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Throwback Thursdays - Groovy Christmas Classics, Hr 2
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December 18, 2014 08:55 AM PST
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It’s time for our annual Christmas Extravaganza Spectacular! With holiday favorites from Jimmy Smith, Booker T. & the MGs, Ray Charles, Jimmy McGriff, Otis Redding, and more, you just can’t go wrong!

Throwback Thursdays - Groovy Christmas Classics, Hr 1
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December 18, 2014 08:29 AM PST
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Well, we're a little late getting this up today, but here's a little dose of Holiday cheer to get you in the mood! And be sure to be on the lookout for our BRAND NEW Holiday special.... which we promise will be posted in time for Christmas! In the meantime, Merry Merry, Happy Happy, and a great big Ho, Ho, Ho, to all our friends and fans! --SBH

It’s time for our annual Christmas Extravaganza Spectacular! With holiday favorites from Jimmy Smith, Booker T. & the MGs, Ray Charles, Jimmy McGriff, Otis Redding, and more, you just can’t go wrong!

Legends of Bluesville, Part 4: Memphis & the Delta, Hour 2
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December 17, 2014 11:45 AM PST
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Join us for another installment of our ongoing series, "The Legends of Bluesville." This time around, we’ll hear from Furry Lewis, Big Joe Williams, and Mississippi Fred McDowell — with a few surprises along the way — as we focus on Memphis and the Delta. It’s "The Legends of Bluesville," on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Another favorite, Wade Walton's LP for Bluesville.

Legends of Bluesville, Part 4: Memphis & the Delta
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December 17, 2014 08:41 AM PST
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Join us for another installment of our ongoing series, "The Legends of Bluesville." This time around, we’ll hear from Furry Lewis, Big Joe Williams, and Mississippi Fred McDowell — with a few surprises along the way — as we focus on Memphis and the Delta. It’s "The Legends of Bluesville," on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Another classic from the Bluesville catalog, by Memphis music legend, Furry Lewis.

The J.O.B. Chicago Blues Masters, Part 2: 1952-1963 (Hr 2)
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December 09, 2014 07:45 AM PST
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Join us as we wrap up our tribute to J.O.B. Records. A legendary imprint run by a man named Joe Brown, J.O.B. recorded some of the finest talent the Windy City had to offer. In part two, we’ll focus on the years 1952 to 1954, when the label enjoyed its final period of peak activity. A tribute to the J.O.B. label, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: An all-time favorite from J.B. Lenoir. Why it never hit the Billboard charts is anyone’s guess.

The J.O.B. Chicago Blues Masters, Part 2: 1952-1963 (Hr 1)
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December 09, 2014 07:11 AM PST
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Join us as we wrap up our tribute to J.O.B. Records. A legendary imprint run by a man named Joe Brown, J.O.B. recorded some of the finest talent the Windy City had to offer. In part two, we’ll focus on the years 1952 to 1954, when the label enjoyed its final period of peak activity — and scored its only Billboard chart hit ("Five Long Years," by Eddie Boyd). We’ll hear classics, gems, and rarities from J.B. Lenoir, John Brim, Johnny Shines, Snooky Pryor, Sunnyland Slim, Memphis Minnie, Robert Lockwood, Floyd Jones, and more.

Pictured: Keyboard maestro, Eddie Boyd.

The J.O.B. Chicago Blues Masters, Part 1: 1949-1952 (Hr 2)
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November 30, 2014 03:55 AM PST
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Join us as we aim the spotlight on J.O.B. Records. A legendary imprint run by a man named Joe Brown, J.O.B. recorded some of the finest talent the Windy City had to offer. In part one, we’ll take a look at the early years, from 1949 to 1952. A tribute to the J.O.B. label, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: A legendary release on J.O.B. — “Rambling” by Johnny Shines (with the number of the release, 116, handwritten onto the label with an ink pen).

The J.O.B. Chicago Blues Masters, Part 1: 1949-1952 (Hr 1)
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November 30, 2014 03:30 AM PST
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Join us as we aim the spotlight on J.O.B. Records. A legendary imprint run by Joe Brown — a colorful if not enigmatic figure — J.O.B. recorded some of the finest talent the Windy City had to offer. Never really known as a smoothly running operation, the label enjoyed just one R&B hit record ("Five Long Years" by Eddie Boyd) during its 25 year run. Employing a numbering system on their original 78 and 45rpm releases that has defied logic and baffled experts, piecing together the history of the company has remained excruciatingly difficult over the years — thanks in no small measure to Joe Brown's aversion to being interviewed. Fortunately, the good folks at the Red Saunders Research Foundation were up to the task, and we've utilized their extensive "blow by blow" commentary as our guide.

In part one of this two-part special, we’ll take a look at the early years of J.O.B., from 1949 to 1952, with music from Eddie Boyd, Sunnyland Slim, Baby Face Leroy Foster, Snooky Pryor, John Brim, J.B. Lenoir, Floyd Jones, and more.

Pictured: The "unofficial poet laureate" of Chicago Blues, Floyd Jones.

Four from Delmark: The Desert Island Classics, Part 1 (Hour 2)
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November 20, 2014 06:56 AM PST
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Join us for the start of a new series, called "Desert Island Classics." The idea is to showcase blues albums that are so essential, you wouldn't want to be without them if you were ever unexpectedly stranded on a remote outpost somewhere. For the initial installment, we’ll be taking a look at four LPs from Delmark Records — all of them, at least in our book anyway — essential listening for any blues fan. That includes "Hoodoo Man Blues" by Junior Wells, and Magic Sam's "West Side Soul;" two LPs that have earned the respect of critics from around the world, received industry awards, and decades after their release, still consistently land near the top of any "Best Of" list. In addition, we'll hear two more five-star offerings from the Delmark catalog, "The Legend of Sleepy John Estes," and "Piney Woods Blues," by Big Joe Williams. Along the way, we'll have time for guest appearances from Speckled Red (who has the distinction of being the very first blues artist to record for Delmark back in 1956), and also, slide guitar master, J.B. Hutto. It's the first four picks from our list of "Desert Island Classics," on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: One of the best-loved blues LPs of all time, "Hoodoo Man Blues," by Junior Wells.

Four from Delmark: The Desert Island Classics, Part 1 (Hour 1)
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November 20, 2014 06:35 AM PST
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Join us for the start of a new series, called "Desert Island Classics." The idea is to showcase blues albums that are so essential, you wouldn't want to be without them if you were ever unexpectedly stranded on a remote outpost somewhere. For the initial installment, we’ll be taking a look at four LPs from Delmark Records — all of them, at least in our book anyway — essential listening for any blues fan.

Pictured: One of the top sellers from Delmark Records, and a consistent favorite since its release in 1968 is "West Side Soul" by Magic Sam.

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