Champ Jaxon

Champ Jaxon is a nine year old aspiring blues-rock musician based out of Southwest Florida. Champ was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 2010 and his family relocated back to Florida in 2013 when he was three years old. Shortly thereafter, in the Spring of 2014, Champ attended the Wanee Music Festival at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. He witnessed the Allman Brothers Band on their farewell tour as well as many other great acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Moe., Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Royal Southern Brotherhood, and more. Although he’d already been exposed to music beforehand, that festival is where his passion was ignited. He and his family attended the next four Wanee festivals as well as many other festivals and concerts throughout Florida since then, including the Rolling Stones most recently. 

​Champ began studying the guitar around age six, although he had a ukulele he’d been banging around with prior to that. His father taught him a few basics to get going and he currently receives instruction at the Rock Box Music School in North Port, FL.  Champ’s debut performance came when sang one song at a youth talent showcase in May 2018. That was followed by a handful of local open mic appearances, which led to his first featured gig at Big Storm Brewing in Cape Coral, FL in March of 2019. Since then, Champ has performed at various venues throughout Southwest Florida, including Punta Gorda’s 50th Anniversary Woodstock Celebration, The Southwest Florida International Blues Society Regional International Blues Competition,  and the Big Orange Music Festival, where he shared the stage with Blackberry Smoke, The Allman Betts Band, JD Simo, Joanna Shaw Taylor, and more. 

Champ plays a Gibson SG Signature Guitar through a Fender Blues Junior IV Humboldt Edition Amplifier and uses D’Addario strings, He is also a proud member of the Lone Hawk Hat family, which includes the likes of Sheryl Crow, Chris Robinson, Marcus King, and other esteemed entertainers. 

Champ’s band mates, the Low Flying Owls (inspired by a road sign on nearby Captiva Island), include his father, Nate Winkler on rhythm guitar and backup vocals. They are joined by Brent Adam on drums and Alex Mazevski on bass. All three band members are involved in solo projects or also members of other bands. 

Aidan Skinner

Aidan Skinner is a young and talent up in coming blues rock Guitarst from the city of Shreveport, LA. Several years ago in the same city there was a young man by the name of Kenny Wayne Shepherd who came from Shreveport and took the blues world by storm. Aidan is following that same path but doing it in his own way. At only 15 years of age Aidan has developed such an incredible understating of the guitar, from blues to rock he can play it all. This was the second time I’ve talked to Aidan on the show actually back in the spring of 2019. I talked to Aidan then when the show was for a class project in my radio broadcast class at my college (14 years old at the time) and he still had the same understanding and drive to play guitar and he’s continued to improve over time. Mark my words by the year 2025 Aidan Skinner will be a name thrown into categories at events like the Blues Music Awards and much more! Keep your eye open for another Shreveport born axeman! You had Kenny Wayne Shepherd and now you have Aidan Skinner!

Neil Carter

Photo by Lou Bilotti

Neil Carter is an English musician who has worked in diverse genres throughout his career. Classically trained, he became a professional rock musician at the age of 17 and initially had his first “mainstream” experience with singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan. He subsequently played guitar and keyboard for the hard rock band UFO, blues rock guitarist Gary Moore, and Wild Horses. He is credited for co-writing a number of Gary Moore’s songs including the worldwide hit “Empty Rooms”. At 30 he left the rock world and developed a different career as both teacher of woodwind (saxophone and clarinet) and as an ABRSM examiner. 2010 saw an unexpected return to rock with Gary Moore, playing festivals across Europe and a tour of Ukraine and Russia. Future tours and a Celtic rock album were to follow but this was curtailed by the death of Gary Moore in February 2011. 

On 30 April 2019, it was announced that he would return to UFO for their ‘Last Orders’ tour, following the death of Paul Raymond with Neil replacing Paul. The tour began in June 2019 in Germany with concerts and festival appearances. It is expected that following the USA dates in autumn 2019 there will be some concerts in 2020 as a continuation of the bands’ final 50th anniversary tour.

