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Caption: J.B. Hutto’s raucous debut 78, from 1954, which includes a washboard solo played with a pair of spoons. Courtesy of the Big Joe Louis collection.
Join us as we dig into a healthy serving of Down Home Blues from Chance Records — a label owned and operated by Windy City businessman Art Sheridan...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Illustration by R. Crumb.
Join us as we aim the spotlight on Memphis Minnie — a guitar picking and blues singing force of nature whose influence is still being felt today. W...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Our distinctive logo comes from a rare poster for the 1977 Beale Street Music Festival. Collection of the producer. Designer/artist unknown.
Join us as we take a look back at some of our favorite moments from 2018. We’ve picked out some highlights from the past year — here’s a hint: the ...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: A classic LP from Bobby Robinson’s Fire label, “Mojo Hand,” by Lightnin’ Hopkins.
Join us as we dive into a collection of songs that all deal with magic, hoodoo, voodoo, Gypsy ladies, fortune tellers, jinxes, black cat bones, goo...

  • Added: Jan 05, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
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The unexpected love story of Industrial Age giant and born romantic George Westinghouse and his lady in white, the irrepressible Marguerite Walker.

  • Added: Dec 09, 2018
  • Length: 16:20
Caption: This classic slice of vinyl, featuring the photographic work of Ray Flerlage, is considered a real standout of Homesick’s career.
Join us as we wrap up our ongoing series devoted to Bluesville Records. This time we’re in the Windy City of Chicago, as we enjoy vintage classics ...

  • Added: Sep 23, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
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Brantley Hargrove is the author of "The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras.” It’s a true story of a Denveri...

  • Added: Aug 23, 2018
  • Length: 09:56
Caption: Hand-painted photo of Elmore James courtesy of Blues Unlimited magazine. Inset: Some LP fan favorites.
Join us as we wrap up our tribute to the late, great Elmore James — legend of the slide of the guitar. From his early days in Mississippi to his la...

  • Added: Jul 09, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Hand-painted photo of Elmore James courtesy of Blues Unlimited magazine.
Join us for part three of our look at slide guitar legend, Elmore James. This time, we’ll focus on the remaining singles from his career — for such...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Hand-painted photo of Elmore James courtesy of Blues Unlimited magazine.
Join us for part two of our look at slide guitar legend, Elmore James. This time, we’re in Chicago with the Broomdusters, as he lays down some clas...

  • Added: May 29, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Photo (bottom right): Nick Perls, Dick Waterman, Son House, Phil Spiro. Collection of Dick Waterman.
Join us for another installment of our ongoing series, "The Keepers of the Flame," where we aim the spotlight on those individuals who've made extr...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
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Women motorcycle riders have been among the most colorful and vibrant characters in American history. So why don't the biker boys get it?

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Feb 18, 2018
  • Length: 07:02
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The man at the controls, Sam Phillips; Inset: some of the releases he produced for the Chess brothers.
Join us as we continue our exploration of the blues recordings made by Sam Phillips. This time around, we’ll dig into the 78 masters he cut for the...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Our distinctive logo comes from a rare poster for the 1977 Beale Street Music Festival. Collection of the producer.
Join us as we take a look back at some of our favorite moments from 2017. In a year filled with highlights, great blues, and a bunch of good music,...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
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The son of a clergyman, he became an atheist in college, then settled for a life as a “cheerful agnostic.” And yet, he probably wrote more Christma...

Bought by WUAL


  • Added: Dec 28, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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December is filled to bursting with carols and other vocal works—and as a result a great deal of instrumental and orchestral music is often overloo...

Bought by WUAL and KRPS


  • Added: Dec 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The man at the controls, Sam Phillips; Inset: some early releases produced by Phillips.
Join us as we begin a new series, exploring the blues recordings made by Sam Phillips at his legendary Memphis studio. In part one, we’ll take a lo...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Hand-painted photo of Elmore James courtesy of Blues Unlimited magazine. Inset: Some of Elmore's first singles.
Join us as we start a new, ongoing mini-series dedicated to the life and musical career of one of the most beloved figures in blues history — slide...

  • Added: Nov 14, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Pictured: The hands of St. Louis guitarist Bennie Smith. Photo by Bill Greensmith. Inset: A St. Louis classic from Guitar Tommy Moore.
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 ...

  • Added: Oct 13, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: 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.
Join us as we aim the spotlight on the Bentonia, Mississippi blues tradition, and the handful of practitioners — such as Skip James, Jack Owens, an...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Pictured: Robert Petway, whose “Catfish Blues” has become a beloved Mississippi Delta classic. Illustration by William Stout.
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, blue...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Photo of Bob Koester by William Ellis, from the "One LP Project."
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...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: 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.
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 co...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Any program featuring gut bucket blues would be woefully inadequate without representation from Louisiana Swamp Blues master, Lightnin’ Slim. Illustration by William Stout.
Join us for two hours of our favorite gut bucket blues! We’ll hear low down classics from Lightnin’ Hopkins, Joe Hill Louis, L.C. Green, Elmore Jam...

  • Added: Jul 04, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
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Join us as we dig into a collection of blues songs all dealing with the topic of war. Featuring commentary, insight, and criticism on Vietnam, Kore...

  • Added: Jun 01, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59