. They occupy the space between Lucinda Williams and Tom Petty with jangle riffs and acoustic driven stories of rural life.

Susan Cattaneo

Aug 25, 2017
Dave Rackley and Susan Cattaneo

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #118 (August 25 at 8:00 p.m. and August 26 at 3:00 p.m.)

Susan Cattaneo is one of Boston’s most respected songwriters. A powerful singer and sophisticated writer, Susan combines vivid storytelling with a modern songwriter’s spin. Respectful of tradition, but not bound by it, Susan blends rock, folk and blues with a healthy dose of country.

In 2016, Cattaneo was an Emerging Artist at Falcon Ridge Festival and performed as a finalist at the Philadelphia Songwriters Project and at the Wildflower Festival Songwriters contest.

Joy Kills Sorrow

Aug 18, 2017
Joy Kills Sorrow

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #117 (August 18 at 8:00 p.m.; August 19 at 3:00 p.m.)

Joy Kills Sorrow formed in 2005, bringing together virtuoso musicians who share a love of American roots music.

Emma Beaton, who studied cello at Berklee College of Music, won “Young Performer of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2008.

Matthew Arcara took first place in the National Flat Pick Guitar contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in 2006.

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