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Weekend Blues

Saturdays 1 - 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 - 4 p.m.

A journey into the best in Blues, downhome Soul, classic R&B, and "roots"-inspired Rock n' Roll with "Hardluck" Jim Johnson -- some of the best music to ever ease a worried mind! The Weekend Blues has a strong commitment to Oklahoma's fine musicians and the many independent and lesser-known artists struggling to be heard. In addition, Jim offers the occasional artist "from out of the Blue" who may not be formally associated with the music, but who in one way or another either borrows from or contributes to the expanding landscape of the Blues.

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Among the great joys of hosting The Weekend Blues is the opportunity I have to talk to so many incredible musicians. On September 19th I had the pleasure of doing just that with the “Soul Queen Of New Orleans.” If that wasn’t enough, Irma Thomas took a second phone call from me on October 13th to share with us how things were going in the early days of her package tour with the Blind Boys Of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet.

Here are some of the highlights of those two brief conversations:

Willis Alan Ramsey in concert
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Willis Alan Ramsey writes curious songs that fire up the imagination: from the love affair between a honeybee and chrysanthemum to the lonely travels of a tormented vagabond named Spider John. His storytelling is so compelling and vivid that fellow songwriters across genres consider him royalty. Captain and Tennille, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Waylon Jennings, Widespread Panic, Shawn Colvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore have all mined his material.