Bandit Blues Radio: The Rude Mood Station


Bandit Blues Radio called themselves the The Rude Mood Station
This was their website for a number of years in the early 2000's.
Content is from the site's archived pages. Enjoy the nostalgic trip back...when.

Unfortunately, Bandit Blues Radio is no longer broadcasting.


The BanditFirst off let me say that you have great taste in music. Who is the Bandit? Well I won't reveal just who I am, but I will tell you that I reside in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and I am married, and have two boys and a dog, I also have to work for a living (Building Cars) and the internet and music are just hobbies of mine, so with that in mind the creation of Bandit Blues Radio was just a matter of time.

This site was created almost by accident! I was playing around with building websites just learning the IN's and Out's and while doing this I used to put 4 or 5 of my favorite CD's in the CD Player and push rotate, well this got tiresome so I started to put my mp3's on my computer but with only a 4 gig hard drive at the time it just wasn't working very well. Then one day a friend sent me a link to and Bandit Blues Radio was born on Sept 16th, 2000.

I always wanted to work in the music industry, but never learned to play any instruments and I don't have a degree in any kind of mass media field so this really has fulfilled my desire of being in the music business, although it' not a big part of the music business it sure seams to work for me. Now we are one of the Top radio stations on, we average anywhere between 65,000 and 135,000 total listening hours a month and somewhere between 3,000 to 7,000 hits a day to the website and all without any financial backing.

If you are considering making your own internet radio stream some words of experience would have to be don't give up, and prepare for lots of changes sometimes almost daily changes that will cause you to pull your hair out. Listeners come and go by the hundreds but your true audience will stay with you through the long haul and to always do it for the music because there isn't allot of money in this unless you have allot of money backing you!

Special Thanks!!!

  • Joe Ferguson - Texas Flood Radio - Miss Ya!!!
  • Herm - Electric Blues Radio - U Inspire Me!!!
  • Tom Branson - Blues Rockers - U Da Man!!!
  • Dude @ DixieFrog - Great support!!!
  • Also to all you Blues Cats that keep me in CD's!!! Also to & for some much needed tech support!!!



Nick Moss & The Flip Tops - Sadie Mae

Copying a quote from Midnight Special Radio, the new CD by Nick Moss & The Flip Tops called Sadie Mae is nothing short of 75 minutes of "Opened-Mouth Listening" this CD is without a doubt my favorite pick of 2005, classic blues at it's best, soaked in the traditional style of Chicago Blues, even Nick states in the liner notes that he's not trying to re-invent the blues or even trying to take the blues to the next level, he's just trying to preserve what was handed down to him. Well Nick you have done a fine job!

You must get a copy of Sadie Mae this album is chalked full of that gutbucket sharped-edged guitar sound, it's tough driving music that has a very powerful wallop! Some of my favorite tracks are "If I Could Get My Hands On You" which has a Junior Wells feel to it, also the track "The Bishop" which is a portrait of the famed ghetto personality Bishop Don Magic Juan, and my favorite track is the title cut "Sadie Mae" which refers to his recently arrived first child, a daughter born May 19, 2004 and named after Hound Dog Taylor and John Lee Hooker songs. "Feel So Ashamed" is another favorite which features Gerry Hundt on guitar which is a fan of the late Fenton Robinson and does him proud on this cut!

In closing this is a piece of blues music that every blues fan should own, it's a Chicago blues history lesson without imitation. Nick Moss is a worthy candidate to carry on the tradition of the blues!

Review by The Bandit

Nick Moss & The Flip Tops - Sadie Mae.

