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Friends of the Blues
If you meet James Skyy Dobro Walker or D'Arcy Shuffle Shoes Ballinger in person, don’t mention the Blues, unless you want to talk for awhile. The word alone spreads a grin across their faces and triggers an infectious energy that shoots from their eyes. They'll speak of forgotten legends like J.B. Hutto and Sonny Boy Williamson; current “unknown” favorites like Kid Ramos and Too Slim and the Taildraggers; and regional standouts like “Mondo” Cortez’s Chicago Blues Angels and the Kilborn Alley Blues Band.
Friends of the Blues features the legends like Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Sonny Boy Williamson; current "unknown" wailers like Kid Ramos and Too Slim and the Taildraggers; and regional stand-outs like "Mondo" Cortez's Chicago Blues Angels, and the Kilborn Alley Blues Band. True aficionados the hosts are immersed in Blues culture; they know the artists, the labels, the recordings, the band members - and they do a good amount of traveling to live blues performances throughout the U.S.
Packing in about 15 cuts per hour, Shuffle Shoes and Sky Dobro allow the music to do the talking. Their style is "easy" yet they still deliver loads of information about the artists' lives and careers. Friends of the Blues is produced from the studios of WKCC, on the campus of Kankakee Community College, Kankakee IL.
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