Is TME.FM radio’s new Blues show having some influence?

We receive plenty of Blues music from the wonderful Betsie the Blind Raccoon in fact so much we cannot find space to play everything.

This week Betsie had 7 artists in the charts and I am pleased to have helped in a small way.

Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues Album Chart for the week of January 20, 2018:

#6 – Chris Daniels and the Kings (charting 15 weeks)
#15 – Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers (charting 22 weeks)
#17 – Altered Five Blues Band (charting 25 weeks)
#20 – The Reverend Shawn Amos (chart debut)
#29 – Johnny Rawls (charting 21 weeks)
#45 – Val Starr and the Blues Rocket (chart debut)
#48 – Ilya Portnov (charting 6 weeks)

Do not forget to check the schedule for the time of the daily show.

Val Starr & the Blues Rocket finish a great week at NUMBER ONE

After spending at week in Memphis  appearing  in two special showcase performances during the IBC week, being called up to do a spot at the world famous Silky O’Sulivans by Barbara Blue, visiting all the  sites that Memphis has to offer, suffering with the coldest weather Memphis had for 20 years,being TME.fm Radio Spotlight Artist,  Val Starr & the Blues Rocket ended a special week by reaching NUMBER ONE on the Electric Blues Chart at RMR.

Top 50 Electric Blues Album Chart for the Week of Jan 20 2018 Roots Music Report

Val and the Boys live in Memphis


Sacramento blues woman, Val Starr, describes her music as “songs written about love and loss, breaking free of bad relationships, and learning to live with the good ones.” All that, and more, can be found on the 12 tracks of her fourth album of all original material “I Always Turn The Blues On.” Starr is backed by the veteran trio The Blues Rocket, which includes her partner in crime, John Ellis on bass, Frankie Soul on lead guitar, and Paul Farman on drums.

The tunes run the gamut from traditional blues shuffles to bold blues ballads. Kicking off the album is a girl-power call out, ‘High Time To Go,’ followed by the easy swing of the title track featuring Todd Morgan of Todd Morgan & The Emblems on keys, while Starr spells out her love of the blues. A bumping groove underpins the life lesson ‘What Happens After Midnight (Nothin’ Good)’ that Starr wrote for her teenage sons. Bay Area guitar slinger Daniel Castro adds gritty lead guitar to the powerful anthem to social consciousness ‘Whether Blues’ and some fine pickin’ to the country ballad ‘Please Don’t Go Away Mad.’ Tim Barron joins in on harmonica for the bump and grinder ‘Bad Luck & the Blues.’ The Rockets show they know how to play authentic Chicago blues on the hot shuffle ‘Out With The Old’ and a touch of Memphis soul on the saucy number ‘The Baby Mama Song.’ Steve ‘Beer Dawg’ Wall adds angular lead guitar to the tale of a women scorned ‘Blind Eye.’ Starr shows off all her feminine wiles during the jazzy slow blues ‘Bye Bye’ and then closes out the set with a rambling blues tune about life’s up and downs ‘It’s Always Something.’

“I Always Turn The Blues On” from Val Starr & The Blues Rocket gives proof to her stature as an acclaimed female blues singer/songwriter and prominent figure in the Northern California blues scene.


For the next four weeks we are proud to have Blues star VAL STARR as our SPOTLIGHT ARTIST. So you will be hearing lots of great blues during all the shows not just the blues show.


We must not forget the BLUES ROCKET’S they help the starr shine so brightly.

So tune in to catch the songs and you will find out that VAL STARR & the BLUES ROCKET have real starr talent and it shows. Hear why Val and the band are no pretenders to chart success they have been there and done that and they will continue to do so.

About Val Starr & the Blues Rocket

I Always Turn The Blues On, Val Starr & The Blues Rocket’s fourth all original blues CD, hit the streets on August 1st, 2017. The songs are written from the heart, and tell tales about love and loss, breaking free of bad relationships, and learning to live with the good ones. “Whether Blues” is a blues cry for people to come together and just get along. “What Happens After Midnight (Nothin Good)” is an blues anthem that every parent should relay to their teenagers!


Her ultra talented band is comprised of Sacramento blues professionals, John Ellis on bass, Frankie Soul on lead guitar, and Paul Farman on drums. I Always Turn The Blues On also features several top Sacramento based side musicians including Todd Morgan of Todd Morgan & The Emblems on keys, Daniel Castro and Steve Wall on lead guitar, Guyle Taber on drums and Tim Barron on harmonica.

