John Darkhorse's Easter show, first aired March 22, 2008. The "vintage" segment includes Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Rev.Gary Davis, Son House, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles & more. "Road Trip" brings live tracks from the "Blues Brothers 2000" and "The Last Waltz" soundtrack albums. Also Billy C. Wurtz, Roy Buchanan and Muddy Waters. In hour two, bluesy tracks by John Mellencamp and Sam Cooke, along with Bonnie Bramlett, Fiona BOyes, Slick Ballinger, Marcia Ball, and Tracy Nelson.
On this episode originally aired in July 2008, it's "a little bit of this, a little bit of that." The "vintage" segment ranges from Elmore James ca.1954 to Johnny Winter from his "Progressive Blues Experiment" album (1969). "Road Trip" features Sean Carney, Jeff Healey, Janis Joplin at the Winterland Ballroom (1968), and a cut from the soundtrack to "Lightning In A Bottle." Hour two features Homemade Jamz, Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater, J.J.Grey, Omar Kent Dykes, Deborah Coleman with Sue Foley and Roxanne Potvin, and the Mannish Boys.
From April 2008 comes this "Best of John Darkhorse" show, with a half-hour of vintage Delta blues going back to the late 1920s(!); Stevie Ray Vaughan and John Lee Hooker in the live "Road Trip" segment; and in hour two, Reba Russell, the Mannish Boys, Hamilton Loomis, Sean Costello, Roomful of Blues, and area bands Oysters Rockefeller, Don Shipps Titanic Blues Band, and Abandoned Cadillac.
First aired April 6, 2008, this show features, in John's words, "a little bit of this, a little bit of that!" The "vintage" portion runs from Honey Boy Edwards in 1942 to Otis Spann's "Blues for Martin Luther King" from 1968. "Road Trip" takes us from Alaska to Montreux, Switzerland. And hour two features Tommy Castro, Candye Kane, The Smokin' Herd, King Clarentz, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, and more.
On a show first aired January 4, 2009, John Darkhorse presents a "best-of" compilation of award-winning, and other notable, blues CDs from 2008. Included are cuts by Eric Lindell, Homemade Jamz, Lil' Ed Williams, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro, Joe Bonamassa, and many more.
This week, a show from the end of March in 2008--John chose long album cuts for this one, with cuts from the "Super Super Blues Band" (Muddy Waters/Howlin' Wolf & Bo Diddley), Willie Dixon's "I Am The Blues", and John Lee Hooker's "Endless Boogie" (a cut featuring a young Steve Miller in 1970). In "Road Trip," we hear from the Full Moon Blues Band at the New Key Largo here in Springfield; a live 1973 cut of Alvin Lee's classic "I'm Goin' Home" by Ten Years After; and Buddy Guy joined by G.E.Smith and the SNL Band. Hour Two features, in addition to Don Shipps, Kirk Fletcher, Champion Jack Dupree, Albert King in his only appearance with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dan Smith & City Streets, Canned Heat, and Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials.
On this "best of John Darkhorse" show from January 2008, the "vintage" segment is 1960s-oriented, with cuts by Howlin' Wolf, Big Mama Thornton, Jeff Beck with a vocalist you may have heard of named Rod Stewart; also some early Fleetwood Mac, and B.B. King with Carole King at the piano. "Road Trip" features live tracks by Popa Chubby, Canned Heat, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and an all-star jam from the Vic Theatre in Chicago for Alligator Records 20th anniversary. Hour two includes cuts by Dave Riley & Bob Corritore; Eric Sardinas; Sue Foley; Joe Bonamassa. Paul Reddick; Led Zeppelin; Jason Ricci; and local musicians King Clarentz, and Bert Smith's Blues Deluxe.
This "Best of John Darkhorse" show takes us back to January 5, 2008 with cuts in the "vintage" section by Bessie Smith, Joe Turner, Gatemouth Moore with Dallas Bartley's band, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, James Cotton, and Elmore James. "Road Trip" features live cuts by Ian Parker, Deborah Coleman, Tinsley Ellis, and Stevie Ray Vaughn at Carnegie Hall. Hour two, in addition to the obbligatory Don Shipps and Muddy Waters, features Memphis Slim, Koko Taylor, Tommy Castro, Tripwire, Tab Benoit, Eric Clapton, harmonica greats Charlie Musselwhite & Big Walter Horton, and John Lee Hooker.
A "Best of John Darkhorse" from December of 2007. The "vintage" segment includes Jay McShann, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Peppermint Harris, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and Howlin' Wolf. "Road Trip" includes a performance from The Band's great concert film The Last Waltz featuring Paul Butterfield; also live sets by Etta James and Muddy Waters. Hour two includes J.J.Grey, the Mannish Boys, Indigenous, Tab Benoit, Kenny Neal, John Long, and Robin & Tony Logue.
A "Best of John Darkhorse" program dating from January 2009: a "Year in Review" show featuring some of the best blues releases from the previous year.NOTE: starting this week the show reverts back to two hours (11pm to 1am).
