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  • This Week on BU - Dark Muddy Bottom: 1950s Down Home Country Blues from Specialty Records (Hour 2)

    · Blues Unlimited - The Radio Show

    Your support is critical now, more than ever! Here’s how you can help: http://tinyurl.com/gter36s Although most people might think of sophisticated West Coast R&B, Gospel Groups like Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, or even Little Richard when it comes to Specialty — the legendary Los Angeles record label founded by Art Rupe in 1946 — the truth is they also cut some killer down home country blues in the early to mid 1950s. We'll be digging into that rich vein of material on this episode, largely focusing on the original 45 and 78 rpm singles issued on Specialty and also Fidelity — a short-lived subsidiary imprint that issued about a dozen sides. In addition to hearing a few cuts from Frankie Lee Sims and Clifton Chenier — two of our all-time favorites — we’re really excited to also dig into a legendary LP that came out in 1972, called "Dark Muddy Bottom Blues." It’s a five-star item that belongs in any blues lover’s collection, and was compiled (largely of rare outtakes, we might add) by one time Specialty staff member Barret Hansen — perhaps better known to the world as radio legend Doctor Demento. Although the down home material on Specialty did not make up a very large percentage of their overall output, what they did record — like pretty much everything else on Specialty — was top notch. And as we "go to press" (so to speak) with this episode, we still have with us label owner Art Rupe to thank, as well as Barret Hansen, who retrieved a lot of this material out of the Specialty archives in the early 1970s. We give a "BU Tip o' the Hat" to each of them for their work behind the scenes in bringing us these fine down home performances. Pictured: Also featured on this episode, a legendary slice of vinyl from the Specialty archives; compiled by Barret Hansen in 1972. 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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  • This Week on BU - Dark Muddy Bottom: 1950s Down Home Country Blues from Specialty Records (Hour 1)

    · Blues Unlimited - The Radio Show

    Hello friends! We're a little late getting this one up and running... your pal and mine, ol' Sleepy Boy, has been down for the count for a few days. We're about halfway through a brand new episode that's sure to be a crowd pleaser... so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, thanks for all your love and support! --SBH Your support is critical now, more than ever! Here’s how you can help: http://tinyurl.com/gter36s Join us for some terrific Down Home Country Blues from Specialty Records. In addition to Frankie Lee Sims and Clifton Chenier — two of our all-time favorites — we’ll also be featuring a legendary LP, "Dark Muddy Bottom Blues." Down Home Blues from Specialty, on this episode of Blues Unlimited. Pictured: Also featured on this episode, a legendary slice of vinyl from the Specialty archives; compiled by Barret Hansen in 1972. 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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  • Previously on BU - New Orleans Piano (Hour 2)

    · Blues Unlimited - The Radio Show

    Your support is critical now, more than ever! Here’s how you can help: http://tinyurl.com/gter36s Join us for two great hours of piano blues from New Orleans. From classic R&B party favorites to keyboard legends like Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Little Richard, and Allen Toussaint, Blues Unlimited celebrates the art and artistry of New Orleans piano. To hear this episode commercial free and in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/y9wh5gck 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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  • Previously on BU - New Orleans Piano (Hour 1)

    · Blues Unlimited - The Radio Show

    Note: With the passing of New Orleans music legend Fats Domino last week, we thought we'd dust off this old favorite from the archives. Enjoy! --SBH Think of New Orleans and you might think of the French Quarter, the distinctive cuisine they're justifiably famous for, the seemingly constant 24/7 party atmosphere, or strolling downtown by the Mighty Mississippi. But think of New Orleans for too long and you're bound to think of perhaps one thing -- the great music that's emanated from there, virtually non-stop, since the early days of the last century. And if you think of New Orleans music, sooner or later you're bound to think of some of the great keyboard legends that the city has known -- Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Champion Jack Dupree, Paul Gayten, Allen Toussaint, and many many more. In this episode of Blues Unlimited, we explore that rich vein of talent in a special episode dedicated to the art and artistry of New Orleans piano, taking a look at some of the great moments and huge R&B hits the Crescent City produced over the years. To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/yc5x5sef 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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  • Previously on BU - Unsung Heroes of St. Louis Blues (Hour 2)