He taught at Brighton College, from January 1993 holding the position of “Head of Woodwind and Brass”. He taught one-on-one lessons on clarinet and saxophone. Neil was the conductor of the school Concert Band, and the school Saxophone Ensemble and led the School’s Swing Band. Neil left Brighton College in June 2014 to move down to his home in Lanzarote. He will continue his work as an examiner for ABRSM.

With UFO

  • 1981 The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent
  • 1982 Mechanix
  • 1983 Making Contact
  • 1983  Headstone – live album

With Wild Horses

  • 1980 Wild Horses

With Gary Moore

  • 1983 Victims of the Future
  • 1984 We Want Moore!
  • 1985 Run for Cover
  • 1987 Wild Frontier
  • 1987 Live at Issstadion Stockholm: Wild Frontier Tour (Live Video VHS)
  • 1989 After the War
  • 2010 Live at Montreux 2010

Joey Stuckey

Joey Stuckey is an award-winning blind guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer, radio and television personality, music columnist, educator and sound engineer. He is also the official music ambassador for his home town of Macon Georgia. 

Joey’s guitar style is reminiscent of rocker Jeff Beck and jazzer Wes Montgomery, while his vocal influences range from Mel Torme to Gregg Allman. 

As an infant, Joey lost his sight and sense of smell as the result of a brain tumor and was introduced to music from an early age. His mother enjoyed opera, while his dad enjoyed country music. When he was 13, Stuckey developed pneumonia and eventually had to be home schooled for an entire year. 

“I lived for my shows on Saturdays,” says Joey. “I was a huge fan of public radio and on Saturdays, I listened to a show called, ‘After Space.’ It was DJ’d and produced by a guy called Rob Thomas (who eventually became a good friend and is still a great friend today). He would play radio shows like, ‘The Lone Ranger,’ ‘The Shadow,’ and other classic shows. I was so enamored with these stories – the sound effects and narration broadcast in a format accessible for the blind were just amazing.” The show was produced so eloquently, Joey decided that sound production was what he wanted to do with his life. 

What began as a simple statement turned into a life-long passion. After that evolutionary period in his life, Joey bought all kinds of sound equipment and was soon recording sessions in his house with various garage bands. He was amazed at the writing ability from the many musicians he came across. “I realized, at that point, that there were things I wanted to share with the world,” says Stuckey. “And I knew that the medium for that was music.” 

Without missing a beat, Joey graduated from high school at the age of 14 and at 17, began his musical career by taking classical guitar lessons from noted music professor Terry Cantwell. Joey went on to attend Mercer University. He furthered his musical education by studying with renowned jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan and later, with Professor Steven Crowell. 

Despite his physical limitations, Joey has flourished in every aspect of his life. He released several albums, including ‘Take A Walk In The Shadows’ (1995), ‘Ironies, Pain And The Light That Guides’ (1999), ‘Live And Stuff,’ (2000), ‘Live And More Stuff,’ (2001), ‘So Far,’ (2003), ‘Oceanside,’ (2009), ‘The Shadow Sound,’ (2011), ‘Mixture’ (2012) and ‘The Acoustic Sessions, Volume I’ (2014). Joey experienced national success with the launch of ‘Mixture,’ which reached #9 on the CMJ Top 40 Jazz Charts for North America. 

In 2002, Joey met his wife, Jennifer, who works as a certified nurse midwife in Macon. He is also the owner and sound engineer of a recording facility, Shadow Sound Studio in Macon, which boasts vintage analog gear and state-of-the-art digital technology. 

Joey enjoys promoting music in various ways. He is a featured music columnist for the webzine ‘Portal Magazine’ and contributes regularly to a music blog on ‘Gateway Macon,’ where he writes about the history of music in Macon and other music-related topics. 

