Talking Bout The Blues Podcast



"Talking Bout The Blues" is a podcast series to preserve the essence of the true art form of the Blues, share it's foundation and origins, celebrate and show how the blues Culture influenced music, film and American Culture and highlight everything that’s going on in the Blues community currently.



    12/01/2016 Duration: 01h25min

    The documentary “Satan and Adam” chronicles the unlikely pairing of legendary one-man band Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee and harmonica master Adam Gussow in a once in a lifetime film, shot over 20 years, and showcasing the greatest music duo you never got a chance to see... On this episode of Talking Bout The Blues we talk to the STreet harmonica Legend , 1/2 of "Satan and Adam..Adam Gussow

  • American Songster Dom Flemons pt 2

    28/09/2015 Duration: 46min

    By Lamont Jack Pearley Talking Bout The Blues Podcast episode 30 is part 2 and the conclusion of the amazing interview I had with Dom Flemons, the American Songster. *Take note - at about the 34 minute mark, a fire alarm went off, I chose not to remove that part of the interview because what Dom spoke on was is necessary to be heard. A multi-instrumentalist, Dom plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills, in addition to singing. He says that he incorporates his background in percussion to his banjo playing. Dom’s banjo repertoire includes not only clawhammer but also tenor and three-finger styles of playing. He first picked up the instrument when he borrowed a five-string banjo from a friend who had removed the instrument’s fifth string. As a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band, Dom was able to explore his interest in bringing traditional music to new audiences. The band won a GRAMMY for its 2011 album Genuine Negro Jig and

  • Dom Flemons American Songster

    14/09/2015 Duration: 35min

    by Lamont Jack Pearley On this 29th Episode of Talking Bout The Blues, I speak with the Mutli Instrumentalist Dom Flemons for part 1 of a two part interview, where he shares his connection to music and love of history. Dom Flemons is the "American Songster," pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, he has played live for over one million people just within the past three years. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry. A multi-instrumentalist, Dom plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills, in addition to singing. He says that he incorporates his background in percussion to his banjo playing. photo by Tim Duffy

  • Mike Hagerty discusses the proper way to print images on Merch

    08/09/2015 Duration: 36min

    Talking Bout The Blues episode 28 talks to award winning screen printer Mike Hagerty, (who's worked with Gate Mouth, Boogaloo and the Original Legends of The Blues), about the proper use of someone's image on merchandise, as well as the steps indie artists and consumers should take when printing and buying merch. The Emjay Company has been an All-American, award winning innovator in the art of screen printing since 1971. Owner Mike Hegarty's understanding of target markets, careful eye for detail and dedication to customer service has earned his company its place in the competitive event and festival industry for over 20 years. His specialty is personally helping his customers create the perfect merch line for their target market, overseeing quality production and meeting deadlines.


    03/09/2015 Duration: 28min

    On this 27th episode of Talking Bout The Blues, I speak with Director Scott Balcerek and Producer JR Mitchell about their documentary film about two Street Blues Musicians that took the Blues by storm, Satan and Adam. “Satan and Adam” chronicles the unlikely pairing of legendary one-man band Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee and harmonica master Adam Gussow in a once in a lifetime film, shot over 20 years, and showcasing the greatest music duo you never got a chance to see...


    02/09/2015 Duration: 50min

    Talking Bout The Blues episode 26 I had the pleasure to talk to Kelly Zirbes, leader of the Fire band Kelly's Lot about her musical and life journey. Kelly's Lot plays Americana and Blues with a roadhouse rockin' sound that is upbeat, heartfelt and fun. The band was formed in 1995 by singer Kelly Zirbes after years of songwriting and playing for friends and family. Kelly Z, a folk singer with a heart for southern rock and blues, recorded her first demo CD, "Kelly's Lot", with J. Peter Robinson, composer and keyboard player. Working with Peter and manager Alex Rylance was the inspiration Kelly needed to actually pursue music as more than just a hobby. Kelly was always a late bloomer and music was no exception. "With age comes fearless confidence or maybe it was a little bit of 'life is too short'”. - See more at:


