Blues File

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The Blues File is a weekly snapshot of a topic in this culturally significant genre.

The Blues File is a weekly snapshot of a topic of interest in the musical &
cultural world of "the blues." The Blues File offers reviews of albums,
previews of blues events, artist profiles, glimpses into blues history, and
observations of current blues trends.

Blues File host Jonny Meister has been the host of The Blues Show on
WXPN-FM in Philadelphia for twenty-eight years. The Blues Show covers the
blues from its earliest days to its latest offerings, with reference to the
history of the form and its place in the world of music. Meister has taught
courses on blues at the University of Pennsylvania, written liner notes for
numerous blues albums, and consulted on the Wim Wenders film "The Soul Of A
Man." The Blues Show was chosen in 1996 by Philadelphia Magazine as the
best local radio show in Philadelphia, and Meister received a "Keeping The
Blues Alive" award from The Blues Foundation in Memphis in 2000 for work in
public radio.

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The Blues File is a weekly snapshot of a topic of interest in the musical & cultural world of "the blues." The Blues File offers reviews of albums, previews of blues events, artist profiles, glimpses into blues history, and observations of current blues trends. Blues File host Jonny Meister has been the host of The Blues Show on WXPN-FM in Philadelphia for twenty-eight years. The Blues Show covers the blues from its earliest days to its latest offerings, with reference to the history of the form and its place in the world of music. Meister has taught courses on blues at the University of Pennsylvania, written liner notes for numerous blues albums, and consulted on the Wim Wenders film "The Soul Of A Man." The Blues Show was chosen in 1996 by Philadelphia Magazine as the ... Show full description


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Review of Mose Allison's album "The Way Of The World"

Bought by KKRN, WDNA, KKRN, KFOK-LPFM, KKRN and more


  • Added: Apr 09, 2010
  • Length: 04:46
  • Purchases: 8
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Review of Zora Young's album "The French Connection"

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, KKRN, KKRN, KEOS and more


  • Added: Oct 29, 2009
  • Length: 03:38
  • Purchases: 7
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After years as a top blues player, Quintus McCormick has released his debut album. It's a good one.

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, KKRN, and KEOS


  • Added: Oct 14, 2009
  • Length: 03:19
  • Purchases: 4
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Joe Louis Walker "Between A Rock And The Blues" reviewed

Bought by KKRN, KFOK-LPFM, KKRN, and KEOS


  • Added: Sep 23, 2009
  • Length: 03:38
  • Purchases: 4
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Review: Otis Taylor album "Pentatonic Wars & Love Songs"

Bought by WDNA, KKRN, KKRN, KEOS, and WEFT


  • Added: Jun 30, 2009
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 5
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Frederick Usher, a collector and scholar of many kinds of art and music has died. He gave us the intriguing 1960 album "One String Blues."

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, KEOS, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, and WEFT


  • Added: Jun 25, 2009
  • Length: 04:24
  • Purchases: 5
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A remembrance of the late Koko Taylor. Career review includes her rare first recording.

Bought by WDNA, KKRN, KKRN, KEOS, WEFT and more


  • Added: Jun 04, 2009
  • Length: 06:00
  • Purchases: 10
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Blues File review of Chuck Berry boxed set "You Never Can Tell: His Complete Chess Recordings 1960-1966"

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, KEOS, and WEFT


  • Added: May 21, 2009
  • Length: 03:29
  • Purchases: 4
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Review of a new fake bootleg album called "Authorized Bootleg" of Muddy Waters in concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco in 1966

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, KTRL, and WEFT


  • Added: May 15, 2009
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Mel Brown - a remembrance

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, WEFT, and KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: Apr 09, 2009
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Remembrance of Lester "Mad Dog" davenport who died 3-17-2009

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, WEFT, and KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: Apr 02, 2009
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Bluesman John Cephas died recently. he was one of the world's best-known country blues players.

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, and WEFT


  • Added: Mar 12, 2009
  • Length: 03:35
  • Purchases: 3
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Review of Guy Davis's album "Sweetheart Like You" with interview segments

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, and WEFT


  • Added: Jan 28, 2009
  • Length: 03:31
  • Purchases: 3
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Saffire The Uppity Blues Women have decided to bring their band's career to a conclusion. Their new, and final, album is "Havin' The Last Word."

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, and WEFT


  • Added: Jan 16, 2009
  • Length: 03:36
  • Purchases: 3
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Review of John Lee Hooker Jr.'s new album "All Odds Against Me" an angsty, emotional, witty outing that may just be 2008's finest blues release.

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, KHNS, KTRL, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 02, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials have a new album out called "Full Tilt." It's the seventh album from this dynamic slide-guitarist and his band. This ...

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, KTRL, and WEFT


  • Added: Sep 05, 2008
  • Length: 05:07
  • Purchases: 4
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review of B. B. King's new album "One Kind Favor"

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, KTRL, and WEFT


  • Added: Aug 28, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Byther Smith's new album "Blues On The Moon" is reviewed. Smitty's music comes unfiltered, often politically incorrect, but direct from the soul.

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, KTRL, and WEFT


  • Added: Aug 20, 2008
  • Length: 04:18
  • Purchases: 4
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Mississippi bluesman Super Chikan offers more of his unique blues on the album "Sum' Mo' Chikan"

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, KKRN, KTRL, and WEFT


  • Added: Aug 19, 2008
  • Length: 03:38
  • Purchases: 5
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Review of Buddy Guy album "Skin Deep"

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, KHNS, WEFT, and KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: Jul 11, 2008
  • Length: 03:38
  • Purchases: 5