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Come sit on The Couch every Monday when I present "Musicians You Should Know". We cover Blues and Rock and Roll with occasional forays into Country/Roots and R&B. Each show we interview 4 guests, new or old. Many of my past guests honor Music On The Couch by debuting new music before it is released. I have had the honor to present WORLD PREMIERS of a number of albums over the last year.
 
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DeRay, Kaya, Sam, and De'Ara dive into recent overlooked news including jail deaths, public school enrollment, Upper West Side NIMBYs, and pandemic poverty. DeRay sits down with pollster Terrance Woodbury to discuss representation in research, and why Trump is winning over Black men. Then, a quick check-in with Joyce Elliott, who is the House Democ…
 
MR SIPP – COUCH KID NEWS Sipp comes by to discuss his latest single, “Played Yourself”. Will discuss the single, upcoming projects, and his world over the last 6 months. DAVE KELLER – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Dave is releasing You Get What You Give and he comes by to talk about the music, how he is coping with the pandemic and his take on what the new n…
 
DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara, and Sam dive into recent overlooked news including wrongful incarceration, California's prison factories, Rhode Island's school reopening plan, and penitentiary demographic predictions. Then, DeRay chats with Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden from the new NPR show "Louder Than a Riot", to look at the links between hip-hop and…
 
PRATT/WESLEY – COUCH KID NEWS Kern Pratt comes by with Will Wesley to discuss their single “A New Kind Of Blues”, and how they are coping with the pandemic. SHAUN MURPHY – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - WORLD PREMIER Shaun returns to The Couch with her new album, Flame Still Burns. The album will be released on the 19th to DJ’s, and we are thrilled to bring…
 
DeRay, Kaya, Sam, and De'Ara dive into recent overlooked news including Sag Harbor, Colorado's sweeping marijuana pardon, job markets, and Tanqueray from Humans of New York. Then, DeRay chats with CNN's Brian Stelter about his new book "Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth" which examines how a media empire is respons…
 
DOUG MacLEOD – COUCH KID NEWS Doug comes by to discuss the rerelease of “The Train Of Change” a single off his 2011 album, Brand New Eyes. 10 years later, the words still ring true MICK KOLASSA – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC - WORLD PREMIER Mick allows us to world premier another of his albums. This one is called If You Can’t Be Good, Be Good At It, and onc…
 
DeRay, Sam, De'Ara, and Kaya dive into recent overlooked news including state funding for coronavirus relief, Supreme Court appointments, NYC's school reopenings, and a real-life Killmonger. Netta Elzie gives updates on what's happening with the nationwide protests. Then, DeRay chats with Julie Gunnigle, the Democratic nominee for top prosecutor in…
 
REGINA BONELLI – COUCH KID NEWS Regina comes by to talk about her new single, “Didn’t I”, while we also discuss how she has been dealing with the pandemic. KIRSTEN THIEN – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Kirsten returns to The Couch to discuss the new album, Two Sides, her life since her last visit back in 2013, the world around her today and more. KEIKO KOMAK…
 
DeRay, De'Ara, Sam and Kaya dive into recent overlooked news including child care, income inequality, dental service, and who Biden would appoint to the Supreme Court. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay chats with Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg about their new book "I Got a Monst…
 
SUGARAY RAYFORD - COUCH KID NEWS Sugaray comes by to discuss his new. single "Homemade Disaster" the upcoming album and how he has been coping with the craziness around us. DAVID MILLER & THE SINNERS – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC David returns with the new album, Rise, and to talk about all that has been going on in his world since his last visit. JEFF FET…
 
DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara, and Sam dive into recent overlooked news including Black veganism, California's inmate firefighters, a Georgia co-op town, and self-care. Then, DeRay chats with Gregory Washington, President of George Mason University, to discuss the new reality of re-opening schools and the launch of new anti-racism policies. Links: DeRay De'A…
 
