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 it's history, heritage, and rich cultural traditions.

Episodes

This Week on Blues Unlimited - Rare Paramount 78s from the Collection of John Tefteller (Hour 2)  

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Join us as we explore some of the rarest of the rare — John Tefteller's legendary collection of Paramount 78s. One of the most important blues labels of the 1920s and early 1930s, we’ll hear classics from Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, Blind Blake — and, the $37,000 Tommy Johnson 78. It’s rare Paramounts from John Tefteller, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: One of the rare 78s from the collection of John Tefteller. Courtesy of Blues Images.

Special thanks to Bob Eagle, David Costa, and John Tefteller for help and assistance with this program.

A personal note from the producer: John Tefteller's yearly calendars are a treasured tradition in the blues community, and have been for well over a decade. Even in the best of times, this labor of love is a "break even" sort of proposition. To help support this unique and incredible body of work — and help guarantee future blues calendars in the years to come— here's a link where you can purchase the 2017 edition of his calendar: http://bluesimages.com/html/product_html/front_page_2017.html

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

This Week on Blues Unlimited - Rare Paramount 78s from the Collection of John Tefteller (Hour 1)  

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR YEAR-END CAMPAIGN at http://tinyurl.com/gter36s -- YOUR SUPPORT IS CRITICAL AND GUARANTEES THE FUTURE OF THIS RADIO SHOW!

Join us as we explore some of the rarest of the rare — John Tefteller's legendary collection of Paramount 78s. One of the most important blues labels of the 1920s and early 1930s, we’ll hear classics from Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, Blind Blake — and, the $37,000 Tommy Johnson 78. It’s rare Paramounts from John Tefteller, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: One of the rare 78s from the collection of John Tefteller. Courtesy of Blues Images.

Special thanks to Bob Eagle, David Costa, and John Tefteller for help and assistance with this program.

A personal note from the producer: John Tefteller's yearly calendars are a treasured tradition in the blues community, and have been for well over a decade. Even in the best of times, this labor of love is a "break even" sort of proposition. To help support this unique and incredible body of work — and help guarantee future blues calendars in the years to come— here's a link where you can purchase the 2017 edition of his calendar: http://bluesimages.com/html/product_html/front_page_2017.html

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

This Week on Blues Unlimited - Shoutin' & Cryin' the Blues: A Musical Celebration of Arthur Crudup (Hour 2)  

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Join us as we aim the spotlight on Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup. Known for being an imaginative songwriter and a first-rate interpreter of traditional material, he was a towering figured that possessed a striking voice, and was one of the highly influential musicians of the 1940s and early 1950s. We'll listen to some of the more famous tunes in his catalog (many of which have since become standards), some of his early influences, and a few of the musicians he helped inspire along the way.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/zma8hp3

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

This Week on Blues Unlimited - Shoutin' & Cryin' the Blues: A Musical Celebration of Arthur Crudup (Hour 1)  

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR FALL CROWD-FUNDING CAMPAIGN at http://tinyurl.com/gter36s -- YOUR SUPPORT GUARANTEES THE FUTURE OF THIS RADIO SHOW!

Join us as we aim the spotlight on Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup. Known for being an imaginative songwriter and a first-rate interpreter of traditional material, he was a towering figured that possessed a striking voice, and was one of the highly influential musicians of the 1940s and early 1950s. We'll listen to some of the more famous tunes in his catalog (many of which have since become standards), some of his early influences, and a few of the musicians he helped inspire along the way.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/z5l9nj8

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

This Week on Blues Unlimited - More Fun With Food! (Hour 2)  

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Join us for a star-studded tribute to the wonderful world of food! We’ve got all the major food groups lined up this time, from songs about barbecue to peanut butter, cabbage greens to biscuits, and lima beans to hot tomatoes! Classics galore from Gus Cannon, Big Joe Williams, Sonny & Brownie, Lightnin' Hopkins, Hubert Sumlin, Freddie King, and many more! It’s a tribute to the world of food, 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/hv6cf28

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

This Week on Blues Unlimited - More Fun With Food! (Hour 1)  

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR FALL CROWD-FUNDING CAMPAIGN at http://tinyurl.com/gter36s -- YOUR SUPPORT GUARANTEES THE FUTURE OF THIS RADIO SHOW!

