Blues Unlimited - The Radio Show

Blues Unlimited - The Radio Show

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Join us as we explore the wonderful world of the Blues, and its history, heritage, and rich cultural traditions.

Episodes

Just One More - Animal Symbolism in the Blues  

Every week on Blues Unlimited, we bring you the finest from our favorite musical universe. But there's always a lot more that goes into each episode than we possibly cram into just two hours. Among the hardest tasks we face each and every week — whittling the song selection down to just a few dozen cuts — out of a hundred or more tracks that we take into consideration.

Here's one from this week’s episode that got left on the cutting room floor: “Grey Goose,” by Lead Belly, accompanied by the Golden Gate Quartet. Recorded for RCA Victor in New York City, 1940.

Like the Sonny Boy Williamson cut featured on this week’s program, “The Goat,” we have to wonder if this too isn’t also a case of a thinly disguised autobiographical account of Lead Belly’s life — certainly, of course, in metaphorical terms. At the end of the song, the goose flies happily away “with a long string of goslings,” having survived every single thing it endured — just like, we imagine, did so many other blues singers that came both before and after Lead Belly.

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This Week on Blues Unlimited - Animal Symbolism in the Blues (Hour 2)  

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Join us as we explore the rich and fascinating history of animal symbolism in the blues. Ever since the very first recordings, from the 1920s, blues artists have used metaphors and images from the animal kingdom to illustrate their songs. We'll hear a few of our favorites, plus, some all time classics from Blind Lemon Jefferson, Tampa Red, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, Robert Nighthawk, and (of course!) The Howlin' Wolf. It’s animal symbolism in the blues — on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Robert Petway, whose “Catfish Blues” has become a beloved Mississippi Delta classic. Illustration by William Stout.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/y736posz

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This Week on Blues Unlimited - Animal Symbolism in the Blues (Hour 1)  

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Join us as we explore the rich and fascinating history of animal symbolism in the blues. Ever since the very first recordings, from the 1920s, blues artists have used metaphors and images from the animal kingdom to illustrate their songs. We'll hear a few of our favorites, plus, some all time classics from Blind Lemon Jefferson, Tampa Red, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, Robert Nighthawk, and (of course!) The Howlin' Wolf. It’s animal symbolism in the blues — on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Robert Petway, whose “Catfish Blues” has become a beloved Mississippi Delta classic. Illustration by William Stout.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/yd86cjh4

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Five (Plus Two) from Atlantic: The Desert Island Classics, Part 4 (Hour 2)  

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Join us as we continue with our ongoing series, Desert Island Classics. This time around, we’ve got a handful of five-star vinyl, all from Atlantic Records. We’ll hear music from Ray Charles, Professor Longhair, T-Bone Walker, Blind Willie McTell, and more. It’s another installment of Desert Island Classics, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: One of the six installments in Atlantic’s "Blues Originals" series, compiled by Pete Lowry in 1972.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/y9xlccst

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Five (Plus Two) from Atlantic: The Desert Island Classics, Part 4 (Hour 1)  

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Join us as we continue with our ongoing series, Desert Island Classics. This time around, we’ve got a handful of five-star vinyl, all from Atlantic Records. We’ll hear music from Ray Charles, Professor Longhair, T-Bone Walker, Blind Willie McTell, and more. It’s another installment of Desert Island Classics, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: One of the six installments in Atlantic’s "Blues Originals" series, compiled by Pete Lowry in 1972.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/y8rbjh4p

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Just One More - (It Was) Really! The Country Blues (That) Fell This Morning: LP Classics from the Birth of the Blues Revival  

Every week on Blues Unlimited, we bring you the finest from our favorite musical universe. But there's always a lot more that goes into each episode than we possibly cram into just two hours. Among the hardest tasks we face each and every week — whittling the song selection down to just a few dozen cuts — out of a hundred or more tracks that we take into consideration.

Here's one from this week’s episode that got left on the cutting room floor: “Skin Game Blues,” by Peg Leg Howell. Recorded for the Columbia label in Atlanta, 1927.

Also - check out the entire BU archive of over 200 episodes at http://www.prx.org/series/31927-blues-unlimited

Previously on Blues Unlimited - (It Was) Really! The Country Blues (That) Fell This Morning: LP Classics from the Birth of the Blues Revival (Hour 2)  

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If you're curious about where the Blues Revival of the 1960s got its start, you might want to take a look at "The Country Blues," from 1959, "Blues Fell This Morning," from 1960, and "Really! The Country Blues," from 1962. While the first two were designed as audio companions to groundbreaking books of the same name — by Sam Charters and Paul Oliver, respectively — the third one, from Origin Jazz Library, was conceived, apparently, as a deliberate act of "one upmanship" over Sam Charters (Pete Whelan, one of the founders of OJL, later complained that the country blues Charters had written about hadn't quite been "real enough"). Each of them, in their own way, were highly influential when they came out — and in no small part, helped to spark the Blues Revival of the 1960s. Join us then, as we celebrate three classic slabs of vinyl from the very advent of the Blues Revival — on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/yb3ffdqs

