Blues America is where the blues talks. An hour-long weekly 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. The series is independently produced at the Chico Chism Memorial Studio in Phoenix by award winning host, Drew Verbis. It is a featured “station” on the Living Blues Magazine radio-charts.
Blues America 180 -Screaming Jay Hawkins pt. 1
An in-depth conversation about one the strangest characters of the Blues and Rock-N-Roll, Screaming Jay Hawkins with author Steve Bergsman. Details of Hawkins life is based on Bergsman new autobiography called, I Put a Spell on You: The Bizarre Life of Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Part 1 of this 2 part series will cover Hawkins early career which both, sensationalized and marginalized by his many character flaws.
Blues America 173 - James Armstrong
James Armstrong is a veteran westcoast guitarist who cut his teeth as a teen on the Los Angeles blues scene with Smokey Wilson. He launched a successful solo career during the 90’s after being discovered and signed-to Hightone Records by Bruce Bromberg. He mastered the slide guitar after a tragic and violent altercation damaged his fret-hand. He’s released many studio efforts since this time, including the critically acclaimed ‘Blues Been Good to Me.’ James is known to perform in a diverse contemporary style with rock overtones, but his latest release captures the depth of his downhome upbringing.
Blues America 171 - Keeshea Pratt
Keesha Pratt is a Houston Native who was born in Mississippi and grew-up singing gospel in the church. In 2018 she took Memphis by storm to win the International Blues Challenge. Her critically acclaimed debut studio effort is titled, Believe and features 12 original tracks produced by bass man, Shawn Allen.
Blues America 170 - Charley Crockett
Charley Crockett is a self-taught guitarist who cut his teeth busking on the streets of America. He hails from the same Texas border town as Freddy Fender. He has a talent for seamlessly integrating traditional blues with country. Charley has cut several studio records, his latest is called Lil GL’s Blue Bonanza. The album features original songs and a few covers of blues standards including Jimmy Reed’s hit, ‘Bright Lights Big City’ and GL Crockett’s south Chicago hit, ‘There’s a Man Down There.’
Blues America 168 - Christone Kingfish Ingram
Christone Kingfish Ingram became an internet sensation during his early teen years being followed by the likes of Bootsy Collins and the Game. After bursting on the scene from Clarksdale, Mississippi under the tutelage of Howlin’ Madd Perry, Kingfish could be seen on network television programs like the Rachel Ray Show and the Steve Harvey Show. His first studio releases appeared on the Netflix hit series, Luke Cage. Kingfish recently signed to Chicago’s famed Alligator records to release his debut single, Fresh Out featuring the legend, Buddy Guy for the upcoming album, Kingfish. The album is produced by Tom Hambridge and features Keb Mo and Billy Branch.