Blues and jazz music often get lumped together in great chunks of the collective listening ear. And since blues and jazz (or jass as it was originally spelled) appear to have African-American roots, and seem to have arrived at close to the same period in musical history, maybe this association is justified. And just as jazz has progressed and changed with the times, so has the blues.
No longer does a major record label pull an itinerant, black street performer into a nearly vacant room with a chair and a recording device, record a few sides, pay him a small sum and put him back on the street. The blues, like any other music form, has reached the 21st century.
The Blues Bar, a blues music program heard on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. strives to mix up all the styles of recorded blues of the last 80+ years into four hours a week. Various blues styles heard on any given show may include pre-WWII country blues, early urban blues, Piedmont style, gospel, post WWII urban blues, West Coast swing, British blues/rock, modern day acoustic and electric blues, blues/fill-in-the-blank fusion (just to name a few).
In addition to recorded blues, your host, John Goldfarb offers ticket giveaways to blues shows at various venues in the Bay Area. He also presents a Blues Concert Calendar at about 12:35 p.m. that notes blues musical acts coming to the Bay Area. From time to time you can hear John Goldfarb converse with some of those blues musicians coming through town. And who knows? You might hear that musician perform live right in the KFJC studio.
The beer brewing industry has expanded its possibilities over the last half-century. Remember when a few brands of lagers and ales were available at your local liquor store or bar? Well today, those same store shelves and bar taps are loaded to the gills with stouts, bocks, lites, wheat, honey, black-and-tans, malts and related beers. Like the other bars, the Blues Bar's taps are filled and plentiful and available to you through KFJC 89.7, your Sauce for Sound.