Blues

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About seven years ago, 12-year-old blues guitarist Hayden Fogle took Buffalo by storm after playing on stage with Buddy Guy at a University at Buffalo concert. Now he is traveling around the world, playing various festivals and releasing a debut album in October. Fogle came to WBFO’s studios to play a few tunes and chat with Reporter Nick Lippa about his growth as a musician in Buffalo.

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Another WBFO Blues Bash. Another sellout crowd. It has becoming a reoccurring theme in a city that can’t seem to get enough of the Blues.

WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash: Photo Gallery

Apr 24, 2017
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A sellout crowd attended WBFO’s Buffalo Blues Bash on April 22 in the WNED|WBFO studios in downtown Buffalo.

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We all know the power music can have over us. A certain melody or a song can instantly transport us to another place and time and have a real effect on our mood. Buffalo blues musician Patti Parks had an idea several years ago to harness music’s transformative power to help people who face severe challenges. WBFO Blues host Pat Feldballe spoke with Parks about blues music therapy.


Tas Cru is not your everyday blues musician. As an award-winning blues song-writer, performer and educator, Cru was recently in Buffalo as part of an innovative distance learning writing program. Cru talked about the program with WBFO Blues host Pat Feldballe.


The WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash takes place Saturday night at the WNED|WBFO studios. The concert is being headlined by St. Louis' Jeremiah Johnson Band. WBFO Blues host Pat Feldballe spoke with Johnson about his roots and his upcoming visit to the Queen City.


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The next WBFO Blues Bash takes place this Saturday in the WNED|WBFO Studios. The headliner is The Noah Wotherspoon Band, a trio that found success at the International Blues Competition in Memphis, finishing second. WBFO Blues host Pat Feldballe talked with Wotherspoon about the band’s beginning and his fondness for public broadcasting.


WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash attracts capacity crowd

Apr 25, 2015
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When the Ghost Town Blues Band walked on stage Saturday night and kicked off its energetic show with a rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In," the crowd enthusiastically clapped to the rhythm.

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The Ghost Town Blues Band, headliners at this weekend's WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash, is a group based in Memphis with deep roots in the Delta blues tradition. But there is more than meets the ear and the eye with the young band.

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In its ongoing quest to lure top-performing acts while fostering local talent, WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash will feature two respected bands when hundreds of blues fans gather in the WNED/WBFO studios Oct. 18.

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Buffalo pianist Boyd Lee Dunlop wowed music lovers around the world last year with the release of his first recording -- Boyd's Blues -- at the age of 85.   The CD charted on billboard and was critically acclaimed. 

Thursday evening Dunlop and his brother, Frankie, will be honored with their induction into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. 

WBFO & AM-970's Chris Jamele spoke with Dunlop about his music, his brother and the legacy that his induction represents.  Life and time have softened Dunlop's dynamic voice. 

Legendary radio host Jim Santella to retire

Sep 7, 2012

Jim Santella, a Buffalo Broadcaster Hall of Fame inductee who is known as the “Father of Progressive Radio” in Buffalo, will retire from his blues program at WBFO-FM 88.7 as of Dec. 1.

Jim began his radio career as a student DJ at the University at Buffalo’s WBFO-FM 88.7, hosting five hours of jazz. Forty-five years later, he has come full circle to conclude his career at WBFO, now owned by Western New York Public Broadcasting Association.