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The Blues spotlight shines on the electrifying guitarist Eric Gales and harmonica master Jason Ricci

Eric Gales and Jason Ricci
Photos by: Anita Schlank (used by permission)

Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday night, April 16th, at 9:00 as we present a fast paced, over the top, one for the books, episode of Time For The Blues! We’ve got one of the most electrifying guitarists working today along with one of the most in-demand harp players and the result is a show you are not going to forget.

First of all, there’s Eric Gales and his most recent disc, CROWN, on Provogue/Mascot. The album was produced by Joe Bonamassa and Bonamassa is actually featured trading licks on the track, I Want My Crown. This one has received a lot of airplay on satellite radio and it’s just one of the songs we’re going to sample from this great album.

We played some of Gales’ earlier works a couple of years ago and remarked on what a great guitarist he was becoming. Since then, he has completely turned his life around and dedicated himself to his art. I caught his show at The Tin Pan when he came through town and it’s no exaggeration that it was like seeing a young Hendrix explode onto the scene. Catch this artist while you can, because he won’t be playing intimate venues for long!

Our second spotlight shines on a longtime friend of the show, harp master Jason Ricci, who is well known in the area due to his time on the Richmond based EllerSoul record label. Since EllerSoul ceased operations, Ricci has signed with Gulf Coast Records and for his first album, he has teamed up with keyboard wizard Joe Krown for City Country City.

Ricci has become the go-to guy when a band needs a hot harp in a song. And why not? After all, he played the Paul Butterfield parts when the band was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Those were some pretty big shoes to fill. Ricci has always been good, but lately he has been channeling more effort into his playing and into his vocals and the hard work is really beginning to pay off.

And you know we’ve got more up our collective sleeves. We’ve got a new one from Northern Virginia artists Karl Stoll And The Danger Zone off their recent release The Workhouse that I think you’re really going to like along with a side from Scott Ramminger from his Live At 3rd & Lindsley Nashville release.

We’ve also got one from The Hitman Blues Band from their recent release, Not My Circus Not My Monkey on Nerus Records (and that is a philosophy I am trying hard to adopt!) and a great team up of Tony Holiday and Bobby Rush from Tony Holiday's Porch Sessions Volume 2 on Blue Heart Records.

We’ll be glad to have your company if you care to join us at 9:00 this Saturday night. That’s April 16th, and you can find us on one of these great VPM Stations: 89.1 WCNV, Northern Neck; 90.1 WMVE, Chase City; and the flagships, 93.1 and 107.3 VPM-Music and 88.9 HD2, Richmond, where it’s always Time For The Blues!