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    Your support is critical now, more than ever! Here’s how you can help: http://tinyurl.com/gter36s St. Louis, located near the southern end of the central Midwest, for many blues musicians making the trek north from Mississippi to Chicago during the 1940s and 1950s, was simply a stopping over point before continuing their journey. For others, such as the musicians being featured on this program, St. Louis was their home, and where they spent the bulk of their career. Unfortunately, unlike Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans, or New York, the River City was never a major recording center — and without a successful independent label like Atlantic, Chess, Stax, or Sun — opportunities to record were few and far in between. For a talented artist like James De Shay, who we find here captured by a BBC film crew in 1976, the opportunity to record commercially never came at all, while harmonica blower Doc Terry finally ended up cutting a few singles on his very own D.T.P. label in the early 1970s. Johnnie Johnson, of course, might be the most well-known name on the roster here, thanks to his long association with Chuck Berry — who found success in Chicago thanks to a tip from Muddy Waters, who told him to go see Phil and Leonard Chess (the rest, as they say, is history). Tommy Bankhead also came up from Mississippi, along the way, playing with a Who’s Who of blues legends that would make anyone envious today. Bennie Smith, on the other hand, was a St. Louis native who became a mentor to so many other budding electric guitarists, it’s hard to count them all. Among his students was Ike Turner, who we plan on profiling in a future episode. Pianist Clayton Love, it turns out, was a friend of Ike Turner, going back to their days in Clarksdale, first recording together in 1954 for Modern, and again in 1957 for the Federal imprint, in Cincinnati. Like Turner, Oliver Sain was another master craftsman who called St. Louis his home, descending from an impressive blues lineage. Not only was Dan Sane his grandfather (musical partner of the legendary Memphis guitarist Frank Stokes and one-half of the musical duo, the Beale Street Sheiks), but his step-father was also Willie Love, who recorded with Elmore James and Sonny Boy Williamson for Trumpet in the early 1950s. Sain, in turn, wore so many musical hats, it almost defies belief: multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger, bandleader, producer, music publisher, and owner of a recording studio. Ironically, it was a random sample from one of his 45s, by a famous rap group, that brought him the greatest financial success of his career. At the other end of the spectrum, we find the obscure Guitar Tommy Moore, cutting a bona fide St. Louis classic in 1964. The label, Ultrasonic, was one of many owned by Gabriel — a famous disk jockey, who, as of this writing, can still be found plying his trade over the airwaves of his hometown. Blues expert Jim O’Neal has spent fruitless hours trying to track down the elusive Moore, with Gabriel saying all that he remembers about Moore, at this late date, is that he looked like Benny Hill. As they say, you can’t really make this stuff up. St. Louis was home to many talented musicians, and on this episode of Blues Unlimited, we pay tribute to a handful of them. Special thanks to our good friend, radio colleague and fellow blues-lover Tony C., for help and assistance in preparing this program. Pictured: The hands of St. Louis guitarist Bennie Smith. Photo by Bill Greensmith. Inset: A St. Louis classic from Guitar Tommy Moore. 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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  • Previously on BU - Unsung Heroes of St. Louis Blues (Hour 1)

    · Blues Unlimited - The Radio Show

    Your support is critical now, more than ever! Here’s how you can help: http://tinyurl.com/gter36s Join us as we journey to St. Louis, and celebrate some of the talented musicians that called the River City their home. We'll hear modern classics and vintage rarities from Oliver Sain, Johnnie Johnson, Bennie Smith, Clayton Love, and a whole lot more. This is one episode you don't want to miss! It's the unsung heroes of St. Louis Blues, on this episode of Blues Unlimited. Pictured: The hands of St. Louis guitarist Bennie Smith. Photo by Bill Greensmith. Inset: A St. Louis classic from Guitar Tommy Moore. 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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  • Tribute to an Enigma: The Blues Guitar of Lee Cooper (Hour 2)