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - (It Was) Really! The Country Blues (That) Fell This Morning: LP Classics from the Birth of the Blues Revival (Hour 1)  

Dear Friends,

Just after we posted last week’s episode, news broke from England that legendary author, scholar, and blues researcher Paul Oliver had passed, at the age of 90. Although we featured this episode early last year, we’re running it again, as our way of paying tribute to his memory, and to his incredible life and legacy. --SBH

If you're curious about where the Blues Revival of the 1960s got its start, you might want to take a look at "The Country Blues," from 1959, "Blues Fell This Morning," from 1960, and "Really! The Country Blues," from 1962. It's three classic slabs of vinyl from the very advent of the Blues Revival — on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/zd5d387

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - 25 from Bob Koester (Hour 2)  

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Join us for an extra special treat! We asked Bob Koester, founder of the legendary Delmark Records, for a list of his favorite performances. All we can say is that this is one episode you won't want to miss. It's 25 from Bob Koester, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Photo of Bob Koester by William Ellis, from the "One LP Project." To see Bob’s comments on the LP he’s holding, surf on over to http://tinyurl.com/y9bsmjx6

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/ya2x9keo

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - 25 from Bob Koester (Hour 1)  

PLEASE PLEDGE YOUR MONTHLY SUPPORT TO HELP KEEP THIS PODCAST ALIVE AND WELL! A couple bucks a month will make a world of difference! And thanks to all those who have already pledged their support!!! Here's where you can help: http://tinyurl.com/gter36s

Join us for an extra special treat! We asked Bob Koester, founder of the legendary Delmark Records, for a list of his favorite performances. All we can say is that this is one episode you won't want to miss. It's 25 from Bob Koester, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Photo of Bob Koester by William Ellis, from the "One LP Project." To see Bob’s comments on the LP he’s holding, surf on over to http://tinyurl.com/y9bsmjx6

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/ybvcmdd9

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Just One More - Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky: More Moves & Grooves from the Hammond B3  

Every week on Blues Unlimited, we bring you the finest from our favorite musical universe. But there's always a lot more that goes into each episode than we possibly cram into just two hours. Among the hardest tasks we face each and every week — whittling the song selection down to just a few dozen cuts — out of a hundred or more tracks that we take into consideration.

Here's one from this week’s episode that got left on the cutting room floor: “Lone Gone,” by Sam Lazar. Recorded for the Argo label in Chicago, 1961.

Also - check out the entire BU archive of over 200 episodes at http://www.prx.org/series/31927-blues-unlimited

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky: More Moves & Grooves from the Hammond B3 (Hour 2)  

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We had such a blast putting together our last tribute to the venerable Hammond B3 organ, that we're back with a second helping of delectable goodies from some of our favorite keyboard players, plus a few folks who got left out first time around. Extended jams, some great grooves, and a few hot instrumentals from Booker T. Jones, Jimmy McGriff, Sam Lazar, Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, and more.

Pictured: Brother Jack McDuff at the keyboards.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/yc845q35

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky: More Moves & Grooves from the Hammond B3 (Hour 1)  

PLEASE PLEDGE YOUR MONTHLY SUPPORT TO HELP KEEP THIS PODCAST ALIVE AND WELL! A couple bucks a month will make a world of difference! And thanks to all those who have already pledged their support!!! Here's where you can help: http://tinyurl.com/gter36s

We had such a blast putting together our last tribute to the venerable Hammond B3 organ, that we're back with a second helping of delectable goodies from some of our favorite keyboard players, plus a few folks who got left out first time around. Extended jams, some great grooves, and a few hot instrumentals from Booker T. Jones, Jimmy McGriff, Sam Lazar, Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, and more.

Pictured: Brother Jack McDuff at the keyboards.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/y9stbhbm

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Great Songwriters of the Blues, Part 2: Jimmy Reed (Hour 2)  

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Join us for another installment of our "Great Songwriters" series, as we aim the spotlight on Chicago blues hit-maker, Jimmy Reed. Enjoying more top-twenty Billboard R&B entires than any of his contemporaries in the Windy City — Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Elmore James, and Sonny Boy Williamson #2 — he's a figure that, today, is sadly overlooked. Often described as employing a simplistic formula, the accessibility of his music made him a major influence on budding guitar and harmonica players from all walks of life — from blues and rock, to folk and country. And when it comes to crossover hits to the Billboard Pop charts, nobody in Chicago could lay claim to anything approaching the success that he had. A staple of the Vee-Jay operation, starting with the label's inception until the early 1960s, one in every twelve issues, on average, was a Jimmy Reed record. Suffice it to say, then, that Jimmy Reed was indeed a giant of the blues. We'll celebrate that musical legacy with classic performances from the man himself, plus a "Who's Who" of special guests. It's a tribute to Jimmy Reed, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Photo by Jan Persson. Taken during the 1968 American Folk Blues Festival Tour, probably in Copenhagen. Inset: Jimmy Reed’s very first R&B hit for Vee-Jay.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/y7fzhwy5

