WELCOME TO DIGITAL BLUES
Blues ancient & modern on your radio and on the internet.
The multi award nominated DIGITAL BLUES first aired in April 2001 and since then has been broadcast on FM, DAB IN Essex, and via the internet on stations based in the UK, USA, France and New Zealand.
Each week, DIGITAL BLUES brings you an eclectic hour of tracks from new and recent releases from across the spectrum and from around the world plus once a month we bring you something a little more retrospective.
Where & When you can tune in
Station Day Local UK Europe USA Listen
KCOR - USASunday11.00 Central US17.0018.0011.00 Centralwww.kconlineradio.com
KCOR - USATuesday03.00 Central US9.0010.0003.00 Centralwww.kconlineradio.com
JazzJuice Radio - UKTuesday12.00 UK12.0013.0006.00 Centralhttps://tunein.com/radio/Jazz-Juice-Radio-s247960/
Gateway 97.8 - UKWednesday21.00 UK21.0022.0015.00 Centralwww.gateway978.com
Ex-Pat Radio FranceWednesday18.00 Europe17.0018.0012.00 Centralhttps://expatmedia.onl/listen-live/
KCOR - USAWednesday 19.00 Central01.00 Thursday02.00 Thursday19.00 Central Wednesdaywww.kconlineradio.com
Classic Hits - KOGY95 - USAThursday20.00 MST05.00 Friday06.00 Friday24.00 Centralwww.kogy95radio.com/
Krystal Radio UKFriday20.00 UK20.0021.0014.00 Centralwww.krystalradio.net/
Positively Te Aroha - New ZealandSaturday2.00 p.m. NZ1.00 a.m.2.00 a.m.19.00 Central Fridayhttps://tearoha34.wixsite.com/positivelytearoha
Global Community Radio - USAFriday23.00 Eastern4.00 a.m. Saturday5.00 a.m. Saturday20.00 Pacifichttp://globalcommunityradio.blogspot.fr/
WRAQ (92.7) Angelica, New YorkSaturday24.00 Eastern4.00 a.m. Saturday5.00 a.m. Saturday24.00 Eastern Fridaywww.wraq.org
WLSL (92.7) Saint Leo, FloridaSaturday24.00 Eastern4.00 a.m. Saturday5.00 a.m. Saturday24.00 Eastern Fridayhttp://tunein.com/radio/WLSL-LP-927-s257009
WRST (90.3) Oshkosh, WisconsinSaturday24.00 Eastern4.00 a.m. Saturday5.00 a.m. Saturday24.00 Eastern Fridayhttp://tunein.com/radio/WRST-FM-903-s22597
Ex-Pat Radio FranceSunday12.00 Europe11.0012.0018.00 Centralhttps://expatmedia.onl/listen-live/
Gateway 97.8 - UKSunday22.00 UK22.0023.0016.00 Centralwww.gateway978.com
Ex-Pat Radio FranceMonday18.00 Europe17.0018.0012.00 Centralhttps://expatmedia.onl/listen-live/
DIGITAL BLUES' WEEKLY PLAYLIST - 7TH NOVEMBER 2021
Artist Track Source Label
Motorhead 1916 1916 WTG Records
Larry Miller Soldier of the Line Soldier of the Line Big Guitar Records
Shakin Stevens Echoes of Our Times Echoes of Our Times HEC
Larry Garner Broken Soldier Blues For Sale DixieFrog Records
Micke Bjorklof & BlueStrip I Fell Down From The Tree (When I Saw Robert Johnson Pass Me By) Whole 'Nutha Thang Ruf Records
Mississippi MacDonald That's It I Quit Do Right Say Right Another Planet Music
Moonshine Society Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean Sweet Thing Mojo Music Group
The Curse of K.K. Hammond The Ballad of Blue Docherty The Curse of K.K. Hammond EP www.thecurseofkkhammond.com
Tom Rodwell Touch Me Like a Teddybear Wood & Waste Fireplace Recordings
Jimmy Regal and The Royals Ain't Done Yet Ain't Done Yet Lunaria Records
The Ragged Roses Tell Me Do Me Right Rootz Rumble
Archie Lee Hooker and the Coast To Coast Blues Band Living In A Memory Living In A Memory DixieFrog Records
Boogie Beasts Favourite Scene Love Me Some Naked
Sonny Black Blues of A Kind Blues of a Kind Free Spirit Records
DIGITAL BLUES' WEEKLY PLAYLIST - 31ST OCTOBER 2021
Artist Track Source Label
Delta Moon Baby Please Don't Go Live Delta Moon Records
The Cinelli Brothers She Done Gone Away Babe Please Set Your Alarm www.cinellibrothers.com
Errol Linton Rain In Your Life No Entry Bra$$dog Records
Big Joe Louis and his Blues Kings Treat Your Daddy Right 16 ACE Records
The Incredible Blues Puppies Mean Mistreatin Mama In the Dog House Note Records
Jon T-Bone Taylor's Bop Brothers Equal Opportunity John T-Bone Taylor's Bop Brothers … and Sisters Abacabe Records
Dana Gillespie There Will Always Be a New Tomorrow Experienced ACE Records
Big Mama's Door A Little Mad About You Hand Bagged www.bigmammasdoor.com
Dexter Shaw & The Wolftones She Likes Her Bottle Gin Dexin' Oil City Records
The Spikedrivers All About A Lonesome Train Across The Wate rScratchy/Proper Records
DIGITAL BLUES' WEEKLY PLAYLIST - WEEK COMMENCING 24TH OCTOBER 2021
Artist Track Source Label
Debbie Bond Radiator Blues Without Borders Blues Root Productions
Martin McNeill Picture in A Frame Sweet Soul Slide www.martinmcneill.co.uk
The Mighty Bosscats Parkland Short Stories by Richard Townend www.richardtownend.com
Allen Finney Slice Of Blue Picture Window Mojo Music
Matt Patershuk Stay With Me An Honest Effort Black Hen Music
Moonshine Society The One That Got Away (Acoustic) Sweet Thing Mojo Music Group
Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps I Gotta Love I Wanna Hold On To Rose-Colored Glasses Vol. 1 Blue Heart Records
Eva Carboni Independence Street Winter of 51 Mad Ears Productions
Carolyn Wonderland Crack In The Wall Tempting Fate Alligator Records
Ilana Katz Katz Woman Play The Blues In My Mind Regina Royale Label
Hanna PK It's Been Raining In My Heart Blues All Over My Shoes VizzTone label
Ben Levin That's The Meal Still Here VizzTone label
Kepa Härkönen Fish Fare Spicy Tales & Spacey Tones Rama Sound
SUBMITTING MUSIC TO DIGITAL BLUES
Your music is the lifeblood of Digital Blues and all those other great radio shows out there.