From the hood: I never would have made it through the first week of an alcohol rehab program without Nick Moss & The Flip Tops. I think I must have listened to Sadie Mae a hundred plus times as I titrated the new med, Baclofen that was the pharmacotherapy part of the program. I had unsuccessful treatments at a rehab center and failed miserably at the 12 step program with abstinence that AA requires. The new approach that I was trying considers alcoholism not as a disease, but as a symptom of a larger psychological issue. The success rate for AA and other residential 12 step treatment programs is about 10%. Great for that 10%, but not the other 90% who fail. The other 90%, that was me! I really hate how the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) as a “chronic relapsing brain disease”. At one point, my family doctor had prescribed antabuse to treat alcohol abuse. That really sucked. The high concentration of acetaldehyde that occurs when someone drinks while taking Antabuse causes reactions that are unpleasant- much more than unpleasant, I can assure you. The severity, from mild to severe, (underline severe) depends on how much Antabuse and how much alcohol is consumed, none of which are pleasant. The symptoms last as long as alcohol is in your system. Baclofen on the other hand has a 65% success rate for treatment-resistant alcoholics, allowing them to return to low- or medium-risk drinking. That’s right, this treatment doesn’t require abstinence, although I have read that many people at some point, do stop all drinking. In addition, Baclofen doesn’t affect the taste of alcohol or the pleasure of drinking. Baclofen simply removes the addictive components that lead to overindulgence and allows a person to drink in moderation- if you choose to. BUT!! Baclofen treatment does require titration (slow dose increase) until a person’s cravings are completely removed or controlled. It also has some side effects which usually disappear within a few days. It was more than a few days, but Nick Moss & The Flip Tops made the transition much easier. Glad to report I now only have the occasional beer. BTW I still am listening to Nick Moss & The Flip Tops. Thank goodness for YouTube.


The Mannish Boys "Live & In Demand"

They have one of the best band names since the Spin Doctors and prove they are more men than mice on this no nonsense blues show recorded at the 19th Annual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival. This 12 song set boasts a clean, clear sound that could pass for a studio album. I mention this so you're not turned off by the idea of a "live" record. This is one smokin' band consisting of guitarists Kid Ramos & Frank Goldwasser, blues harpists Johnny Dyer & Randy Chortkoff, pianist Leon Blue, bassist Tom Leavey, drummer Richard Innes & acclaimed singer Finis Tasby.

The disc kicks off with a ripping instrumental ("Kid's Jump") spotlighting Ramos' tart guitar licks before band leader Chortkoff leads the gang through a rather routine blues shuffle called "I'm Ready". Things really pick up on the piano boogie "She Wants To Sell My Monkey" with Leon Blue's dextrous fingers and able vocals up front. Blue's credits include The Ike & Tina Turner Review, Albert Collins, Lowel Fulson & Jimmy Dawkins. Now it just wouldn't make sense if The Mannish Boys didn't cover the Muddy Waters classic "I'm A Man (Mannish Boy)" from whence they take their moniker. Dyer handles the vocals here as he does on "You're Sweet" and another Muddy song, "Howling Wolf". The latter features some slide guitar courtesy of Goldwasser. Tasby finally grabs the mic for the rest of the set made up of classic Chicago & Texas blues. Especially noteworthy is the brooding "As The Years Go Passing By" and "Walkin' And Talkin'" where Ramos really shines. Ramos has played with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and James Harmon but has also established himself on his own. (Check out his "West Coast House Party"). While your at it make sure you pick up The Mannish Boys' first Delta Groove Productions album "That Represent Man".

See, if you like your blues rough and raw sans the frills "Live & In Demand" is blues you can use. And, as if you needed any other reason to buy this CD, Delta Groove is donating 10% of the net proceeds to the American Red Cross for the relief of the victims of hurricane Katrina.

Reviewed by:
Dylann DeAnna -


Richard Johnston

Richard JohnstonRichard Johnston was born in 1965 in Houston, Texas. He attended San Diego State University where he studied sociology and philosophy. An exchange program brought him to Japan in 1992 and his "year abroad" turned into five.

Johnston reappeared as a street musician on the blues scene in Memphis in 1997 and as a recording artist in 2002 with the release of his Handy nominated, self-produced debut album entitled, "Foot Hill Stomp". Since then, he has become arguably the most recognized street musician in America and FHS has proven to be one of the top-selling independent blues albums in history. Foot Hill Stomp was paid for from his winnings at the 2001 International Blues Challenge in which he was the first person in it's 17 year history to simultaneously win 1st place and the Albert King Award for most promising blues guitarist.

In 1998, after a year of busking on Beale Street, Johnston began his tenure at the late-great Junior Kimbrough's jook joint where he immersed himself in North Mississippi hill country blues and had the opportunity to play with many of the legends whom created the genre. Fire took the jook joint in 2000 and Richard returned to Memphis with an education that changed his life, forever.

Like his musical hero, Junior Kimbrough, Johnston reached the world by sitting still. In a town that rightfully claims to be the "home of the blues" he played from 2001 ~ 2005 to festival sized audiences of serious music fans who travelled from around the world to experience Memphis and it's musical heritage. Johnston's "Kimbrough-esque" decision to stay home was the key to establishing an ever-growing legion of fans, worldwide.

