This weeks interview is with Josh Hoyer of the band Josh Hoyer & the Shodowboxers.  Josh wrote all the songs, plays all the keyboards a little saxophone and all the vocals.  This is a very powerful CD that is very upbeat with a lot of surprises along the way. This is a nine-piece band that could blow the roof off of just about any place and no one would notice because everyone would be having such a good time.

Great job guys.

Josh Hoyer & the Shodowboxers’ Website



This weeks interview is with Shawn Holt the son of legendary blues man Magic Slim.  After Magic Slim passed away in February of 2013 Shawn became the leader of his dad’s old band the Teardrops.  Since then they’ve recorded a very impressive CD for Blind Pig Records called Daddy Told Me.   The Blues Music Awards named them “Best New Artists Debut”.  Now you’re going to hear Shown Holt tell his own story as well as five songs from this very impressive CD.

Shawn Holt’s Website


373 – Jarekus Singleton – Refuse To Lose

by A1 Mark on July 10, 2014


This weeks interview is with one of the new Alligator Records recording artists Jarekus Singleton. Jarekus and his friends used to have rapping contest at school and even though there is no rapping on this CD his word play is different than other Blues CD which is very refreshing to hear. His lyrics tell interesting stories mostly about his own life. Even though his guitar playing and band are good I still always come back to the cool lyrics.  This is a young man I’m looking forward to hearing a lot more from.

Jarekus Singleton Website

Check out Alligator Records‘ website for some new CD releases.



372 – John Mayall – A Special Life

by A1 Mark on July 3, 2014



I’m very honored to have gotten to interview blues legend John Mayall for this week’s show.  A lot of people have called John the Godfather of British Blues, now with his new CD A Special Life, it’s easy to see he’s still got the feel, the groove and the joy of the blues.

John Mayall’s Website


371 – Tweed Funk – First Name Lucky

by A1 Mark on June 26, 2014

This weeks interview is with JD Optekar the guitarist and major songwriter for the band Tweed Funk.  I’ve never really been a fan of Funk music but Tweed Funk really grabbed my attention as soon as I heard their CD First Name Lucky.  The CD is upbeat with great hooks, cool lyrics and I love those horns. Man these guys are great in my opinion.

Tweed Funk’s Website