Nine O'Clock Blues

Saturday 9pm

The Nine O’clock Blues presents the Blues music that is the foundation of most all American music including Rock & Roll, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Country and more. 

Host Marc Applegate features Roots, Blues and Rhythm & Blues from all the decades of recorded music reaching back to the beginning with artists like Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Charlie Patton while including the latest releases from a wide variety of contemporary artists.

Interested in checking out the Blues scene in Colorado? Here's a link to the Colorado Blues Society calendar.

There's always the annual Greeley Blues Jam if you need your Blues fix.

Willie King was a guitarist and singer, but it was his song writing and support of civil rights and rural traditions that make him a very important figure in the history of the American south. Even so, King shunned fame and the main venue for his music was a small juke joint in Mississippi.

The Los Angeles band Canned Heat was featured at the seminal Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and headlined at Woodstock in 1969. Plus they had three giant hit songs; "On the Road Again," "Let’s Work Together" and "Going Up the Country," which became the unofficial theme of the Woodstock movie and an anthem of the Woodstock Generation.

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There was a time in the city known for being without rules, New Orleans, that there were some rules for brass bands. Those days are gone.

New Orleans brass bands can trace their roots to the late 19th century when groups that contained mostly brass instruments -- but would also often have clarinets, saxophones and percussion -- played a mixture of European type military band music and African Folk music. In the early 20th century it was those bands that contributed greatly to the development of traditional Jazz.

Cabell Calloway III was the son of two college graduates who recognized his musical talent; his mother - a teacher and church organist - and his lawyer father. Raised in Baltimore with formal musical training throughout his school years, he bypassed his parents' disapproval of Jazz to become the "heppest hep cat in the all the land."

Canadians Get The Blues Too: Witness Rita Chiarelli

Feb 14, 2015

Rita Chiarelli has been called "the goddess of Canadian blues" by CBC Radio One's Shelagh Rogers. With a JUNO Award - Canada's Grammy - plus 4 more JUNO nominations, it's hard to argue. But Rita is far more than a Blues singer.

R. L. Burnside was a primary exponent of the North Mississippi hill country's unique style of Blues. His voice was a powerful and expressive instrument. His acoustic and electric guitar playing often droning and hypnotic, especially since many of his works were based on a single chord, but most of all, his guitar playing was powerful.

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Peter Green has blazed a trail across mid-20th century British music from a stint with The Bluesbreakers to founding Fleetwood Mac. He continues to be a major force in the British Blues scene today.

Grandpa Elliot had a fair level of success in recording and performing in clubs, on TV and in concerts. Yet, he chooses to be a street musician. The reasons are a sad commentary on the treatment of vulnerable artists by some of the mercenaries of the music industry.

Blues aficionados know very well that guitarist Roy Rogers is a virtuoso and deserves more recognition. Among the artists that are aware enough of Rogers' great playing to have collaborated with him or had him perform in their bands are John Lee Hooker, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Norton Buffalo, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Elvin Bishop, Carlos Santana, and Steve Miller.

Sonny Terry is mainly remembered for his partnership with Brownie McGhee, but his collaborations ran from Blind Boy Fuller to Paul Simon and a diverse group of other very well-known artists. He even appeared in the original Broadway cast of Finian's Rainbow in 1947 and in the movie The Color Purple in 1985.