Joey is currently involved with students, instructing them on guitar, voice, music theory, and sound engineering. He is the professor of Music Technology at Mercer University and an official mentor for the Recording Connections School in Los Angeles. No stranger to musical theater, he was the music director for Macon State College’s production of ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ in the fall of 2002. Recently, Joey has taken on the role of music publisher and has a growing catalog of great songs in multiple genres. His publishing companies include Sociology Publishing (BMI) and Sign Wave Publishing (ASCAP). Joey and his band, The Joey Stuckey Band, perform nationally. They have opened for legendary artists such as TED NUGENT, BAD COMPANY, TRISHA YEARWOOD, JAMES BROWN, CLARENCE CARTER, WET WILLIE, THE B-52’S, KEVIN KINNEY FROM DRIVIN’ N CRYIN, and SMASHMOUTH. In his other roles as either producer, composer, music columnist, and sound engineer or hired musician, Joey has worked with musical greats including GEORGE THOROGOOD, ALAN PARSONS (PINK FLOYD, THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT), ROSS HOGARTH (PRODUCER FOR VAN HALEN, JOHN MELLENCAMP, BONNIE RAITT), BILLY DUFF (THE CULT), JOE SOLO (PRODUCER FOR MACY GRAY), DANNY SERAPHINE (CHICAGO), BEN TUCKER (HERBIE MANN), DAVID RAGSDALE (KANSAS, SMASHING PUMPKINS), ALLEN VIZZUTTI (CHICK COREA BAND), SAMMY NESTICO (COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA), DAVID BERGER (ARRANGER AND CONDUCTOR FOR JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER, ARRANGER FOR NATALIE COLE, ROSEMARY CLOONEY, MADELEINE PEYROUX AND CECILE MCLORIN SALEANT), SHANNON FOREST (TOTO, TAYLOR SWIFT, RASCAL FLATTS), CHARLIE HOSKYNS (THE POPES), PAUL MCGUINNESS (THE POGUES), WILL MORRISON (MODERN ENGLISH), CHUCK LEAVELL, RANDALL BRAMBLETT (TRAFFIC, GREG ALLMAN), HUGHIE THOMASSON (FROM LYNYRD SKYNARD AND THE OUTLAWS), JIMMY HERRING (FROM THE AQUARIUM RESCUE UNIT, FROG WING, THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, AND THE OTHERS/GRATEFUL DEAD), MIKE MILLS from R.E.M and many, many others. In short, Joey is a young man with an enormous talent, clear vision, and a tireless work ethic, who is well respected by his peers, fans, and more than a few legends. 

Joey released his new single, ‘Blind Man Drivin’ in London, England on March 12, 2015 during his Spring tour. 

Honors and Awards

  • 1999 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Recording Artist of the Year
  • 2000 Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Cotton Carrier Award
  • 2000 & 2005 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Little Jimmy Dempsey Award for Musical Excellence
  • 2001-2008 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Jazz Artist of the Year
  • 2004 Reader’s Choice Award for Singer/Songwriter, “11th Hour Magazine”
  • 2006 Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Ray Melton “Music Man” Award
  • 2006 Appointed the Official Ambassador of Music for Macon, Georgia, by its mayor and city council
  • 2007 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Jimmy Bryant “Guitar Man” Award
  • 2007 EATV Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2009 Prominently featured in the book Street Singers, Soul Shakers, Rebels Without a Cause: Music From Macon
  • 2010 Proclamation and Key to the City of Green Cove Springs, Florida
  • 2011 NewTown Macon’s Special Recognition Award
  • 2012 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Recording Artist of the Year
  • 2012 Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee – music education category
  • 2012 Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Award for Organization of the Year – Shadow Sound Studio
  • 2014 Recognition of Musical Accomplishment Proclamation from the Pond Town Festival, Rhine, Georgia
  • 2015 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Recording Artist of the Year
  • 2015 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Jazz Artist of the Year
  • 2016 Georgia Music Awards Jazz Artist of the Year
  • 2016 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Jazz Artist of the Year
  • 2017 Prominently featured in the book Insights in Sound Visually Impaired Musicians’ Lives and Learning
  • 2017 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Jazz Artist of the Year
  • 2017 Atlanta Society of Entertainers American Band of the Year (The Joey Stuckey Band)
  • 2017 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Randy Little Inspirational Award

