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Marisa Klug-Morataya

Pianist Johnny Iguana likes that his music with drummer Michael Caskey is difficult to categorize. Together they play their bluesy, jazzy, R&Bish music all over Chicago and the world as The Claudettes. It's an interesting and catchy sound, as is the story behind the groups name.

JC Smith

Sep 28, 2015

On this edition of GLT Blues Next, west-coast bluesman John Smith, aka "JC Smith" of the "JC Smith Band" details his bands new album, titled "Love Mechanic." He also recalls meeting a blues legend -- before he realized who the legend was -- and before he realized they were related.

Ghost Town Blues Band

Sep 28, 2015

There are a number of young blues artists based in Memphis, the so-called "home of the blues." Getting gigs in Memphis isn't always easy, but there are a lot of musical collaborations. On this edition of GLT Blues Next, Jon Norton talks with Matt Isbell, guitarist and vocalist with the Memphis based Ghost Town Blues Band, about one of those collaborations, and about the bands new album, Hard Row to Hoe.

Balkun Brothers

Sep 28, 2015
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The blues-rock band the Balkun Brothers pulls its influences from classic rock even from hard rock bands like Black Sabbath. Drummer Nick Balkun talks about shaping the band’s sound in this edition of GLT Blues Next.

Compass Records

Everybody in Nashville recognizes the name of fiddle virtuoso and singer Andrea Zonn. A native of Champaign/Urbana, she's backed up George Jones, George Strait, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, and for the last 12 years has been a member of James Taylor's band. This month, she's released her second solo CD, "Rise." It features a stellar cadre of singers like Gill and Taylor, and a set of songs catalyzed by the medical travails of Zonn's son Leonard. GLT's Bruce Bergethon spoke with Zonn about the new release.

Radio Munson 9/17/15

Sep 18, 2015

Did you know legendary jazz pianist Erroll Garner was left-handed?  The fact Garner was a leftie greatly influenced his keyboard style.  Don provides a sample or two of Erroll Garner's great audience appeal on this week’s Radio Munson;  plus Dinah Shore, Jane Monheit, Louis Jordan, Stan Kenton and an invite to help clean out the GLT studios courtesy of Ralph Flanagan’s "Rag Mop".

Radio Munson 9/10/15

Sep 10, 2015

It may be too soon to officially throw in the towel on Summer, but it's not to early for Don to play Nancy Wilson's legendary version of "The Things We Did Last Summer";  It's on this week's Radio Munson playlist, along with Stan Kenton, Michael Buble, Keely Smith, and Harry James and his band with "September Song".

Radio Munson 8/20/15

Aug 20, 2015

The bands of Doc Severinsen, Nelson Riddle and Tommy Dorsey are on Don's playlist this week on Radio Munson, along with vocals from Dianne Reeves, Steve Tyrell and Dinah Washington, plus two of the most distinctive and recognizable instrumentalists ever, clarinetist Eddie Daniels and bass trombonist George Roberts.

Radio Munson 8/13/15

Aug 13, 2015

The term "Lounge Act" has developed a rather cheesie image over the years, but a "Lounge SINGER" was and is an icon that, though largely extinct today, was once an ever-present icon.  Don invites you to sit near the bar with him on this week's Radio Munson to listen to two of the best lounge singers, Bobby Troup and Matt Dennis.  Les Paul and Mary Ford are also on Don's bill, along with Artie Shaw, Bob Crosby's Bobcats, and June Christy with "Something Cool."

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