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Time For The Blues rocks with Altered Five Blues Band, soothes with Trudy Lynn

Altered Five Blues Band and Trudy Lynn
Altered Five Blues Band and Trudy Lynn

Henry and I hope you will join us on Time For The Blues this Saturday night, May 7th, at 9:00, as we unleash one of our favorite bands and visit with a classy lady that we’ve had on the show a couple of times before. Plus we’ve got some recent and fun covers and of course, enough new stuff to satisfy the most discriminating of palates.

Our first spotlight lands on the electrifying Altered Five Blues Band. If you aren’t familiar with this high energy group, you are in for a real treat. They reach down and put together top drawer performances and their latest album, Holler If You Hear Me, is no exception! Available on Blind Pig, this disc is easily one of the top releases of the year. And just for good luck, they’ve brought in our friend, Jason Ricci, to add his special touches on the harp.

The combination is a match made in blues heaven.

We’ve got three sides to share from the new album to share with you and one from an earlier album, Charmed And Dangerous, to rock you Saturday night!

The second spotlight falls on the lovely and talented Trudy Lynn. I met her at a Williamsburg Blues and Jazz Festival before COVID, and found her to be gracious and charming. We hit it off nicely. Since that time, she has changed labels (she’s now on NOLA Blue), and still releasing great albums. Her latest work, Golden Girl, is a pure delight. We’ve got three sides from it for you and are sure you are going to love her as much as we do.

Now, I know you know that “covers” are when a band plays a song originally done by another band. The Rolling Stones used to cover a lot of blues and R&B songs on their early albums and even won a Grammy for an all cover album they did a couple of years ago. Most bands start out doing covers and some make a career out of it.

Well, we’ve got three covers for you that are pretty darn good and we can’t wait to share them with you. David Lumsden does a great job on a Memphis Slim number while The Nighthawks tackle a Jimmy Reed tune. To round out the set, Mike Guldin covers one of Taj Mahal’s most covered songs. I’m sure you can guess what it is. If not, tune in and find out.

But wait, there’s still more!

We also have recent releases from the Memphissippi Sounds, and I think you’re really going to like the way they blend Memphis and Mississippi techniques into a powerful sound. We’ve also got Zac Harmon from his latest release and something from The Porkroll Project, a new to us rowdy and  fun group that just might be playing in the Roadhouse at the edge of town.

We’ll be glad to have your company if you care to join us at 9:00 this Saturday night. That’s May 7th, 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!