2014 Thanksgiving Blues Poll

muddy-waters1This year's poll of listeners to the Blues Hour generated the most votes (and voters) ever for blues favorites. Amazingly, 140 artists or groups got votes, and #1 for the 4th year running was Muddy Waters -- with BB King again #2. Really, they're all winners, all great, and all played (frequently) in the Blues Hour -- always made possible by the support of blues lovers. Thanks to everyone who voted and everyone who contributes to keep the blues alive on WBGO!

Here's the 2014 tally:
#1 Muddy Waters
#2 BB King
#3 Howlin' Wolf
#4 Buddy Guy
#5 Stevie Ray Vaughan
#6 The Allman Brothers
#7 (a three-way tie): John Lee Hooker, Albert King and Etta James
#10 Little Walter

-- Michael Bourne

Blues Singer Marcia Ball Live At WBGO: Listen Now

Blues singer & pianist Marcia Ball performs live at WBGO and talks with Michael Bourne about her inspirations and album Alligator Man & The Tatooed Lady. Enjoy!


Selwyn Birchwood On The Blues Hour: Listen Now

Singer Selwyn Birchwood talks with Michael Bourne about his new Alligator blues CD "Don't Call No Ambulance." Enjoy!


Kenny Wayne Shepherd Live at WBGO: Listen Now

Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Noah Hunt play and sing the blues live at WBGO, and talk with Michael Bourne about their new Concord album "Goin' Home." Shepherd's band, with Hunt on lead vocals, perform at B.B. King's in New York on June 21 as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Enjoy!


The Holmes Brothers On "Brotherhood": Listen Now

The Holmes Brothers talk with WBGO's Bill Daughtry about their new album Brotherhood. Enjoy!


Blues Singer Joe Louis Walker: "Hornet's Nest"

Blues singer Joe Louis Walker talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about his new Alligator Records album, Hornet's Nest. Enjoy!


Blues Pianist Dave Keyes With Michael Bourne: Listen Now

Blues pianist Dave Keyes talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about his CD Right Here Right Now. Enjoy!


2013 Blues Hour Thanksgiving Top Ten

More listeners voted in the 9th annual Thanksgiving Blues Poll than ever before.  Don't ask.   I lost count — of how many voters.  I've counted all the votes.

Here's a phenomenal number: 143. That's how many musicians or groups got votes. He's a top-ten of WBGO blues listener favorites.


Muddy Waters and BB King were even at the beginning of Wednesday's blues hour, and surges of votes for both happened during the hour.  Muddy was up, then BB was up, then Muddy, then BB, then Buddy Guy vaulted up to pass BB, and Muddy  jumped even higher.  Fifth year at #1 for Muddy Waters.

1st    Muddy Waters
2nd    Buddy Guy
3rd    BB King
4th   (tie) Howling Wolf and Stevie Ray Vaughan

6th    John Lee Hooker
7th    Tedeschi/Trucks Band
8th    Albert King
9th    Johnny Winter
10th   (tie) Robert Cray and Taj Mahal

Blues Singer Dayna Kurtz With Michael Bourne

Blues Singer Dayna Kurtz talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about her new album, The Secret Canon Vol. 2, and performances in New York in a memorial concert for 9/11 victims today from noon to 2 p.m., and on October 1 at The Living Room. Enjoy!


Roomful Of Blues Talks With Michael Bourne

Members of the band Roomful of Blues talk with WBGO's Michael Bourne about their 45th anniversary, the release of their new CD, 45 Live, and rope Bourne into a singalong. The group performs at B.B. King's Blues Club in New York on Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. Enjoy!