REV SHAWN AMOS - COUCH KID NEWS Shawn comes by to discuss the remixing of his last album and where he is going CATHY GRIER Cathy has released I'm All Burn and we will discuss her career and the new music and the years she has had since the IBC VANESSA COLLIER – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Vanessa has released her new album, Heart On The Line, and I am look…
 
DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara, and Sam dive into recent overlooked news including coronavirus test delays, Trump cancelling racial sensitivity training, Miami-Dade's cyberattacks, and Pasco County's pre-crime program. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay chats with Julián Castro about his new pod…
 
DeRay, Kaya, De'Ara, and Sam dive into recent overlooked news including Iowa's voter suppression, national standards for police training, curfew laws, and Chadwick Boseman's thoughts on the pain of being young, gifted, and Black. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay chats with human rig…
 
MICHAEL FREEMAN - COUCH KID NEWS Michael comes by to talk about the cancellation of the 2021 IBC and plans moving forward out of the pandemic. TERRIE OBABI - COUCH KID NEWS Terrie just released "Love Trumps Hate" and I needed to get her on the show ASAP to discuss it. SMOKE WAGON BLUES BAND – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Cory Lueck returns to The Couch to d…
 
BOBBY RUSH – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Bobby is still recovering from his bout with Covid-19, but he is coming by for a short visit and to talk about the new album, Rawer Than Raw. Honored we can speak with the legend again. KAT RIGGINS – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC We spoke with Kat back in June and got to preview a song. The album, Cry Out, is now out and Kat …
 
Take a listen to the first two episodes of DeRay's, Sam and Netta’s new project. The Untold Story: Policing is a four-part podcast series from Campaign Zero and Lemonada Media. Join host and actor Jay Ellis (Insecure, Top Gun: Maverick, Mrs. America) on his mission: to demystify police union contracts, separate truth from fiction, and deliver some …
 
DeRay, Sam, Kaya, and De'Ara dive into recent overlooked news including HBCUs joining Esports, streaming DNC, mental health in a pandemic, and Burundi's reparations. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay chats with Ben Wikler, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, to discuss the fi…
 
SHOW #529 BRUCE MS JOHNSON – COUCH KID NEWS Bruce comes by to talk about the new song he has created around all that is happening in our country. The song, “Mr. Policeman” We’ll hear the song and catch up with Bruce JW JONES – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC JW returns to The Couch with his new album, Sonic Departures. Will be nice to catch up with this wonder…
 
DeRay, Sam, Kaya, and De'Ara dive into recent overlooked news including ad scams, Iowa voting rights, Joe Arpaio, and the unraveling of America. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay is joined by Jaime Primak Sullivan host of the "Tell Me What to Do" answer listener questions together. L…
 
R.D. OLSON – COUCH KID NEWS R.D. will stop by and talk about his new single release, “I Got A Message”, with his message for our times. We will also check in on E.D. and what is happening . KIM SIMMONDS – SAVOY BROWN – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Kim returns to The Couch to talk about, “Ain’t Done Yet”, the new Savoy Brown album. We will also discuss Kim’s…
 
DeRay, De'Ara, Kaya, and Sam dive into recent overlooked news including teachers' unions, police discipline records, election delays, and facial recognition. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay sits down with representatives from Ameelio; the nonprofit that allows families to communica…
 
CAROLYN FE – COUCH KID NEWS Carolyn has released a new version of her song “Jerusalem’s Thorns – Civilian Remix”, which first appeared on her Sugat Ko album. We’ll talk about why she decided to do this. CARY MORIN – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Cary has released Dockside Saints. The album fuses dynamic fingerstyle native Americana with Cajun, Creole and zyd…
 
DeRay, De'Ara, Kaya, and Sam dive into recent overlooked news including food insecurity, voting rights for ex-felons, election polling, and pandemic learning pods. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay sits down with Sarah Iannarone, who is running for mayor in Portland, to discuss the p…
 
