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

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11:05 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Shake's Hall Pass: Miss Lissa and Co.

Eric Henry and Melissa Henry of Miss Lissa and Co.

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.

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3:18 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Shake's Hall Pass: Brown Street Blues Breakdown

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.

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10:31 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Shake's Hall Pass: Chris Yakopcic

Chris Yakopcic
Credit 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.

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1:23 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Shake's Hall Pass: Doug Hart Band

Doug Hart
Credit 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.

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12:43 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Shake's Hall Pass: Brian Keith Wallen

Brian Keith Wallen

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.

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