A compilation from shows in March and June of '09. In hour one John Darkhorse presents jump and swing blues by Louis Jordan and Cab Calloway, along with Joe Williams & Count Basie's classic recording of "Every Day I Have the Blues." Also, Aretha Franklin, John Mayall, Shuggie Otis, Buddy Guy, and the Allman Brothers. "Road Trip" includes a Springfield performance by Kansas City band Levee Town. Also: live tracks by Albert Cummings, Mitch Kashmar, Microwave Dave, Lonnie Mack, Muddy Waters, and the classic 1963 tour by Sonny Boy Williamson & the Yardbirds. In hour 3, a couple of Don Shipps tracks, along with Johnny "Guitar" Watson, The Soul of John Black, Dave Fields, Bert Smith's Blues Deluxe, Jason Ricci, Derek Trucks. Bob Margolin, and Susan Tedeschi.
A compilation of shows first broadcast in the spring of 2009, with music from Blood, Sweat and Tears, Howlin' Wolf, Canned Heat with John Lee Hooker. Also, classic car songs including Jackie Brenston's original "Rocket 88" and Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues." In the "Road Trip" segment we'll hear a jam at the Blues Society of the Ozarks' "Memphis Bound" competition featuring Tripwire; also B.B.King live from Tokyo, Michael Hill's Blues Mob from New York, and Deanna Bogart from Harrah's Lake Tahoe. In the third hour, Albert Collins; Omar Kent Dykes; Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women; John Long; an in-studio performance by Underground Blues Division; Charlie Musselwhite; and much more!
This week, Lil Green, Roosevelt Sykes, Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker in hour one. In the "Road Trip" segment (hour 2), live performances by Rod Piazza, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Pinetop Perkins, and Joe Bonamassa. Hour 3 includes Janiva Magness, Watermelon Slim, Buddy Guy, the Uncivil Servants, the White Stripes, and the Mannish Boys.
For our first "best of John Darkhorse" show of 2010, we pulled from two of the old 2-hour shows John did in the fall of 2007, with music by Jimmy Witherspoon joined by T-Bone Walker and jazz guitar great Kenny Burrell. Also: Tampa Red gives us some good ol' kazoo music; an early (1951) Little Richard track; also early Paul Butterfield and Canned Heat. Later in the show, T-Bone Walker solo in a live British concert; and some vintage local studio sets by Smoot Mahootie and the Cottengim Band.
John's "vintage" portion expands to a full hour this week, with a wide variety of tracks from Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Junior Wells and more, including Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's original version of "That's All Right, Mama". Also, an interview conducted in the 1950s with the great W.C. Handy, followed by his "Memphis Blues" played by the Louis Armstrong All-Stars. Also this week: live performances by Hound Dog Taylor, Buddy Guy, and Albert King; and in our third hour, Johnnie Johnson, Ray Charles, Otis Rush, Rufus Thomas, Luther Allison and more greats.
This week, John Darkhorse goes back all the way to the early 1930s for cuts by BBQ Bob and Lil Johnson. Also: Johnny Winter when he fronted the band "Johnny & the Jammers" ca.1961; also Tommy Castro, Tab Benoit, Muddy Waters, Elvin Bishop and more!
Sadly, John's moving out of state, and this was his final all-new show. But don't worry, you'll hear him for the next several Saturday nights/Sunday mornings with newly-voiced intros to some "best-of" compilation shows, after which we'll continue with "Best of John Darkhorse" repeats from the last 3 years of the show. This final "all-new" show features, as you'd expect, songs about leaving, traveling, and not letting the door hit you on the way out(!), ranging from the 1930s to brand new releases on Delmark and other labels. 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.
This week's show features in the "vintage" segment Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Hopkins, Fleetwood Mac with Otis Spann, and Shuggie Otis. "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 include Don Shipps, Luther Allison, Ten Years After, J.J.Grey & Mofro, Texas Slim, Robert Cray, John Long, Tas Cru, and Alberta Hunter.
This week: rarely heard tracks and alternative takes by Bab Face LeRoy Foster and Arbee Stidham, along with music by Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Witherspoon, the Insomniacs, Li'l Charlie & the Nightcats, Jack Bruce & Robin Trower, Koko Taylor, Walter Trout, Nappy Brown, Maria Muldaur, Jimmy Guy Cottengim, Bob Margolin, the Cate Brothers, Ken Ryne, Indigenous, and Taj Mahal!
A Halloween edition of "Route 666 Ghoul Express" includes 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 in anticipation of his appearance in Springfield on November 7.
This week: blues-rock in hour 1, with Dueane Allman, Boz Skaggs, Johnny Winter, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors. In the "Road Trip" segment, live tracks by Popa Chubby, local band Black Suede, Pat Travers, Robin Trower, and Tinsley Ellis. In hour 3, along with Don Shipps there's Tab Benoit, Muddy Waters, Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughn; Harper; Dani Wilde; and Wes Jeans.