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Route 66 Blues Express

This week John starts with several "queens of blues" including LaVern Baker and Memphis Minnie. Also: Sunnyland Slim; Albert King; Dave Hole; Shemekia Copeland; JP Soars; Jesse Dee; and more.

For the Easter weekend, John features gospel-infused blues by Josh White, Muddy Waters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Amazing Grace Blues Band, Roy Buchanan, and more.

John has two themes tonight that, as often happens, just come together: dogs (and other animals); and blues performed by Native Americans including Otis Taylor, Big Head Todd, and Indigenous.

John (with help from his grandson!) presents music for spring (the birds and the bees); St.Patrick's Day (snakes, green stuff and luck, both good and bad); and the coming baseball season.

John Darkhorse features blues women tonight, including Dani Wilde, Liz Mandeville, Bonnie Bramlett, and Joanne Shaw Taylor. Also: blues-rock from Savoy Brown and Eric Burdon.

John Darkhorse features two songs by the late Magic Slim. Also: tracks by Jimi Hendrix; the Insomniacs; the Mannish Boys; Mighty Sam McClain; John Lee Hooker Jr.; Joe Louis Walker; Keb' Mo'; and more.

John explores the "roots of rock" in the "Vintage" segment, with Louis Jordan,Little Junior Parker, Canned Heat with John Lee Hooker, and others. Sean Carney, Harper, Tommy Castro and Mike Bloomfield make up "Road Trip." And in hour two, blues women are featured, including Lou Ann Barton, Reba Russell and Koko Taylor. Also, a new release from Jesse Dee.

John Darkhorse interviews Ana Popovic in anticipation of her performance in Springfield on Feb.22. She's living in Memphis these days and working on an album that features/recreates the "Memphis Soul/Blues" sound. John features music in that genre tonight by Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, Aretha Franklin, Billy Gibson, and more.

In an ornery mood as usual, "Uncle John" Darkhorse decided to do an ANTI-Valentine's Day show this week, 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.

"Uncle John" reaches back to 1929 for a Bessie Smith track to start this week's show, which also includes 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.

For the first time, John Darkhorse does a show featuring nothing but TRAIN songs--by Leadbelly, Elmore James, Trampled Under Foot, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Lil' Ed, John Lee Hooker, and many more.

Rarely-heard tracks from Aaron "Pinetop" Sparks; "St.Louis" Jimmy Oden; Luther Allison; and cuts by the Robert Cray Band; Levee Town; Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown; and more.

A couple of themes this week: blues artists who passed away in 2012, including Michael Burks and Pinetop Perkins; and songs about "addictions"....

Tonight it's "2012: The Year in Review"--the best tracks from Delmark, Earwig, Alligator and other labels, from CDs by Studebaker John; Linsey Alexander, Albert Bashor, Eddie C. Campbell, Guitar Mikey, Janiva Magness, the Blues Broads, Curtis Salgado, Toronzo Cannon and many others.

For our pre-New Years show, Uncle John stretches out with long tracks for two nearly uninterrupted hours (well, we have to do a legal ID on the hour!). Artists include Mighty Joe Young, Dave Hole, Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pinetop Perkins, Walter Trout and more.

John's 2012 Christmas show features tracks (mostly Christmas-themed) by Lowell Fuslon, Jimmy Reed, Canned Heat, Jeff Healey, Candye Kane, Michael Burkes, Rockin' Jake, William Clarke, and more.

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.

Hour one features electric blues by Cream, Electric Flag, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Jeff Beck; and an all-female "Road Trip" with Janis Joplin, Etta James, Deborah Coleman and members of the "Blues Broads." Mississippi blues is featured in the 2nd hour, including various members of the Burnside family.

John Darkhorse is out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday this week, so he asked us to pull a Thanksgiving show out of the archive: here it is, from November 22, 2008, with songs about being thankful... and food. LOTS of food references (but very little to do with turkey!)....

Blues-rock opens the show with John Mayall, Ten Years After and Canned Heat. Also: Zora Young, the Cate Brothers, Taj Majal, Duke Robillard, Ken Rhyne, Indigenous, Coco Montoya, Pinetop Perkins, the Bel Airs, and more.

After last week's program showcased contemporary urban blues, John starts this show with classic Delta and Piedmont blues recorded in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. Also: Jimmy Bowskill; Son Seals; Tracy Nelson; Oli Brown; Kelley Hunt; Trampled Under Foot; Albert Castiglia; and more.

John Darkhorse starts the show with jump blues from Cab Calloway, Amos Milburn, Elmore James and others. Also: tracks by the Insomniacs, Bonnie Raitt, and new CDs by Albert Bashor, Tommy McCoy, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, Quintus McCormick, and Toronzo Cannon.

John Darkhorse's all-new pre-Halloween show, with songs of abused souls, wolves, axes, grinders, hatchets, evil men, evil women, and the devil himself. Artists include Springfield's own King Clarentz; B.B. King; Dane Hannon; John Lee Hooker; Leah Tysse; Howlin' Wolf; and more.

This week John features Chicago blues from Buddy Guy and Willie Horton; Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi; Tommy Castro; Ana Popovic; Albert Cummings; and new tracks from Toronzo Cannon and Eddie C. Campbell.