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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.

Frank Hovington

Feb 25, 2021
Discogs

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #235 (February 12 at 8:00 p.m. and February 13 at 3:00 p.m.)

Born on January 9, 1919 in Reading, Pennsylvania, Frank Hovington was a tremendous country blues musician who was singing vividly and playing with flair well after the genre's heyday, Franklin "Frank" Hovington started on ukulele and banjo as a child.

Kacy & Clayton

Feb 5, 2021
High Road Touring

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #234 (February 5 at 8:00 p.m. and February 6 at 3:00 p.m.)

A Canadian duo whose music recalls the glory days of British folk-rock, Kacy & Clayton feature the talents of vocalist Kacy Anderson and guitarist and vocalist Clayton Linthicum.

Dave Alvin

Jan 27, 2021
Billboard

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #233 (January 29 at 8:00 p.m. and January 30 at 3:00 p.m.)

A singer, songwriter, and guitarist with a keen eye for the details of American life and a powerful and passionate performing style, Dave Alvin helped to kick-start the American roots rock scene in the early '80s with the band the Blasters, and has since gone on to a career as a solo performer, songwriter, producer, and sideman that's been as well respected as it is eclectic.

Ned Hill

Jan 14, 2021
Ned Hill

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #232 (January 15 at 8:00pm and January 16 at 3:00PM)

Music veteran singer, songwriter and guitarist Ned Hill writes songs that highlight his poignant, working class writing style, bringing him praise from fans and artists alike. His music runs the gamut of story lines and emotions that reflect our times.

Former member of the band Ned Van Go, Ned Hill’s latest release is entitled “By The Light of The Radio.”

Becky Buller

Jan 11, 2021
Becky Buller

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #231 (January 8 at 8:00 p.m. and January 9 at 3:00 p.m.)

Becky Buller is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer from St. James, MN, who has traversed the globe performing bluegrass music to underwrite her insatiable songwriting habit. Her compositions can be heard on records by Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, to name just a few.

Peter Karp

Dec 31, 2020
Bob Schultz

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #230 (January 1 at 8:00 p.m. and January 2 at 3:00 p.m.)

Peter Karp is known for many things. An assertive singer, a skilled guitarist and a passionate performer, he’s also an individual who writes songs that frequently reflect tales told as part of life’s journey, spawned by passion and personal experience.

Consequently he’s not easily confined to any singular genre. Blues, Americana and rock and roll reverence all find common ground within his visceral template. He taps tradition and yet also maintains contemporary credence.

Brent Cobb

Dec 10, 2020
Red Line Roots

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #229 (December 11 at 8:00 p.m. and December 12 at 3:00 p.m.)

Blessed with a honeyed voice and a deceptively relaxed style, Brent Cobb specializes in synthesizing a bunch of retro-roots sounds into a fresh, idiosyncratic country style. His Georgian drawl can emphasize his soulful influences, but his music also shows traces of sun-kissed folk, country-folk, and laid-back rock.

Randall Bramblett

Dec 2, 2020
Ian Mcfarlane

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #228 (December 4 at 8:00 p.m. and December 5 at 3:00 p.m.)

Randall Bramblett a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist based in Athens, Georgia. He plays keyboards, saxophones, guitar, mandolin, and harmonica. His sound is rooted in Southern funk, greasy R&B, swamp blues, roots rock, NOLA R&B, and jazz.

Grant-Lee Phillips

Dec 1, 2020
Belfast Empire Music Hall

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #227 (November 27 at 8:00 p.m. and November 28 at 3:00 p.m.)

Many singer/songwriters are considered either strong vocalists who can also write or gifted composers who can sing a bit. Grant-Lee Phillips, on the other hand, is an exception, a tunesmith with an impressive command of both lyrics and melody who also possesses an instrument that's full of expressive character.

Shoebox Letters

Nov 20, 2020
Shoebox Letters

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #226 (November 20 at 8:00 p.m. and November 21 at 3:00 p.m.)

Shoebox Letters began in 2009 in Portland, Oregon and across the river in Vancouver, Washington.

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Dennis Winslow was a staff writer for Nashville's Warner Chappell for two years in the ealry 1990s. From there, he migrated to writing music for television and movies. He placed a song in the Oscar nominated Paranorman and two songs in the Palm D'or winning movie Blue is the Warmest Color. His music continues to be used on many television shows.