Joey Stuckey’s Affiliations

  • NARAS/Grammy (National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences)-Atlanta Chapter, voting member
  • GMIA (Georgia Music Industry Association), President Emeritus Macon Chapter
  • BMI (writer)
  • International Jazz Educators Association
  • GACCA (Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies)
  • Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association, founding member
  • Georgia Music Hall of Fame Advisory Committee, youngest appointed member


The band Heritage makes their debut interview on our show! Meet Jaden Rudloff and Waylon Floyd. The two recorded, mixed and mastered an album in the middle of the pandemic and then released it! Their debut album titled “Long Hard Road” is available now on all streaming sites! Be sure to check them out and support the band which features Waylon, Jaden, Dakota and Brandon! If you like The Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Kenny Wayne Shepherd you will love Heritage. From Waylons killer guitar riffs and Jadens powerful and soulful voice these two and their band bring you nothing but that good ole southern rock vibe!

Robert Connely Farr

Singer-songwriter Robert Connely Farr grew up in the small southern town of Bolton, Mississippi, home town of Charley Patton & The Mississippi Sheiks. Connely currently resides in Vancouver, Canada where he also heads up the alt-country / Southern rockers Mississippi Live & the Dirty Dirty

In 2017, Connely met Mississippi blues icon Jimmy “Duck” Holmes in Bentonia, Mississippi, just miles from where Connely grew up. They immediately struck up a friendship & since then, Jimmy has been mentoring Connely in the Bentonia Style of the blues, a style that Holmes learned directly from Henry Stuckey, who taught Skip James & Jack Owens. 

In early 2018, Connely teamed up with Canadian producer & acclaimed songwriter Leeroy Stagger to record an album of the songs written during this mentorship titled “Dirty South Blues” (Robert Connely Farr & the Rebeltone Boys). Released in October 2018, Dirty South Blues includes 10 songs, 8 that were written by Farr. ‘Just Jive’, a song that Jimmy “Duck” Holmes wrote in ’81 & was almost lost forever – is a co-write with Robert Connely Farr & Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. Farr also pays homage to the roots of this album by covering Skip James’ ‘Hard Time Killin Floor Blues’. Songs like ‘Magnolia’ & ‘Dirty South Blues’ are Farr’s attempt to reconcile / question some of the more controversial elements of the South, such as the rebel flag & pockets of racism that he witnessed growing up.

Jose Ramirez

At 32 years old, Jose Ramirez is Costa Rica’s premier blues artist and has played with some of the biggest names in the blues industry. These artists include Buddy Guy, Anson Funderburgh, Janiva Magness, Mark Hummel and Bryan Lee, to name a few.

The Jose Ramirez Band recently won second place at The Blues Foundation 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The band performed in the finals at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis after advancing to the quarter and semi-finals against over 230 bands from around the world.

In the past couple of years, Jose has traveled the world playing the blues. His two European tours included more than 45 concerts in England, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium. His U.S.A. tour included shows around the Midwest and the South. Highlights included shows at legendary clubs such as Buddy Guy’s Legends and The House of Blues in Chicago.

The band is getting ready for some more touring in the U.S. and Europe this year. Jose’s debut album “Here I Come“ releases in Summer and will be the highlight of the tour.

The new album was recently recorded in Austin, TX under the production of blues guitar legend Anson Funderburgh and mixed by Grammy Award Winner Stuart Sullivan (Jimmie Vaughan, Willie Nelson, Sublime)

Jose’s debut album has received incredible praise from the Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis. General Mattis offered his thoughts on Ramirez’s debut album, “I really loved the album… my favorite songs are Gasoline & Matches and Traveling Riverside Blues. I could sit on my back porch and listen to it over and over” said Mattis. Not so bad for a DEBUT record! Happy 4th of July!!!


