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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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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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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 KMUW, Prairie Public, KSRQ, Spokane Public Radio, KRPS and more


  • Added: Feb 24, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 6
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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 WEAA, Prairie Public, WTJU, GCR (Global Community Radio), KMXT and more


  • Added: Feb 17, 2017
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 8
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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, KRPS, and KSRQ


  • Added: Feb 03, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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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 dec...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KSRQ, and KRPS


  • Added: Jan 20, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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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
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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
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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 KHSU, KBBI, KSRQ, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 16, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
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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 Public Radio East, Royalton Community Radio, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 18, 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