Christmas Blues? Not if We Have Anything to Say About It!
Ho-Ho-Ho! It's a Time for the Blues Christmas Special this week (12/25/11) and for the first time in our show's history, it actually airs on Christmas Day and we couldn't be merrier! Look at me--I'm Santa's Blueswailing helper! (or maybe just a bit more?--H.)
Ok Henry, let’s get one thing straight: I am not Santa Claus. You can see in the picture that I look nothing like the venerated “right jolly old elf.“ It is so obvious that I couldn’t be St. Nick, and therefore I would not be able to bring you the Flying Car! Besides, when I talked to the Big Boss, he put you squarely on the Naughty List, so I can’t bring you what you want.
However, the two of us can team up and bring our listeners what they want, which is some great music to help them get through the night. For all of Santa’s helpers out there who are staying up all night wrapping presents, cooking, putting up decorations, or just pounding down the egg nog, the least we can do is make the night go by a little faster. And we’ve got the music that you won’t hear being piped through the mall speakers. I guarantee you that on our show; you will not hear “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” unless Henry tries to slip it into the mix while I’m not looking.
What you will hear is some of the greats lending their voice to the blues with a Christmas twist. Immortals like B.B. King who gives us ”Christmas Celebration” or Koko Taylor wishing everyone a “Merry, Merry Christmas.”
I don’t want to tell you all the songs, after all ‘tis the season for a few surprises, but some of the artists who offer us some great sides are Lonnie Brooks, Roomful of Blues (audio sample below), Shemeika Copeland, and the great Charles Brown who offers up the closest thing we have to a holiday tradition here at Time for the Blues, his version of “Please Come Home for Christmas.” Michelle Wilson also puts in the most poignant request for a gift we’ve ever encountered. You should tune it just for the sentiment.
We’ll hear from the soulful Marvin Gaye, the delectable Diana Ross & the Supremes, Son Seals, party animals Little Charlie & the Nightcats and a couple of my favorites, groups that I have appeared with, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials and Saffire, The Uppity Blues Women. Here’s a picture of me with the ladies of Saffire taken back in 2009 at one of their last shows (click on "more photos" above). What a group, we miss you ladies and the invitation to come sit in with us one night is still open.
On behalf of Henry and myself, we would truly like to wish you the very best of the holiday season. We may kid around about a lot of things, but the one thing we are both very serious about is our appreciation for you, our listener(s). Anybody that spends the evening with us may have questionable taste in entertainment personalities, but rest assured you are treasured by us. We hope you will keep the spirit of the holidays in your heart all year and stay tuned to Time For The Blues. And rest assured, Henry is not getting a Flying Car…
Time for the Blues with John Porter and Henry Cook airs Sundays at 1:00 AM.
What Blues items would you like Santa John to bring to you this year? CDs? Instruments? Let us know what you’re looking for...