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Blues America

Series produced by Drew Verbis

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"Blues America" is “where the blues talks”; a weekly radio series that provides an outlet for Blues artists to share their stories. Each program includes a guest interview, special features and four full-length songs packed into a 58:00-minute format that is delivered to PRX and Audioport every Friday before noon.

Blues America has a large national audience and is independently produced by award winning host Drew Verbis at the Chico Chism Memorial Studio in Phoenix (Chico Chism was the Howlin’ Wolf’s last drummer). The former Mississippi resident was the manager for Blues legend Louisiana Red and has worked behind the scenes in support of the Blues for 20 years; much of which with his mentor and friend, Bob Corritore. The series is one of the featured “stations” in the Living Blues Magazine radio charts and is endorsed by the Blues Foundation and the Recording Academy. Past guests have included the greatest players of the genre like B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Shemekia Copeland, Ruth Brown, Eric Bibb, Lil Ed Williams, Joe Louis Walker, Janiva Magness, Curtis Salgado and many more.

“This show is very special and Drew is an exceptional young man. He doesn’t spin records for an hour like my uncle did 60 years ago; no, this is blues entertainment. And because of this, I think he’s found a way to make roots music approachable to everyone. That’s not easy.” – Jerry Lawson, The Persuasions

For Verbis, it's not twiddling the radio knobs or playing the records, although that is part of it, it's the expert knowing, the passion, the loving of Blues music that is his job." -Michael Clawson, Staff Writer, West Valley View

“Drew is allowing the Blues to tell its story and nobody is doing this anymore. We can’t forget our traditions, stories and history. There are not many outlets for artists to talk about the Blues so I hope the community supports this special program that is keeping the Blues Alive." -Bobby Rush

“Blues America is an exceptional program that fulfills a badly needed niche bringing to light the personal narrative of many vital artists in today’s contemporary Blues world.” – Bob Corritore

“Young guys like Drew [Verbis] and myself are sparking the fire in other young people to step out and make this music great again” – Mr. Sipp

For more information about the program visit the Blues America website at http://www.bluesamerica.com
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Blues America has a large national audience and is independently produced by award winning host Drew Verbis at the Chico Chism Memorial Studio in Phoenix (Chico Chism was the Howlin’ Wolf’s last drummer). The former Mississippi resident was the manager for Blues legend Louisiana Red and has worked behind the scenes in support of the Blues for 20 years; much of which with his mentor and friend, Bob Corritore. The series is one of the featured “stations” in the Living Blues Magazine radio charts and is endorsed by the Blues Foundation and the Recording Academy. Past guests have included the greatest players of the genre like B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Shemekia Copeland, Ruth Brown, Eric Bibb, Lil Ed Williams, Joe Louis Walker, Janiva Magness, Curtis Salgado and many more. “This show is... Show full description


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90 Pieces

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Bill “Howl-n-Madd” Perry is a living delta blues legend who’s incredible story finds him rubbing shoulders and playing behind Little Richard, J.J T...

Bought by KRPS, WTJU, KMXT, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 23, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Long recognized as one of the top blues harmonica players in the Houston area, Steve Krase shoots for big league prominence on his latest release "...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, KSRQ, WTJU, and KMXT


  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 5
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He is best known as the down home singer of the Cash Box Kings. The group’s latest album, Holding Court (Blind Pig Records) – has struck a favorabl...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, Public Radio East, KMXT, KRPS, WTJU and more


  • Added: Jun 09, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Selwyn Birchwood is celebrating his highly anticipated second studio effort for Alligator Records, ‘Pick Your Poison’ which crafts authentic tradit...

Bought by Public Radio East, Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, KMXT, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jun 02, 2017
  • Length: 01:56:05
  • Purchases: 5
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The Cedric Burnside Project is comprised of the exciting duo of Cedric Burnside and Trenton Ayers of Holly Springs, Mississippi. Their latest album...

Bought by WTJU, KMXT, KRPS, and KSRQ


  • Added: May 26, 2017
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 4
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John Primer and Bob Corritore are two of the top names in the blues who celebrate their sophomore studio collaboration for Delta Groove Records wit...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, WTJU, KRPS, KSRQ, and KMXT


  • Added: May 19, 2017
  • Length: 58:17
  • Purchases: 5
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92 year old multi Grammy-nominated blues piano master, Henry Gray, is a living legend and a national treasure whose recording career spans seven de...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, KSRQ, WTJU, and KMXT


  • Added: May 11, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Sharon Lewis is a Chicago blues diva who’s commanding vocals and strong song writing is celebrated on her second studio effort for Delmark Records,...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, KSRQ, WTJU, and KMXT


  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Stevie J Blues is a veteran blues guitarist from Jackson, Mississippi who cut his teeth on the scene with the likes of Denise LaSalle, Shirley Brow...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, WTJU, KMXT, and KSRQ


  • Added: Apr 28, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Coco Montoya is a California native who is one of the biggest names on the contemporary blues scene. After hanging up his drum sticks for a guitar ...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, KSRQ, KMXT, and WTJU


  • Added: Apr 21, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Despite his legacy, Billy Preston is nearly forgotten in the mainstream and is not in the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame. Author Steve Bergsman discusses...

Bought by WTJU, Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, KSRQ, and KMXT


  • Added: Apr 14, 2017
  • Length: 57:59
  • Purchases: 5
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From sharing the Apollo Theater stage with Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons and others to backing Beyonce Knowles at Barack Obama's Neig...

Bought by WTJU, Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, KSRQ, and KMXT


  • Added: Apr 07, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 5
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The Allmusic journalist, Alex Henderson, noted that "Lynn isn't one to hold back emotionally; like Koko Taylor and Etta James, she screams, shouts,...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, KSRQ, and KMXT


  • Added: Mar 31, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Mike Wheeler has been playing the blues for almost 30 years and has played with Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Shemekia Copeland, Jimmy Johnson...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, KSRQ, and KMXT


  • Added: Mar 24, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Jerry Lawson is a singing legend who fronted the world famous Persuasions for 40 plus years. As their lead singer he produced and arranged 22 album...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, KSRQ, and KMXT


  • Added: Mar 17, 2017
  • Length: 58:03
  • Purchases: 4
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Harmonica ace Billy Boy Arnold is a prolific recording artist who is one of a handful of musicians still standing to talk about the vibrant and imp...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, KSRQ, and KMXT


  • Added: Mar 10, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
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The Queen of Detroit Blues talks about her new album.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, KSRQ, and KMXT


  • Added: Mar 03, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Elvin Bishop is a living legend whose great contributions to American music have been solidified by his induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fa...

Bought by KSRQ, Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, and KMXT


  • Added: Feb 24, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Speaking backstage with the “King of the Chitlin’ Circuit”, the Living Legend, Bobby Rush. One of the last of his era, Rush estimates that he has c...

Bought by KMXT, Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, and KSRQ


  • Added: Feb 17, 2017
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 4
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Harmonica Ace, Pierre Lacocque is the founder and leader of Mississippi Heat which has been a hallmark band in the Chicago area for decades and a f...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, and KSRQ


  • Added: Feb 10, 2017
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 3