BORN HEALERS – COUCH KID NEWS Helen and Iain will wake VERY early over in Britain to talk about their upcoming album and we get to preview a song from the album for you. EDDIE 9V Eddie hails from Georgia, he is only 24, but has been playing the clubs for years. He was at the IBC back in 2014 and his album, Left My Soul in Memphis was up for Best Se…
 
DeRay, Sam, De'Ara, and Kaya dive into recent overlooked news including anti-vaxxers, reparations, CDC pandemic data, and Candace Valenzuela's run for Congress. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay sits down with Elise Buik to discover what the United Way is doing to fight new heights i…
 
DeRay, De'Ara, Kaya, and Sam dive into recent overlooked news including 'no knock' warrants, coroner elections, Oklahoma's Supreme Court decision, and foreign coronavirus responses. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, Kaya sits down with Baltimore public schools' CEO Sonja Santelises to disc…
 
TOO SLIM & THE TAILDRAGGERS – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Slim returns to The Couch with the new album, The Remedy. We’ll check in on all he has been going through the last four months, dropping an album at this time and more. LEROY ELLINGTON – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Leroy and the ban have released Live & Kickin’ It!, an album that will have you shaking it li…
 
DeRay, Sam, De'Ara, and Kaya dive into recent overlooked news, including judicial misconduct, cultural quilting, the blockades of homeschooling, and racism in property tax assessments. Johnetta Elzie joins again to update us about developments around the current protests. Then, DeRay connects with Mary Kay Henry to discuss the work the Service Empl…
 
SHOW #524 - WOMEN IN BLUES BRIDGET KELLY BAND – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Bridget and Tim will come by to talk about Dark Spaces, their latest release. The sixth album by the band, this contains 13 originals and I look forward to chatting with them about the music and the world around them. SUSAN ANGELETTI Susan has released her fourth album, You Really …
 
DeRay, Sam, De'Ara, and Kaya tackle this week’s overlooked news, including poisoned baby powder, DC statehood, major strides in police reform, and school reopening issues. DeRay chats again with Johnetta Elzie about the current protest climate. Then, DeRay connects with journalist Soledad O'Brien, to discuss her new podcast and how race shapes our …
 
SCOTT ELLISON – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Scott returns to talk about his new album, Skyline Drive, and we will talk about all that is going on in his pandemic world. REVEREND FREAKCHILD – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC The Rev has done it again. He returns with Bodhisattva Blues, with a cast of serious musicians and some wonderful tunes. ANTHONY GERACI – COUCH KID…
 
DeRay and Sam are joined by Kaya Henderson and De'Ara Balenger, new Pod Save the People news crew members. They discuss LA evictions, climate change impact on pregnancy, immigration policy, and defunding police foundations. DeRay chats with Johnetta Elzie about the current protest climate. Finally, DeRay speaks with Joanna Schwartz, about police da…
 
ANTHONY PAULE – COUCH KID NEWS Anthony is coming by to discuss I’m Just Like You, a song off the upcoming release from Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Review featuring The Sons Of Soul Review. We will discuss the last recording, and play this great tune JOSE RAMIREZ Jose and his band took 2nd place in the 2020 International Blues Challen…
 
This week DeRay sits down with Black farmers Angie & June Provost to talk about their unique experiences and challenges, including racist limitations, Then, DeRay connects to Amy Kennedy, who is running for Congress in NJ, about widening the historical tent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
KAT RIGGINS – COUCH KID NEWS Kat is going to be releasing Cry Out on Gulf Coast Records, and we will chat with her ahead of the release and play the title track. TONY HOLIDAY – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Tony has released Soul Service on Vizztone Records and he will come by to talk about the new music and the world around us. ERIC SELBY – COUCH KID NEW MU…
 
