detour BLUES

2/20/2013: detour BLUES will be shutting down soon! Please enjoy our last few days on the air!

February 25th, 2009: The station was originally created with the purpose of helping to keep the blues genre of music alive. You can’t map the development of today’s popular music without starting somewhere near rhythm and blues musicians like Muddy Waters or Howlin’ Wolf, who influenced the slew of skiffle bands in England that produced such legends as Eric Clapton or the Rolling Stones, who were followed by sound-bending greats, like Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix, who influenced … well, you see the trend here. “The Blues (notice the caps) are not a formula, the Blues are about emotion, passion, and the spaces between the notes, if The Blues make you sad, you ain’t listenin’ right.”

By thinking about the intersections of whites, blacks, and others around the blues, our listeners will deepen their understanding of discrimination and prejudice. They will also come to understand the ways in which music can, or cannot, create opportunities for people of different cultures, and with varying degrees of power, to relate to one another and find common ground.

While the blues started as an African American music, it is now a music that has been embraced by people in different cultures, black and white, around the world.

Debates about whites playing the blues often include accusations that whites are “stealing” black music, as if whites and blacks exist in their own worlds, each with their own untouched and pure musical styles. However, American-music history contains numerous instances of musical acculturation or the adoption of the musical traits of one culture by another.

About Station’s Creator

John Tibbs, the administrator of detour BLUES, passed away on July 30, 2010 at the age of 55. He was a strong advocate of independent radio and exposing listeners to new music. John was very passionate towards his listeners as well, always trying to make their listening experience unique and fun. Everyone at the detour network would like to thank him for his hard work and dedication since 2006. He will be missed.

The continued legacy of detour BLUES is dedicated in memory of John Tibbs, the creator of detour BLUES…

Hi, my name is John Tibbs, and I hold the position of Station Administrator here on detour BLUES. It is my job to see that everything runs smoothly for the station and problems are kept to a minimum. I am also responsible for programming and promotion of the station.

So, what are your qualifications you ask? Well, I played music professionally for a total of 11 years and have been involved in the music business off and on since I was 15 years old. I have taught music, performed onstage, and for the past 2 years have hosted a show called “Blues You Can Use, Hosted By John Tibbs” on the Internet radio station The Detour, www.thedetour.us. I have had to stop playing publicly due to health problems (I am on dialysis, 3 times a week, 4 hours a session), but still maintain my love for music… especially the blues! I am also an Amateur Radio (Ham) operator… my call letters are KJ4PQH.

As a musician, I understand just how difficult it is for artists to get airplay these days. Commercial radio stations are geared towards “making money”, so they don’t want to take chances on artists who are not “established”. This makes it extremely difficult for new artists to get airplay of any kind, especially blues artists, because if blues is even played on the station, normally it’s only a 3 or 4 hour show. That’s where detour BLUES is different! You’ll hear all styles of blues on detour BLUES –

  • Acid Blues
  • Blues-rock
  • Blues shouter
  • Boogie-woogie
  • British blues
  • Canadian bluesli>
  • Chicago blues
  • Classic female blues
  • New Rhythm and Blues
  • Country blues
  • Delta blues
  • Detroit blues
  • Gospel blues
  • Hokum blues
  • Jazz blues
  • Jump blues
  • Kansas City blues
  • Louisiana blues
  • Memphis blues
  • North Mississippi blues
  • Piano blues
  • Piedmont blues
  • Punk blues
  • Rhythm and Blues
  • Soul blues
  • St. Louis blues
  • Swamp blues
  • Texas blues
  • West Coast blues

If you are a blues artist and would like to have airplay on detour BLUES, we certainly would like to hear from you! For details on how to submit your material to the station, click on the “Your Music On The Station” link on any page on this website. With your help, we will continue to “keep the blues alive”!

So… if you have a “love for the blues”, come visit us here at detour BLUES… we’d love to have you as a member of our “family”!