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.

10 O'Clock Blues 4.14.18

Apr 15, 2018

Katy Guillen and the Girls, Treasa Levasseur, Danielle Nicole and Bettye Lavette all are on the show this time. Over on the boy's side of the program, Peter Karp sings about trains and Sam Butler covers the Bee Gees, of all things.

Ten O'Clock Blues 4.07.18

Apr 8, 2018

Sue Foley gets this edition going, we debut the latest from Long Tall Marcia Ball from Shine Bright, her latest, and the late Ray Charles assures us the Sun's Gonna Shine Again. 

Ten O'Clock Blues 3.31.18

Apr 3, 2018

Ten O'Clock Blues 3.17.18

Mar 21, 2018

Ten O'Clock Blues 3.10.18

Mar 11, 2018

Ten O'Clock Blues 3.03.18

Mar 4, 2018

Nick Moss Band has something new on Alligator Records and we're eager to listen to that. A soul classic from Otis Redding and Curtis Salgado wants a zombie dog, or something.

Ten O'Clock Blues 2.24.18

Feb 25, 2018

Victor Wainright eschews the Wildroots and brings in the Train. We'll hear them gather steam and send this episode of the TOB on down the line. Also

 Nick Curren & the Nitelifes and Danielle Nicole teams up with Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Ten O'Clock Blues 2.17.18

Feb 18, 2018

The Rev. Shawn Amos blesses us on this edition of the TOB, with a selection from his new album, The Rev. Shawn Amos Breaks it Down. We also get to know new music from Janiva Magness, who does a great duet with Delbert McClinton, and Victor Wainright plays one with his new band.

Ten O'Clock Blues 2.10.18

Feb 11, 2018

Chris Smither hasn't released an album of original music in six years, he's evidently been saving up because with "The Blame's on Me" the axiom "All Killer - No Filler" applies. Bernard Allison, whom we also  haven't heard from for awhile returns with a new album on Ruf recordings. Plus Rev. Shawn Amos, Tinsley Ellis and John Lee Hooker this time on the 10 O'Clock Blues.

Ten O'Clock Blues 2.03.18

Feb 4, 2018

Singer Bettye LaVette doesn't write songs - there are plenty of good songs already. She takes other people's songs and gives them a completely new place and time. She does a whole album of Dylan tunes and you can hear the title cut (minus one bad word) also new music from Johnny Tucker, pedal steel player, A.J. Ghent and an absolute gem from Big Voice Odom teamed up with Earl Hooker on T-Bone Walker's Stormy Monday.

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