Join us for a star-studded tribute to the wonderful world of food! We’ve got all the major food groups lined up this time, from songs about barbecue to peanut butter, cabbage greens to biscuits, and lima beans to hot tomatoes! Classics galore from Gus Cannon, Big Joe Williams, Sonny & Brownie, Lightnin' Hopkins, Hubert Sumlin, Freddie King, and many more! It’s a tribute to the world of food, 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/gsbb2xn

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

This Week on Blues Unlimited - Country Meets the City: The Blues in Saint Louis, Part 2: The Piano Players (Hour 2)  

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Join us for part two of our look at the blues in Saint Louis from the 1920s and '30s, this time focusing on the piano players. We’ll hear from popular favorites like Peetie Wheatstraw, Walter Davis, Henry Brown, Roosevelt Sykes, the Sparks Brothers, and more! It’s part two of the blues in Saint Louis, on this episode of Blues Unlimited (Part 2 of 2)

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

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

This Week on Blues Unlimited - Country Meets the City: The Blues in Saint Louis, Part 2: The Piano Players (Hour 1)  

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR FALL CROWD-FUNDING CAMPAIGN at http://tinyurl.com/gter36s -- YOUR SUPPORT GUARANTEES THE FUTURE OF THIS RADIO SHOW!

Join us for part two of our look at the blues in Saint Louis from the 1920s and '30s, this time focusing on the piano players. We’ll hear from popular favorites like Peetie Wheatstraw, Walter Davis, Henry Brown, Roosevelt Sykes, the Sparks Brothers, and more! It’s part two of the blues in Saint Louis, on this episode of Blues Unlimited (Part 2 of 2)

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/h3hwvym

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

This Week on Blues Unlimited - Country Meets the City: The Blues in Saint Louis, Part 1: The Guitar Pickers (Hour 2)  

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Join us for a look at Saint Louis, where the country blues meet the city. Over the years, some critics have claimed it was the place where prewar blues were at their very peak. This time, we’ll take a look at the guitar players, like Charley Jordan, Hi Henry Brown, J.D. Short, and Henry Townsend. It’s the blues from Saint Louis, on this episode of Blues Unlimited (Part 1 of 2).

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/nwvqhj7

This Week on Blues Unlimited - Country Meets the City: The Blues in Saint Louis, Part 1: The Guitar Pickers (Hour 1)  

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR FALL CROWD-FUNDING CAMPAIGN at http://tinyurl.com/gter36s -- YOUR SUPPORT GUARANTEES THE FUTURE OF THIS RADIO SHOW!

Join us for a look at Saint Louis, where the country blues meet the city. Over the years, some critics have claimed it was the place where prewar blues were at their very peak. This time, we’ll take a look at the guitar players, like Charley Jordan, Hi Henry Brown, J.D. Short, and Henry Townsend. It’s the blues from Saint Louis, on this episode of Blues Unlimited (Part 1 of 2).

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/h26rm2h

This Week on Blues Unlimited - West Coast Piano (Hour 2)  

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The West Coast, over the years, has certainly had more than its fair share of talented Blues pianists, and in this episode of Blues Unlimited we take a look at some of the great ones. Kicking it off with Pete Johnson — one of the giants of Boogie Woogie — we dive into the immense well of talent the West Coast had on offer: from Amos Milburn, Floyd Dixon, and Lloyd Glenn, to Hadda Brooks, Joe Liggins, Little Willie Littlefield, and a host of others. In typical Blues Unlimited fashion, however, we give equal time to the overlooked, the obscure, and/or the undeservedly under-recorded, such as Gus Jenkins, Thunder Smith, Mercy Dee Walton, West Coast piano legend Willard McDaniel, and one of our favorite down home stylists, Malcolm 'Little Son' Willis. Join us for an illuminating look at the art and artistry of West Coast Blues Piano.

Pictured: A rare EP from West Coast keyboard legend Pete Johnson.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/hwt5yrc

This Week on Blues Unlimited - West Coast Piano (Hour 1)  

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR FALL CROWD-FUNDING CAMPAIGN at http://tinyurl.com/gter36s

The West Coast, over the years, has certainly had more than its fair share of talented Blues pianists, and in this episode of Blues Unlimited we take a look at some of the great ones. Kicking it off with Pete Johnson — one of the giants of Boogie Woogie — we dive into the immense well of talent the West Coast had on offer: from Amos Milburn, Floyd Dixon, and Lloyd Glenn, to Hadda Brooks, Joe Liggins, Little Willie Littlefield, and a host of others. In typical Blues Unlimited fashion, however, we give equal time to the overlooked, the obscure, and/or the undeservedly under-recorded, such as Gus Jenkins, Thunder Smith, Mercy Dee Walton, West Coast piano legend Willard McDaniel, and one of our favorite down home stylists, Malcolm 'Little Son' Willis. Join us for an illuminating look at the art and artistry of West Coast Blues Piano.

