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


This weeks interview is with Bad Brad from the band Bad Brad & the Fat Cats. They are really good with coming up with great grooves for each of the songs. It’s impressive how someone can put out such a great blues-rockin’ CD on their second cd.  Brad has interesting lyrics, great guitar playing and a harmonica player named Nic Clark that does a great job . There are no ok songs, everything is really good to great.  Please call the radio stations in your town and ask them to play something from Bad Brad & the Fat Cats new CD Take A Walk With Me.
Warning: This CD is habit forming and foot and leg cramps may occur from tapping your foot through all thirteen songs. GREAT CD.

Bad Brad & the Fat Cats Website