    31/08/2015 Duration: 28min

    On this 25 episode of Talking Bout The Blues, STephen the Blues Dude shares his journey and inspirations of being the traditional one man and one guitar with slide Blues musician. Stephen the BluesDude is originally from the music rich town of Athens Georgia and now resides in Atlanta. He plays Country blues deeply rooted in the Mississippi Delta as well as the Piedmont. He can be found playing at Fatt Matt's Ribshack and Darwin's .. He has also played the Juke Joint Festival, the Caravan Festival and Pinetop Perkins Homecoming in Clarksdale Mississippi where he had the opportunity to play with Bob Margolin and share the acoustic stage with Roger Hurricane Wilson, Bill Abel, and Rip Pryor. He has also traveled to North and South Carolina to play with Music Maker artist Shelton Powe Jr and performed at the annual Chicken Raid Festival and Northside Tavern in Atlanta. Photo by Kim Welsh

  • TBTB Ep 24 Mr Handy's Blues

    16/08/2015 Duration: 53min

    At the next phase of her Documentary, Mr. Handy's Blues: A Musical Documentary, filmmaker Joanne Fish talks with Talking Bout The Blues about W.C. Handy and why she decided to wait until the production was finished to launch an Indiegogo Crowd Funding campaign. One huge reason to support this film and Joanne Fish is, The release of "Mr. Handy's Blues" will mark the first time the story of 'The Father of the Blues' has been documented on film. Handy is credited with transforming African-American folk music that was handed down only through oral tradition into a purely American genre of music. Against all odds Handy forged a successful career in the post Civil War south, becoming a reknown bandleader, composer, and entrepreneur. He was the first African American to publish his own music, and in 1914 he wrote ST. LOUIS BLUES, which was the most recorded song in the first half of the 20th century. He began his career as a minstrel, and ended it as a revered visionary who brought the Blues into mainstream so

  • Professor Harp's Blues

    11/08/2015 Duration: 42min

    Talking Bout The Blues Episode 23 Professor Harp's Blues The Undaunted Professor Harp, Hugh Holmes, discusses his journey as a Blues harmonica player from the early days of the Blues Revivals to the present. The Professor was a rock 'n' roll drummer until '69, when the Boston blues revival and a sterling performance he caught of blues harmonica great George Allen 'Harmonica' Smith, combined to lure him away from drums and into a full court press on the blues harp."Undaunted!" he brags, by the vicissitudes of his life as blues man, front man, every kind of man, Professor Harp puts forth his commanding presence and exceptional talent, night after night. Primarily playing a sparse, yet full-sounding brand of no-nonsense, no-frills Texas style blues, Professor Harp specializes in what he calls, 'roots music'. "It's whatever makes me feel good and moves me, so to speak." Indeed it has evolved while continuing to move audiences for decades.

  • How Dexter Allen Keeps the Blues Alive and Kicking

    08/08/2015 Duration: 46min

    Talking Bout The Blues spoke with Dexter Allen who shares with us why it's important for the Blues music to continue to evolve. Mixture of Blues, R&B, Soul and Funk. With blues being the stronghold. Dexter Allen, born in Crystal Springs, MS raised on a farm and grew up understanding that life can still be wholesome with only the bare necessities. His father being a pastor and grandfather a head deacon, the church was no stranger. Dexter began playing the bass guitar at the age of 12 for his father's gospel group traveling around the central Mississippi area. In 1995 Dexter teamed up with Airtight Records, a local independent label to share his musical and writing talents. While playing on Sunday mornings in area churches, and gigging with the Airtight Band as a guitarist and lead vocalist, Dexter landed the lead guitarist role with blues legend Bobby Rush. This was the power surge that landed Dexter into the Blues and Soul arena. For more on Dexter Allen click the link

  • TBTB Ep 21 Regina Bonelli

    20/07/2015 Duration: 35min

    Singer, songwriter, musician Regina Bonelli has just released her debut blues/R&B album “Open Up The Door”. The album is full of heartfelt original material channeled from her personal experiences in love, life, and single parenthood and as a native of the urban jungle that is New York City. The record is already receiving airplay and is in heavy rotation on SiriusXM Radio's Bluesville station. It is receiving spins on stations across the U.S., Europe and Australia. Dubbed the "Reigning Queen of NYC Blues" by Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine and a member of the New York Blues Hall of Fame, Regina has delivered a narrative of songs each telling their own individual story. Her intensely soulful vocals, keyboard playing and musical compositions, joined with the expressive guitar chops and production work of renowned bluesman, Michael Hill, take “Open Up The Door” to a place that will surely strike a chord with listeners. The title track “Open Up The Door” is a positive message for moving forward after a broken h

  • TBTB Ep 20 The Gospel According To The Blues

    04/07/2015 Duration: 32min

    Gary W. Burnett, a technologist, entrepreneur, blues historian and author and publisher of Down at The Crossroads Blog, has written a phenomenal book entitled The Gospel According to The Blues. Gary joins Talking Bout The Blues Podcast to discuss his book and it's inspirations.

