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.

Ten O'Clock Blues 6.16.18

Jun 20, 2018

Ry Cooder is a master of several stringed instruments and he starts us off on the Ten O'Clock Blues this time. Plenty of new stuff as always with Nathaniel Rateliff, and Kara Grainger and classics from Bo Diddley and Slim Harpo too.

Ten O'Clock Blues 6.09.18

Jun 10, 2018

Chicago blues icon Eddy The Chief Clearwater passed away earlier this month, we honor his passing with a few of his songs. Alse we hear from Australian, Kara Grainger and The Claudettes from just down the road a piece.

Ten O'Clock Blues 6.02.18

Jun 3, 2018

   The TOB take responsibility this week, with two different songs called Nobody's Fault but Mine. The first one will feature Dana Fuchs doing the Otis Redding song, and a little bit later we'll hear the Blind Willie Johnson standard in a new recording by Ry Cooder. 

Ten O'Clock Blues 5.19.18

May 20, 2018

Kid Ramos hasn't had an album out since Greasy Kid Stuff clear back in 2001. He had a cancer scare in 2012 also he had to raise a singer. Son, Johnny is now 18 and old enough to contribute to the family business with his strong tenor voice, reminiscent of a young Magic Sam.

Ten O'Clock Blues 5.12.18

May 13, 2018

Ten O'Clock Blues 5.05.18

May 10, 2018

James Harman gets us going, Sue Foley teams up with Charlie Sexton, and we also hear from Charlie's former band mate from The Arc Angels Doyle Bramhall II. We also get wild with Webb Wilder and freaky with Rev. Freakchild.

Ten O'Clock Blues 4.28.18

May 3, 2018

Ten O'Clock Blues 4.21.18

Apr 22, 2018

Rev. Freakchild starts us down the path to righteousness (and excellent blues) on this week's edition of the TOB. Also we hear from Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the late Magic Slim and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats.

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. 

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