On a Father's Day show first aired in 2008, John features jump Blues by Louis Jordan and Amos Milburn, as well as cuts by Jimmy Witherspoon, Tracy Nelson, Ian Parker, Elvin Bishop, Popa Chubby, Professor Longhair, and many more.
From June 2009, John Darkhorse offers a tribute to Koko Taylor, who had recently passed away when this show was first broadcast. Also: Buddy Guy, Elmore James, Candye Kane, E.G. Kight, Jason Ricci, Johnny Winter and more.
From June 2008: John Darkhorse features Delta blues dating back to Blind Willie McTell in 1929. Also: VERY early Jeff Beck; Junior Kimbrough; Rory Gallagher; Little Milton; John Long; Lil' Ed; even a (radio-friendly) George Carlin routine!
From February 2008: John Darkhorse plays blues-rock by the Yardbirds, the Allman Brothers, and the early Fleetwood Mac. Also: Willie King; Junior Wells; Larry Garner; Lain Wendler; the Phantom Blues Band; Bonnie Raitt; and more.
From April 2009, a show including classic cuts from Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Junior Wells, Janis Joplin and Muddy Waters; Popa Chubby, Lil' Ed and more live on the road; and in hour two, the Insomniacs, Indigenous, the Ken Rhyne Band, Webb Wilder, Harper, and many more.
From February 2008, John features early Muddy Waters (1948), classic Dinah Washington, the Ford Blues Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sean Costello, Eric Clapton, Hooker 'n Heat, Bobby Rush, Eric Jerardi, and more.
On this Easter-themed show from March 2008, John Darkhorse features gospel-tinged blues, along with artists who grew up in the gospel tradition. Featured artists include Dr. John, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, and more.
From May 2008: John starts the show with some good old blues shouters from the '50s including Ruth Brown and Joe Turner; samples blues-rock from the late 1960s with Duane Allman and Blind Faith; and features various area musicians including the Bluesberries, Tripwire, Norman Jackson and Pawn Shop--and of course Don Shipps.
From April 2008: John features late 1920s recordings of Delta blues legends like Willie Brown and Tommy Johnson during the "Vintage" segment; a Stevie Ray Vaughan/Johnny Copeland jam from Montreux during "Road Trip;" and in hour two, Hamilton Loomis, Deanna Bogart, Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater and more.
From February 2008, John Darkhorse salutes the Blues Foundation's "International Blues Challenge" competition, with tracks by various past winners as well as contestants from the Blues Society of the Ozarks.
On this episode from March 2008, John featured harmonica and slide guitar, both together and separately, with artists including Elmore James, J.B. Hutto, Junior Wells, Rod Piazza, Luther Allison, Tinsley Ellis, Ken Rhyne, and Coco Montoya.
From January 31, 2009, John features Little Walter, Bobby "Blue" Bland, John Mayall, the Front Porch Swingers, the Neville Brothers, Jorma Kaukonen, Deanna Bogart, Jeremy Spencer, Double Trouble, and Lynard Skynard.
From March 2008, John highlights lengthy tracks from John Lee Hooker (with Steve Miller), Buddy Guy (with G.E. Smith & the Saturday Night Live Band), Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Canned Heat.
On a show first aired in March 2008, John features Ma Rainey from 1928(!) along with T-Bone Walker, Anthony Gomes, Sean Costello, Leah Tysse; blues-rock with Ten Years After, Janis Joplin and Canned Heat; and local musicians like Don Shipps, Gary Gallier, King Clarentz and John Long.
This show from January 2008 goes all the way back to Bessie Smith in the mid-1920s, along with some big-band jump blues, and cuts by John Lee Hooker, Susan Tedeschi, Ian Parker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and more.
From January 2009, John featured some of the best CDs of the previous year, including title tracks from J.J.Grey's "Orange Blossoms," Kenny Neal's "Let Life Flow," Dr. John's "The City That Care Forgot," and more.
For this Christmas Eve show (first aired in 2008), John features all Chess recording artists in the "Vintage" segment (including Howlin' Wolf and Chuck Berry); and three "Kings" in the "Road Trip" segment: B.B., Albert, and Freddie. More music for the Christmas season in hour two, with cuts from a couple of Alligator Records Christmas collections by Lil' Ed, Shemekia Copeland, Coco Montoya and more.