  • The Legendary Mud Morganfield

    08/06/2015 Duration: 41min

    On this episode of the Talking Bout The Blues podcast, I had the great pleasure to rap with a Legend in the Blues that's the son of a Legend in the Blues, Mud Morganfield who makes the Bold Statement "Don't Believe the Hype, you don't need drugs and Alcohol to be great, Just God's Gift to you!"! Mud Morganfield is an established star in the world of Blues music. The eldest son of the legendary Muddy Waters, Mud was brought up surrounded by many of the finest musicians in the Blues. Mud’s singing is firmly in best of traditions of Chicago Blues, but he is also a writer of great new songs and he is backed by some of the best musicians playing today. He is acclaimed by both critics and artists such as Buddy Guy and Jools Holland for his own musical ability, Mud’s award-winning album, Son of the Seventh Son, was launched on Severn Records in 2012 and earned great reviews. The album was nominated in the Best Album and the Traditional Blues Male Artist Album categories of the 2013 Blues Foundation Blues Music Awa

  • Michele D'Amour Blues

    01/06/2015 Duration: 55min

    Michele D'Amour is a Seattle native who was a child prodigy on piano at the age of six. She also started singing from an early age, performing in her church choir. Later, Michele earned her chops singing with several different obscure local bands. In 2012, she formed her own group, Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers. She talks with us about her musical and life journey!

  • How Singer Laja is taking The Blues By Storm

    09/04/2015 Duration: 53min

    Laja, the protege of Koko Taylor discusses her journey and says she wants people to know that the Blues is more than just about the struggle, she wants to give people something to look forward to. something to enjoy, take her fans to a place of happiness.

  • Why Blues on Beale Street is still important

    31/03/2015 Duration: 52min

    On this episode, I speak to Jenn Ocken, photographer of Blues on Beale street, and we discuss the importance of the International Blues Challenge, The Blues Foundation and all the artists and volunteers that keep the Blues Alive After years of work, fundraising and everything that goes with putting a project together, Artist, Creator and Photographer Jenn Ocken and writer and blues society president from Portland, OR Greg “Slim Lively” Johnson book Documenting the Blues : “Blues on Beale Street, Memoirs of The International Blues Challenge” has been released and is for sale. Jen will be a featured guest on our broadcast “Talking Bout The Blues” in a couple of weeks. Here is some groovy info on the project, and few quotes about the Book! “Blues on Beale Street, Memoirs of The International Blues Challenge” documentingBlues held the official debut of their photo book Blues on Beale Street, Memoirs of The International Blues Challenge on January 22, 2015 at the Silly Goose Lounge, in Memphis, TN during the

  • The Magic of Misty Blues

    23/03/2015 Duration: 32min

    On this episode of the Talking Bout The Blues Podcast, I speak with Gina Coleman, the lead singer of Misty Blues, and we discuss her journey as a premier vocalist and the magic and trust that has kept their band together. BIO: Band founder and lead singer, Gina Coleman, entered the music scene in the early 90’s as the lead singer of the folk/rock group Cole-Connection. It wasn’t until 1999 when she played a gospel singer in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of A Raisin In The Sun that she was steered down the path of blues. The lead actor in the production, Rubin Santiago-Hudson, told Coleman that he felt her voice was well suited to sing classic blues. This sentiment was echoed by actor/singer, Mandy Patinkin, who sought her out after seeing the opening performance of the production. After actress Gwyneth Paltrow commented on her performance, Coleman knew a musical shift was imminent. Guitarist Jason Webster and bassist Bill Patriquin from Cole-Connection were on board and thus began Misty Blues.

  • Talking Bout The Blues Michael Cala

    14/10/2014 Duration: 55min

    This is a re-broadcast of the michael Cala interview. He is a writer for Blues Music Magazine, and was on a mission to raise funds for the Mamie Smith Headstone, which he successfully completed. To celebrate his hard and non stop work for a Historical and legendary figure in Blues, we're running this interview again.

  • TBTB Ep 13 Michael Spörke

    08/09/2014 Duration: 01h04min

    I had the pleasure to speak with Michael Spörke about his latest book about the legenday Big mama Thorton titled "Big Mama Thorton The Life and Music"

  • TBTB EP 12 Richard Ramsey

    25/08/2014 Duration: 01h32min

    Richard Ramsey,Vice President Prairie Belt Blues Foundation/Howlin' Wolf Festival, discusses how he works to Preserve the Legacy and Heritage of the Blues

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