    · Blues Unlimited - The Radio Show

    Here’s a link you can follow to help keep this podcast alive and well! And we thank you! http://tinyurl.com/gter36s Not exactly a household name, Echford "Lee" Cooper was a talented guitarist, whose session work revealed a skilled musician who was capable of playing just about anything — at least according to Eddie Boyd, who worked and recorded with him extensively. Thanks to some ace detective work by Bob Eagle and Jim O'Neal, it would appear that Lee Cooper was born around 1924 or ‘25, with the 1930 and 1940 census noting his residence as Lexington, Mississippi. Just five short years later, his photo appeared in the Chicago Defender, listed as a guitarist with the Hi-De-Ho Boys. It was a Jazz group that had been founded in Saint Louis by guitarist Lefty Bates — while he was still in high school — and in 1936, the group moved north to the Windy City, made some records for Decca, and took up a long-standing residency at the Club DeLisa. It seems likely that after Bates had to leave the group to serve in World War II, that it was Lee Cooper who took his place. Our main source of information on Cooper comes from Eddie Boyd, who was interviewed for Blues Unlimited magazine, and also by Jim O’Neal and Amy van Singel for Living Blues. He stated that Cooper was capable of playing just about anything from Charlie Parker to John Lee Hooker, and his comments reveal admiration for a talented guitarist and gifted musician who was capable of sight reading sheet music and playing it without rehearsal. He also commented that Cooper played Jazz with another popular combo — Zip, Zap & Zoe, and also drummer Kansas City Red. Most curiously, Eddie Boyd also reveals that Cooper had lost an eye due to an accident during a chemistry experiment. According to Boyd, Cooper was highly educated, apparently having studied chemistry while in college. He noted that the loss of an eye hadn’t handicapped Cooper in any way, but it was, instead, a fondness for drink that lead to his apparent downfall, and early demise. Although an exact date of death has not yet been determined, Bob Eagle has given us an estimate of about 1966. This seems to coincide with information given by Eddie Boyd in his 1971 Blues Unlimited interview, by which time, he noted, Cooper had already passed. In another curious footnote, two men, Frank Brassel and Echford Cooper, were murdered in April 2011, in an apparently robbery gone awry. Sharing a home together, the two were football coaches for a youth league in the Chicago area. Given his unique name and date of birth (1965), this Cooper was almost certainly the son of the featured guitarist on tonight’s program, and undoubtedly could have filled in a few of the missing details for us about his father’s life, and work as a musician. Fortunately, Lee Cooper’s distinctive and highly memorable guitar work, during his early to mid 1950s session work, is a legacy that won’t be forgotten anytime soon — even if a lot of the other details about his life, so far, have eluded us. Pictured: one of our favorites from Washboard Sam, featuring the guitar work of Lee Cooper. 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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  • Tribute to an Enigma: The Blues Guitar of Lee Cooper (Hour 1)

    · Blues Unlimited - The Radio Show

    Hello Friends! We’ve got a brand new episode ready and rarin’ to go... one we're sure you'll like... so be sure to look for it next week. In the meantime, here’s another favorite we dug out of the archives — unfortunately, one that was cut while yours truly had a bit of a cold (hopefully that doesn’t detract from the great music any!). In the meantime, we’re asking all our listeners to pitch in to help keep this podcast alive and well for the foreseeable future. Here’s where you can help: http://tinyurl.com/gter36s Join us as we pay tribute to blues guitar mystery man Lee Cooper. Bursting on the Chicago scene in 1953, his distinctive session work graced recordings by such folks as Howlin' Wolf, Eddie Boyd, Big Bill Broonzy, Washboard Sam, and more. Pictured: one of our favorites from Washboard Sam, featuring the guitar work of Lee Cooper. 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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  • Rhythm Rockin' Blues from the 1940s (Hour 2)