Once a generation, an artist comes along who not only reminds mainstream audiences how deeply satisfying and emotionally moving the best blues music can be, but shakes the genre to its core. With both eyes on the future and the blues in his blood, 21-year-old guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone “Kingfish” Ingram continues to take the music world by storm after his 2019 release of his debut album, KINGFISH. Sprung from the same earth as so many of the Delta blues masters, Kingfish comes bursting out of Clarksdale, Mississippi, just ten miles from the legendary crossroads of Highways 61 and 49. A student of the Delta’s musical history, he is acutely aware of the musicians and the music that emerged from his corner of the world. “I do think I have an old soul, that I’ve been here before,” he says. “I’m moving forward with one foot in the past.”

“You don’t see too many kids into blues music,” says the nascent star. “In my town, every kid wants to be a rapper – I wanted to do something no one else was doing.”  And although he grew up near the crossroads where Robert Johnson allegedly cut a deal with the devil, Kingfish insists he didn’t do any of that to make his guitar howl the blues. “I just practice all the time,” he says, “that’s the only deal I made, and it’s with myself.”

Recorded in Nashville and produced by two-time Grammy winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, Joe Louis Walker), KINGFISHshowcases Ingram’s blistering, raw and inspired guitar playing, soulful, deep vocals and songwriting. He tells stories with his solos, channeling the spirits of all the past masters while the music he makes is his own. He co-wrote eight of the album’s 12 tracks. “A lot of folks know me for my covers,” he says. “That’s why it’s important for me to release original music.” The first radio single, Outside Of This Town, is a fierce statement of purpose – both musically and lyrically – from this rising star. The songs range from autobiographical (Been Here Before, Before I’m Old) to humorous (Trouble), and from white hot (It Ain’t Right) to slow and searing (Love Ain’t My Favorite Thing). His friend and mentor, Buddy Guy, adds vocals and guitar on Fresh Out while another friend, Keb Mo, brings his warm, conversational voice to Listen, and adds his rhythm and resonator guitars to six tracks.

Born to a musical family near Clarksdale, Mississippi in January 1999, Christone Ingram fell in love with music as a small child. There was always music playing around the house. His family sang (and continues to sing) at their family church. His mother, Princess Pride, is first cousin to country music legend Charley Pride. Christone starting hitting drums at age six and at nine he picked up the bass. Around this time his mother enrolled him in a program at the Delta Blues Museum. At age 11, he got his first guitar and quickly mastered it. The young prodigy soaked up music from Robert Johnson to Lightnin’ Hopkins, from B.B. King to Muddy Waters, from Jimi Hendrix to Prince. Before long he could play like them all, but all the while he kept developing his own sound and style.

Christone first stepped on stage at the age of 11 at Clarksdale’s famous Ground Zero Club, playing behind one of his mentors, Mississippi blues icon Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry. Perry gifted the young musician with a new stage name, Kingfish. The young bluesman performed at the White House for Michelle Obama in 2014 as part of a delegation of young blues musicians from the Delta Blues Museum. By age 16 he was turning heads and winning awards, including the 2015 Rising Star Award, presented by The Rhythm & Blues Foundation.

Funk music superstar Bootsy Collins began sharing Kingfish’s YouTube videos – some with millions of views each – online, telling his followers “this is how a child can influence others.” Rapper The Game did the same. Christone’s appeal beyond blues was immediate. He has appeared on The Rachel Ray Show, as well as, The Steve Harvey Show. He was cast in season two of the Netflix program Luke Cage after the series lead producer saw one of his videos. Two of his cover songs appear on the show’s soundtrack album, which immediately introduced him to a young audience who had never heard the blues before. Through Luke Cage, he also performed in an NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert with rap legend Rakim. He has also appeared on an episode of PBS Television’s Austin City Limits honoring his friend and mentor, Buddy Guy.