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Great Songwriters of the Blues, Part 2: Jimmy Reed (Hour 1)  

PLEASE PLEDGE YOUR MONTHLY SUPPORT TO HELP KEEP THIS PODCAST ALIVE AND WELL! A couple bucks a month will make a world of difference! And thanks to all those who have already pledged their support!!! Here's where you can help: http://tinyurl.com/gter36s

Join us for another installment of our "Great Songwriters" series, as we aim the spotlight on Jimmy Reed. Enjoying more R&B hits than any of his contemporaries in the Windy City, he's a figure that's often overlooked. We'll hear classics from the man himself, plus a "Who's Who" of special guests. A tribute to Jimmy Reed, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Photo by Jan Persson. Taken during the 1968 American Folk Blues Festival Tour, probably in Copenhagen. Inset: Jimmy Reed’s very first R&B hit for Vee-Jay.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/ycu9m53e

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Just One More - Recycling the Blues: The Origins of Classic Blues Songs  

Every week on Blues Unlimited, we bring you the finest from our favorite musical universe. But there's always a lot more that goes into each episode than we possibly cram into just two hours. Among the hardest tasks we face each and every week — whittling the song selection down to just a few dozen cuts — out of a hundred or more tracks that we take into consideration.

Here's one from this episode that got left on the cutting room floor: “Sweet Little Angel,” by Mae Mercer. Recorded for the Atlas label in New York City, 1959.

Also - check out the entire BU archive of over 200 episodes at http://www.prx.org/series/31927-blues-unlimited

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Recycling the Blues: The Origins of Classic Blues Songs (Hour 2)  

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If you've ever listened to your favorite blues song and wondered who the original artist was or who did it first, then this program is for you. We've taken a handful of world famous, iconic blues songs and traced their roots back to the "original" versions. From such enduring classics as "Sweet Little Angel" (B.B. King, Tampa Red), to "Cross Cut Saw" (Albert King, Tommy McClennan), "Baby Please Don't Go" (Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams), and more, join us for an illuminating look at some all-time classic blues songs, and the original versions that inspired them.

Pictured: A classic slice of Muddy Waters, “Turn The Lamp Down Low” is his take on the blues standard, “Baby Please Don’t Go.”

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/yadzulfk

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Recycling the Blues: The Origins of Classic Blues Songs (Hour 1)  

Hello Friends!

We're just putting the finishing touches on a brand new episode... which we'll have on tap for you next week. In the meantime, here's another overlooked gem from the archives. Enjoy! --SBH

If you've ever listened to your favorite blues song and wondered who the original artist was or who did it first, then this program is for you. We've taken a handful of world famous, iconic blues songs and traced their roots back to the "original" versions. From such enduring classics as "Sweet Little Angel" (B.B. King, Tampa Red), to "Cross Cut Saw" (Albert King, Tommy McClennan), "Baby Please Don't Go" (Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams), and more, join us for an illuminating look at some all-time classic blues songs, and the original versions that inspired them.

Pictured: A classic slice of Muddy Waters, “Turn The Lamp Down Low” is his take on the blues standard, “Baby Please Don’t Go.”

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/y89ajft5

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Just One More - Crossing Boundaries: The Blues in Country & Western and Rock & Roll  

Every week on Blues Unlimited, we bring you the finest from our favorite musical universe. But there's always a lot more that goes into each episode than we possibly cram into just two hours. Among the hardest tasks we face each and every week — whittling the song selection down to just a few dozen cuts — out of a hundred or more tracks that we take into consideration.

Here's one from this episode that got left on the cutting room floor: “Let Me Play With Your Poodle,” by Hank Penny. Recorded for the King label in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1947.

Also - check out the entire BU archive of over 200 episodes at http://www.prx.org/series/31927-blues-unlimited

Crossing Boundaries: The Blues in Country & Western and Rock & Roll (Hour 2)  

Decades before Elvis Presley took a page from the song book of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup and sang the blues on his debut single for the Sun record label in Memphis, many other folks had done that very same thing -- that is, incorporated elements of blues into their repertoire. Starting with the Carter Family and the 'Yodeling Brakeman' Jimmie Rodgers, in this special episode of Blues Unlimited, we explore the boundaries where folk, country, and rock 'n' roll all meet and intersect with one another. And following in the wake of Elvis Presley, wind up squarely in the Blues Revival of the 1960s -- catching a bit of that 'British Fever' along the way from the religious zealotry that inspired some of the best of the British Invasion bands. A fascinating glimpse at the enormous impact the blues has had on American roots music from the 1920s on up.

Pictured: A man who was no stranger to the blues, musical alchemist Bill Haley. Image courtesy of Rex Features/The Telegraph.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/yd5a9syt

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

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