WFIT's Performance Studio is now open for bands and interviews, live broadcasts or prerecorded. The Studio is a 20' x 20' acoustically tuned room that can accommodate up to an 8 piece band comfortably. It comes with 5 piece CP and a 5 piece drum kit (cpadrums.com), Fender Deluxe III Hot Rod Amp, Ampeg BA-115 HP Bass Amp and Yamaha Clavinova CLP-440 Digital Piano. The Control Room is equipped with 32 channel Presonus Digital Board, Yamaha Sound Monitors, 6 Aviom Personal Headphone Mixers, Microphones by Neumann, Sennheiser, Sure, AKG and EV.
William "Big Bill" Morganfield (born June 19, 1956) is an American blues singer and guitarist, who is the son of Muddy Waters. Morganfield was born in Chicago, Illinois. He had little contact with his father. Instead he was raised in Southern Florida by his grandmother, and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. As a child he listened to his father's records, but also to more popular fare such as The Jackson Five. He came to music later in life, having first worked as a teacher after earning a bachelors degree in English from Tuskegee University and another in Communications from Auburn University. He did not begin playing music seriously until after his father's death in 1983, and then spent six years studying guitar.
John Németh (born 1976) is an American electric blues and soul harmonicist, singer, and songwriter. He has recorded seven albums since 2002, having also backed Junior Watson and Anson Funderburgh. He has opened for Robert Cray, Keb' Mo', and Earl Thomas. Allmusic noted that he is a "vocalist with great range, ability, and
Nick Moss (born 1969, Chicago, Illinois, United States) is an American Chicago and electric blues musician. He has released nine albums to date, all on his own Blue Bella Records label. He has played alongside or with Buddy Scott, Jimmy Dawkins, Jimmy Rogers and The Legendary Blues Band; as well as more latterly fronting his own group, Nick Moss and the Flip Tops. The music journalist Bill Dahl, stated Moss possesses "mastery of the classic Chicago sound."Moss originally learned to play the bass guitar, and joined Buddy Scott's backing band in his late teens. He played there for two years before moving on to join up with Jimmy Dawkins. By 1993, he had joined The Legendary Blues Band, and played
Catherine Russell (born 1956) is a contemporary jazz and blues vocalist. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was Louis Armstrong's long-time musical director, and her mother, the late Carline Ray, who was a pioneering bassist/guitarist/volcalist who held degrees from both Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music and performed with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm during World War II. Ms.
Long John Hunter(born July 13, 1931) is an American Texas blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He has released seven albums in his own name, and in his later years found critical acknowledgement outside of his homeland. Hunter's best known tracks are "El Paso Rock" and "Alligators Around My Door", the latter of which Hunter co-wrote with Bruce Iglauer. John Thurman Hunter Jr. was born in Ringgold, Louisiana, United States.
Brother Frank and Father Jay had the good fortune of being paid a visit by New Orleans blues guitarist Joe Caruso. Listen to the fascinating stories that Joe tells from his days in the Big Easy. Joe also talks about his new CD. Also, check out two live in-studio preformances.
Albert “Sunnyland Slim” Luandew (September 5, 1906 – March 17, 1995) was A American blues pianst, who was born in the Mississippi Delta and later moved to Chicago, Illinois, to contribute to that cit’s post war scene as a center of blues music. Chicago's broadcaster and writer, Studs Terkel, said Sunnyland Slim was "a living piece of our folk history, gallantly and eloquently carrying on in the old tradition." Sunnyland Slim was born on a farm in Quitman County, near Vance, Mississippi (some sources erroneously give this date as 1907)
The date was October 26, 1996. The Saturday Blues was a fairly new show on WFIT. The Steve Thorpe Orchestra was also new to the area. A young Brother Frank and a young Father Jay sat down with Steve and several members of his band in the old Roberts Hall WFIT studio. The rest is history. Enjoy.
A special thanks to Linda Thorpe for discovering these missing tapes. Steve, we miss you.