Blues Unlimited

Series produced by Steve Franz

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

Blues Unlimited is an NPR-style two-hour weekly show that has been called the "best blues radio show in the United States," and has an established and loyal audience of listeners from around the globe. Hosted by "Sleepy Boy Hawkins" (the alter-ego of scholar, author, fanatic, and historian Steve Franz), each installment is a self-contained evergreen show, delving into a different genre, topic, or aspect of the blues. For more details on the program, see our full profile, or email us at bluesunlimited@gmail.com


215 Pieces

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Join us as we aim the spotlight on a mid-1930s enigma, piano legend Black Bob. Recording with dozens of musicians, he mysteriously appeared on the ...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Early Publicity Shot of Mississippi Blues Legend Big Joe Williams
Join us as we aim the spotlight on some of the spectacular Down Home Blues that were recorded during the year 1941. From the Library of Congress fi...

Bought by WJSU


  • Added: Aug 04, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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On this episode of Blues Unlimited, we're cranking up our time machine, and setting the dial for San Antonio in the late 1920s and 1930s. One of th...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Brother Jack McDuff at the keyboards.
Join us as we celebrate — once again — some extended jams and hot instrumentals from the Hammond B3. We'll be movin' and groovin' to the fleet-fing...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Aleck "Rice" Miller, better known as Sonny Boy Williamson #2, who helped get Trumpet Records off the ground. Photo courtesy of Bill Greensmith/Blues Unlimited Magazine. Inset: Trumpet’s distinctive label design.
We aim the spotlight on one of the most beloved record labels of all time, Trumpet Records, of Jackson, Mississippi. Spearheaded by entrepreneur Li...

Bought by WJSU and 90.5 WSNC


  • Added: Jul 13, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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Join us as we explore two rare and long out-of-print LPs from the 1960s. "Living Legends" was recorded live at the Cafe Au-Go-Go in New York City, ...

  • Added: Jul 07, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Illustration by R. Crumb.
On this episode of Blues Unlimited, it's time for our annual Gospel show! Special guest host Brother Hawkins takes over the reigns for two hours of...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
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Blues Unlimited celebrates its 100th episode in style, with a special "Best Of" retrospective, spotlighting a few of our favorite moments from the ...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
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On this episode, we pay tribute to Blues guitar mystery man Lee Cooper. Bursting on the Chicago scene in 1953, his distinctive session work graced ...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
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On this episode of Blues Unlimited, we're enjoying some of our favorite, rare, and overlooked harmonica jams from the Windy City, courtesy of Littl...

  • Added: May 27, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
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No particular theme on this one, just a grab bag full of post-war rockers and down home favorites from Lightnin' Hopkins, Dr. Ross, K.C. Douglas, J...

Bought by KMXT


  • Added: May 04, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The hit-making house band at Stax, Booker T. & the MGs (Left to Right: Booker T. Jones, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Steve Cropper, and Al Jackson, Jr.)
Join us as we enjoy some great cover versions of blues, pop, rock, folk, and R&B classics that were recorded down at the legendary Stax label in Me...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
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On this episode of Blues Unlimited, we’re hopping in our time machine, setting the dial for the Blues Revival of the 1960s and our destination to t...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
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Join us for a tribute to blues guitar legend Jody Williams. Making his debut on record at the age of 19, he became a highly influential guitarist, ...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
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On this episode of Blues Unlimited, a tribute to Antone’s night club. Founded in 1975 in Austin, Texas, it featured a who’s who of blues legends, l...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: The Rolling Stones with one of their early bluesy hits, a cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Little Red Rooster"
Join us as we explore the British Blues Explosion of the late 1950s and the 1960s. From the originators — like Chris Barber and Alexis Korner — to ...

Bought by Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Mar 22, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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In this montage of story and song, we hear Blues musicians speaking about their lives, the meaning of the Blues, growing up in hard times, and maki...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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Join us for a special program featuring two legendary albums. The first, a "Conversation With The Blues," was recorded by Paul Oliver during the su...

Bought by WJSU


  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Each volume of "Genesis" was a box set containing 4 LPs and a lavishly illustrated booklet. Today, they are considered rare collectors items.
We had so much fun pulling out rare gems and classic nuggets from "Genesis," we’re doing it all over again this time around as well! Join us for mo...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Genesis Vol. 3, dedicated to British Blues expert Mike Leadbitter.
Depending upon your point of view, Genesis refers either to a book of the bible, a popular rock group, or a plot device from Star Trek. If you’re a...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:59