Monday, January 12, 2015: After being our guest four times, southern musician and storyteller Paul Thorn is a friend of the show and a fan favorite. He was most influenced by his father, a Pentacostal preacher – and by his uncle – a pimp who also trained Thorn to be a professional boxer. When he first appeared on this program in 2008, Thorn was promoting his CD called A Long Way from Tupelo. Now he’s headlining a music cruise in the Caribbean – which we will also discuss.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015: Roots music titan Delbert McClinton talks with Bob about his early days in music, dodging beer bottles and joining fistfights on stage - to trading harmonica licks with a young John Lennon. McClinton and fellow Texas troubadour Glen Clark have been playing music together since the 1960s. But Blind, Crippled and Crazy was their first new album together in 40 years. The two country music greats join Bob to talk about their collaboration and why McClinton says he has more fun singing with Clark than anybody else.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015: Bob talks with Elizabeth Cook about the music from her CD Welder and about hosting her own show on satellite radio. Cook is the host of Apron Strings on Outlaw Country here on Sirius XM. Next, Bob visits with Jill Sobule. After parting ways with several record labels, she decided to raise all the funds for her 2009 album through contributions from her fans. The result is her CD titled California Years. Then Bob talks with Roger Blevins about the music of his oddly named band, Mingo Fishtrap. They combine the sounds of Memphis and New Orleans, with a little north Texas thrown in, to create a funky sound all their own. The group’s latest album is titled On Time.
Thursday, January 15, 2015: Singer-songwriter Kevin Welch left his Oklahoma home at age 17 to pursue a life in music, settling in Nashville in 1978. Welch was very active in the local club scene, performing with different bands and finally his own band - The Overtones. Welch was here in 2010 to discuss his career and the music from his CD titled A Patch of Blue Sky. Then, we’ll enjoy a performance chat with singer Kate Campbell and keyboard player Spooner Oldham – who is one of the musicians responsible for the Muscle Shoals Sound of the 1960s. Campbell and Oldham perform some of the songs from their gospel album titled For the Living of These Days.
Friday, January 16, 2015: And we’ll conclude this week of musical interviews with Lyle Lovett. Although considered by some to be a country musician, Lovett’s sound blends blues, gospel, jazz, and folk with a country sensibility. He’ll talk with Bob about his music career, his acting career and about the music from two of his albums - It’s Not Big, It’s Large and Natural Forces.