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This Week on Blues Unlimited - The Blues Unlimited 3rd Annual Year In Review Special: Best of 2016 (Hour 2)
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January 17, 2017 08:21 AM PST
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Join us as we take a look back at some of our favorite moments from 2016. In a year filled with highlights, great blues, and a bunch of good music, we’ve hand picked a few standout segments for our third annual year in review special. Don’t miss the "Best of 2016," on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Third & Beale — according to some, the epicenter of the Blues Universe.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/hrzh8dj

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

This Week on Blues Unlimited - The Blues Unlimited 3rd Annual Year In Review Special: Best of 2016 (Hour 1)
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January 17, 2017 08:05 AM PST
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HEY FOLKS!

IF EVERYBODY WHO LISTENED to this podcast donated JUST $2 A MONTH (the price of a cup of coffee), we wouldn't have to have a fund-raiser! Here's how YOU can help: http://tinyurl.com/gter36s

Join us as we take a look back at some of our favorite moments from 2016. In a year filled with highlights, great blues, and a bunch of good music, we’ve hand picked a few standout segments for our third annual year in review special. Don’t miss the "Best of 2016," on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Third & Beale — according to some, the epicenter of the Blues Universe.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/hee8vbo

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Drop Down Mama: The Desert Island Classics, Part 3 (Hour 2)
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January 10, 2017 08:04 AM PST
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Join us as we continue with another installment of Desert Island Classics, this time around, putting a legendary slice of vinyl, "Drop Down Mama," into the spotlight. Issued 1970, it comes from a group of LPs compiled by Tom Swan, called the "Chess Vintage Series." Along the way, we'll also enjoy a few Chicago postwar favorites from John Brim and Elmore James ("Whose Muddy Shoes"), J.B. Lenoir ("Natural Man"), and Jimmy Rogers ("Chicago Bound"), who were also featured in the series as well. It’s Desert Island Classics from Chess, on this episode of "Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: A classic slice of vinyl from the Chess catalog, "Drop Down Mama." Issued 1970 as part of the "Chess Vintage Series."

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/js72vlr

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Drop Down Mama: The Desert Island Classics, Part 3 (Hour 1)
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January 10, 2017 07:57 AM PST
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IF EVERYBODY WHO LISTENED to this podcast donated just $2 a month (the price of a cup of coffee), we wouldn't have to have a fund-raiser! Here's how YOU can help: http://tinyurl.com/gter36s

Join us as we continue with another installment of Desert Island Classics, this time around, putting a legendary slice of vinyl, "Drop Down Mama," into the spotlight. Issued 1970, it comes from a group of LPs compiled by Tom Swan, called the "Chess Vintage Series." Along the way, we'll also enjoy a few Chicago postwar favorites from John Brim and Elmore James ("Whose Muddy Shoes"), J.B. Lenoir ("Natural Man"), and Jimmy Rogers ("Chicago Bound"), who were also featured in the series as well. It’s Desert Island Classics from Chess, on this episode of "Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: A classic slice of vinyl from the Chess catalog, "Drop Down Mama." Issued 1970 as part of the "Chess Vintage Series."

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/js72vlr

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Blue Horizon Records Presents the Giants of Country Blues (Hour 2)
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January 03, 2017 07:58 AM PST
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Join us as we dig into some of the great recordings made by Mike Vernon's Blue Horizon label during the 1960s. This time we’ll be focusing on some of the giants of country blues, like Bukka White, Furry Lewis, and Joe Callicott, drawing our inspiration, in part, from a series of four LPs they produced, entitled "Presenting The Country Blues." Along the way, we'll hear a few other treats, such as selections from Doctor Ross' "The Flying Eagle" — Blue Horizon's very first long-playing entry — and the long out-of-print Roosevelt Holts LP. It’s country blues from Blue Horizon, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Blue Horizon often featured striking and distinctive album covers, such as this one for Bukka White’s “Memphis Hot Shots” LP.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/zg7k3ep

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Blue Horizon Records Presents the Giants of Country Blues (Hour 1)
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January 03, 2017 07:51 AM PST
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IF EVERYBODY WHO LISTENED to this podcast donated just $2 a month (the price of a cup of coffee), we wouldn't have to have a fund-raiser! Here's how YOU can help: http://tinyurl.com/gter36s

Join us as we dig into some of the great recordings made by Mike Vernon's Blue Horizon label during the 1960s. This time we’ll be focusing on some of the giants of country blues, like Bukka White, Furry Lewis, and Joe Callicott, drawing our inspiration, in part, from a series of four LPs they produced, entitled "Presenting The Country Blues." Along the way, we'll hear a few other treats, such as selections from Doctor Ross' "The Flying Eagle" — Blue Horizon's very first long-playing entry — and the long out-of-print Roosevelt Holts LP. It’s country blues from Blue Horizon, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Blue Horizon often featured striking and distinctive album covers, such as this one for Bukka White’s “Memphis Hot Shots” LP.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/z98npnt

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - The Pride of Houston: Lightnin' Hopkins & Bill Quinn's Legendary Gold Star Records (Hour 2)
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December 27, 2016 07:08 AM PST
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Shortly before the start of World War II, a man from Massachusetts and his small family, on their way to Florida for the winter, detoured over to Houston for a visit with his wife’s sister. When they rolled into town, the axle on their car broke, and — as fate would have it for blues history — decided just to stay where they were.