    · Blues Unlimited - The Radio Show

    ANNOUNCING THE BLUES UNLIMITED PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE, now at Bandcamp. For an annual fee of $27, you’ll have “first dibs” on every new episode we produce — before it’s available to anyone else! PLUS, get instant access to more than a hundred episodes of Blues Unlimited — all in high quality audio — with many episodes NOT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ANYWHERE ELSE! Every dollar goes to support this radio show and help keep it alive! More info at: http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe Join us as we explore the roots of Rock 'n' Roll in 1940s Blues and Rhythm and Blues. Great, rare and classic performances from T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Liggins, Pee Wee Crayton, Roy Milton, Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim, Jazz Gillum, John Lee Hooker, Snooky Pryor, Smokey Hogg, Baby Boy Warren, and more. Just because Rock 'n' Roll hadn't been invented yet didn't mean these cats didn't know how to boogie -- quite the contrary -- roll up the rug and put on your dancing shoes for two solid hours of 1940s-styled Rhythm Rockin' Blues. Pictured: Featured on this episode, the one and only Lavada Durst — better known to his fans and blues lovers everywhere as “Dr. Hepcat.” 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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  • Rhythm Rockin' Blues from the 1940s (Hour 1)

    · Blues Unlimited - The Radio Show

    ANNOUNCING THE BLUES UNLIMITED PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE, now at Bandcamp. For an annual fee of $27, you’ll have “first dibs” on every new episode we produce — before it’s available to anyone else! PLUS, get instant access to more than a hundred episodes of Blues Unlimited — all in high quality audio — with many episodes NOT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ANYWHERE ELSE! Every dollar goes to support this radio show and help keep it alive! More info at: http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe Join us as we explore the roots of Rock 'n' Roll in 1940s Blues and Rhythm and Blues. Great, rare and classic performances from T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Liggins, Pee Wee Crayton, Roy Milton, Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim, Jazz Gillum, John Lee Hooker, Snooky Pryor, Smokey Hogg, Baby Boy Warren, and more. Just because Rock 'n' Roll hadn't been invented yet didn't mean these cats didn't know how to boogie -- quite the contrary -- roll up the rug and put on your dancing shoes for two solid hours of 1940s-styled Rhythm Rockin' Blues. Pictured: Featured on this episode, the one and only Lavada Durst — better known to his fans and blues lovers everywhere as “Dr. Hepcat.” 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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  • Legends of Bluesville, Part 5: Blues from St. Louis (Hour 2)

    · Blues Unlimited - The Radio Show

    ANNOUNCING THE BLUES UNLIMITED PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE, now at Bandcamp. For an annual fee of $27, you’ll have “first dibs” on every new episode we produce — before it’s available to anyone else! PLUS, get instant access to more than a hundred episodes of Blues Unlimited — all in high quality audio — with many episodes NOT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ANYWHERE ELSE! Every dollar goes to support this radio show and help keep it alive! More info at: http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe Join us for another installment of our ongoing series, "The Legends of Bluesville." This time around, we’re going to St. Louis, to hear from Henry Townsend, Big Joe Williams, Daddy Hotcakes, Roosevelt Sykes, Henry Brown and more. It’s "The Legends of Bluesville," on this episode of Blues Unlimited. Pictured: Another classic from Bluesville, Henry Townsend's LP for the label is a super-rarity today. 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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  • Legends of Bluesville, Part 5: Blues from St. Louis (Hour 1)

    · Blues Unlimited - The Radio Show

    ANNOUNCING THE BLUES UNLIMITED PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE, now at Bandcamp. For an annual fee of $27, you’ll have “first dibs” on every new episode we produce — before it’s available to anyone else! PLUS, get instant access to more than a hundred episodes of Blues Unlimited — all in high quality audio — with many episodes NOT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ANYWHERE ELSE! Every dollar goes to support this radio show and help keep it alive! More info at: http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe Join us for another installment of our ongoing series, "The Legends of Bluesville." This time around, we’re going to St. Louis, to hear from Henry Townsend, Big Joe Williams, Daddy Hotcakes, Roosevelt Sykes, Henry Brown and more. It’s "The Legends of Bluesville," on this episode of Blues Unlimited. Pictured: Another classic from Bluesville, Henry Townsend's LP for the label is a super-rarity today. 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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  • Blues, Bad Luck N' Trouble: A Tribute to Arhoolie Records (Hour 2)

