Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' drummer Steve Ferrone climbs on board the BITN Family Train to tell Perry about the contributions he made to the new archival Tom Petty release, Wildflowers & All the Rest. He also speaks eloquently about Mr. Petty's creative process and the Blues renaissance of the Heartbreakers in the 2010's!
Chris Turpin of Blues duo Ida Mae talks about the new Ida Mae album, CLICK CLICK DOMINO (out 7/16)!! He and Perry also discuss production, Country Blues, and Tom Jones(!) Very cool convo with a very cool guy.
DWIGHT TRASH: The Blues of Dwight Yoakam explores the Blues, Rock, and Punk roots that have found their way into Mr. Yoakam's impressive Country-Western/Americana catalogue. You don't have to be a Country music listener to appreciate this body of work!
CRYIN': The Blues of Aerosmith is the next installment in the artist spotlight series! In this episode, riffs and grooves of all kinds are explored from Aerosmith's greatest hits to their hidden gems so that it is understood that all of what the Bad Boys of Boston have done in over half a century, has been rooted in Blues music.
An all music episode this week includes Maxayn Lewis, The Temptations, and Paul Westerberg! Also included are collaborations by Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Dave Alvin as well as Allen Toussaint & Elvis Costello.
"UnAmericana" artist Nick Shoulders talks about the whistling and yodeling he does on his new album, Home on the Rage. He also discusses how he obtained those skills growing up in Arkansas. Also, find out what Coen Brothers film he and Perry bonded over!
*NOTE* In the intro, Perry mistakenly calls the album Home on the "Range," the actual title is Home on the Rage.
Miles Davis' son, Erin Davis, and nephew, Vince Wilburn, Jr. stop by BITN to talk about their work on the latest Miles Davis archival release, Rubberband. They also talk about what it was like playing with him live and in-studio, as well as what they're up to next. Jazz is alive and thriving with these gentlemen!
Nic Collins (Phil Collins, Better Strangers, Genesis) joins BITN to discuss his education in drumming, memorizing three different catalogues, and the modernization of Rock & Roll. Take a listen and hear a real one talk about his art.
The 100th episode of Blues In the Night features a wonderful conversation with Tommy Emmanuel, CGP. He talks with Perry about his new EP, Imagine, as well as what his mentor, Chet Atkins, taught him. For guitar nerds, this is a MUST-listen!
Screamin' Jay Hawkins is the subject of this episode. The original shock-rocker took Blues and Sock-hop Rock & Roll and turned it into a haunted house of music that has inspired the likes of Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper, and Tom Waits - to name a few. Listen if you dare!
The final guest of 2020 is Jazz composer, pianist, and vocalist Sarah McKenzie. She talks about her new series of singles, Schneller! She also discusses what it was like recording in isolation from different countries during an international pandemic.
Ralph Peterson, leader and drummer of Messenger Legacy, talks about their new album in tribute to Art Blakey called Onward & Upward. He also takes an in-depth look at Jazz's geographical roots in the Caribbean and South America as well as the feelings art creates in its audiences.
Rock & Roll and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee John Oates jumps on board the BITN Family Train to discuss his new release, Live in Nashville, and its studio predecessor, Arkansas. He also talks about the vast presence Mississippi John Hurt has had on these projects and his personal life. Some great finger picking here!
2x Grammy winner and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Rodney Crowell joins Perry to discuss the underlying presence of the Blues in Rodney's work. He also speaks on the geographical sounds and guest list featured on his latest album, Texas.
Blues-Rock guitarist Peter Parcek joins us to discuss his new album, Mississippi Suitcase, and how it almost didn't happen! Find out why Buddy Guy calls Peter "As bad as Clapton."
R.I.P. Edward Lodewijk Van Halen
World renowned guitarist and singer/songwriter Junior Brown hops on board the BITN Family Train to talk all about his career. From his signature vocal baritone, the famed guit-steel guitar, sitting in with Bo Diddley, and working on SpongeBob SquarePants - it's a delightful conversation that music nerds must hear!
Beasto Blanco front woman Calico Cooper joins the BITN Family Train to discuss Beasto Blanco's latest record, We Are. She also goes in-depth on her background in theatrics and how the Blues finds its way into her music. Calico also talks about her dad, Alice Cooper's relationship with Blues. It's a conversation with Rock'n'Roll royalty that mustn't be missed!
Raw Poetic joins the BITN Family Train to discuss how Rap/Hip-Hop is a modern extension of Blues music. He also talks his new collaborative album, Ocean Bridges, which he released this year with Damu the Fudgemunk and the legendary saxophonist Archie Shepp. This is the Rap edition of Blues In the Night.
