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This Week on BU - When Giants Walked the Earth: The 1968 & '69 Memphis Country Blues Festivals (Hour 2)
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May 22, 2018 08:24 AM PDT
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Please support the people who support Blues Unlimited! This week’s episode comes to you, in part, by Dick Waterman Photography: http://dickwaterman.photoshelter.com

The 1960s were heady times when many "rediscovered" Blues musicians of the 1920s and '30s enjoyed a second career — playing and touring overseas and around the country, and occasionally making records. In Memphis, however — a city rich in musical history — one didn't have to go very far to hear a genuine, bonafide blues legend whenever you wanted. In an attempt to bring greater recognition to some of this living history, the Memphis Country Blues Society was formed, in part by Bill Barth, resulting in the short-lived Memphis Country Blues Festival, held between the years 1966 and 1970. Luckily, recordings were made at the 1968 and '69 Festivals, which will be our focus for this program. We'll hear from classic and legendary performers like Bukka White, Furry Lewis, Sleepy John Estes, Rev. Robert Wilkins, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and many more. A tribute to the Memphis Country Blues Festival, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Original poster advertising the 1968 Memphis Country Blues Festival. Image courtesy of Mike Vernon/Blue Horizon Records.

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This Week on BU - When Giants Walked the Earth: The 1968 & '69 Memphis Country Blues Festivals (Hour 1)
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May 22, 2018 08:10 AM PDT
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Hello Friends!

We're just about midway through a brand spankin' new episode for you, one that we think will surely be a crowd pleaser (and that we hope to have ready for you by this time next week). In the meantime, thanks to all those who have generously donated their support to help keep this going! We couldn't do it without you! Enjoy! --SBH

Join us as we aim the spotlight on the Memphis Country Blues Festivals of 1968 and 1969. We’ll hear from Bukka White, Furry Lewis, Sleepy John Estes, Rev. Robert Wilkins, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and many more. A tribute to the Memphis Country Blues Festival, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Original poster advertising the 1968 Memphis Country Blues Festival. Image courtesy of Mike Vernon/Blue Horizon Records.

This episode is available commercial free and in its original full-fidelity high quality audio exclusively to our subscribers at Bandcamp. Your annual subscription of $27 a year will go directly to support this radio show, and you’ll gain INSTANT DOWNLOAD ACCESS to this and more than 120 other episodes from our extensive archive as well. More info is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

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 in Blues History - May 20-26
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May 20, 2018 10:29 AM PDT
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“This Week in Blues History” aims the spotlight on important recordings, artists, and events from the golden era of the blues. This time, we profile Woodrow Adams, who made his recording debut in Memphis, this week in 1952.

"This Week in Blues History" is ONLY available as a download to our bandcamp subscribers! More info -- including how to get instant access to more than 120 episodes of Blues Unlimited -- is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

Talking While the Music's Playing: Narrative Traditions in the Blues (Hour 2)
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May 15, 2018 08:02 AM PDT
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Join us as we take a look at narrative traditions in the blues. Starting with Speckled Red in 1929, we’ll hear classics along the way from Bo Diddley, Jack McVea, Pigmeat Markham, Robert Pete Williams, and B.B. King. More than just a cursory "Roots of Rap and Hip-Hop" history lesson, we'll dig into ground-breaking hits like "The Dirty Dozen," "The Hambone" and "Open The Door Richard," the latter of which captured the pop zeitgeist of 1947. Twenty years later, it was Pigmeat Markham and "Here Comes The Judge" (think "Laugh-In," the comedy TV show); another big hit that, in retrospect, easily comes across as an early Rap record. And while Bo Diddley and Jerome Green may have taken the fine art of trading insults to a whole new level with their ongoing series ("Say Man," "Say Man, Back Again," "Signifying Blues,") other spoken passages on the program come from a deeper place within. "Prisoner's Talking Blues" by Robert Pete Williams is one of the most moving pieces ever recorded — in any genre — while "Lucille" is a touching tribute to one of the most enduring relationships the Blues has ever known — B.B. King and his guitar Lucille. And finally, if you're a die-hard blues fan, you probably won't need a cue card to recite right along with John Lee Hooker during the spoken passages of "Boogie Chillen," the massive number one hit that put him on the map in the late 1940s.

As it turns out, there's a long and proud tradition of "Talking While the Music's Playing," and on this special episode of Blues Unlimited, we've pulled out a couple dozen of our favorites.

Pictured: A huge 1947 crossover hit, the catchphrase, "Open the door, Richard!" quickly wound its way into American popular culture.

