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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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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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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
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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 Prairie Public and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
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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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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 WEAA, Prairie Public, and Prairie Public


  • Added: Apr 22, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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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
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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 GCR (Global Community Radio), Prairie Public, Prairie Public, and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Feb 19, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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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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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 WEAA, KPIP-LP, KMRE-LP, and WYAP


  • Added: Jan 08, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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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 WEAA and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Nov 20, 2015
  • Length: 54:20
  • Purchases: 2
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Jerry Lawson documents his early days in New York and discusses songs from the Persuasions first album, Acappella (1970, Reprise/Straight Records).

Bought by KPIP-LP and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Oct 16, 2015
  • Length: 54:20
  • Purchases: 2
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Bob Corritore is an internationally renowned Chicago blues harmonica master and critically acclaimed producer.

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Oct 02, 2015
  • Length: 54:13
  • Purchases: 1
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Celebrating the week of B.B. King’s 90th birthday featuring B.B. King himself from interviews conducted by Drew Verbis before Mr. King’s death in M...

Bought by Prairie Public and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Sep 18, 2015
  • Length: 54:08
  • Purchases: 2
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Remembering The Genius, Ray Charles featuring interviews with an all-star cast of special guests.

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Sep 01, 2015
  • Length: 54:14
  • Purchases: 1