*This episode does contain explicit language that may not be suitable for some audiences*
Rising Jazz vocalist TAMI joins BITN to discuss her new, socially distanced EP entitled Together Apart. What's it like recording during an international pandemic? How does one go about covering Bob Dylan (and actually pulling it off)? Get the answers to those questions and more!
Mike Flanigin (Jimmie Vaughan Trio, Billy Gibbons & the BFG's) joins BITN to discuss his new solo album, West Texas Blues - which he cut with Sue Foley and Chris Layton. He also talks about his time playing with the Vaughan's, Gibbons, Clapton, and more!
Singer/songwriter, comedian, and professor Noah Britton joins BITN to discuss the ties between the arts and the Autism communities. It's a thought provoking conversation that brings up often-overlooked points. This is also probably the funniest episode to date!
Mekons and Waco Brothers frontman Jon Langford joins us to discuss life as a musician during quarantine. He also recalls growing up with Punk, Glam, and Progressive Rock in Wales. A lively and entertaining discussion that will keep you from going crazy from lockdown.
Grammy winner Shelby Lynne joins us to talk about her new, self-titled album as well as her musical influences and her friendship with the late Tony Joe White. A candid conversation with one of Perry's all time favorite singer/songwriters!
Dr. Francois Clemmons (Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, Middlebury College) joins the BITN Family Train to discuss his new memoir, Officer Clemmons, as well as speak about his journey in music. He dives deep into Afro-American spirituals; world travel; sainthood; and being a black, gay, Christian man in America. An incredibly candid conversation is had here with a fabulous guest.
Now for something completely different! Actor/puppeteer Noel MacNeal joins BITN to discuss how music can be used to enhance other art forms like film/TV as well as how music can be used to educate. Being a performer with the Jim Henson Company for over 30 years, he has a lot of experience with these topics. Plus, all kinds of Blues and Jazz for you to lose yourself to!
Different Sides: The Blues of Leonard Cohen explores how Canada's favorite songwriter went to the Blues for his final four albums. As always, his music here is spiritual, enchanting, heart wrenching, and sexy - only these recordings are bluesier. Curated by Perry!
Presented by TCTC.
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Ike Reilly joins BITN to discuss his roots in Chicago Blues as well as how the Blues has slowly found its way into his work. His latest record, Crooked Love, is available now!
Frontman, founder, and songwriter for the great Alt. Country band Cracker is here! David Lowery discusses how he got into Blues music. He also shares his view on the state of the music business in the digital era as well as what a Cracker Blues album might sound like. Plus, a special tribute to the late Little Richard. This one is a fun ride; don't miss it!
Bryan Adams side-man and world class guitarist Keith Scott joins BITN to discuss his roots in Blues growing up in Canada, what it was like working with David Bowie and Tina Turner, the physics of guitar playing, and Bryan Adams' new album Shine a Light. It's a jam-packed episode that is a must-listen for anyone looking to play guitar.
Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones joins BITN to discuss his days starting out with Miles Davis, Chicago Blues, his custom made guitars, and how he got the gig with the Stones. This is an extraordinary, candid conversation that mustn't be missed.
Emmy nominee and Brookgreen Gardens Cultural Preservationist Ron Daise joins BITN to discuss how Gullah music influenced the Blues and their common ground in Gospel music. The former Nickelodeon performer also talks about the importance of the variety of music exposed in early childhood education. Thanks to Ron Daise, Marlena Smalls and her Hallelujah Singers, Queen Quet & de Gullah Cunneckshun, and The Moving Star Hall Singers (through Alan Lomax) for providing the soundtrack for this episode.
Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack joins BITN to discuss her roots in east Texas Blues, what to expect of the last leg of her 2019 tour, and why she went down the Blues route with her latest album, The Lonely, The Lonesome, & the Gone (out now)!
Grammy winner and Billy Idol sideman Steve Stevens joins BITN to discuss his musical background, how important Blues and Soul is to him and Billy, and his new side project with Geezer Butler & Matt Sorum: Deadland Ritual.
5 time Grammy winner Marty Stuart joins Blues in the Night to discuss his roots in Mississippi Blues, his latest album "Way Out West," his time with B.B. King, and the 20th anniversary of his concept album "The Pilgrim." It's a deep conversation that's a lot of fun.
Grammy winning Gospel-Blues/Rock artist Mike Farris joins BITN from on-site at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival. He discusses his influences as well as his latest album, Silver & Stone. It's a special episode you won't want to miss!
4-time Grammy winner Jimmie Vaughan talks his new album "Baby Please Come Home," as well as his time touring with Eric Clapton and his love for obscure Blues music. One of the reigning kings of this music joins BITN and we are thrilled to have him.
Grammy winner and Smithsonian Folkways artist Dom Flemons joins BITN to discuss his latest album, Black Cowboys. He also talks about the traditions of Blues music through its lyrics, instrumentations, and much more. This is a history lesson not to be missed!
