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Route 66 Blues Express

From February 2008: John Darkhorse had recently been a judge at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and this show featured various participants and winners, past and present.

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 March 2008, John Darkhorse features some of the "most covered" blues songs by some of the art form's most influential artists. Included is an interview from 1954 with the legendary W.C. Handy.

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 March 2009, John Darkhorse spotlights what he calls the "architects of blues"--artists like Robert "Junior" Lockwood, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, and Taj Majal.

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.

Reaching back to November 2007, we bring this one out of the vaults, with music by Otis Spann, James Cotton, Mable John, Levee Town, Clay Goldstein, the Cottengim Brothers, T-Bone Walker, and more.

From January 2008, John features tracks by Jeff Beck, Mississippi Fred McDowell, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Popa Chubby, Joe Bonamassa, Bert Smith & Blues Deluxe, 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.

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 December 2008, John features tracks by Dinah Washington, Jimmy Witherspoon, Johnny Winter, Harper, Albert Collins, Duke Tumatoe, Moreland & Arbuckle, Howlin' Wolf, and more.

From the end of November 2008, John features Duane Allman, early Mick Fleetwood with Otis Spann, Dani Wilde, Sonny Landreth, John Mayall, Duke Robillard, and more.

Back into the vaults for this one: December 1st, 2007. Artists include Jay McShann, Peppermint Harris, B.B. King, Etta James, Paul Butterfield playing with The Band on "The Last Waltz," 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.