Pictured: A rare EP from West Coast keyboard legend Pete Johnson.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/gtry7oj

This Week on Blues Unlimited - The Blues Came Down at Midnight (Hour 2)  

Hello friends! We decided to dig this one out of the archives to help celebrate Halloween.... and what could be more appropriate than having the blues at Midnight.....it goes together like mom and apple pie and hot dogs and baseball, right? In the meantime, if you LOVE THIS RADIO SHOW, we’re asking for your support. Quite simply, loving = sharing, and if you’re willing to spare just a few bucks a month.... $2, $4, heck... even $10 a month.... that will help guarantee the future success of this radio show, new episodes in the production pipeline, and a podcast posted here every single week for you to listen to, without fail. Please consider a modest donation -- whatever you can truly afford. Think about it this way.... a decent cup of coffee at a national chain costs $2. Would you be willing to give up ONE CUP OF COFFEE A MONTH to help insure the continued success of this radio show? Also, we’ve got some AWESOMELY COOL incentives and thank you gifts, as well as our ETERNAL AND UNDYING THANKS. Check it all out at https://www.patreon.com/bluesunlimited

And now.... on with the show!

Join us as we explore blues songs that all have to deal with the subject of midnight. Sometimes, you get midnight showers of rain, other times, it's the blues that come down at midnight. You might be out late having fun with your friends, doing the "Midnight Jump" or the "Midnight Boogie," or you might be sad and lonely, because your baby left you at midnight. Classics, gems, and rarities galore from Leadbelly, Leroy Carr, Bessie Smith, Big Bill Broonzy, T-Bone Walker, Little Willie Littlefield, Lowell Fulson, Roy Brown, and many more!

Pictured: The first known recording of “The Midnight Special” by a blues artist, Crying Sam Collins, from 1927.

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

This Week on Blues Unlimited - The Blues Came Down at Midnight (Hour 2)  

Hello friends! We decided to dig this one out of the archives to help celebrate Halloween.... and what could be more appropriate than having the blues at Midnight.....it goes together like mom and apple pie and hot dogs and baseball, right? In the meantime, if you LOVE THIS RADIO SHOW, we’re asking for your support. Quite simply, loving = sharing, and if you’re willing to spare just a few bucks a month.... $2, $4, heck... even $10 a month.... that will help guarantee the future success of this radio show, new episodes in the production pipeline, and a podcast posted here every single week for you to listen to, without fail. Please consider a modest donation -- whatever you can truly afford. Think about it this way.... a decent cup of coffee at a national chain costs $2. Would you be willing to give up ONE CUP OF COFFEE A MONTH to help insure the continued success of this radio show? Also, we’ve got some AWESOMELY COOL incentives and thank you gifts, as well as our ETERNAL AND UNDYING THANKS. Check it all out at https://www.patreon.com/bluesunlimited

And now.... on with the show!

Join us as we explore blues songs that all have to deal with the subject of midnight. Sometimes, you get midnight showers of rain, other times, it's the blues that come down at midnight. You might be out late having fun with your friends, doing the "Midnight Jump" or the "Midnight Boogie," or you might be sad and lonely, because your baby left you at midnight. Classics, gems, and rarities galore from Leadbelly, Leroy Carr, Bessie Smith, Big Bill Broonzy, T-Bone Walker, Little Willie Littlefield, Lowell Fulson, Roy Brown, and many more!

Pictured: The first known recording of “The Midnight Special” by a blues artist, Crying Sam Collins, from 1927.

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

This Week on Blues Unlimited - The Blues Came Down at Midnight (Hour 1)  

Hello friends! We decided to dig this one out of the archives to help celebrate Halloween.... and what could be more appropriate than having the blues at Midnight.....it goes together like mom and apple pie and hot dogs and baseball, right? In the meantime, if you LOVE THIS RADIO SHOW, we’re asking for your support. Quite simply, loving = sharing, and if you’re willing to spare just a few bucks a month.... $2, $4, heck... even $10 a month.... that will help guarantee the future success of this radio show, new episodes in the production pipeline, and a podcast posted here every single week for you to listen to, without fail. Please consider a modest donation -- whatever you can truly afford. Think about it this way.... a decent cup of coffee at a national chain costs $2. Would you be willing to give up ONE CUP OF COFFEE A MONTH to help insure the continued success of this radio show? Also, we’ve got some AWESOMELY COOL incentives and thank you gifts, as well as our ETERNAL AND UNDYING THANKS. Check it all out at https://www.patreon.com/bluesunlimited

And now.... on with the show!