Kingfish has shared stages with Buddy Guy, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Robert Randolph, Guitar Shorty, Eric Gales, Vampire Weekend and many others. He has befriended rock stars from Nikki Sixx to Dave Grohl. Since graduating high school, Kingfish has continued his life on the road. He has performed at festivals around the country, including stops at the Chicago Blues Festival, the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, the Bonita Blues Festival in Florida, The Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, at Austin’s Antone’s and at San Francisco’s famed Biscuits & Blues. He’s performed in Europe multiple times, including appearances at the Moulin Blues Festival in the Netherlands and the Blues Heaven Festival in Denmark.

American blues guitarists Buddy Guy, left, and Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram perform on stage at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, Illinois, January 18, 2019. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

In addition to making music and touring the world, Kingfish donates his time and talent to two causes important to him. Through his work with various local Blues In The Schools programs, he visits with students around the country while he’s on tour. “It’s important to teach kids about blues and music and give them another forum to express themselves.” He’s also an official ambassador for United By Music North America, a program helping people with developmental challenges, such as autism, to express themselves through music. “Treat everybody right and anybody can do anything,” says Kingfish.

In May 2019, Kingfish released his debut album, KINGFISH. The album debuted #1 on the Billboard Blues and Heatseeker charts and has remained on the chart for 52 straight weeks. KINGFISH was nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY award for “Best Traditional Blues” album. Kingfish was a five time winner at the 2020 Blues Music Awards where he swept all five categories in which he was nominated – “Album of the Year,” “Contemporary Blues Album of the Year,” “Emerging Artist Album of the Year,” “Contemporary Male Artist of the Year” and “Best Instrumentalist – Guitar.”

With major headlining tours, FISH GREASE: A JUKE JOINT TOURand FISH GREASE 2: A JUKE JOINT TOUR behind him, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is ready to blaze a trail with the blues torch that’s been passed to him. With his eye-popping guitar playing and his reach-out-and-grab-you-by-the-collar vocals, Kingfish delivers each song with unmatched passion and precision. Steeped in the rich, vivid history of the blues, he’s driven by his burning desire to create contemporary music that speaks to his generation and beyond. Kingfish is a real life 21st century bluesman who is inspired by the music of Robert Johnson, but dreams of one day collaborating with Kendrick Lamar and soul-funk bassist Thundercat. “My core is blues,” he says, “but it’s important for me to create a sound and style that is uniquely my own. I have a lot to say, so please stay tuned.”

Ally Venable

There’s something about Texas. Open up the history books and you’ll find the Lone Star State at the eye of every rock ‘n’ roll storm. Pull up a stool in any bar-room and you’ll still hear Southern gentlemen spin stories of ZZ Top, Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Now tip a ten-gallon hat to the bandleader writing her own name onto the state’s famed back pages, as Ally Venable releases breakout third album, – Texas Honey Debuted as #2 on the Billboard Blues Charts featuring Eric Gales and Mike Zito.

A Power house from the Lone Star State, the Ally Venable Band has ignited excitement in the modern blues scene. Lead guitarist and vocalist, Ally Venable, started singing at an early age in church and at 12, picking up a guitar and finding her passion, established herself as a Texas Blues Guitar Slinger. Guitar Player Magazine stated that ” Venable pulls off a stunner of gritty and/or sultry blues rock tunes embellished with lots of tasty guitar solos.”

She has received many awards including the East Texas Music Award in 2014 and 2015 for “Female Guitarist of the Year” , three time winner of the “Blues Band of the Year,” “Album of the Year,” and “Entertainer of the Year,” in 2018
2nd Place – Dallas International Guitar Show 10 Under 20 Contest 2015
Ally’s 2018 release ‘Puppet Show’ debuted at #7 on the Billboard Blues Charts, featuring Gary Hoey & Lance Lopez.

Each of Ally’s band mates are versatile on multiple instruments. As bassist, Bobby Wallace is a master of his craft and years of experience enhance the band. Drummer, Elijah Owings brings a steady, but dynamic sound to the band. Keyboardist, Fernando De Los Santos from Seville, Spain, brings a classic and energetic style when performing with Ally. They are the backbone of the band’s Rockin’ Blues sound, and they continue to represent the future of the blues.