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Blues America

Series produced by Drew Verbis

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Blues America is where the blues talks. An hour-long weekly public radio series featuring conversations with blues people who share their stories and music.

Blues America is heard around the country on over 50 public radio stations and the podcast has been downloaded over 2 million times. It is a featured “station” on the Living Blues Magazine radio-charts. Past guests have included B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Elvin Bishop, Cedric Burnside, Henry Gray, Kim Wilson, Billy Boy Arnold and more.The series is independently produced at the Chico Chism Memorial Studio in Phoenix by award winning host, Drew Verbis. The former Mississippi resident produced records for R.L. Burnside, Louisiana Red and the last album released by the great Robert Jr. Lockwood. He also contributed to the last album released by Mojo Buford. He earned his Master's degrees in Communication and Museum Science from the University of Oklahoma.

Host: Drew Verbis
Audio format: Stereophonic sound
Number of episodes: 120 (2017 – 37, 2016 – 44, 2015 – 34, 2014 – 05)
Original radio release: May 2, 2015 (KFNX, 1100 AM)
Recording studio: Chico Studio, Phoenix, Arizona

Each program presents a guest interview, special features and music packed into a one-hour (58:00 minutes) program. The music is arranged around the interview and is chosen to complement the guest or theme of the show

**There are no uploads twice per year: Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For more information about the program visit the Blues America website at http://www.bluesamerica.com
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Blues America is heard around the country on over 50 public radio stations and the podcast has been downloaded over 2 million times. It is a featured “station” on the Living Blues Magazine radio-charts. Past guests have included B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Elvin Bishop, Cedric Burnside, Henry Gray, Kim Wilson, Billy Boy Arnold and more.The series is independently produced at the Chico Chism Memorial Studio in Phoenix by award winning host, Drew Verbis. The former Mississippi resident produced records for R.L. Burnside, Louisiana Red and the last album released by the great Robert Jr. Lockwood. He also contributed to the last album released by Mojo Buford. He earned his Master's degrees in Communication and Museum Science from the University of Oklahoma. Host: Drew VerbisAudio format:... Show full description


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Dorothy Ellis is better known by her stage name, Miss Blues. Today, Miss Blues is considered a legend in Oklahoma and appropriately resides in the ...

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


  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 58:03
  • Purchases: 8
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Joe Nosek is a Wisconsin based harmonica ace and songwriter from Chicago who founded and fronts Chicago’s favorite houserocking party band, the Cas...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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...

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2017
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 8
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Wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado, Alligator recording artists Rick Estrin & The Nightcats have created one of the blues’ mo...

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  • Added: Aug 18, 2017
  • Length: 58:03
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Linsey “Hoochie Man” Alexander has been a fixture on Chicago’s Northside blues scene for decades. He celebrates his latest Delmark Records studio r...

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  • Added: Aug 11, 2017
  • Length: 58:01
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Jimmy “Duck” Holmes is the embodiment of raw country blues. He is a celebrated and award winning country blues musician who is regarded as the last...

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  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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Standing 6’ 5” 300 pounds, Sugaray Rayford is a formidable force. Critics consider him to be one of the greatest and last blues shouters; in the sa...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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...

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  • Added: Jul 21, 2017
  • Length: 58:17
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Canadian-born Harrison “Sweet-Taste” Kennedy is a multi-instrumentalist and a founding member of the famed Detroit R&B-Pop band Chairmen of the Boa...

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  • Added: Jul 14, 2017
  • Length: 58:04
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Jimi Primetime Smith was groomed to join the family business made famous by his mother, Chicago Blues legend Johnnie Mae Dunson “The Big Boss Lady....

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  • Added: Jul 07, 2017
  • Length: 58:01
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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...

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  • Added: Jun 23, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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 "...

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  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 58:01
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Selwyn Birchwood is celebrating his highly anticipated second studio effort for Alligator Records, ‘Pick Your Poison’ which crafts authentic tradit...

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2017
  • Length: 01:56:05
  • Purchases: 7
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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...

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  • Added: May 26, 2017
  • Length: 58:01
  • 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 WEAA, Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, KSRQ, WTJU and more


  • Added: May 11, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 6
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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,...

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  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 6
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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
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2017
  • Length: 57:59
  • Purchases: 6
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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