Armed with one-of-a-kind instruments and a galaxy of porch-gazing grooves, Johnston single-handedly turns the tourists into howling, contorting packs of barnyard animals -- many simply stand with their mouths open, evangelist often wave signs and shout heavenly dismays over a bullhorn, but such ferocious performances have secured him invitations to play at blues and music festivals around the world. Since his debut release in 2002, he has appeared at premier blues festivals in Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Norway, Italy and scores of festivals in the states.

Radio stations, magazines, national comic strips, documentaries and museums from around the world have praised Johnston's musical intuitions, innovations and independence.

In April 2005, Alabama PBS released a feature documentary produced by Max Shores, entitled, "Richard Johnston: Hill Country Troubador" Info at:


Philip Sayce - Peace Machine

Philip Sayce - Peace MachinePeace Machine is a high powered hypnotic blues/rock CD at the top of the food chain, with physicadelic refelections of Hendrix, Vaughan, and Page. Blazin' speed and passion! Without a doubt one of my TOP 5 Blues/Rock CD's of 2005. This cat smokes, you will still be buying Philip Sayce CD's in 20 years! A MUST BUY NOW CD!

My favorite tracks are the hardriving "Slipaway", The eleven minute plus title cut 'Peace Machine' is a classic that should be on every rock & roll radio station in the United States! Some other noteables are 'One Foot In The Grave', 'Save Me From Myself' and the track 'Alchemy' is one of those instrumentals that ranks right up there with Little Wing by Hendrix, Lenny by Vaughan, and Eagle Heart by Indigenous.

The Peace Machine recording session was held at Ocean Studios in Burbank, CA. Joining Philip were Kenny Aronoff on drums, Mark Browne on bass, Fred Mandell on keyboards, and Michael Nielsen as engineer and co-producer. Recorded primarily live in a day and a half, this CD captures the essence of a Live Philip Sayce gig. The songs were written by Philip and include collaborations with Grammy nominated songwriter and producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Faith Hill, Sheryl Crow, Jonny Lang) and Academy Award nominee Christopher Wilkinson. "There is no doubt that the dynamic combination of everyone involved in this project made this album what it is," says Philip. "Many people went out of their way to make this album a reality. I hope that when someone listens to Peace Machine that it lifts their spirits and allows them to feel like they're in the room with the band, feeling the positive message, feeding off of the energy, and digging the trip. Most of all, bringing them peace."

Be sure and pick up a copy of this CD before it vanishes like Philip's last CD that is so rare that I seen one on for $75.00 bucks

Review by The Bandit


Richard Johnston - Foot Hill Stomp

Richard Johnston - Foot Hill StompRichard Johnston has become arguably the most recognized street musician in America and his W.C. Handy nominated, self-produced debut album entitled, "Foot Hill Stomp" has proven to be one of the top-selling independent blues albums in history. This CD is unbelievable, a definite must for every blues lover! Be prepared to be completely blown away. This CD was released in 2002 but it is such a gem that I will just have to allow it to be submitted in my top 10 CD's of the year and I can almost promise it will be the #1 Blues/Rock CD you should buy in 2005.

Richard is a one man show playing the guitar, drums, harmonica and singing all at the same time. He must be something to really see, ( I personally haven't seen him live yet) but just ask anyone who has ever visited the famous Beale St. in Memphis and they will peel your ears back telling you about this guy with a homemade guitar that looks like a cigar box with two broomsticks for a neck that will leave a crowd of thousands totally mesmerized by his music within minutes. This is gritty-muddy blues at it's best, some of my favorite trance-inducers on this CD are of course the Junior Kimbrough classics 'Catfish Blues/I Feel Good Little Girl' and 'Work Me Baby' this tune is awesome and you must put the volume on maximum, and 'Do The Romp' will get your blood a pumping, also the R.L Burnside song 'Come On In' is the icing on the cake! Man I can not stress enough what a awesome display of music by such a talented genius this is. My words are just about near useless in trying to describe the sounds on this CD by the incredible Richard Johnston!!! What are you waiting for buy this CD, no wait, buy three of them and give one to a friend, and then keep the other two for yourself, you'll need two of them because you will wear one of them out!!!!!!!

