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The Gospel Sisters Guitar Caravan, Part 2
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July 23, 2014 08:29 AM PDT
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On our annual Gospel Show, "Brother Hawkins" takes the reins as we aim the spotlight on some of our favorite guitar-slinging ladies of Gospel music, including the Two Gospel Keys, Sister O.M. Terrell, Mary Deloatch, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, among others. Don't miss the "Gospel Sisters Guitar Caravan," on this episode of Blues Unlimited!

Pictured: The great Odetta, who makes her first appearance on our program with this episode!

The Gospel Sisters Guitar Caravan, Part 1
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July 23, 2014 08:09 AM PDT
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On our annual Gospel Show, "Brother Hawkins" takes the reins as we aim the spotlight on some of our favorite guitar-slinging ladies of Gospel music, including the Two Gospel Keys, Sister O.M. Terrell, Mary Deloatch, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, among others. Don't miss the "Gospel Sisters Guitar Caravan," on this episode of Blues Unlimited!

Pictured: The ever-popular Sister Rosetta Tharpe, one of the great string-benders of Gospel Music.

Dark Muddy Bottom: 1950s Down Home Country Blues from Specialty Records, Part 1
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July 15, 2014 11:04 AM PDT
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Join us for some terrific Down Home Country Blues from Specialty Records. In addition to Frankie Lee Sims and Clifton Chenier — two of our all-time favorites — we’ll also be featuring a legendary LP, "Dark Muddy Bottom Blues." Down Home Blues from Specialty, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: King of the Squeeze Box, Clifton Chenier.

Dark Muddy Bottom: 1950s Down Home Country Blues from Specialty Records, Part 1
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July 15, 2014 10:42 AM PDT
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Although most people might think of sophisticated West Coast R&B, Gospel Groups like Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, or even Little Richard when it comes to Specialty — the legendary Los Angeles record label founded by Art Rupe in 1946 — the truth is they also cut some killer down home country blues in the early to mid 1950s. We'll be digging into that rich vein of material on this episode, largely focusing on the original 45 and 78 rpm singles issued on Specialty and also Fidelity — a short-lived subsidiary imprint that issued about a dozen sides.

In addition to hearing a few cuts from Frankie Lee Sims and Clifton Chenier — two of our all-time favorites — we’re really excited to also dig into a legendary LP that came out in 1972, called "Dark Muddy Bottom Blues." It’s a five-star item that belongs in any blues lover’s collection, and was compiled (largely of rare outtakes, we might add) by one time Specialty staff member Barret Hansen — perhaps better known to the world as radio legend Doctor Demento.

Although the down home material on Specialty did not make up a very large percentage of their overall output, what they did record — like pretty much everything else on Specialty — was top notch. And as we "go to press" (so to speak) with this episode, we still have with us label owner Art Rupe to thank, as well as Barret Hansen, who retrieved a lot of this material out of the Specialty archives in the early 1970s. We give a "BU Tip o' the Hat" to each of them for their work behind the scenes in bringing us these fine down home performances.

The ARC Files: 1930s Rarities from the American Record Corporation, Part 2
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July 07, 2014 11:24 AM PDT
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Join us as we go back to the 1930s and dig out some of the rarest blues of all time. From Leroy Carr and Robert Johnson to Big Bill Broonzy and Blind Willie McTell, these tunes all have one thing in common — not a single one was ever issued at the time they were made. Rare blues from the American Record Corporation, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Robert Johnson's recording debut in a San Antonio hotel room, 1936. Illustration by the Daily Planet/Tom Wilson.

The ARC Files: 1930s Rarities from the American Record Corporation, Part 1
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July 07, 2014 11:00 AM PDT
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Join us as we go back to the 1930s and dig out some of the rarest blues of all time. From Leroy Carr and Robert Johnson to Big Bill Broonzy and Blind Willie McTell, these tunes all have one thing in common — not a single one was ever issued at the time they were made. Rare blues from the American Record Corporation, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Artist's rendering of a 1930s Field Recording Unit. Illustration by the Daily Planet/Tom Wilson

Legends of Bluesville, Part 2: Texas & the Gulf Coast, Hour 2
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June 29, 2014 08:37 AM PDT
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Join us for part two of our new and ongoing series, "The Legends of Bluesville." This time around, we’ll aim the spotlight on Texas and the Gulf Coast, with music from Snooks Eaglin, Robert Pete Williams, Smoky Babe, and Lightnin’ Hopkins. It's the legends of Bluesville Records, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Another standout from the Bluesville catalog, "Free Again" by Robert Pete Williams.

Legends of Bluesville, Part 2: Texas & the Gulf Coast, Hour 1
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June 29, 2014 08:08 AM PDT
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Join us for part two of our new and ongoing series, "The Legends of Bluesville." This time around, we’ll aim the spotlight on Texas and the Gulf Coast, with music from Snooks Eaglin, Robert Pete Williams, Smoky Babe, and Lightnin’ Hopkins. It's the legends of Bluesville Records, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Legends of Bluesville, Part 1: East Coast Folk Blues (Hour 2)
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June 21, 2014 09:03 AM PDT
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Join us for the launch of a new and ongoing series, "The Legends of Bluesville." This time around, our focus will be on the Eastern Seaboard, with music from Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, the Reverend Gary Davis, Pink Anderson, Blind Willie McTell, and more. It's the Legends of Bluesville Records, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Legends of Bluesville, Part 1: East Coast Folk Blues (Hour 1)
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June 21, 2014 08:41 AM PDT
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Join us for the launch of a new and ongoing series, "The Legends of Bluesville." This time around, our focus will be on the Eastern Seaboard, with music from Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, the Reverend Gary Davis, Pink Anderson, Blind Willie McTell, and more. It's the Legends of Bluesville Records, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: One of the distinctive album covers from the Bluesville label.

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