John Kessler

All Blues Host

John has worked as a professional bassist for 20 years, including a 15 year stint as Musical Director of the Mountain Stage radio program. John has been at KPLU since 1999 where he hosts “All Blues”, is producer of the BirdNote radio program, and co-hosts “Record Bin Roulette”. John is also the recording engineer for KPLU “In-Studio Performances”. Not surprisingly, John's main musical interests are jazz and blues, and he is still performing around Seattle.

His most memorable and satisfying KPLU radio moment was getting an email from Jimmy Lane, a bluesman and the son of blues legend Jimmy Rogers, who said something like “You’re playing the good stuff, keep it up!”

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While we are planning to be here after December 21, we offer this apocalyptic episode starring some notable crackpots, as well as The Doors, REM, The Beatles and Marlene Dietrich.

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It’s a modern blues standard with roots in the 1920’s, one of Willie Dixon’s many great compositions, and it can trace its origin in part to a Charlie Patton song from 1929: “A Spoonful Blues."

Now we must tell you that "pulchritude" is a very ugly word that means "beauty". And we've got 4 minutes   of music, commercials and cartoon characters to make the point. On this trip you'll meet Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder, Lil' Mama and some lovely Clairol shampoo models.

Now in Vital, Vibrant VIDEO, Record Bin Roulette is ready for its close-up:

This is how radio looks, now that we have a new VIDEO version!

Here is the splendid new VIDEO VERSION of Record Bin Roulette. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Radio with moving pictures, a miracle! Heres the new video version of Record Bin Roulette!

This is how radio looks, the new video version of Record Bin Roulette! 

This is how Record Bin Roulette LOOKS in VIDEO !

This week the Record Bin Roulette Wheel randomly stopped on the category “Hats”. We rarely question The Wheel’s judgment, but we must admit we were a little worried The Wheel might be spinning eccentrically.

Here's the sparkling new VIDEO version of Record Bin Roulette:

Here's the shiny video version of Record Bin Roulette:

Although 8 out of 10 Americans live in cities, we still idealize a life in the country, and there are plenty of songs to prove it. And if you are considering a move to the boonies, there is actually free land available. The only catch is you’d have to live in Plainville, Kansas.

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 was a disaster that reshaped the South. With flooding in 10 states, the river below Memphis reached 60 miles across in some places. Not only was farmland swallowed up, but many poor blacks were forced to work rebuilding levees. With no crop that year, many headed north in what was part of a large migration to urban centers.

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the new video version of Record Bin Roulette!

There is a lot of disagreement about whether a “sugar rush” exists, but these studies have obviously been conducted by scientists without young children. But there is agreement that anything this good must be bad for you.

Hey! It's the shiny new video version of Record Bin Roulette! Check it out!

It's a shame that the only thing a person can do for eight hours a day is work. Can't eat for eight hours; can't drink for eight hours; can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a person can do for eight hours is work.

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