Asheville based singer/songwriter Heather Taylor jumps on board the BITN Family Train to talk her new album, Undercurrents, as well as all things Blues, and coloring books! Get ready to be educated, kids.
"How's It Gonna End: The Blues of Tom Waits" is the fifth installment of BITN's artist spotlight series. Here, we explore the core sound and lyric in every Tom Waits song: Blues. There's never been a Blues act more macabre, vaudevillian, or carefully crafted than Waits.
Multi platinum arranger and pianist Emile Pandolfi joins BITN to discuss the Blues elements found in the Great American Songbook Standards era. Songs by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and the like are all featured here!
Shadow & the Thrill's guitarist and vocalist Tony Cardenas-Montana discusses the band's upcoming debut album, Sugarbowl. He also discusses his roots in the Blues, and his days working with acts such as Great White and Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators.
Soul Movers and former Wiggles guitarist Murray Cook joins BITN to discuss Bona Fide, the Soul Movers new album recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama! He also talks about the importance of music in early childhood education.
Converse College professor, esteemed author, and former owner of the legendary Handlebar - John Jeter joins BITN to discuss all things music biz! If you're curious about how to make it in the industry or if you're an up and coming artist/producer/talent agent/venue owner looking for advice, this episode is an essential listen!
Earth Wind & Fire frontman Philip Bailey joins BITN to discuss his musical influences, his new album Love Will Find a Way (out now), and his charity Music is Unity (musicisunity.org). Plus, lots of Blue and Jazz!
Opera and Broadway superstar Sarah Brightman joins BITN to discuss the Blues and Vaudeville elements that can be found in show tunes in this special Broadway installment of the show. Sarah also discusses the fascinating process that went on behind the making of her new album, Hymn (out now)! We hope she'll open up her dream jazz club one day!
Blues/Native Americana artist Cary Morin drops by BITN to discuss the ties between traditional Native American music and Blues music. Plus, music from his new album, When I Rise (available now) is featured!
The Rockabilly edition of BITN features special guest Slim Jim Phantom, drummer of Stray Cats. He discusses the influence Blues has had on Rockabilly, as well as Stray Cats' comeback album, 40, out now! Lots of fun Rockabilly-Blues to hear on this episode!
The 50th episode of Blues In the Night celebrates The Rolling Stones and their integration of Blues into their brand of Rock music. What's exciting is, The Stones are more committed to the Blues now more than ever.
In celebration of Bob Dylan's birthday, tracks that display his Blues influence are highlighted here. Music from Bringing It All Back Home, Modern Times, Tempest, and Love & Theft (amongst others) are all included - including that infamous "Judas" track(!)
BITN welcomes Mountain Faith's Summer McMahan as she discusses her influences as well as any advice for up and coming musicians starting on the road. Plus, there's music from Lee Ann Womack, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, and Lyle Lovett!
The Guess Who's drummer and co-founder Garry Peterson joins BITN to discuss how the Blues influenced him, The Guess Who's new record, and working with legendary artists such as the Andrews Sisters! Plus, tons of Blues music after the interview!
Graham Sharp of Steep Canyon Rangers hops on board the BITN Family Train to discuss the influence the Blues has had on him, SCR, and the band's work with comedian Steve Martin. He also talks about the Blues aspects of Steep Canyon Rangers' latest release, Out In the Open. Music featured here include three cuts from SCR's Out in the Open, along with songs by Memphis Slim, The Velvet Underground, The Black Crowes, and a new duet between Sheryl Crow and the late Johnny Cash.
This Classical edition of Blues in the Night features an extensive interview with Dr. Braxton Ballew of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra about how Classical music has influenced Blues. Plus, there's lots of Classical music showcased here with Blues elements. Definitely not a typical episode of BITN! Respect the research, folks.
Earl & the Agitators frontman Scott Holt joins BITN to talk about his days playing with Buddy Guy as well as the new Agitators record, Shaken & Stirred (out now)! Plus, music from Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Willie Nelson, Catherine Russell, and Leo "Bud" Welch.
2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (as a member of Genesis) Steve Hackett joins Blues In the Night to discuss the influence the Blues has had on him, the early Genesis records with Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, and his new album - At the Edge of Light (out now)!
Volume 1 of BITN's Artist Spotlight series will feature the highly Blues-influenced music of Grammy, Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe winner and Songwriter's and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Randy Newman. This episode will showcase Mr. Newman's geographical Blues influences that stem from both New Orleans and Los Angeles. There will also be examples of Blues displayed through his sometimes tragic and sometimes darkly funny lyricism. This is Randy Newman: NOLA to LA.
Tonight's Twilight Zone-ish episode of BITN challenges the mind and stretches the definition of the Blues and what the Blues means to individual people. Showcased artists include Gary Clark, Jr., Fiona Apple, Nick Lowe, and The Black Crowes.
