Show # 85 - I Love My Job
This week has been very busy with the rollout of the new website design and of course getting overstuffed from Thanksgiving dinners. This year I had the opportunity to go to other's homes, eat and not have to deal with a week's worth of leftovers.
I've had the opportunity to reflect on friends and family and what lies ahead for me. So as I was putting together tonight's show I was in such a good mood that I decided another fun upbeat episode was in order. Like many other past episodes, we will be taking a roller coaster ride with a good mix of up-tempo and slower numbers.
My mood is put in words and music perfectly with our first song of the night by Mean Gene Kelton & The Diehards and his song I Love My Job. We roll right into another tune that reflects the party atmosphere I experienced all week. This time it's Drinkin' Wine by the Chicago Blues Reunion.
I have an artist that I haven't played on the show yet, and that is Phillip Sayce with a tune that reminds me a lot of something you would hear from Lenny Kravitz and he calls the song Powerful Thing. Returning to The Big Break this week is Allison Thrash with a smooth and slow blues track called Put That Toy Down.
I decided to do a "two-fer" today with another tune from Mean Gene Kelton called Steamroller Blues, but this one comes from his new CD "Going Back To Memphis: A Biker Band Tribute to Elvis". Gene, in cooperation with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., recorded this CD "live and raw" at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis; the same studio where Elvis recorded many of his greatest hits. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this CD are being donated to B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse) and to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis.
I received just prior to recording the show a CD in the mail from the Iowa based blues band The Smokin' Mojo Kings and took an immediate liking to the first track off the album called Shut Yo' Yap. In a slight departure from the general theme of the night I bring you another great tune from Reverend Zen called My Sigmund Freud, which could easily be mistaken for a Steely Dan track. It just proves my point that excellent music is being made all the time and all it takes is for podcasters and others to make it available for everyone to enjoy.
If Janis Joplin was alive today she would probably be putting out exactly what we hear on my next track. This time I bring to you another new artist by the name of Christina Vierra and her song Kiss The Blues Goodbye. And it is no coincidence that she sounds like Janice. She has released a previous CD of Janis Joplin songs under the name Mama Rose.
Friday night I was visiting a local blues venue and got the opportunity to hear a young guitarist named Sarah Cole that is making a name for herself. There's no shortage of great female blues guitarists and I feature them on The Big Break as often as possible. Like the Laurie Morvan Band and a great instrumental track from her "Cures What Ails Ya" CD called Wiggle Room.
We slow things down again with an excellent track from Smiling Jack Smith called This Blue Before. I pick things back up with another tune from Tyler Guthrie called As Long As I Have You. I end the show with a song that once again is a departure from tonight theme. The song is called Joan of Arc by the band 46bliss and it's off their new album "Wish Me Away". When I first head it I was drawn to the haunting musical vibe and lyrics and once again made me think it would make a good transition for the Journeys With Rebecca show which follows immediately after The Big Break on Kansas City Online Radio (KCOR) each Saturday evening.