Sorry but male full frontal’s not allowed on this website.

The band’s prior release, Woman on a Mission received solid radio support, holding the #1 spot on the Airplay Direct Global Radio Blues Charts for 5 straight weeks in March, 2016. The band also debuted on the Roots Music Report blues charts at #39. Their radio success can be attributed to their talent, hard work and music business background.


For the past 4 years, John and Val have been actively bringing blues acts to Sacramento by way of their own summer concert series, Blues On The Patio. BOTP, along with other blues festivals such as the Blues & Bones Festival, Vacaville Blues Festival, El Dorado Hills Art & Wine Festival, Folsom Rhythm & Brews and Orangevale Pow-Wow-Days, have provided the Blues Rocket with the opportunity to share the stage with top blues artists such as Tommy Castro, Coco Montoya, Rick Estrin, Chris Cain, E.G. Kight, Dennis Jones, Laurie Morvan, E.C. Scott, Albert Cummings and more. The band was also a finalist in the 2012 Sacramento International Blues Competition.

Val Starr has experienced a lifetime of music both as a performer and music industry executive. Raised in southern California, Val started singing and playing guitar at age 12. Her earliest musical influences were female singer/songwriters like Carole King and Joni Mitchell, and bands of the 60’s and 70’s. Her mother also instilled in her a love of musical comedy, which is apparent in the theatrical way she delivers her songs live, her catchy lyrics, and her amusing storytelling.


Val’s music business career began in the late 70’s working for record labels, ABC, Chrysalis and Polygram as an executive assistant. In the early 80’s her focus shifted to radio promotion and from then on into the late 90’s, Val had a successful career as an independent radio promoter. Val worked in the music industry by day, and at night, played the L.A. club scene, in original rock bands “Local Authority” and “Threshold.”


In 1983, Val married bassist, John Ellis, who remains the cornerstone of her band to this day. At the end of the eighties, the family, which now included son James (and later son Sean), relocated to the Bay area. For the next twenty years John and Val continued to write, record and perform with local bands in San Francisco.


At the start of the new millennium, streaming audio caught her eye. She had witnessed firsthand as an indie radio promoter, how hard it was to get records added to the limited airplay slots available at terrestrial radio. As a result, she started one of the first streaming audio networks, Allradio.com, and went on to launch Choiceradio.com and Gotradio.com. GotRadio continues to be a popular global radio network and along with its 38 custom channels, features a 24/7 blues station called Bit O Blues.

Now I know where all the TME.FM listeners go.


In 2003, Val and her family moved to Sacramento and continued playing in local cover bands. Around and about 2010, tired of the cover band/ club scene, Val and John started showing up at local blues jams in the area, out of which she found the talent to form her first blues band. “I found the blues and with it I discovered my voice. I had been singing covers for so long, imitating other singers, I forgot what my own voice sounded like. I may not have the ‘typical female blues whiskey voice’, but I know that I was always meant to sing and play the blues.” – Val Starr


Val Starr & The Blues Rocket released their first CD, “Cool Ride,” in 2012 to favorable reviews. “Blues Away,” their second CD which came out in 2014, was well received at blues radio and went to #4 on the Airplay Direct Global Blues chart. In addition, Val had a #1 Airplay Direct holiday hit with “Spending Christmas With The Blues,” in December of 2015

Val Starr is an extraordinary singer and songwriter who writes songs gleaned from everyday life, love, friends, and family. In 2016 Woman On A Mission was submitted for nomination to the 2016 Grammys, and I Always turn The Blues On will be submitted for consideration for the 2017 Grammy Award.


From programming an online international 24/7 blues radio station, to promoting her own blues concerts in Sacramento, to recording and performing with her band, Val Starr is truly a woman that can say “I Always Turn the Blues On.”



Christmas officially over so its back to work.

2018 is here and hopefully it will provide as many great albums as ’17.

Here at TME.FM Radio we have made a few changes to the schedule so we can get more Blues played and Dick will not be playing his favorites any more!


TOM……….Plays a lot of Americana.

DICK………Has the Blues.