This episode is available commercial free and in its original full-fidelity high quality audio exclusively to our subscribers at Bandcamp. Your annual subscription of $27 a year will go directly to support this radio show, and you’ll gain INSTANT DOWNLOAD ACCESS to this and more than 120 other episodes from our extensive archive as well. More info is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

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Talking While the Music's Playing: Narrative Traditions in the Blues (Hour 1)
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May 15, 2018 07:55 AM PDT
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Join us as we take a look at narrative traditions in the blues. Starting with Speckled Red in 1929, we’ll hear classics along the way from Bo Diddley, Jack McVea, Pigmeat Markham, Robert Pete Williams, and B.B. King. It’s a whole program dedicated to talking while the music's playing — on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: A huge 1947 crossover hit, the catchphrase, "Open the door, Richard!" quickly wound its way into American popular culture.

This episode is available commercial free and in its original full-fidelity high quality audio exclusively to our subscribers at Bandcamp. Your annual subscription of $27 a year will go directly to support this radio show, and you’ll gain INSTANT DOWNLOAD ACCESS to this and more than 120 other episodes from our extensive archive as well. More info is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

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 in Blues History - May 13-19
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May 13, 2018 08:46 AM PDT
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"This Week in Blues History” aims the spotlight on important recordings, artists, and events from the golden era of the blues. This time, we profile Wilbert Harrison, who landed at the top of the R&B charts, this week in 1959.

"This Week in Blues History" is ONLY available as a download to our bandcamp subscribers! More info -- including how to get instant access to more than 120 episodes of Blues Unlimited -- is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

Finally Ready for Eddie, Part 3: Gems, Classics & Rarities, 1956-1985 (Hour 2)
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May 08, 2018 05:35 PM PDT
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Join us we wrap up our tribute to Chicago Blues guitar legend, Eddie Taylor. We’ll be hearing some standout selections from his solo work — plus some rare, classic, and hard to find cuts from the 1950s and '60s. It’s part 3 of our tribute to Eddie Taylor, on this episode of Blues Unlimited. (Note: Part 3 of 3)

Pictured: Eddie Taylor, from 1974. Photo by Bill Greensmith.

This episode is available in its original full-fidelity high quality audio exclusively to our subscribers at Bandcamp. Your annual subscription of $27 a year will go directly to support this radio show, and you’ll gain INSTANT DOWNLOAD ACCESS to this and more than 120 other episodes from our extensive archive as well. More info is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

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

Finally Ready for Eddie, Part 3: Gems, Classics & Rarities, 1956-1985 (Hour 1)
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May 08, 2018 05:30 PM PDT
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Join us we wrap up our tribute to Chicago Blues guitar legend, Eddie Taylor. We’ll be hearing some standout selections from his solo work — plus some rare, classic, and hard to find cuts from the 1950s and '60s. It’s part 3 of our tribute to Eddie Taylor, on this episode of Blues Unlimited. (Note: Part 3 of 3)

Pictured: Eddie Taylor, from 1974. Photo by Bill Greensmith.

This episode is available in its original full-fidelity high quality audio exclusively to our subscribers at Bandcamp. Your annual subscription of $27 a year will go directly to support this radio show, and you’ll gain INSTANT DOWNLOAD ACCESS to this and more than 120 other episodes from our extensive archive as well. More info is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

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 in Blues History - May 6-12
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May 08, 2018 05:06 PM PDT
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"This Week in Blues History” aims the spotlight on important recordings, artists, and events from the golden era of the blues. This time, we profile harmonica wizard Little Walter, who cut the landmark instrumental, "Juke," this week in 1952.

"This Week in Blues History" is ONLY available as a download to our bandcamp subscribers! More info -- including how to get instant access to more than 120 episodes of Blues Unlimited -- is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

Finally Ready for Eddie, Part 2: The Best of the Vee-Jay Years (Hour 2)
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May 01, 2018 08:13 AM PDT
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Join us as we continue our tribute to Chicago blues guitar legend, Eddie Taylor. Most famous for the recordings he did for Vee-Jay with John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed, we’ll be diving head first into that remarkable body of work, focusing on the years 1955-1960. It's the blues guitar of Eddie Taylor, on this episode of Blues Unlimited. (Note: Part 2 of 3)

Photo of Eddie Taylor courtesy of Rick Jones.

This episode is available in its original full-fidelity high quality audio exclusively to our subscribers at Bandcamp. Your annual subscription of $27 a year will go directly to support this radio show, and you’ll gain INSTANT DOWNLOAD ACCESS to this and more than 120 other episodes from our extensive archive as well. More info is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

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