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    ANNOUNCING THE BLUES UNLIMITED PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE, now at Bandcamp. For an annual fee of $27, you’ll have “first dibs” on every new episode we produce — before it’s available to anyone else! PLUS, get instant access to more than a hundred episodes of Blues Unlimited — all in high quality audio — with many episodes NOT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ANYWHERE ELSE! Every dollar goes to support this radio show and help keep it alive! More info at: http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe Hey folks! While we’re busy working on another brand new episode, we thought we’d dig into the archives once again to bring you one of our favorites — a tribute to Chris Strachwitz’s legendary Arhoolie Records — who, at the time we put this together, had recently marked 50 years in business. In the spotlight are three classic slabs of vinyl that were issued in the early to mid 1960s: “Blues N’ Trouble” (volumes one and two), and the third, “Bad Luck N’ Trouble.” It’s a celebration of the Arhoolie label, on this episode of Blues Unlimited Pictured: The distinctive cover of Arhoolie LP 1018, "Bad Luck N' Trouble" . 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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  • Blues, Bad Luck N' Trouble: A Tribute to Arhoolie Records (Hour 1)

    · Blues Unlimited - The Radio Show

    ANNOUNCING THE BLUES UNLIMITED PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE, now at Bandcamp. For an annual fee of $27, you’ll have “first dibs” on every new episode we produce — before it’s available to anyone else! PLUS, get instant access to more than a hundred episodes of Blues Unlimited — all in high quality audio — with many episodes NOT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ANYWHERE ELSE! Every dollar goes to support this radio show and help keep it alive! More info at: http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe Hey folks! While we’re busy working on another brand new episode, we thought we’d dig into the archives once again to bring you one of our favorites — a tribute to Chris Strachwitz’s legendary Arhoolie Records — who, at the time we put this together, had recently marked 50 years in business. In the spotlight are three classic slabs of vinyl that were issued in the early to mid 1960s: “Blues N’ Trouble” (volumes one and two), and the third, “Bad Luck N’ Trouble.” It’s a celebration of the Arhoolie label, on this episode of Blues Unlimited Pictured: The distinctive cover of Arhoolie LP 1018, "Bad Luck N' Trouble" . 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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  • Blues from Bentonia, Mississippi (Hour 2)

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    ANNOUNCING THE BLUES UNLIMITED PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE, now at Bandcamp. For an annual fee of $27, you’ll have “first dibs” on every new episode we produce — before it’s available to anyone else! PLUS, get instant access to more than a hundred episodes of Blues Unlimited — all in high quality audio — with many episodes NOT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ANYWHERE ELSE! Every dollar goes to support this radio show and help keep it alive! More info at: http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe Bentonia blues, with it's own distinct sound, tunings, and repertoire, is a style of music that has haunted fans and scholars alike for decades. Nehemiah "Skip" James, who cut 18 sides for the Paramount label in 1931, left behind the largest body of work from this school, until his rediscovery more than three decades later. Shortly thereafter, a couple more Bentonia musicians were discovered — Cornelius Bright and Jack Owens — who both made their debut recordings in 1966. Forty years later, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes would record his debut album, and he is now considered to be one of the last surviving practitioners of this genre. Never a group with large numbers, the Bentonia school has a small but proud tradition, largely centered around Henry Stuckey, who was interviewed but never recorded. According to legend, he learned the eerie, minor guitar tuning that is part and parcel of the Bentonia sound from two soldiers overseas in World War I — who, by varying reports, were either Gypsies, or from the West Indies. After returning to Mississippi, he taught the tuning to a young Skip James, who incorporated it into his repertoire shortly thereafter. In this special episode of Blues Unlimited, we trace the history of Bentonia blues back to Skip James' historic 1931 recordings, through the rediscovery period of the 1960s, and all the way up to the 21st century, with recordings made by Jimmy "Duck" Holmes (some of them at the legendary Blue Front Cafe), for such contemporary labels as Fat Possum and Broke & Hungry. Pictured (from left to right): Jacob Stuckey, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, and Tommy Lee West, in front of Bentonia’s legendary Blue Front Cafe. Photo courtesy of Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. Inset: One of the recordings Skip James made for Paramount in 1931. 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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  • Blues from Bentonia, Mississippi (Hour 1)