HARRY…..Is out in the Country

MATT…….Looks at the Charts

MARK…….Meets Folk

LUKE……..Has gone back to the Roots

JOHN…….As always has something New

2018’s New Country, Americana, Alt-Country, Bluegrass and Folk Albums


Jan. 12: Anderson East, Encore
Jan. 12: Walker McGuire, Walker McGuire EP
Jan. 19: First Aid Kid, Ruins
Jan. 19: Devin Dawson, Dark Horse
Jan. 19: Lanco, Hallelujah Nights
Jan. 19: Caitlyn Smith, Starfire
Jan. 26: Calexico, The Thread That Keeps Us
Jan. 26: Steep Canyon Rangers, Out in the Open


Feb. 2: Mike and the Moonpies, Steak Night at the Prairie Rose
Feb. 2: John Oates, Arkansas
Feb. 2: Montgomery Gentry, Here’s to You
Feb. 2: The Wood Brothers, One Drop of Truth
Feb. 9: Wade Bowen, Solid Ground
Feb. 16: Brandi Carlile, By the Way, I Forgive You
Feb. 16: Marlon Williams, Make Way for Love
Feb. 16: I’m With Her, See You Around
Feb. 16: Courtney Patton, What It’s Like to Fly Alone

TME.fm Radio Top 40 Albums of 2017

Well here it is, the album list. We have a Number One and lots of number two’s. no third place just to many of them. Second spot was just to difficult to decide on we decided to make the rest of the list all #2’s. (Sorry Mindi but someone has to be at the bottom no reflection on a wonderful album).

TME.fm would like to thank all artists for their music and all PR companies for bringing it to our notice.

1. John Craigie – No Rain, No Rose

And in join second place:-

I Draw Slow – Turn Your Face to the Sun
David Rawlings – Poor David’s Almanack
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Tell The Devil I’m Getting There As Fast As I Can.
Amber Cross – Savage On The Downhill
Valerie June – The Order Of Time
Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors – Souvenir
Sera Cahoone – From Where I Started
The Steel Wheels – Wild as We Came Here
Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
The Band Of Heathens – Duende
Chris Hillman – Bidin’ My Time
Susan Cattaneo – The Hammer & the Heart
Molly Tuttle – Rise
Gurf Morlix – The Soul & the Heal
Infamous Stringdusters – Laws of Gravity
Slaid Cleaves – Ghost On The Car
Ashley Condon – Can You Hear Me
John Craigie – No Rain, No Rose
Gerry Spehar – I Hold Gravity
Michael Gaither – Hey Karma
Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
Jim Allchin – Decisions
Bruce Cockburn – Bone On Bone
Juanita Stein – America
Son Volt – Notes Of Blue
Vandoliers – The Native
Margo Price – All American Made
Ragged Union – Time Captain
Samantha Fish – Belle of the West
Tyler Childers – Purgatory
Lillie Mae – Forever And Then Some
Rachel Baiman – Shame
Amilia K. Spicer – Wow and Flutter
Anna Tivel – Small Believer
The Malvinas – God Bless The Grass
The Secret Sisters – You Don’t Own Me Anymore
Dori Freeman – Letters Never Read
Carly Pearce – Every Little Thing
Val Starr & the Blues Rocket – I Always Turn The Blues On
Mindi Abair And The Boneshakers – The EastWest Sessions

There was too much to listen to in 2017—not just albums, of which there were once again thousands, a barrage of releases from major-label veterans and SoundCloud up-and-comers alike, all vying for your attention. There was just too much of everything: a persistent, buzzing storm of push notifications and free-floating panic that often made it difficult for any signals to break through the noise, or to retain whatever fleeting pleasures they yielded. It’s a year that’s often felt like 10, and you’d be forgiven for struggling to remember what, exactly, happened last week, let alone in the last 12 months.

That time of year.

Every year end the problems arrive. What Xmas presents to buy,remember to send Xmas cards, decide what to eat over the festivities and worst of all choose the TOP 20 ALBUMS of the YEAR.

This year is going to be extra difficult, I have cut the list down to 43 albums now which to cull to get to 20.

Why not send your lists in and help me out.

Post in comments below or send an email.

Oh by the way the list is the best 20 and not in any order, I will post them Alphabetically.

The Earls of Leicester take the Top Honor



AirPlay Direct is pleased to announce that Rounder Records recording artist, and AirPlay Direct Artist Endorsee Jerry Douglas and The Earls of Leicester took the top honor of “Entertainer of the Year” at the 2017 IBMA Awards Show.  And, it doesn’t stop there.  The incredible voice of the Earls, Shawn Camp, took home the very well deserved “Male Vocalist of the Year” Award.”

Jerry Douglas states, “It’s always a pleasure coming to IBMA’s, and we’re thrilled and honored to win the Entertainer of the Year Award.  Personally, I loved it that so many young people where winning awards last night.  Things are moving in the right direction for bluegrass.”

