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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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102 Pieces

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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 Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 13, 2017
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Biscuit Miller, who is only one a handful of bass players who leads a band, just released his third studio effort, the critically acclaimed Wishbon...

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


  • Added: Jan 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
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A look back at some of the best moments from 2016.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KRPS, and KSRQ


  • Added: Dec 30, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Blues America Christmas special featuring guests Biscuit Miller, Jerry Lawson and a live in-studio performance by the indie-blues band Sonorous of ...

Bought by KSRQ and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 16, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Lurrie Bell is one of Chicago’s biggest blues stars and has now appeared on over 50 recordings either as leader or featured sideman. His elegant an...

Bought by Prairie Public, Spokane Public Radio, and KSRQ


  • Added: Dec 09, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Mike Zito is one of the leading contemporary blues artists on the scene today. He has been releasing albums for over a decade in addition to his to...

Bought by KRPS, KSRQ, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 02, 2016
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Kenny Neal stands tall among the younger generation of blues players. His trademark brand of blues, featuring a combination of Louisiana swamp blue...

Bought by Royalton Community Radio and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 18, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Walkin’ Cane Mark got his name from Willie Dixon and has been an established harmonica player on the vibrant Phoenix Blues scene for over 20 years ...

Bought by WEAA, Spokane Public Radio, and Royalton Community Radio


  • Added: Nov 11, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Ronnie Baker Brooks is from blues royalty and has three successful contemporary blues albums under his belt produced by the legendary Minnesota bas...

Bought by KSRQ, Spokane Public Radio, and Royalton Community Radio


  • Added: Nov 04, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Johnny Ace is one of the first black artists to cross over to the pop charts and is widely regarded as an integral part of the advent of R&B and Ro...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio and KSRQ


  • Added: Oct 28, 2016
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 2
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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 GCR (Global Community Radio) and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 21, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Sugar Ray and the Bluetones are consistent as can be. This time, the East Coast-based blues band fronted by harmonica man extraordinaire/vocalist R...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio and Royalton Community Radio


  • Added: Oct 14, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Kim Wilson is the charismatic frontman for America’s quintessential contemporary blues band, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and author of the top 40 bar...

Bought by KMXT, Spokane Public Radio, and Royalton Community Radio


  • Added: Sep 30, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Mississippi-based, Grammy Award winning songwriter, entertainer/musician, Grady Champion is signed to Malaco Records, headquartered in Jackson, MS ...

Bought by KMXT, Spokane Public Radio, and Royalton Community Radio


  • Added: Sep 23, 2016
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Lil Ed Williams is one of a kind. With his trademark Fez hat which symbolizes an African crown and his torturous slide guitar, Lil Ed Williams embo...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio and Prairie Public


  • Added: Sep 16, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Louisiana Red is a downhome blues master who performed with an unabashed energy of raw emotion. In total, he recorded almost 50 albums during a car...

Bought by KUPR low power FM and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 09, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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In 2014 he released a critically acclaimed album for the Stony Plain label titled ‘Blues People’ that earned awards and the top position on several...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 02, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Blues Veteran Mac Arnold has released several critically acclaimed albums with his current band, Plate Full O’ Blues including ‘Give It Away’ which...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 26, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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The Jerry Lawson Legacy Project is an exclusive series for Blues America that explores the history of singing legend Jerry Lawson and the famed Per...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 19, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
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20 year old Jontavious Willis from Greenville, Georgia is a touring, unrecorded, self-taught mult-instrumentalist who can be seen belting out pre-w...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 12, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1