Blues in the Morning

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Host: Jim

Description: Blues in the Morning plays all sorts of Blues and blues related music with a special emphasis on Canadian, and especially local music. For thoughts and requests send an email.



Listen to a STREAM of last week’s show:





(more or less 10, anyway. No Ranking, hard enough to choose this small smaple of so many great albums this year *=Canadian)




These picks are recordings that made me happy and/or thoughtful; they are not always “the best” by some measurable standard.


Joe Bonamassa: British Blues Explosion Live (Disc Vinyl)

Deb Rhymer Blues Band: Don’t Wait Up (Self-Released)*
(hosts the Blues Jam at the V-Lounge every Sunday)

José James: Lean On Me (Blue Note)

Larkin & Poe: Venom and Faith (Tricki Woo)

Colin James: Miles To Go (True North)* (Buy the vinyl, you won’t regret it)

Shemekia Copeland: America’s Child (Alligator)

Rory Block: A Woman’s Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith (Stony Plain Records)


Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager: Rough Cuts (Independent)

Sister Mercy: Diamond (from Portland)

David Vest: David Vest  (Cordova Bay)*

VOICES OF MISSISSIPPI: Aritsts and Musicians, Documented By William Ferris (Dust to Digital)



Email me at , if you have a suggestion or two.


  • Friday - 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Thursday - 4:00 am - 6:00 am


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    Tell us what do you think.

    1. j woo says: December 20, 2018

      Luv blues and>>>blues in the morning>>>>>>Xcellent selection

      • Jim says: January 4, 2019

        Thanks for listening I appreciate your support

    2. Nancy Batty says: December 19, 2018

      Listening to you this morning in my office in Doha, Qatar. Not usually supposed to play music at work, but I’m almost alone in here this week.

      Still my favorite radio program.

      Merry Christmas Jim!

      • Jim says: January 4, 2019

        You rock. Hi to GR

    3. Daniel says: November 16, 2018

      There was a song playing today (16/11/2018) at around 10:05/10:10 – female singer, very folky. Only line I could catch was “on the median ground”. Any thoughts of who that could be? Thanks

    4. Connal Whyte says: May 18, 2018

      Can’t think of a better way to start off the weekend but to listen to Bluesinthemorning way Jim Martens. Thanks Jim.

      • Jim Martens says: May 29, 2018

        A pleasure CW….

    5. Kate says: January 12, 2018

      Stumbled on this show and am loving it so far, although it’s making me want to sneak away and find a divey blues bar to spend the afternoon in.

      Hope you’re doing well Jim! (You taught me at RDC. I was in your classics class and wrote the paper on Roman Food)

      • Jim says: January 13, 2018

        Ahhh yes I remember you well. A great vivid imagination and a very strong will. Hope you wait until at least noon to sneak off to the local blues ca. Thanks for emembering me and for listening to blues in the morning.


    6. Susan Johnson says: November 10, 2017

      Listening to the show this morning…happily….and wondering how you are?

      • Jim says: November 10, 2017

        I’m great thanks for listening. Which Susan Johnson is this
        Hope to see you soon


    7. Nancy says: September 22, 2017

      Really enjoying the show this morning (Friday, September 22). Love that you play so many female blues artists! Imelda May still makes me want to get up and dance!


    8. Nikki Armstrong says: May 9, 2017

      Hi Jim!
      Thanks to our friend Tom Kitts you got our album and he just sent me a message that it’s being played on your show/station! Spank you very much! Listening to the archives now… Love to hook up with you sometime and please put me on any mailings you do!

      • Jim says: May 12, 2017

        No problem… I understand that the cd is getting play on a wide range of shows. Victoria has a very active R&B/Soul scene among young people here. Your record fits nicely across a range of CFUV shows… blues… soul etc.
        Stay Cool…


    9. Greg Windwick says: April 14, 2017

      Hi Jim: Thanks for playing Chris Antonik’s “Hungry Ghost” and the guitar tone he used throughout. It took me back 50 years to Steve Miller Band’s “Song For Our Ancestors” from the album Sailor, and a similar guitar sound used on a different style of song. Nice writing and guitar from different generations.

      • Jim says: April 30, 2017

        Thanks Greg… maybe the Steve Miller thing is why I connected to Chris. It is a nice album… thoughtful and mature and as you say musically strong. I’ll play more…


    10. Carell-Ayne Whalen says: April 7, 2017

      I love Friday…. Blues in the Morning. with Host Jim
      This morning, Friday April 7, I heard a soon to be released CD “fish out of water” by……..???(I was driving and couldn’t write it down.
      Apparently this CD will be released later this year.
      Would you mind sharing the exact name of this CD and singer’s name?
      Many thanks, again Love your show………. keep up the excellent work. It makes my Friday mornings.
      Carell-Ayne Whalen

      • Jim says: April 10, 2017

        Hi; The album and song are called Fish Out of Water and the singer is Portland Blues Diva Karen Lovely. The cd/album should be out within the month. You might want to check her website. i think you can get the MP3 download that way now. She is very good/outstanding live. She will be here in about 6 weeks (if you live in Victoria)…
        Thanks a lot for listening. I appreciate your kind words and support. i’m away this week but give Georgie a listen at the same time. She is a CFUV fav.
        Anything else you need, let me know.

        Stay Groovey


    11. Brizzy says: January 29, 2016

      Blues in the Morning is the perfect way to start your Friday. I’m super excited about this show.


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