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Higher Ground

Higher Ground

No matter what other cities claim, St. Louis is the official home of the blues. Jim Bruce, the host of ‘Higher Ground,’ proves the adage every week by playing some of the best local artists in the genre. The show’s Top 10 list for 2018 features a number of these musicians – Big Mike Aguirre, Al Holliday and Jeremiah Johnson. But it also includes several performers from New Orleans, reminding listeners that the two places are connected by more than the Mississippi River. Lessons in the power of music to connect people feel especially poignant this year. 


Big Mike Aguirre & the Blu City Allstars / ‘Singles’ / Dogtown

Marcia Ball / ‘Shine Bright’ / Alligator

Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio / ‘Something Smells Funky ‘Round Here’ / Alligator

Greyhounds / ‘Cheyenne Valley Drive’ / Bud’s Records

Al Holliday / ‘4963’ / Self-released 

Jeremiah Johnson / ‘Straitjacket’ / Ruf 

The Marcus King Band / ‘Carolina Confessions’ / Fantasy

Eric Lindell / ‘Revolution in Your Heart’ / Alligator

The New Orleans Suspects / Live at the Hamilton / Self-released

Ms Zeno, the Mojo Queen / ‘Back in Love’ / Blue Lotus


Tune into Higher Ground every Tuesday from 2 - 4 pm.