The Bandit


Duwayne Burnside

Duwayne BurnsideDuwayne Burnside was born in the late sixties in Senatobia, Mississippi and grew up hearing his father, R.L. Burnside, and family, as well as neighbors play music; guitar driven Mississippi hill country blues. Along with his family and neighbors, the radio was another influence on Duwayne’s evolving style. He picked up the guitar before he was old enough to hold it himself.

Growing up, he played guitar behind his father, but more so backing local club owner Junior Kimbrough and the Soul Blues Boys. And with Memphis, Tennessee being as close as it was, Duwayne began playing and sitting in with seasoned and well known musicians that frequented town, such as Little Jimmy King, Albert King, B.B. King, Bobby Blue Band, and others.

Duwayne was also playing in R.L. Burnside’s family band Sound Machine Groove, which combined the hill country sound with the soul and R&B that was pouring out of Memphis at the time. Between the two styles and his growing experience, Duwayne became an outstanding rhythm player with the ability to blend with all styles of music and any musician. While playing rhythm Duwayne was also paying attention to all other parts being played, and stepped up to fit in anywhere he was needed whether it was drums, bass or guitar. Duwayne’s leads began to undeniably sound fused with Albert King and the heavy soul feel that came from earlier playing experiences.

Duwayne recorded some with his father and the Sound Machine Groove on High Tone and Fat Possum Records before moving to Memphis and opening his own club, Burnside Kitchen and Grill near Highway 61. He booked the shows, cooked the food, sold the beer and played weekly.

In mid 1998, Duwayne traveled to Los Angeles, California to record his first full length record Live at the Mint as Duwayne Burnside and the Mississippi Mafia. Members included Cedric Burnside, Eddie Batos, Joe Hill from Alien Ant Farm, and David Kimbrough, with Duwayne’s father R.L. sitting in on a few choice tracks. Soon after he returned, Duwayne decided to take a break from the bar business and moved back home to Holly Springs and settled down for awhile.

In 2001, Duwayne sat in with the North Mississippi All Stars for the first time in Birmingham, AL. It was the missing link of sorts. His rhythm and leads were so perfectly played and placed that on could have never known that was his first show with the band. From then on he toured 250 days a year with the band and recorded with the All Stars on their third record Polaris and was also featured on two E.P.’s.

In the beginning of 2004, Duwayne felt the need to pull in the reins again and settle back in at home for awhile opening another club, Burnside Blues Cafe, and forming a new band with a few old friends. The result is a heavy continuation of hill country and soul blues fusion that makes you thankful this music is still being made.


David "Junior" Kimbrough

Junior KimbroughDavid "Junior" Kimbrough, quite possibly the most important blues guitarist of the second half of the 20th century, and redefined the blues. Junior's approach to music is so hugely different from anything that came before him that he ranks among the three greatest bluesmen of all: Son House, Bukka White, and Fred McDowell. An originator, Junior did more than build on certain tradition or perfect a certain style. Junior re-imagined the blues; he made a sound for himself.

Unfortunately, Junior Kimbrough didn't release his first album until 1992, when he was 62, but when he finally made his first album, All Night Long (produced by Robert Palmer for Fat Possum Records), the world took notice. Rolling Stone was the first to acknowledge Junior and awarded the album four stars. In addition to giving his music long overdue exposure, All Night Long gave the Fat Possum label hope. Junior, for the most part, was not physically able to tour, now that he finally had the support of a record company. There were notable exceptions: a string of dates with Iggy Pop, and several tours with the Fat Possum Circus (a package deal). But the news traveled-- to hear Junior you had to go to Mississippi. Rock bands such as the Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth, and U2 made pilgrimages to Holly Springs to experience his club and hear Junior with his son Kinney Malone on drums and Garry Burnside on bass. Junior went on to record Sad Days, Lonely Nights, Most Things Haven't Worked Out and the posthumously released God Knows I Tried (all on Fat Possum).

Junior was 67 when died of heart failure on January 17, 1998 at Mildred's apartment in the Holly Springs public housing project, watching TV on her couch. Mildred Washington, his companion of 30 years, had been taking care of him. Junior Kimbrough still kept a one-room bachelor's apartment at the time of his death: immaculately clean, with nothing whatsoever on the walls or tables, no pictures, no tour posters, nothing. Junior knew what he had accomplished, and didn't need any souvenirs. In addition to the 36 children he claimed, Junior put his brand on music.


This site was dedicated in memory of Stevie Ray Vaughan
1954 - 1990