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.

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.

Blues Hall of Famer and multiple Grammy Nominee Charlie Musselwhite opens the show this week on the TOB.  His latest recording is called “I Ain’t Lyin’.”


Ian Siegal (right) has teamed up with some of North Mississippi’s finest with (left to right) Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Cody Dickinson (The Dickinson Bros. are also in the North Mississippi Allstars – who will be playing the upcoming Saturday in the Park Festival here in Sioux City) as well as Jimbo Mathus (not pictured, but playing later this summer for Friday’s on the Promenade) to do a hastily assembled, but really fun jam session called “The Picnic Sessions”. That’s our starter course this week on the 10 O’Clock Blues.

Beth Hart has parlayed her sometimes otherworldly singing voice into a pretty successful career in the blues, having played with the likes of Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Slash and many others.  Her latest album is called Better than Home, and we’ll lead off with that on the 10 O’clock Blues.