“It was a true honor to win the Male Vocalist of the year,” says Shawn Camp.  “It was especially humbling to win this award after seeing greats like Hazel & Alice, Roland White, and my favorite fiddle player Bobby Hicks get inducted in to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.  Without those folks, I don’t know if I’d be here.”

Another highlight of the event was when Earls of Leicester performed alongside Bluegrass 45, a Japanese bluegrass band celebrating their 50th Anniversary. They performed the Flatt & Scruggs classic “Salty Dog”.  The performance was one of the highlights of the evening with energy and comic relief.  It consisted of plenty of bowing to each band and even audience participation with the crowd chanting the Japanese version of a dog bark which is pronounced “wan-wan.”

“We are very proud of the on-going accomplishments and awards granted our Artist Endorsee Jerry Douglas and this incredible group of musicians,” says Lynda Weingartz, CEO – AirPlay Direct.   “I have known Shawn for many years now, and I am never surprised, but always proud of his talent and successes. Congratulations to everyone on The Earls of Leicester team that greatly contributed to the success of the band this year.”


About AirPlay Direct:  AirPlay Direct is the premiere digital delivery / distribution company, brand and platform for engaging radio and airplay worldwide.  AirPlay Direct is a professional B2B music business environment for artists, labels, publishing companies, radio promotion firms, PR / Media firms, etc.


AirPlay Direct currently has 10,000+ radio station members over 90 countries, and also serves over 42,000 artist / label members globally on a daily basis.  AirPlay Direct currently operates and services the largest global independent radio distribution network in the world with respect to Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Alt. Country, Roots Music, etc.  AirPlayDirect.com

Grammy Consideration: Rachael Sage’s “The Tide”!

Celebrated Singer-Songwriter For Your 2018 Grammy Consideration: Rachael Sage

“The Tide” critically acclaimed release featuring chart-topping song “Try Try Try”.

For your consideration for:
Record of the Year – “The Tide”
Song of the Year – “The Tide”
Best American Roots Performance – “Tomorrow
Best American Roots Song – “Disarm Distrust”
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals – “The Tide”
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: “The Tide”

Stream the EP:

Rachael Sage’s “The Tide” is a musically-ambitious, emotional collection of songs seeking justice for all in a turbulent sociopolitical landscape. With subject matter addressing gun violence, the international refugee crisis, and intolerance in America, it’s an inspired set of folk-pop merging orchestral elements with her signature blend of delicate guitar work and expressive piano playing; all net proceeds benefit the American Refugee Committee.

  • Rachael had a banner year touring the US & UK alongside Beth Hart and Howard Jones.
  • This year, 2 of Rachael’s songs from her latest album appeared on Lifetime’s hit reality series “Dance Moms”, bringing her total placements on the show to 22.
  • “The Tide” EP charted at Folk Radio
  • Produced by Sage & Grammy® Nominee Dave Eggar (Phillip Phillips, Esperanza Spalding, Five For Fighting)
  • Engineered by 2-time Grammy Nominee John Shyloski (Diana Ross, Johnny Winter, Stephen Kellogg)

“the Carole King of her generation” – Blurt Magazine

“Angelic…epically romantic. (Sage’s) breathy vocals float alonglist swooning strings and piano notes, creating a big setting for her rootsy, narrative lyrics.” — No Depression

“Sage has an innate ability to engage the audience with her enchanting piano playing and powerful vocals that covers a wide dynamic range.” — M Music & Musicians Magazine

“…absolutely loved it! Congratulations…wonderful songwriting and arrangements and lovely vocals.” — Howard Jones

“Rachael Sage is a marvelous young artist- and I am a fan!!…A great gift…of incredible talent and beauty.” — Judy Collins

Music You didn’t know you wanted to listen to.

Here at TME.FM Radio we are always looking at new ideas,listening to new music,watching new videos so we thought lets have a Sub Domain (what ever that is) and provide our followers with a place to listen watch read the music You didn’t know you wanted to listen to.

Obviously tmefm.com provides all the latest  news of the music being played on the station regularly and tmefolk.com provides the weekly chart albums to listen to.

Here you can listen to the rest and quite possibly the best music that hasn’t made it onto the other sites.

Why not just have one BIG website you ask. Easy. To keep the staff from stagnating and being complacent with what we have. Make ’em think about new ideas,listen to more music and give you the public more pleasure.

Its Time Folks to listen to that music,not just today’s but yesterdays and tomorrows too.

You didn’t know you wanted to listen to it but we sure do.