Hall of Fame Blues

Monday, 8 - 11pm

It's hard to recall a time when I didn't listen to Blues music.

Oh sure, I can remember the pop onslaught of the early 50s,and it was fine because that's all I knew. Things changed in rapid succession after I received a transistor radio somewhere towards the middle of that decade.

One night I was twisting the dial and stumbled across WLAC 1510 am in Nashville. After 9pm the station became a 50,000-watt "clear channel" voice which meant that it operated without any other stations,east of the Mississippi River on that frequency. It was a strong signal in more ways than one! Characters with names like "Big Hugh" and "John R" filled up the airwaves with great soul & blues performers whose music was every bit as funky as the personalities that spun the discs.

The "Wolf," "Muddy," "T-Bone," "Jimmy Reed," "BB," "Elmore" – these colorful figures became a part of my adolescent musical lexicon. I've never outgrown those players.

I've added many to the list through the years, but the magic they presented to me oh so long ago is as sweetly intangible to me today as it was way back when. I'm still a professional guitarist playing the music that I love, and for the many years I'm doubly blessed by being able to play this great American art form we call "The Blues" on WYSO on a program known as the "Hall Of Fame" show Monday nights at 8.

On one little promo I stated that we would "take you to the four corners of the blues, and check out all it's different hues," and that's what we try to do, with our focus being on the classic "Hall Of Fame "performers.

I'm proud to be a part of "Public Radio for the Miami Valley" and am eternally thankful to you, the listener, for affording the support to keep the "H of F" program alive and kickin' through all those years.

Keep it "locked" as they say, 'cause if you do, we'll keep the Blues coming at ya!

Thanks again,
"Shakin Dave" Hussong

Miss Lissa and Co. joined Shakin' Dave in WYSO studios for the November 2014 edition of Shake's Hall Pass.  The band performed original material and put its mark on classic blues tunes, talking to Shakin' Dave about the mutual love for the genre.

Brown Street Blues Breakdown joined Shakin' Dave in the WYSO studios for the October 2014 edition of Shake's Hall Pass.  In addition for performing live, the band chatted with Dave about its longstanding history in the Dayton blues scene, lineup changes and more.

Nate Stevens Photography

Chris Yakopcic brought acoustic blues to the September 2014 edition of Shake's Hall Pass, performing a mix of originals and his own renditions of the classics.  He and Shakin' Dave talked about guitars, learning the blues and more.

CD Madden

The Doug Hart Band visited the WYSO studios for the August 2014 edition of Shake's Hall Pass.  Old friends, the band and Shakin' Dave traded tales about blues in the Miami Valley and beyond.

Brian Keith Wallen joins Shakin' Dave in the studio for the July 2014 edition of Shake's Hall Pass marking milestones of being the Hall Pass' first solo performer and first out-of-state guest.  Wallen performed live and talked to Shakin' Dave about his musical upbringing, inspiration and his appreciation for the history of the blues.

Sean Carney and his band  join Shakin' Dave in the studio for the June 2014 edition of Shake's Hall Pass performing a variety of classic and original blues in the WYSO studios.

Crazy Joe Tritschler brought his band to the WYSO studios for the May 2013 edition of Shake's Hall Pass.  The group performed a variety of songs with roots in blues, rock and roll and even funk.

Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

Noah Wotherspoon, Rob Thaxton and Josh Gonzalez brought the blues to the WYSO studios for the April 2014 edition of Shake's Hall Pass.  The trio performed a variety of blues tunes, even getting Shakin' Dave himself to sit in on the final song.

Artist: Dixie Peach
Album: Blues With Friends 

Longevity has definitely had its place where this 40 year old aggregation is concerned:  perseverance, tenacity, the ability to incorporate objective change with the passage of time, concurrently allowing no musical fad de jour to infiltrate Dixie Peach's Macon, Georgia blues school approach without time worn collective scrutiny. These guys know what fits, what has worked for this sextet time and time again.

Artist: Eric Jerardi
Album: Everybody's Waiting

I've been following this guy's career since he first picked up a guitar, granted that's an oft used journalistic ploy, and it's usually fabricated. In this particular application, it couldn't be truer. If I dwell to deeply on it, I start to feel a bit aged.  One very significant aspect of this Blues magic that guitarist extraordinaire Eric Jerardi weaves so well is its/his sense of timelessness.

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