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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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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
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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
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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...

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  • Added: Aug 19, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
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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
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Janiva Magness is one of the most beloved figures in the Americana, blues and roots music world. She’s reached a larger and more diverse audience w...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
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91 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


  • Added: Jul 29, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
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Blues veteran Albert Castiglia has released his nine albums to date including his latest to make waves, ‘Big Dog’ on Ruf Records which was produced...

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Debra Devi is a rock musician and the author of the award-winning blues glossary called “The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu.

Bought by KUPR low power FM and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 15, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Preston Shannon is internationally recognized as the King of Beale Street. He gained international recognition during the 90’s after forming his ow...

Bought by KALH, KCMJ Community Radio, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 01, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
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Grammy nominated artist, Anthony Geraci is a blues piano master with more than 30 years of experience behind the keyboards. His latest album releas...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 24, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
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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: Jun 17, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
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The Damn Right Blues Band is a motley crew of talented Chicago Blues veterans who have been the touring band for 7-time Grammy award-winning blues ...

Bought by KSRQ and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 10, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
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Grammy-winning blues veteran, Sugar Blue, has played and recorded with musicians ranging from Willie Dixon to Stan Getz to Johnny Shines and even F...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio and KSRQ


  • Added: May 27, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Big Jon Atkinson is a traditional blues singer, songwriter, producer, guitarist, harmonica player and occasional gearhead. The young player is ridi...

  • Added: May 20, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
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James Montgomery is 50 year veteran of the music business. The blues artist, singer, songwriter, harmonica ace, band leader; James Montgomery is a ...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: May 06, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
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Guitarist, singer, songwriter and two-time Grammy nominated blues legend; John Primer is recognized as one of today’s most crucial keepers of the C...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
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Oregon based, award-winning Alligator Recording star, Curtis Salgado is a veteran of the industry who co-fronted the Robert Cray Band before puttin...

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Apr 22, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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At just 30 years old, Alligator recording artist Jarekus Singleton is a musical trailblazer with a bold vision for the future of the blues. Springi...

Bought by WSLR and Royalton Community Radio


  • Added: Apr 15, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Paul Nelson is a Grammy-Award winning producer, guitarist and protégé of the late great Johnny Winter. Before putting a foot in the Blues, he studi...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Francine Reed is famous blues singer based in Atlanta. She is best known as the long time regular singing companion of Lyle Lovett and member of Ly...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Mar 18, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1