ULS – COUCH KID NEWS A fusion band of blues, hip hop, classic rock, and R&B Urban ladder society affectionately known ULS, delivers a fresh take on keeping the Blues alive. We will speak with leaders, and Couch Kids, Henry ‘Roosterman’ Stevens and Chris Gil about the band and play heir single, “Same Ole Thang”. PIEDMONT BLUZ Valerie & Benedict Turn…
 
This week DeRay, Brittany, Sam, and Clint discuss the murder of George Floyd and the protests around the nation. Then, DeRay sits down with Justine Barron and Amelia McDonell-Parry, who have been researching the death and cover-up of Freddie Gray, which just hit a five-year anniversary. To take further action, visit Campaign Zero’s curated resource…
 
GREG NAGY - COUCH KID NEWS We will chat with Greg about the last 5 years and his upcoming album. With the pandemic, the release has been delayed but he has released “My Andrea”, his love song to his partner. MISTY BLUES – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC Gina Coleman returns to discuss the new album, Weed ‘Em & Reap and all else going on in their world. ERIC HU…
 
This week DeRay, Brittany, Sam, and Clint discuss police accountability, city funding, the data on social distancing, and the history of marijuana. Then, DeRay sits down with Dr. Nzinga Harrison of the new podcast "In Recovery" from Lemonada Media. Harrison examines the effects of coronavirus on addiction and recovery. http://michiganlawreview.org/…
 
This week DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss Ohio's hacker protest, prisoner connectivity apps, Africa's coronavirus response, and the stats on how Black Democratic voters are changing. Then, DeRay sits down with Mehrsa Baradaran to evaluate all of the ethnic groups that were ignored in the first round of stimulus promotion, and what we need t…
 
SHOW #518 VICTOR WAINWRIGHT – COUCH KID NEWS On April 13th I had the honor of sitting with Victor and talking about the new album, Memphis Loud. It had been delayed due to the pandemic, but Victor spent time discussing much of the album. Since then? Well another Blues Music Award and a Grammy Nomination… If Victor is available we will chat for a fe…
 
Content Warning: Violence. This week, DeRay, Brittany, Sam, and Clint discuss social distancing arrests, Ahmaud Arbery's murder, pandemic-influenced police violence, and a Sioux tribe's fight with South Dakota's governor. Then, DeRay sits down with Maryland State Senator Bill Ferguson to explore what it means to be a legislator facing 2020's unexpe…
 
REVEREND SHAWN AMOS – COUCH KID NEW MUSIC The Reverend returns to The Couch to share and talk about Blue Sky, his latest release. WEB SITE FACEBOOK PAGE PAUL NELSON – Paul was blues/rock icon Johnny Winter‘s hand-picked touring and recording guitarist and received a Grammy for his work on Winter’s Step Back album. We’ll speak with Paul and find out…
 
This week, DeRay, Sam, Brittany, and Clint discuss food stamp limitations, racial disparities in coronavirus deaths, Missouri prosecutors, and the imprisonment of housing insecure people in St. Louis. Then, DeRay sits down with Mike Schmidt, who is currently running to become the next district attorney of Portland. http://www.stlamerican.com/news/c…
 
MAYA RAE Maya released her first album at 13, a collection of jazz and pop standards. Then she sent a demo to Couch Kid Steve Dawson and joined him in Nashville to record Can You See Me, an album deserving to be heard. We’ll learn more about this 17-year-old and hear her music. KERRY PASTINE & THE CRIME SCENE Out of Denver, Kerry and the band have …
 
This week, DeRay, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss college courses for inmates, the story of Onesimus, Fox News misinformation, and the Japanese island that ended quarantine too early. Then, DeRay sits down with President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Vanita Gupta, to examine the need for mail-in ballots around upc…
 
This week, DeRay, Clint, and Sam discuss stimulus checks for the rich, coronavirus' impact on the environment, and Trump's new commission on policing. Then, DeRay sits down with the newly minted Dr. Clint Smith III to discuss his dissertation, “What If They Open That Door One Day? What Education Means to People Sentenced to Juvenile Life Without Pa…
 
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