Blues in the Morning

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  • Blues

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:


TOP TEN (ish)



Due to my indecisive nature these are in no order and there may be more than 10 (its better not to count)

* Canadian (be proud)


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

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


CURL : Under the Table Wine (independent)*


VAN MORRISON: Roll With The Punches  (Caroline Records)


TOMMY CASTRO: Stompin’ Ground (Alligator Records)


GREG ALLMAN: Southern Blood (Rounder Records vinyl)


SOUTHERN AVENUE: Southern Avenue (Stax Records)

 southern avenue


RHINNON GIDDENS: Freedom Highway (Nonsuch vinyl)


ERIC BIBB: Migration Blues (Stony Plain Records)


CHRIS ANTONIK: Monarch (Independent)*








TAJMO: Tajmo (Concord Music Group vinyl)









RONNIE EARL: The Luckiest Man  (Stony Plain Records)




SAMANTHA FISH: Belle of the West (Ruf Records)










SATURDAY NITE FISH FRY: Vol 1 (featuring Shakura S’aida Arts)*










(if you haven’t already guessed, I’m especially fond of tortured women blues singers)

Feel free to add to the list!

*CANADIAN (be proud)



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


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    Tell us what do you think.

    1. Brizzy says: January 29, 2016

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

    2. 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


    3. 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…


    4. 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…


    5. 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!


    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. 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.


    8. 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….

    9. 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


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