April 19, 2014

This is Otis Rush performing at Montreux in 1986 with Gambler's Blues.


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April 12, 2014

Good evening. This is Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King performing Tired of Crying Over You at a bar in Texas.


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April 5, 2014

To begin, this is an instrumental called Kirk's Blues from The Mannish Boys.


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March 29, 2014

Saturday night: Harps

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This is the Asylum Street Spankers with Harp Rumble.


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March 22, 2014

Saturday night blues blogging

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Good Morning Little Schoolgirl was originally recorded as Good Morning, School Girl in 1937 by Sonny Boy Williamson. This is Bob Weir with Dan Kanter.


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March 20, 2014

Quebec Separation: Be Careful What You Wish For

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As is so often the case when Quebec comes up in the news, the current provincial election has led to a lot of people calling for that province to simply leave Canada once and for all. However, I'm not sure that the people, both inside and outside Quebec, who want la belle province to leave have thought through exactly what the implications would be...


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March 15, 2014

This is Nick Gravenites — singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer — performing Buried Alive in the Blues.


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Information czar loses landmark court case over document delays

Information commissioner Suzanne Legault has lost a landmark case over delays in the release of government documents, a ruling one critic says will make an ailing freedom-of-information system even worse.

A Federal Court judge said she was unable to censure National Defence for taking a three-year extension on delivering records requested under the Access to Information Act, an extension the commissioner had argued was unreasonable.

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Judge Catherine Kane ruled that the way the act is worded does not allow her to censure National Defence by issuing a declaration in favour of the information commissioner.

Kane said the act would have to be rewritten on the matter of extensions -- a responsibility of Parliament -- for any judge to intervene.

So what's to prevent the DND, or any other department, from continuing to grant itself extensions until the person requesting the information either gives up or dies?

And who believes the Conservative government will get busy and rewrite the act to give it more teeth?

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March 8, 2014

It felt strange to type "Saturday night blues blogging" but I'll get used to it. Let's open with Katie Webster on Two-fisted Mama.


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March 7, 2014

A brief programming note

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Due to circumstances beyond, well, you know, ....Friday night blues blogging is moving to Saturday night. Please try to bear up under the strain. All three of you.

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