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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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George Bowman is a singing legend in his home state of Arizona. He recently collaborated with Bob Corritore on a single for the upcoming Delta Groo...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, WEAA, RadioFreePalmer, KRPS, Public Radio East and more


  • Added: Feb 16, 2018
  • Length: 58:03
  • Purchases: 7
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Despite his amazing legacy, Billy Preston is nearly forgotten in the mainstream and is not in the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame. Author Steve Bergsman d...

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2018
  • Length: 57:59
  • Purchases: 8
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Standing 6’ 5” 300 pounds, Sugaray Rayford is a formidable force. Critics consider him to be one of the greatest and last blues shouters; in the sa...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 8
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The late great Preston Shannon is internationally recognized as the King of Beale Street. He gained international recognition during the 90’s after...

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  • Added: Jan 26, 2018
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 7
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Famed sou-funk singer, Sweet Pea Atkinson of the 80's hitmakers Was (Not Was) releases his first solo studio effort in 30 years for Blue Note Recor...

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2018
  • Length: 58:07
  • Purchases: 6
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Before closing the book on 2017, we rewind the tape to hear what the year sounded like with some of the best interview segments packed into one sho...

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  • Added: Jan 12, 2018
  • Length: 58:02
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Wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado, Alligator recording artists Rick Estrin & The Nightcats have created one of the blues’ mo...

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  • Added: Jan 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:03
  • Purchases: 6
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John Tefteller is a world-renowned collector of rare records and 78’s.

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2017
  • Length: 58:17
  • Purchases: 6
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A downhome acoustic showcase with the best in-studio live performances from 2017. Featuring Grammy award winner John Primer, blues hall of famer He...

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  • Added: Dec 15, 2017
  • Length: 58:09
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Throw on your bad Christmas sweater, untangle those lights and spike the eggnog as we gather around the stovepipe for Santa’s favorite show, the Bl...

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  • Added: Dec 08, 2017
  • Length: 58:09
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The Tail Dragger got his name from the Howlin' Wolf and is one of the most notorious singers on the Chicago blues scene over the past 35 years. He ...

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 57:55
  • Purchases: 8
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Mojo Mark Cihlar has been a fixture of the Chicago blues scene for over 30 years. From the well-known to the obscure, he’s played with so many grea...

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 58:02
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Anson Funderburgh is a blues guitar master who is best known as the band leader for the Texas hallmarks Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets. Recently...

Bought by WTJU, Public Radio East, GCR (Global Community Radio), Spokane Public Radio, WEAA and more


  • Added: Nov 10, 2017
  • Length: 58:05
  • Purchases: 7
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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...

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 10
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Rockin’ Johnny Burgin is a renowned bluesman who has established himself as a major player on the scene since arriving in Chicago for college durin...

Bought by WTJU, Public Radio East, GCR (Global Community Radio), KMXT, Spokane Public Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 27, 2017
  • Length: 58:05
  • Purchases: 9
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Johnny Rawls released his latest studio effort for Cat Food Records called "Waiting for the Train." Rawls carries on the soul-blues tradition of pe...

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  • Added: Oct 20, 2017
  • Length: 58:05
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Jimi Primetime Smith is back on the circuit from appearances at blues festivals to an upcoming live recording session. He was groomed to join the f...

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  • Added: Oct 13, 2017
  • Length: 58:01
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Alligator recording artist Tommy Castro is a Westcoast blues legend who is one of the most recognizable names in the business. The 2010 BB King Ent...

Bought by Prairie Public, WTJU, Public Radio East, GCR (Global Community Radio), WEAA and more


  • Added: Oct 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:05
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Walkin’ Cane Mark learned from greats like Snooky Pryor and Nappy Brown. He was given his name by Willie Dixon and has been an established harmonic...

Bought by WTJU, Public Radio East, GCR (Global Community Radio), WEAA, Spokane Public Radio and more


  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 8
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Mike Zito is one of the leading contemporary blues artists on the scene today. Mike continues his success with Ruf Records on his latest release, M...

Bought by Public Radio East, WTJU, GCR (Global Community Radio), Spokane Public Radio, WEAA and more


  • Added: Sep 22, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 9