The man turned out to be Bill Quinn, born 1903, with a background in electronics and experience working as a sound man for a carnival show. In Houston, he started repairing radios, and as another twist of fate would have it, everything changed one day when a customer brought in a disc-recording machine that needed repair. Quinn became fascinated with the concept, and purchased one for himself. Short afterwards, The Quinn Recording Company was born, late in 1941. At first, he did custom recordings and commercial jingles for radio stations, but soon ventured into the record business, with the short-lived Gulf label. Once again, everything changed a couple years later, in 1946, when he released a 78 entitled “Jole Blon” by a gifted Cajun fiddler, Harry Choates. It struck a nerve with the record-buying public and became a huge hit on the Billboard charts.

At the time Quinn entered the record business, however, the manufacture of phonograph records was a closely guarded secret by the major companies. It was something he had to largely figure out for himself, which took a lot of trial and error. Cutting directly to fragile acetate discs, the master would be placed into a tank for processing, where it was subjected to electrolysis and undergo metal plating. Once accomplished, the acetate could be peeled away and discarded, with the metal “master” leaving an exact reverse copy of the original. Using the master, a “mother” disc could now be made, and from the mother disc, finally, we get the stampers — which are used to press the actual record. It’s an elaborate, intensive process with a lot of steps that can go wrong. Quinn admits that many of the fragile acetate masters never materialized out of his homemade processing tank — and with no backup of any kind (audio tape was not in widespread use at the time) — the recording was simply lost forever.

The year after Gold Star hit big with Harry Choates, in 1947, Quinn started in recording blues, with Lightnin’ Hopkins quickly becoming his other biggest seller. During the years between 1946 and 1950, Lightnin’ was laying down the framework for what would become one of the most celebrated careers in the blues, recording for both Aladdin and Gold Star. At first, he was spotted by a talent scout and shipped off to Los Angeles for his 1946 studio debut, but was soon back in Houston, apparently cutting a 78 for Bill Quinn anytime he needed an extra $75.

Overall, Lightnin’ made up almost a third of the total blues-related output on Gold Star — which numbered to some 60 or 61 different 78s depending upon who’s counting. But by 1952, Bill Quinn had simply had enough. With Lightnin’ recording for anyone who had the cash, the government breathing down his neck seeking to collect excise taxes on his record pressings, plus the untimely deaths of his big star, Harry Choates, and his first wife, Lona, to cancer — he folded up Gold Star and called it a day. “Jackstropper Blues” by Lightnin’ Hopkins would become the last 78 to be issued using the distinctive yellow and red label design of Gold Star records, complete with its now legendary description emblazoned across the middle: “King of the Hillbillies.”

Fortunately, Bill Quinn kept his studio open for business, and went on to record artists like George Jones, The Big Bopper, Freddy Fender, and Doug Sahm, among others. Today — after a number of different permutations and name changes over the years — it remains the oldest continually operating recording studio in the Southeastern United States.

The legacy of Bill Quinn, however, won’t be forgotten anytime soon. The down home material he recorded for Gold Star will forever remain a high-water mark of postwar Texas Country Blues.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/zw2tz3y

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - The Pride of Houston: Lightnin' Hopkins & Bill Quinn's Legendary Gold Star Records (Hour 1)
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December 27, 2016 06:50 AM PST
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Join us as we aim the spotlight on Bill Quinn’s legendary Gold Star record label. Founded in Houston in the late 1940s, he recorded some of the cream of the crop of Texas postwar country blues, including Thunder Smith, L.C. Williams, Lil' Son Jackson, and — our man of the hour — Lightnin' Hopkins.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/jg36e7c

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Rare Paramount 78s from the Collection of John Tefteller (Hour 2)
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December 06, 2016 07:59 AM PST
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Join us as we explore some of the rarest of the rare — John Tefteller's legendary collection of Paramount 78s. One of the most important blues labels of the 1920s and early 1930s, we’ll hear classics from Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, Blind Blake — and, the $37,000 Tommy Johnson 78. It’s rare Paramounts from John Tefteller, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: One of the rare 78s from the collection of John Tefteller. Courtesy of Blues Images.

Special thanks to Bob Eagle, David Costa, and John Tefteller for help and assistance with this program.

A personal note from the producer: John Tefteller's yearly calendars are a treasured tradition in the blues community, and have been for well over a decade. Even in the best of times, this labor of love is a "break even" sort of proposition. To help support this unique and incredible body of work — and help guarantee future blues calendars in the years to come— here's a link where you can purchase the 2017 edition of his calendar: http://bluesimages.com/html/product_html/front_page_2017.html

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

Previously on Blues Unlimited - Rare Paramount 78s from the Collection of John Tefteller (Hour 1)
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December 06, 2016 07:51 AM PST
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PLEASE SUPPORT OUR YEAR-END CAMPAIGN at http://tinyurl.com/gter36s -- YOUR SUPPORT IS CRITICAL AND GUARANTEES THE FUTURE OF THIS RADIO SHOW!

Join us as we explore some of the rarest of the rare — John Tefteller's legendary collection of Paramount 78s. One of the most important blues labels of the 1920s and early 1930s, we’ll hear classics from Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, Blind Blake — and, the $37,000 Tommy Johnson 78. It’s rare Paramounts from John Tefteller, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: One of the rare 78s from the collection of John Tefteller. Courtesy of Blues Images.

Special thanks to Bob Eagle, David Costa, and John Tefteller for help and assistance with this program.

A personal note from the producer: John Tefteller's yearly calendars are a treasured tradition in the blues community, and have been for well over a decade. Even in the best of times, this labor of love is a "break even" sort of proposition. To help support this unique and incredible body of work — and help guarantee future blues calendars in the years to come— here's a link where you can purchase the 2017 edition of his calendar: http://bluesimages.com/html/product_html/front_page_2017.html

Don't forget to install the PodOmatic Podcast Player app for iOS so you can listen to Sleepy Boy Hawkins wherever you go! Details at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podomatic/id648258566?mt=8

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