Join us as we explore blues songs that all have to deal with the subject of midnight. Sometimes, you get midnight showers of rain, other times, it's the blues that come down at midnight. You might be out late having fun with your friends, doing the "Midnight Jump" or the "Midnight Boogie," or you might be sad and lonely, because your baby left you at midnight. Classics, gems, and rarities galore from Leadbelly, Leroy Carr, Bessie Smith, Big Bill Broonzy, T-Bone Walker, Little Willie Littlefield, Lowell Fulson, Roy Brown, and many more!

Pictured: The first known recording of “The Midnight Special” by a blues artist, Crying Sam Collins, from 1927.

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

This Week on Blues Unlimited - The Blues Came Down at Midnight (Hour 1)  

Hello friends! We decided to dig this one out of the archives to help celebrate Halloween.... and what could be more appropriate than having the blues at Midnight.....it goes together like mom and apple pie and hot dogs and baseball, right? In the meantime, if you LOVE THIS RADIO SHOW, we’re asking for your support. Quite simply, loving = sharing, and if you’re willing to spare just a few bucks a month.... $2, $4, heck... even $10 a month.... that will help guarantee the future success of this radio show, new episodes in the production pipeline, and a podcast posted here every single week for you to listen to, without fail. Please consider a modest donation -- whatever you can truly afford. Think about it this way.... a decent cup of coffee at a national chain costs $2. Would you be willing to give up ONE CUP OF COFFEE A MONTH to help insure the continued success of this radio show? Also, we’ve got some AWESOMELY COOL incentives and thank you gifts, as well as our ETERNAL AND UNDYING THANKS. Check it all out at https://www.patreon.com/bluesunlimited

And now.... on with the show!

Join us as we explore blues songs that all have to deal with the subject of midnight. Sometimes, you get midnight showers of rain, other times, it's the blues that come down at midnight. You might be out late having fun with your friends, doing the "Midnight Jump" or the "Midnight Boogie," or you might be sad and lonely, because your baby left you at midnight. Classics, gems, and rarities galore from Leadbelly, Leroy Carr, Bessie Smith, Big Bill Broonzy, T-Bone Walker, Little Willie Littlefield, Lowell Fulson, Roy Brown, and many more!

Pictured: The first known recording of “The Midnight Special” by a blues artist, Crying Sam Collins, from 1927.

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

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Goin' Down To Eli's: Robert Nighthawk & Friends, Live on Maxwell Street, 1964 (Hour 2)  

If you like your blues raw and gritty, then join us as we head down to Maxwell Street. That’s where filmmaker Mike Shea went with his cameras in 1964, to make his legendary slice-of-life documentary, "And This Is Free." In the process, he captured some of the greatest live blues recordings ever made. Join us for a trip down to Maxwell Street, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Maxwell Street regular, Blind Arvella Gray. Photo by Vivian Maier, 1967.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/hq3hgwc

This Week on Blues Unlimited - Goin' Down To Eli's: Robert Nighthawk & Friends, Live on Maxwell Street, 1964 (Hour 2)  

If you like your blues raw and gritty, then join us as we head down to Maxwell Street. That’s where filmmaker Mike Shea went with his cameras in 1964, to make his legendary slice-of-life documentary, "And This Is Free." In the process, he captured some of the greatest live blues recordings ever made. Join us for a trip down to Maxwell Street, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Maxwell Street regular, Blind Arvella Gray. Photo by Vivian Maier, 1967.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/hq3hgwc

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Goin' Down To Eli's: Robert Nighthawk & Friends, Live on Maxwell Street, 1964 (Hour 1)  

If you like your blues raw and gritty, then join us as we head down to Maxwell Street. That’s where filmmaker Mike Shea went with his cameras in 1964, to make his legendary slice-of-life documentary, "And This Is Free." In the process, he captured some of the greatest live blues recordings ever made. Join us for a trip down to Maxwell Street, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Maxwell Street regular, Blind Arvella Gray. Photo by Vivian Maier, 1967.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/gtrb26x

This Week on Blues Unlimited - Goin' Down To Eli's: Robert Nighthawk & Friends, Live on Maxwell Street, 1964 (Hour 1)  

If you like your blues raw and gritty, then join us as we head down to Maxwell Street. That’s where filmmaker Mike Shea went with his cameras in 1964, to make his legendary slice-of-life documentary, "And This Is Free." In the process, he captured some of the greatest live blues recordings ever made. Join us for a trip down to Maxwell Street, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Maxwell Street regular, Blind Arvella Gray. Photo by Vivian Maier, 1967.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/gtrb26x

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