John Kessler

All Blues Host

John has worked as a professional bassist for 20 years, including a 15 year stint as Musical Director of the Mountain Stage radio program. John has been at KPLU since 1999 where he hosts “All Blues”, is producer of the BirdNote radio program, and co-hosts “Record Bin Roulette”. John is also the recording engineer for KPLU “In-Studio Performances”. Not surprisingly, John's main musical interests are jazz and blues, and he is still performing around Seattle.

His most memorable and satisfying KPLU radio moment was getting an email from Jimmy Lane, a bluesman and the son of blues legend Jimmy Rogers, who said something like “You’re playing the good stuff, keep it up!”

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Record Bin Roulette
12:33 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Shaken, not stirred: 50 years of James Bond

Here's the dazzling new VIDEO version of RBR:

50 years ago James Bond hit the big screen with Dr. No, and with it’s heady cocktail of intrigue, treachery and sex, pretty much set the standard for every spy movie to follow.

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

'Help Me' goes from blues to alt-rock

Sonny Boy Williamson

The Blues Time Machine

Sonny Boy Williamson’s career had a wide range. He played with Robert Johnson in the 1930’s and with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page in the 1960’s. His ability to span eras is a testament to the timelessness of his voice and harmonica.

Sonny Boy Williamson recorded “Help Me” in 1963, and it bears a striking similarity to the instrumental “Green Onions," from Booker T and the MGs one year earlier. It is unusual because it uses minor chords, and has a sort of dark and foreboding sound.

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All Blues
7:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

John Kessler's Top 10 Blues albums of 2012

Here are the top 10 Blues albums of 2012 according to KPLU's John Kessler, host of "All Blues" and "The Blues Time Machine" and co-host of "Record Bin Roulette".

JOAN OSBORNE:  BRING IT ON HOME,  Saguaro Road Records

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Record Bin Roulette
4:31 am
Thu December 20, 2012

The Great Christmas Carol Challenge

This week we pit musical legends against upstarts and imitators.

You be the judge and jury…

Let’s start with the best selling single of all time, Christmas or not…50 million copies of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” have been sold. Here’s the crooner singing "White Christmas":

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Blues Time Machine
12:00 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

'Mercy, Mercy' and young Hendrix showcase the rhythm in R&B

Don Covay

The Blues Time Machine

This song emphasizes the “rhythm” in “rhythm & blues."

“Mercy, Mercy” or “Have Mercy” was recorded by Don Covay in 1964. It features 22-year-old Jimi Hendrix on guitar. He’s still a few years away from his own solo career, but his guitar playing is recognizable.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:21 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Singing In The End Of The World

While we are planning to be here after December 21, we offer this apocalyptic episode starring some notable crackpots, as well as The Doors, REM, The Beatles and Marlene Dietrich.

Here's what RBR looks like in living, breathing color!

Watch our new VIDEOS!

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Jazz & Blues
12:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Just a 'Spoonful' of blues ... and the rest is history

Howlin' Wolf

The Blues Time Machine

It’s a modern blues standard with roots in the 1920’s, one of Willie Dixon’s many great compositions, and it can trace its origin in part to a Charlie Patton song from 1929: “A Spoonful Blues."

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Kicking the Bucket in Song and Story

Norman Greenbaum- spirit in the sky

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Up, Up With People !

Record Bin Roulette

Now in Vital, Vibrant VIDEO, Record Bin Roulette is ready for its close-up:

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Vote for These Songs About Elections

Alice Cooper for President?

This is how radio looks, now that we have a new VIDEO version!

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Record Bin Roulette
12:04 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Be afraid, be very afraid of these Songs

Here is the splendid new VIDEO VERSION of Record Bin Roulette. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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Record Bin Roulette
12:04 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Giving Pop Music "The Business"

Radio with moving pictures, a miracle! Heres the new video version of Record Bin Roulette!

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Taming the Forces of Nature with Music

This is how radio looks, the new video version of Record Bin Roulette! 

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu October 4, 2012

A Tip of the Hat to these Songs About Hats

This is how Record Bin Roulette LOOKS in VIDEO !

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