I welcome the opportunity to give radio exposure to all blues or blues based artists, whether they are just starting out, well established or mega-stars, unsigned or signed and I thank all those individuals, bands, PR and promotions folk, record labels and everyone else who provide music for Digital Blues.
Indeed you are our raison d’être!! Without you the Digital Blues radio shows would be very ordinary and might well not exist at all!
If you want to submit music to Digital Blues for airplay or airplay consideration then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the mailing address etc.
Please do not send CDs to any of the radio stations on which Digital Blues is broadcast as I am rarely, if ever, at the studios and so CDs that arrive there, will take a long while to get to me, if they do at all!
But before you do that, please read what follows which I do not want to be seen as a rant or anything similar as I very much welcome music submissions. But I do ask that you consider and take account of my comments, reasons and requests:
Digital Blues’ shows are prepared and recorded in a small studio in my home so, unlike many of my blues radio colleagues, I do not have expensive play-out software nor do I prepare programmes on a computer. I record them, as if I were broadcasting live (as anyone who has listened will know!!), using my CD players, mixing desk etc. direct to a laptop and the recording is then uploaded via the internet to the various stations and as a podcast to Mixcloud.
I cannot accept submissions other than physical CDs which I know is a bugbear to many of you.
With a CD, I can use it immediately plus I get the track listing, timings (if you have included them on the sleeve), writing credits, info about the musicians etc. none of which is usually included with downloads. There is also no substitute for actually having your product in my hands! In addition, this means I can choose the tracks I play from the whole selection on the CD.
Many of you want to submit content electronically (MP3, WAV etc.) as this is your cheapest option and you can decide what tracks you want to submit.
Whilst I fully appreciate your reasoning for this, please bear in mind that for every electronic submission you make, I have to:
download it to my computer
burn it to disk
create a track listing, with timings etc.
print off the track listing
visit your website to try to obtain some info about you and your music
put the whole package together in a jewel case
On average, this takes at least half an hour per disk, often longer.
I am frequently offered at 30 or more downloads per week. To get these to the stage where I can use them in a broadcast, for each download I have to purchase the blank disks, the jewel cases etc. and spend time doing all the things I detail above!!
This is on top of preparing and recording my show each week together with all the promotion of the shows etc.
Do the math as our American cousins love to say!!!
I am not paid to do what I do, indeed, as can be seen from the above, I subsidise what I do out of my own pocket! I know times are very tough for most musicians but ask that you remember that times are tough for us all and I do not have any income stream that I can use to defray my costs.
I am sorry to say, no CD, no airplay!
Given the amount of material received, you will readily appreciate that there are not enough hours in the day to listen to the whole of every CD submitted (I do have a life outside Digital Blues even if my wife is sometimes not convinced of this!!).
Therefore, like many of my colleagues, I can only dip into CDs and pick a track or two that have ‘immediate’ appeal etc. I do not necessarily have the chance to listen to the whole of those tracks so it would be very much appreciated if you could flag up tracks that may have language that may be considered ‘offensive’ or ‘adult’.
Sadly even the most innocuous sounding tracks can and do unexpectedly contain explicit language (God knows why as it adds nothing to the song) and only recently I had to fade a track by a significant artist early because of excessive gratuitous use of the F-word!
UK radio stations, in particular, are monitored and can get into big trouble, be fined heavily and even lose their license if material broadcast causes complaints and is considered offensive or obscene. Equally, if Digital Blues attracted complaints of this sort, it would quickly be taken off the air and I would no longer be able to share with the world the wonderful music you are making.
Finally, a little reminder that Digital Blues does what it says on the box, plays blues although I have a very broad view of what falls within that categorisation! It may seem obvious but you would be surprised how much music I receive or am offered that could not, even stretching a point as I often do, remotely be considered to be blues, blues based, blues influenced etc.
So, please don’t contact me about off genre content. Save your time and money (and mine!)
Thank you for reading this far and thank you in advance for bearing the above in mind. If some of it seems harsh or demanding, please remember that I, and the vast majority of my blues radio colleagues, do what we do for the love of the music and as a result of a passionate desire to spread the word about the great bands and artists there are out there.
Thank you for staying with this!! And thank you for taking note!! And thank you for the music!!
If you are looking to submit music for airplay consideration, please read the Music submissions page first! Thank you.