Ten O'clock Blues

Thursdays 8 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays 10 p.m. to midnight
  • Hosted by Steve Smith
  • Local Host Steve Smith

Nighttime is the right time to have the blues and KWIT-KOJI dutifully brings them to you each Saturday Evening with "Stumpy" Steve Smith and the 10 O'Clock Blues. Smith, whose only real brush with southern culture was growing up in South Dakota, has enjoyed blues for about half of his life, first listening regularly to the public radio program Bluesstage with Ruth Brown. Smith mixes today's rising stars like Keb' Mo' and Susan Tedeschi with old masters like Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. "Occasionally I'll throw in some Louisiana spice and I'll do a Zydeco set, or sometimes I'll play a spiritual or two," Smith says. He also takes a detour from the normal musical direction of the show when a noteworthy musician comes to town. He lists people like B.B. King, Robert Cray, Kenny Wayne Sheppard and Delbert McClinton among those whom he has interviewed for the show.

Tommy Castro is a West Coast bluesman who never puts out a bad album. That trend continues with his latest, Method to my Madness

The official release of The Reverend Shawn Amos is Friday 10/16 but we’ve had it at the TOB for a month or so, and we’ve been playing it like crazy because it’s super good. Guest appearances by the Blind Boys of Alabama and Missy Anderson don’t hurt either. The Rev. gets the lead-off spot on this episode of the 10 O’clock Blues.  

Buddy Guy’s new album is called Born to Play Guitar and we’re not gonna argue with that. We’ll crack open the 10 O’clock Blues with one from this fine collection of songs. Kim Wilson is featured on harp.

Warren Haynes has teamed up with Railroad Earth and some fabulous guests like Shawn Colvin and Grace Potter (pictured) for Ashes and Dust. We’ll begin with that this time on the 10 O’Clock Blues.


Shemekia Copeland brings her big voice back to Alligator Records for her 8th album, “Outskirts of Love”. Get a taste of it next time on the 10 O’clock Blues.  

Buddy Guy turns a year older, drops a new album, and we play it out of the box because Buddy Guy is amazing!


The Cash Box Kings are from Chicago and their aim is to keep the venerable Chicago Style from the ‘40’s and ‘50’s alive and vibrant. We think they do a pretty good job.

It’s the Bey Paule Band leading the 10 O’clock Blues.  Not Goin’ Away is the 3rd album for Frank Bey and Anthony Paule, and it comes on the heels of a very busy 2013 where the band released 2 albums, collecting a couple of BMA nominations (Blues Music Award) and a couple of prestigious year-end lists.

For the past 8 years Slam Allen has been the lead guitarist and singer of the legendary James Cotton Band. He puts his name on the album Feel These Blues and we start off with that one on this edition of the 10 O’Clock Blues.

Toronto’s Blackburn brothers (Duane, Brooke and Cory) have teamed up with bass player Andrew Stewart to play a funky soulful blend of modern blues inspired by their father Bobby Dean Blackburn, a prominent 60’s era keyboard player.