Colter Wall

Nov 11, 2020
Last.FM

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #225 (November 13 at 8:00 p.m. and November 14 at 3:00 p.m.)

Canadian songwriter Colter Wall specializes in singing songs designed to stir up ghosts of times that are gone.

As he put it on his second album, he sings Songs of the Plains: cowboy songs, Western swing, and dusty ballads in the vein of Johnny Cash. Wall first gained attention in his native Canada, but Songs of the Plains expanded his audience into the United States, a position he consolidated with 2020's Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs.

Susan Pepper

Nov 5, 2020
Sadie Whitehead, Susan Pepper

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #224 (November 6 at 8:00 p.m. and November 7 at 3:00 p.m.)

Susan Pepper is a grassroots musician, performer and educator dedicated to sharing heartfelt songs old and new and building community through song. Her repertoire and performances are informed by her research with older mountain musicians and community members.

Susan's dynamic performances include unaccompanied ballads as well as songs with banjo, dulcimer and guitar. Most of her songs of tradition come from her work researching and learning from elders in western North Carolina.

Carolina Story

Oct 23, 2020
Discogs

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #223 (October 23 at 8:00pm and October 24 at 3:00pm)

A husband-and-wife Americana duo, Carolina Story create powerfully atmospheric songs with the combination of their heartfelt stories of love and struggle and the honesty and passion of their vocals. Focusing on the realities of small-town life, their music reflects joy and sorrow in nearly equal measure while stubbornly maintaining that love can overcome it all.

Heathcote Hill

Oct 15, 2020
Heathcote Hill

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #222 (October 16 at 8:00 p.m. and October 17 at 3:00 p.m.)

A band based in southern New York, Heathcote Hill has appeared on more than 300 radio stations across the US, Canada, and Europe. Tom Nelson (guitar) writes the songs and Megan Porcaro Herspring provides vocals.

Brennen Leigh

Oct 7, 2020
Laura Partain, Brennen Leigh

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #221 (October 9 at 8:00 p.m. and October 10 at 3:00 p.m.)

Brennen Leigh is an American songwriter, guitar player, mandolin player and singer whose to-the-point storytelling style has elevated her to cult icon status in Europe, Scandinavia, across the United States, South America and the United Kingdom.

Her songs have been recorded by Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Crowell, Sunny Sweeney, Charley Crockett, and many others.

Sleepy John Estes

Oct 1, 2020
Kansas City Blues Society

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #220 (October 2 at 8:00 p.m. and October 3 at 3:00 p.m.)

Sean Hogan

Sep 24, 2020
Campbell River Mirror, Sean Hogan

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #219 (September 25 at 8:00 p.m. and September 26 at 3:00 p.m.)

The response to Sean Hogan’s 1996 debut album was extraordinary. His uniquely authentic blend of ‘alt-country’ and ‘modern rustic pop’ immediately caught the attention of country radio and music fans across Canada, leading to his first Canadian Country Music Association award (Independent Male Artist of the Year, 1997).

Joe Ely

Sep 18, 2020
Mark Seliger, Joe Ely

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #218 (September 18 at 8:00 p.m. and September 19 at 3:00 p.m.)

Joe Ely started out as a rebel in Texas music and eventually became one of the Lone Star State's most respected elder statesmen of music, all without changing his outlook that much.

Teddy Thompson

Sep 10, 2020
Teddy Thompson

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #217 (September 11 at 8:00 p.m. and September 12 at 3:00 p.m.)

Teddy Thompson has built a successful career that revealed the influences of his upbringing while also establishing a sound and an outlook of his own. While he has recorded and toured with both his parents -- Richard and Linda Thompson -- his own music marries observant, impassioned lyrics about the joys and challenges of relationships with music that borrows from folk, rhythm & blues, pop, indie rock, and country, topped off by his clear, incisive tenor voice.

The Two Tracks

Aug 28, 2020
The Two Tracks, Kickstarter

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #216 (August 28 at 8:00 p.m. and August 29 at 3:00 p.m.)

Cutting undeniable grooves in the road of Americana music with their new release Cheers to Solitude, Sheridan WY quartet The Two Tracks bend genres into a sound both unique and immediately familiar, laced with a hint of that “high lonesome” tradition.

Victor Wainwright

Aug 19, 2020
Victor Wainwright

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #215 (August 21 at 8:00 p.m. and August 22 at 3:00 p.m.)

