Blues City

Series produced by Gary Pitts

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Blues City is a 10-part, regional exploration of the blues. We explore all types and eras of the blues, from delta, country blues, Chicago and urban, blues rock, and even the British blues.

Blues City is a 10-part, regional exploration of the blues hosted by Gary Pitts. Each week visits a different city or region. We explore all eras, beginning at the turn of the 20th century moving all the way up to today. And we move through all types of blues, from delta, country blues, Chicago and urban, blues rock, and even the British blues. Episodes feature historical background and interesting tid-bits about each music selection and artist. Join the musical journey.


10 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Come to Memphis, the launching pad for music of the Delta, listening to artists ranging from WC Handy to BB King.

Bought by KRZA, KHNS, WJSU, and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Jul 14, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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It's a first taste of sweet home Chicago from the early years to the musical rivalry of the 50's between Muddy Water's and Howlin' Wolf.

Bought by KRZA, KHNS, WJSU, and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Jul 14, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4
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It's a layover in the Windy City with legendary guitarists like Buddy Guy and Magic Sam, and powerful voices like Koko Taylor and Mavis Staples.

Bought by KRZA, KHNS, WJSU, and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Jul 14, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Going to Missouri: in St. Louis with Jelly Roll Anderson and Albert King; and then KC for the likes of Sonny Kenner and Big Joe Turner.

Bought by KRZA, KHNS, WJSU, and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Jul 14, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Heading to Arkansas, home legendary blues artists like Big Bill Broonzy and Sonny Boy Williamson, and the King Biscuit Time radio blues show. Inclu...

Bought by KRZA, KHNS, WJSU, and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Jul 14, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Time for Texas with Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker, the Vaughan brothers, and ZZ Top.

Bought by KMUW, KRZA, WJSU, and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Jul 14, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Surf's up for the Blues as we tool out to southern California for T-Bone Walker, Juke Boy Bonner, and Jesse Fuller, as well as a few surprises.

Bought by KRZA, WJSU, and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Jul 14, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
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Now for the Big Apple for WC Handy and Duke Ellington to start. Then, this where the urban, jazz scene took on a raw southern sound.

Bought by KRZA, KRZA, WJSU, and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Jul 14, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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Taking a ride across the Pond for British Blues by Cream, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin.

Bought by KRZA, WJSU, and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Jul 14, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Return to the Delta for Robert Johnson, Son House, Charlie Patton and Lead Belly.

Bought by KRZA, KPVL, WJSU, and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Jul 14, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4