Otis Rush (born April 29, 1935 in Philadelphia, Mississippi) is a blues musician, singer and guitarist. His distinctive guitar style features a slow burning sound and long bent notes. With similar qualities to Magic Sam and Buddy Guy, his sound became known as West Side Chicago blues and became an influence on many musicians including Michael Bloomfield and Eric Clapton. Rush is left-handed and, unlike many other left-handed guitarists, plays a left-handed instrument strung upside-down with the low E string at the bottom.
Chip Myles, sitting in for Mr. Z on "It's All The Blues" welcomed special guest Shryl "Tandy" Johnson into the WFIT studios. Shryl has just released her new album "The Language of Love". Click here to listen to the interview. Also visit Shryl's website to learn more about Shryl, her band, and "The Language Of Love".
Martin Charles Scorsese is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film historian. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time. In 1990 he founded The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to film preservation, and in 2007 he founded the World Cinema Foundation. He is a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to the cinema, and has won an Academy Award, a Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award, Silver Lion, Grammy Award, Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and DGA Awards.
Born Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, Jr. on May 17, 1942 in Harlem, New York, Mahal grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. Raised in a musical environment, his mother was the member of a local gospel choir and his father was a West Indian jazz arranger and piano player. His family owned a shortwave radio which received music broadcasts from around the world, exposing him at an early age to world music. Early in childhood he recognized the stark differences between the popular music of his day and the music that was played in his home.
Johnny "Guitar" Watson (February 3, 1935-May 17, 1996) was an American blues and funk guitarist and singer. A flamboyant showman and guitar picker in the style of T-Bone Walker, Watson recorded throughout the 1950s and 1060s with some sucess. His creative reinvention in the 1970s with disco and funk overtones, saw Watson have hits with "Ain't That a Bitch", "I Need It', and "Superman Lover". His successful recording creer spanned forty years,with his biggist hit being the 1977 "A Real Mother For Ya". John Watson, Jr. was borne in Houston, Texas.
Alligator Records, in collaboration with NPR and public radio stations, will release a free downloadable 17 song sampler to help bring attention to Public Radio Music Month. Alligator Records Presents Blues & Roots Features songs selected from throughout the label's storied 42 year history. The Sampler was personally curated and annotated by Alligator president and founder Bruce Lglauer, and will be available beginning April 11 at the Alligator Records Facebook page. It will remain available until May 11.
Thanks to all of the loyal Blues listeners on WFIT for your outstanding support during the spring Pledge Drive. You truly are the "Public" in "Public Radio". And for those who didn't get the chance to pledge, the lines are still open at 1-321-674-8950.