October 14, 2020

Bill welcomed the return of Jane Thompson to Cincinnati after 11 years of living in West Virginia and Florida, then paid tribute to the passing of Johnny Nash, Roy Head and Eddie Van Halen.

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October 7, 2020

Bob kicked off a politically scented edition of BS&B with a Woody Guthrie tune reinforced with Neil Young’s new cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A Changin’,”  a Boz Skaggs cover of Neil Young’s “On the Beach,” and John Lennon’s “Crippled Inside.” There were also a couple of songs with “liar” in the title just for good measure. And Bob wished a Happy Birthdays to both John Mellencamp and Dale Watson with a three-song tributes.

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September 30, 2020

Arlo McKinley is a local singer-songwriter who has been around for a long time, and is finally getting his due with “Die Midwestern,” his first album for John Prine’s Oh Boy Records. Bill started the show with Arlo, then sprinkled in more new music for a glitch-free farewell to September.

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September 23, 2020

What will go down in the personal recollections of those who listened live this week as perhaps the all-time greatest show in BS&B history, was lost to the ages–or perhaps luckily captured by an avid listener on what is destined to become a near-mythical bootleg–when the station’s new leadership kicked Bob out of Studio B and into Studio A where the recorder was broken. So, just to cover our bases, Happy Birthday to Ray Charles, Roy Buchanan and Bruce Springsteen. RIP Toots Hibbert and Robert Hunter.

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September 16, 2020

Bill returned after a five-week hiatus with a birthday salute to friends John London and Jim Elliott, and a tribute to Toots Hibbert, the reggae pioneer who died at 77 shortly after he finished a new album, “Got to Be Tough.” But ghosts in the studio machine reared their heads, bringing the show to an abrupt end.

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September 9, 2020

Bob started off with a set of Otis Redding in honor of his 79th birthday. Bill was home busily preparing for next week’s secret birthday party show. The show also comprised a set of unusual Neil Young covers, a nod to the California Wildfires, and a recitation of “Hummingbird.”
Bob will be back on September 23 with Bill back on the 30th. We’re not trying to take turns–we’re not that organized–it’s just working out that way. It keeps the virus guessing.

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September 2, 2020

Bob was live in-studio for the first time since March 4, while Bill golfed in Piqua to test out his new foot. Both excursions ended well. Feeling blue without Bill, Bob returned the show to its roots (rhymes with “foots”) with new and old acoustic blues as well as a touch of bluegrass. And, of course, he worked in a little Lightnin’.

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August 26, 2020

In his second straight pre-recorded show from the Compound, Bob paid tribute to Justin Townes Earle who passed away earlier in the week at the age of 38. The show also featured new music from the Jayhawks and Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Bob wished a happy 70th birthday to Bill and Dick Cowsill, giving Bob another chance to talk about his five months without a haircut or beard trim.

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August 19, 2020

“Watson! Come here; I need you!”
Well, the fidelity of this broadcast might be a little better than Bell’s first telephonic exclamation–more like Edison’s waxy “Mary Had A Little Lamb”– but unkempt, unshorn Bob finally was back on the air after a five-month Corona vacation, albeit pre-recorded and from his bunker. Bill, exhausted from carrying the load alone, took the night off even though it meant missing the hilarity of Bob trying to operate the newfangled equipment. Between the muffled patter and ambient sounds and conversations from Bob’s homelife, you can hear new music from Dylan, Earle, Young, Hubbard and more. Thanks for hanging in there with us.

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August 5, 2020

Bill put the spotlight on Lucinda Williams, wished Friend of the Show Kathy Greiner a happy ^)th birthday and thanked Maria Carrelli, Olivia Frances and Travis Talbert for their planned visit that was a victim of the virus.

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Each week, Bob Hust and Bill Thompson feature the best songs – old and new – from artists they have loved for many years and others they have just discovered. The best songs transport people to a time and place. That’s the foundation of BS&B.

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