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Caption: “The American Songster” Dom Flemons on the WoodSongs Stage.
On this week's encore broadcast of WoodSongs, folksinger Michael Johnathon honors one of the most important legacy’s in all of recorded music… Smit...

Bought by KCSC, Spokane Public Radio, KMXT, Red River Radio Network, WETS and more


  • Added: Dec 23, 2019
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 21
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Your weekly trip to the Delta. This week we vist the life and work of Son House.

  • Added: Nov 08, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
Caption: Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton on the WoodSongs Stage.
On this week's WoodSongs broadcast, folksinger Michael Johnathon celebrates Jug Bands with the legendary Jim Kweskin, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton and...

Bought by WETS, Yellowstone Public Radio, KHNS, WOUB, Red River Radio Network and more


  • Added: Nov 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 24
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Blues songs about race relations, floods, hurricanes and fires.

  • Added: Feb 25, 2019
  • Length: 01:00:00
Caption: Sounds Jewish, Credit: Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Sounds Jewish commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. with music that honors the late Civil Rights leader.

Bought by KMUD


  • Added: Jan 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This time, we profile the March 1932 recording sessions held by Vocalion in New York City, as the nation was in the grips of the Great Depression.

  • Added: Aug 30, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile “Rocket 88,” by Jackie Brenston — widely considered to be one of the archetypal records of rock ‘n’ roll.

  • Added: Aug 28, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile “Baby Scratch My Back” by Slim Harpo — the only number one hit on the Excello label during its 23 year run.

  • Added: Aug 26, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile “Key to the Highway” — one of the enduring classics of the blues, first recorded by pianist Charlie Segar in 1940.

  • Added: Aug 24, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile Stick McGhee’s 1949 anthem to good times and cheap booze — a big hit that saved a fledgling Atlantic Records from bankruptcy.

  • Added: Aug 21, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile B.B. King, who hit the number one spot on the Billboard R&B charts with “Three O’Clock Blues,” this week in 1952.

  • Added: Aug 18, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile Guitar Slim, who — much to everyone’s surprise — hit the top of the R&B charts with “The Things That I Used To Do,” in 1954.

  • Added: Jul 26, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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January 1953 was a busy month for recording in Chicago, involving sessions, this week, with “Homesick” James Williamson and Johnny Shines.

  • Added: Jul 21, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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January 1953 was a busy month for recording in Chicago, involving sessions, this week, with Elmore James, Arthur Spires, and Johnny Williams.

  • Added: Jul 17, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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January 1953 was a busy month for recording in Chicago, involving sessions, this week, with Little Walter, “Honeyboy” Edwards, Muddy Waters, and J....

  • Added: Jul 14, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time we profile “Open the Door, Richard” — a 1947 novelty record that quickly embedded itself into the American consciousness.

  • Added: May 15, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time we profile Floyd Jones, a serious and thoughtful songwriter, who was in the studio for Chess Records in 1951.

  • Added: Apr 28, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time we profile guitarist Big Joe Williams and harmonica ace John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson, who last recorded together, this week in 1947.

  • Added: Apr 27, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time we profile Ruth Brown, one of the biggest R&B singers of the 1950s, who first hit the top of the Billboard charts, this week in 1950.

  • Added: Apr 23, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time we profile street musician Bongo Joe, who recorded a cult favorite for Arhoolie Records, in 1968.

  • Added: Apr 21, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time we profile Robert Johnson, who made his recording debut the week of Thanksgiving, 1936.

  • Added: Apr 20, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time we profile Son House and B.B. King, who both made historic live appearances in Chicago the Saturday night before Thanksgiving, 1964.

  • Added: Apr 19, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time we profile The Howlin’ Wolf, who made his debut on the Billboard R&B charts in 1951.

  • Added: Apr 17, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time we profile Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who first recorded with an electric guitar, this week in 1941.

  • Added: Apr 15, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time we profile Professor Longhair, who first recorded a beloved Mardi Gras classic, this week in 1949.

  • Added: Apr 14, 2018
  • Length: 03:29