A special Motown edition of BITN features a guest appearance by former America's Got Talent semi-finalist Alicia Michilli! She talks her Motown influences, touring with Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo,' and her new EP - Letters from the Edge - out now! Plus, music by Martha Reeves & the Vendellas, Otis Redding, Phil Collins, and Ms. Michilli herself is showcased.
A Valentine's Broken Hearts edition of BITN for anyone who had to spend Valentine's alone this year. Featured artists here are Tony Joe White, Skeeter Davis, The Valentinos, Eric Clapton, and Herbie Hancock.
Atlanta Blues-Rocker Michelle Malone joins BITN to discuss her new album, Slings & Arrows. Voted #17 on No Depression's 50 Best Albums of 2018 Reader's Poll. Highlights from the album are played throughout the show (Plus at the beginning, you'll hear a gorgeous duet between Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy).
Grammy winner Rick Springfield joins BITN to discuss discovering the Blues in Australia, creating set lists for shows, growing up in religious households, and his new (and very bluesy) album, The Snake King, which is available everywhere now!
The first BITN episode of 2019 features an interview with Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe! They talk their new album, Venom & Faith (out now). Stay tuned for more music after the interview for more music!
Angelex co-founder and former Zepperella bassist Angeline Saris talks to BITN about Jazz and Blues influences, her ever-expanding bass collection, and Angelex's new album, Tight Lips. And there's some classic car talk in there too!
It's the special Christmas edition of Blues In the Night! Featuring songs you know and some you don't from Lightnin' Hopkins, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and the Spartanburg Famous Four. It's a little something different for anyone tired of the same mainstream Xmas radio stuff.
BITN welcomes Blues Hall of Fame inductee Joe Louis Walker!! The protégé of B.B. King and Otis Rush talks what he’s learned from his predecessors, growing up in San Francisco, getting started with Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and so much more. This was such a fun conversation; Mr. Walker's excitement for music comes through so clearly here.
Volume II of the "Jump the Shark" series features a collaboration between B.B. King and U2, Alison Krauss, Joe Cocker, David Gilmour, and David Bowie.
CORRECTION: The intro (excerpt) heard before B.B. King and U2's "When Love Comes to Town" is called "Freedom for My People" was taken from U2's 1988 album Rattle & Hum, but was not performed by U2 or B.B. King. It is performed by Satan & Adam. Satan and Adam are not given credit in the episode (admin's fault). The original "Freedom for My People" by Satan & Adam can be found on their 1993 album Mother Mojo.
Everclear frontman Art Alexakis joins me on this episode of Blues In the Night to discuss the impact of Blues on his work and Rock music itself. We also discuss Cowpunk, the purpose of producers, millennials, and Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (yes, we are going there). This was such a fun interview. Enjoy!!
David Holt joins me on this installment of BITN. We discuss mountain music, the ballad of John Henry, and the evolution of train music. Songs featured include music from Muddy Waters, Chet Atkins, and David Holt himself. The last song here, "I Get the Blues When it Rains," is performed by Mr. Holt's mentor Etta Baker - one of the greatest Piedmont Blues finger pickers to ever play guitar. This is such a joyous interview filled with little surprises!
It's the Halloween edition of BITN featuring St. Louis Bessie, Tampa Red, LaVern Baker, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and the recently departed Tony Joe White. Get spooked out with some different kind of Halloween tunes!
This episode features a conversation with Ranger Doug Green of Riders In the Sky. Here, we discuss how the Blues and Country-Western music intertwine, Gene Autry's early days as a Blues artist, the era of the singing cowboy in America, and there's some guitar talk in there too. Plus, a little behind the scenes discussion on Riders In the Sky's work on Toy Story 2. Music featured includes: Gene Autry, Django Reinhardt, and Riders In the Sky (of course)!
Tonight's episode features radio/TV personality Kimberly Kelly. She speaks about her roots in Blues music as well as her experience in the music industry. She also discusses the Blues movement happening now with artists such as Bob Dylan, Boz Scaggs, and Van Morrison. This is definitely a fun conversation you don't want to miss!
This episode features the late Charles Bradley, Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Joe Louis Walker, Leonard Cohen, and a special tribute to a retiring Paul Simon. (Please note: there was no episode on September 14th).
This episode features an interview with the legendary Blues artist Mac Arnold. Here, he discusses his time touring with Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. He also speaks about playing with the house band on the groundbreaking TV show, Soul Train. Mac also talks about the work he's doing with the I Can Do Anything Foundation.
This episode features an interview with Tim Kinley, band historian for George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Here, we discuss George Clinton & P-Funk's influences, how Funk and Blues are related, and where the two genres are headed in the future. U'RE GONNA GET SICK WITH THE FUNK AND WE HAVE THE ANTIDOTE.