In a show from Dec.13, 2008, John features long tracks, including several acoustic/"unplugged" sets in the "Road Trip" segment. Artists include Duane Allman, Humble Pie, Joe Louis Walker, Jimi Hendrix, Ruth Brown, Big Mama Thornton, and more.
From late March of 2008, a show featuring long jams by Buddy Guy with G.E. Smith and the SNL Band; Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughn; John Lee Hooker with Steve Miller; Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf & Bo Diddley from the "Super Super Blues Band" album; and more.
From November 2008, John Darkhorse interviews Lil' Ed (of Blues Imperials fame), and plays selections inspired by Veterans Day by Honey Boy Edwards, Guitar Shorty, the Holmes Brothers, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, and more.
First broadcast November 15, 2008, this show features Memphis Minnie, Elmore James and Jimi Hendrix in the "vintage" section; Billy C.Wirtz, Rory Gallagher and Buddy Guy live in "Road Trip;" and tracks by Oysters Rockefeller, Dr. John, Derek Trucks, Reba Russell and Sean Costello in hour two.
Tonight's show was first aired in June 2009, just after the death of local musician Jimmy Guy Cottengim. John Darkhorse's guest was one of Jimmy Guy's sons, Stoney Lee of the local blues band Tripwire.
From August 2009, John featured two versions of "Mother Earth": the original Memphis Slim recording from 1950 to open the show, and Tracy Nelson's 1970s version with her band Mother Earth to close things out. In between, Solomon Burke, Toni Lynn Washington, Back Door Slam, and more.
From July 2009, John Darkhorse features Delta blues, both original (Robert Johnson, Son House, Sonny Boy Williamson, Mississippi Fred McDowell) and more recent (J.J. Grey & Mofro, the Tar Box Ramblers, R.L. Burnside, etc.).
This week, a show from July 2009 featuring Paul Butterfield, Jimi Hendrix playing "Voodoo Chile" from "Electric Ladyland," Roy Buchanan, Billy Wurtz, Robert Cray, Ana Popovic, Watermelon Slim, Koko Taylor, and more.
First broadcast over the July 4th weekend in 2009, this show features tracks by Ray Charles, Magic Sam, Taj Mahal, Joe Louis Walker, Eric Clapton, Big James Montgomery, Saffire--The Uppity Blues Women, and more.
From an episode first aired May 30, 2009, John Darkhorse features a scorching early Boz Skaggs/Duane Allman collaboration on "Loan Me a Dime." Also, both Muddy Waters and his son "Big Bill" Morganfield; Freddie King; Luther Allison; King Clarentz; the Mannish Boys; and more.
From a show first aired in August 2009, John goes all the way back to 1928 for a track by Blind Willie McTell. Also: an early incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band ("The Hour Glass"); Jeff Beck; Lil' Ed; Muddy Waters; Susan Tedeschi; Johnnie Johnson; Abandoned Cadillac; and more.
Starting this week the program reverts to a TWO-HOUR format (11pm-1am). On this "Best of" show from August 2009, John Darkhorse revisits bluesy music from the original Woodstock Festival in hour one, and features Smoot Mahooti, Steve Smith & the Sneakers, Tommy Castro, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and more in hour two.
This week, a show first aired in December 2009 featuring an early (1960) track by Johnny and Edgar Winter; Freddie King; Tripwire; Michael Hill's Blues Mob; Lonnie Mack; E.G. Kight; J.D. Simo; Hamilton Loomis; and Trampled Under Foot.
From shows first airing in the spring of 2009, this week's show features classic car songs including Jackie Brenston's original "Rocket 88" and Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues." Also John Long, Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women; CHarlie Musselwhite, and more.
Artists this week include Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, Sonny Boy Williamson, Zora Young, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Albert King, Popa Chubby, Michael Burks, and of course a helping of Don Shipps and Muddy Waters.
In this episode (1st aired Nov. 21, 2009) Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Hopkins, Fleetwood Mac with Otis Spann, and Shuggie Otis are featured in the "Vintage" section. "Road Trip" brings us Steve Smith and the Sneakers from here in Springfield; also Mike Bloomfield, Pinetop Perkins, Muddy Waters, and Albert Collins. The final two segments feature Don Shipps, Luther Allison, Ten Years After, J.J.Grey & Mofro, Texas Slim, Robert Cray, John Long, Tas Cru, and Alberta Hunter.
Just for fun this week, we replay a Halloween edition of "Route 666 Ghouls Express" from 1999 (Bleh! Bleh!), including readings from Poe by Christopher Walken and Iggy Pop, and music from Howlin Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor, and Robert Johnson. Also; an interview with Tinsley Ellis.
On this show first aired Oct.10, 2009, John pays tribute to the then-recently deceased Benny Mahan. Beginning the show is a load of Delta blues from the Blind Rev.Gary Davis, Son House and other legends.