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    ANNOUNCING THE BLUES UNLIMITED PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE, now at Bandcamp. For an annual fee of $27, you’ll have “first dibs” on every new episode we produce — before it’s available to anyone else! PLUS, get instant access to more than a hundred episodes of Blues Unlimited — all in high quality audio — with many episodes NOT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ANYWHERE ELSE! Every dollar goes to support this radio show and help keep it alive! More info at: http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe Join us as we aim the spotlight on the Bentonia, Mississippi blues tradition, and the handful of practitioners — such as Skip James, Jack Owens, and Jimmy “Duck” Holmes — who have kept the style alive over the decades. Known for its complex melodies and haunting, otherworldly lyrics, Bentonia blues has long been loved by scholars and fanatics alike. It's blues from Bentonia, on this episode of Blues Unlimited. Pictured (from left to right): Jacob Stuckey, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, and Tommy Lee West, in front of Bentonia’s legendary Blue Front Cafe. Photo courtesy of Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. Inset: One of the recordings Skip James made for Paramount in 1931. 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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  • Just One More - East Coast Blues

    · Blues Unlimited - The Radio Show

    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: “Jump Little Children, Jump,” by Leroy Dallas. Recorded for the Sittin’ In With label in New York City, 1948. At the time we put together our tribute to the blues of the eastern seaboard, this vintage slice of down-home wax had recently been featured on another episode; so rather than repeat ourselves, we picked a couple of other tunes by Dallas instead — even though it pained us to do so. It is, of course, one of the all-time classics of East Coast Blues. As always, we hope you enjoy it! Also, be sure to check out our BLUES UNLIMITED PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE, now at Bandcamp. For an annual fee of $27, you can have instant download access to more than a hundred episodes of Blues Unlimited - all in high quality audio — with many episodes NOT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ANYWHERE ELSE! Check it out at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

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  • Previously on Blues Unlimited - East Coast Blues (Hour 2)

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    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 With its own unique sound and feel, we aim the spotlight at the Eastern Seaboard for this episode — from Georgia all the way to New York City — while hearing some of the finest Down Home Blues to be recorded in the post-war era along the way. In typical Blues Unlimited fashion, we hear from not only titans of the genre such as Champion Jack Dupree, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, but also some of our favorite 'lesser knowns' as well— from Ralph Willis and Leroy Dallas to Dan Pickett, Carolina Slim, Square Walton, Cousin Leroy, and many, many more. Pictured: Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Photographer unknown. To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/y95a2awb 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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  • Previously on Blues Unlimited - East Coast Blues (Hour 1)

    · Blues Unlimited - The Radio Show

    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 With its own unique sound and feel, we aim the spotlight at the Eastern Seaboard for this episode — from Georgia all the way to New York City — while hearing some of the finest Down Home Blues to be recorded in the post-war era along the way. In typical Blues Unlimited fashion, we hear from not only titans of the genre such as Champion Jack Dupree, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, but also some of our favorite 'lesser knowns' as well— from Ralph Willis and Leroy Dallas to Dan Pickett, Carolina Slim, Square Walton, Cousin Leroy, and many, many more. Pictured: Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Photographer unknown. To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/ycg57rpj 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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  • Previously on Blues Unlimited - Animal Symbolism in the Blues (Hour 2)

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    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 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 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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