Playing revved-up boogie-woogie and vintage blues, Victor Wainwright is a pianist and singer who embraces the traditions of the blues while carrying them into the 21st century.

Blessed with a tough, soulful voice that matches the speed and force of his keyboard work, Wainwright's music is steeped in boogie-woogie and blues, but he's added enough other flavors to entertain fans outside the immediate circle of blues purists.

Margo Price

Aug 13, 2020
Vulture

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #214 (August 14 at 8:00pm and August 15 at 3:00pm)

Margo Price might be something of a throwback, not only styling her country music after the classic sounds of Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, and Emmylou Harris, but also writing like a classic '70s singer/songwriter. She has an eye for details and a knack for narrative that helped keep her brand of traditionalism from seeming like nostalgia on her debut, Midwest Farmer's Daughter, an album recorded at Sun Studios and released on Jack White's Third Man Records in 2016.

Don Bryant

Aug 7, 2020
Fat Possum Records

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #213 (July 31 at 8:00pm and August 1 at 3:00pm)

Best known as a staff songwriter under Willie Mitchell at Hi Records and the husband of Hi star Ann Peebles, Don Bryant was also a fine, underappreciated singer in his own right.

Chuck Prophet

Jul 23, 2020
Lauren Tabak

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #212 (July 24 at 8:00 p.m. and July 25 at 3:00 p.m.)

Chuck Prophet hit the road straight out of high school in the 1980s with the psychedelic roots band Green on Red, and he never looked back.

In addition to working as a singer/songwriter, guitarist, bandleader, and collaborator with artists as diverse as Cake, Kim Carnes, Solomon Burke, and Alejandro Escovedo, Prophet's deepening solo catalog of self-produced "sideways" roots rock has steadily become his calling card.

Whitney Rose

Jul 15, 2020
The Boot

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #211 (July 17 at 8:00 p.m. and July 18 at 3:00 p.m.)

Whitney Rose is a Canadian singer and songwriter who describes her sound as "vintage-pop-infused neo-traditional country."

Drive-By Truckers

Jul 9, 2020
Andy Tennille, Drive-By Truckers

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #210 (July 10 at 8:00 p.m. and July 11 at 3:00 p.m.)

Boasting a mix of Southern pride, erudite lyrics, and a muscled three-guitar attack, Drive-By Truckers became one of the most well-respected alternative country-rock acts of the 2000s.

Led by frontman Patterson Hood and guitarist and tunesmith Mike Cooley, and featuring a rotating cast of Georgia and Alabama natives, the band celebrated the South while refusing to paint over its spotty past.

Appalachian Road Show

Appalachian Road Show Tribulation Special

Fri., July 3 at 8:00p.m. and Sat., July 4 at 3:00p.m.

Host Paul Hitchcock presents the music, history and tradition of Appalachia and featuring the Appalachian Road Show.

Performing music from their 2020 release entitled “Tribulation” on Billy Blue Records, members of the band include Barry Abernathy, Todd Phillips, Zeb Snyder, Jim VanCleve and Darrell Webb.

Joining the award-winning lineup are special guests Shad Cobb, Stuart Duncan, Shawn Lane, Ron Stewart and Bryan Sutton.

John Prine, a wry and perceptive writer whose songs often resembled vivid short stories, died Tuesday in Nashville from complications related to COVID-19. His death was confirmed by his publicist, on behalf of his family. He was 73 years old.

Puss N Boots

Mar 13, 2020
NPR

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #208 (March 13 at 8:00 p.m. and March 14 at 3:00 p.m.)

Featuring the musical talents of Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper, Puss N Boots play a repertoire anchored in American country, folk, and jazz, primarily from the mid-century but also reaching back earlier and later.

Their debut album, 2014's No Fools, No Fun, combined original songs and covers, as did the follow-up, 2020's Sister.

Dustbowl Revival

Mar 6, 2020
NPR

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #207 (March 6 at 8:00 p.m. and March 7 at 3:00 p.m.)

Based out of Venice, California, the Dustbowl Revival are a large string and brass ensemble whose colorful combination of swing, bluegrass, jazz, and Americana have earned them a national following.

The core group was formed in 2007 by bandleader and principal songwriter Zach Lupetin, who placed a craigslist ad searching for collaborators and instrumentalists.

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