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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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Singer, songwriter, guitarist, Toronzo Cannon has battled his way to the top of the ultra-competitive Windy City blues scene. He’s cut three previo...

Bought by WSLR


  • Added: Mar 11, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Boston native Bob Margolin was inspired by blues at a young age after hearing Chuck Berry. He started playing guitar at age 15 and immediately star...

Bought by KMRE-LP


  • Added: Mar 04, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Texas born bluesman Benny Turner continues the mission to spread the gospel of “Real Blues,” the way he and his older brother, blues legend Freddie...

Bought by KMRE-LP


  • Added: Feb 26, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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In 1967 Paul Oscher became the first white musician to join a black blues group when he was invited to be an official member of the Muddy Waters Ba...

Bought by Prairie Public and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Feb 19, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Zac Harmon is an award-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter whose distinctive style combines the best of old-school soul-blues artists with mod...

Bought by Prairie Public and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Feb 11, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Jerry Lawson was the lead singer, arranger and producer of the famed Persuasions for 40 years before launching a solo career at the age of 71.

Bought by KMRE-LP


  • Added: Feb 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Special guest, Bobby Rush the living legend, is the 2015 BB King Entertainer of the year, a 3 time Grammy-nominated, ambassador of the blues, and t...

Bought by KMRE-LP


  • Added: Jan 22, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Hailing from Jackson, Ms., Mr. Sipp is the winner of the 2014 International Blues Challenge. The Malaco recording artist crossed over to the blues ...

Bought by KMRE-LP


  • Added: Jan 15, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Guy Davis is an award winning blues-roots musician and the son of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. He talks about his new album, Kokomo Kidd.

Bought by KPIP-LP, KMRE-LP, and WYAP


  • Added: Jan 08, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Alligator recording artist, Tommy Castro is the 2010 BB King Entertainer of the Year.

Bought by Prairie Public, KPIP-LP, and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Jan 01, 2016
  • Length: 54:07
  • Purchases: 3
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Arizona Hall of Fame Bluesman, Hans Olson talking about the blues and performing live in the Studio.

Bought by KPIP-LP and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Dec 26, 2015
  • Length: 54:26
  • Purchases: 2
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Missy Andersen is a rising blues star who has been nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year.

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), KPIP-LP, KMRE-LP, and RadioFreePalmer


  • Added: Dec 18, 2015
  • Length: 54:32
  • Purchases: 4
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Shemekia Copeland is a three time Grammy-nominated blues singer on the Alligator Records label.

Bought by KPIP-LP, KMRE-LP, and RadioFreePalmer


  • Added: Dec 11, 2015
  • Length: 54:21
  • Purchases: 3
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Selwyn Birchwood is an Alligator recording artist who won the International Blue Challenge in 2013.

Bought by KPIP-LP and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Dec 04, 2015
  • Length: 54:19
  • Purchases: 2
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Country Blues great, Dave Riley talks about the blues and performs live in the studio.

Bought by KPIP-LP and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Nov 27, 2015
  • Length: 54:23
  • Purchases: 2
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The downhome blues singer Alabama Mike is a “church house” tenor who was a Blues Award nominee for Traditional Male Artist of the Year by the Blues...

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Nov 20, 2015
  • Length: 54:20
  • Purchases: 1
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Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater is a Chicago blues legend who plays electric guitar left-handed. The Grammy Award nominated blues artist has recorded 1...

Bought by KPIP-LP and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Nov 13, 2015
  • Length: 54:13
  • Purchases: 2
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Kid Ramos is a famous West Coast electric blues guitarist who cut his teeth with the James Harman Band, The Fabulous Thunderbird's, and Roomful of ...

Bought by Prairie Public, KPIP-LP, and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Nov 06, 2015
  • Length: 54:08
  • Purchases: 3
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Authors Steve Bergsman and R. Gary Patterson discuss the mysterious death of Johnny Ace on this Halloween special.

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Oct 30, 2015
  • Length: 54:39
  • Purchases: 1
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Blues guitarist Rockin' Johnny grew to fame during the 90's performing in Chicago's ghetto blues clubs with the Tail Dragger before recording sever...

Bought by KPIP-LP and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Oct 23, 2015
  • Length: 54:03
  • Purchases: 2