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.
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.