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Route 66 Blues Express

In an ornery mood as usual, "Uncle John" Darkhorse decided to do an ANTI-Valentine's Day show (which first aired Feb.9, 2013), with songs of lost love, leaving, and being done dirty, by Shemekia Copeland, Eddie C. Campbell, the Mojo Roots, Rufus Thomas, Johnny Winter, Willie Dixon, Popa Chubby, and many more.

John Darkhorse reaches back to 1929 for a Bessie Smith track to start this week's show, (which first aired in February 2013). Also: tracks by Josh White, Big Joe Williams, Lightnin' Hopkins, Joanna Connor, Janiva Magness, legendary local band Granny's Bathwater, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, and more.

On this episode first aired in January 2013, John Darkhorse does an unusual (even for him!) show featuring nothing but TRAIN songs--by Leadbelly, Elmore James, Trampled Under Foot, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Lil' Ed, John Lee Hooker, and many more.
(PLEASE SEE PLAYLIST FOR January 26, 2013 for complete details.)

In this show first aired in January 2013, a couple of themes run through the program: blues artists who passed away in 2012, including Michael Burks and Pinetop Perkins; and songs about "addictions".... (PLEASE SEE PLAYLIST FOR JANUARY 12, 2013 FOR COMPLETE LISTINGS)

From January 5, 2013, we repeat John Darkhorse's "Year in Review", featuring the best tracks from Delmark, Earwig, Alligator and other labels, with music by Studebaker John; Linsey Alexander, Albert Bashor, Eddie C. Campbell, Guitar Mikey, Janiva Magness, the Blues Broads, Curtis Salgado, Toronzo Cannon and many others.

On this episode first broadcast in December of last year (2012), John Darkhorse starts the program in a 1950s-60s 'soul blues' groove with Little Milton, Little Junior Parker, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Charles Brown and more. Also: Jason Ricci; the Insomniacs; B.B. King; Bettye Lavette; Joe Louis Walker; Cassie Taylor; Reba Russell; Jonny Lang; and more.


From November 2012, a show featuring the "Super Super Blues Band," John Mayall, Canned Heat, Zora Young, the Cate Brothers, Indigenous, the Bel Airs, Shakura S'Aida, Robert Cray, Coco Montoya, and many more. (PLEASE SEE PLAYLIST FOR NOVEMBER 17, 2012 for details.)

A show recorded October 6, 2012 featuring gospel-blues by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Josh White, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke. "Road Trip" features Mike Zito, Jason Ricci, T-Bone Walker and Sonny Boy Williamson. And hour two includes Tab Benoit, the Persuasions, Reba Russell, Joe Louis Walker, Chris Duarte, and more. (PLEASE CHECK PLAYLIST FOR 10/6/2012 FOR COMPLETE SONG LISTINGS.)

A "best of" episode this week as John Darkhorse attends to some personal business for a few weeks. Tonight's show first aired September 8, 2012 (please look up tonight's playlist under that date).

As John Darkhorse takes care of some personal business the next few weeks, we're playing more "Best of" shows from last fall. This show was from September 1st, 2012 (please look up tonight's playlist under that date).

Another "best of" show from the fall of 2012--John features the New Orleans sound of Dr. John, Johnnie Johnson, and Professor Longhair. Also: tracks by Robert Johnson, Joe Bonamassa, Harper, Janiva Magness, Canned Heat, and more.

Another "best of" show while John Darkhorse takes off the month of July. This show from September 2012 features Fast Johnny Ricker, Curtis Salgado, Mighty Sam McClain, Sweet Suzi, a track from Bonnie Raitt's 1971 debut album, and more.

Another "archive" show while John takes off the month of July. This one, from September 2012, featured Rick Estrin, Linsey Alexander and JP Soars. Also: vintage tracks by Peppermint Harris, Shuggie Otis, Slim Harpo, Lou Ann Barton, the Black Keys, B.B. King, and more.

John Darkhorse is taking off the month of July, so we're playing "Best of" shows all this month. This show from Oct.12, 2012 came just after blues-rocker Nick Curran passed away, and John selected blues-rock tunes by Johnny Winter, the Doors, Humble Pie, Walter Trout, Joe Bonamassa, Henry Rollins, and of course Nick Curran.

John Darkhorse is taking July off, so we're repeating some shows this month--this one's from October 20th of 2012, and features tracks by Little Walter; Walter Horton with Charlie Musselwhite; Microwave Dave & the Nukes; Junior Wells & the Aces; We Sing Nasty Blues; Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater; Toronzo Cannon; and many more.

Tonight John remembers Bobby "Blue" Bland, who died last Sunday at age 83. Also: tracks by Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Junior Wells, the Mannish Boys, Bonnie Bramlett, Omar and the Howlers, Dr. John, Magic Slim, and more.

This week John Darkhorse features tracks by Paul Butterfield, Peppermint Harris, Billy Gibson, Son Seals, B.B. King, Stacy Mitchhart, the Cottengim Band, Toronzo Cannon, and more.

This week, tracks are featured from "Duane Allman Anthology Vol.II," "Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Collection, B.B. King's "Deuces Wild" album, and Ruf Record's "Blues Guitar Women."

Except for the obligatory weekly track by Muddy Waters, this is an all-female show, with tracks ranging from Bessie Smith and Lil Johnson to Ana Popovic and Sweet Suzi.

Tonight John Darkhorse pays tribute to the late Ray Manzarek of the Doors, including cuts from Manzarek's recent blues CD with Roy Rogers. Also: more blues/rock in hour one with Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. And tracks by Dennis Jones, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, Curtis Salgado, Tommy Castro, Sugar Blue, Walter Trout, and others.

Tonight, tracks from the 1950s by Little Walter, Smiley Lewis and Elmore James; also: Nappy Brown, Earl King, James Cotton, Bob Margolin, Eddie C. Campbell, Cassie Taylor, Shane Dwight, Mojo Roots, and others.

Just to be different this Mother's Day, John decided NOT to do an all "Mother"-themed show. Instead, you'll hear blues/rock tracks by Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton; also tracks by Junior Wells, Jesse Dee, Champion Jack Dupree, Katie Webster, Mary Bridget Davies, Larry Garner, and more.

Tonight, following the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, John Darkhorse does something he's always wanted to do: a show with an "equestrian" theme. Not many blues songs about racehorses and the Triple Crown out there, so you'll also hear songs about mules, and just generally about riding and traveling!

This week, Duane Allman collaborates with Clarence Carter and Boz Skaggs. Also: Joe Louis Walker; Reba Russell; Willie Buck; Toronzo Cannon; Muddy Waters; Koko Taylor; and many more.