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Throwback Thursdays/Frowback Fridays - The BU Halloween Special, Hour 2
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October 30, 2014 08:06 AM PDT
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We're having the Blues for Halloween! Join us for two spooky hours of fun, with tales about black cat bones, haunted houses, voodoo spells, and lonesome graveyards. It’s a deliciously spectacular Halloween special, one that we’re sure you won’t wanna miss!

Throwback Thursdays/Frowback Fridays - The BU Halloween Special, Hour 1
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October 30, 2014 07:41 AM PDT
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Well.... I know we promised a real special treat for this week's "Throwback Thursday," but.... kinda sorta maybe forget (just a little) that it's Halloween on Friday. Soooooo, with that in mind... a little blast from the past, just for Halloween. We'll leave it up at least until Saturday morning, just in case you need a soundtrack for your groovy and bluesy Halloween! Next week! It'll be epic. Not to be missed. In the meantime, good trick or treatin' to ya'! --SBH

We're having the Blues for Halloween! Join us for two spooky hours of fun, with tales about black cat bones, haunted houses, voodoo spells, and lonesome graveyards. It’s a deliciously spectacular Halloween special, includng music from Charley Patton, Tampa Red, Jazz Gillum, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton, Chuck Berry, Johnny Otis, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and more!

From the Archives: Our Favorite Vinyl from the 1960s Blues Revival, Hour 2
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October 29, 2014 02:48 PM PDT
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Join us as we dig through the archives, to bring you some of our favorite vinyl from the 1960s Blues Revival. We’ll hear a couple from Mississippi Fred McDowell's "I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll," plus, rare tracks from “Ramblin’ On My Mind: A Collection of Classic Train and Travel Blues” — a 1965 anthology that never quite made it to the digital age. In addition, we’ll hear a few gems courtesy of Norman Dayron and Paul Oliver. The former, from a wonderful compilation on Takoma Records called "Rare Blues," and the latter from “The Story of the Blues,” a double LP compiled in 1969 that was meant to accompany Oliver's critically acclaimed book of the same name. We’ve also thrown in a couple of super-rare cuts from Doctor Ross — coming off the very first LP on the Blue Horizon label, and we’ll close things off with a few favorites from “Down South Summing Meeting,” featuring a one-time only gathering of Big Joe Williams, Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. It’s some of our favorite vinyl from the Blues Revival, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Issued in 1965, "Ramblin' On My Mind" never quite made it to the digital age. It's one of our favorites from the 1960s Blues Revival.

From the Archives: Our Favorite Vinyl from the 1960s Blues Revival, Hour 1
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October 29, 2014 02:23 PM PDT
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Join us as we dig through the archives, to bring you some of our favorite vinyl from the 1960s Blues Revival. From Mississippi Fred McDowell and Doctor Isaiah Ross, to the 'super group' recordings on "Down South Summit Meeting," we’ve got lots of gems, rarities, and classics on tap for you. It’s some of our favorite vinyl, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: One of the most beloved anthologies of all time, Paul Oliver's "The Story of the Blues," first issued 1969.

Live at Tipitina's: Rockin' the House Down in New Orleans, Hour 2
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October 17, 2014 08:27 AM PDT
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Join us as we head down to Tipitina's in New Orleans, for a great big helping of live blues and house-rockin' gumbo — served up piping hot by the good folks at Black Top Records. On tap, we’ve got Hubert Sumlin, Sam Myers, Grady Gaines, Nappy Brown, Earl King, Snooks Eaglin, and many more! We're rockin' down in New Orleans, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Live at Tipitina's: Rockin' the House Down in New Orleans, Hour 1
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October 17, 2014 07:36 AM PDT
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Join us as we head down to Tipitina's in New Orleans, for a great big helping of live blues and house-rockin' gumbo — served up piping hot by the good folks at Black Top Records. On tap, we’ve got Hubert Sumlin, Sam Myers, Grady Gaines, Nappy Brown, Earl King, Snooks Eaglin, and many more! Plus... we'll have a couple of mini-tributes to two legendary vocalists — Bobby "Blue" Bland and Little Junior Parker. We're rockin' down in New Orleans, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: New Orleans' one and only Tipitina's

Big Blues from Little Labels: Down Home Favorites from the Lone Star State, Hour 2
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October 08, 2014 09:22 AM PDT
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We take a look at some killer down home blues from the great state of Texas — all of it from small, independent record labels in operation during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Some of them issued a couple dozen 78s, while others are barely more than a footnote in blues history — putting out just one or two. Join us as we take a journey into the independent spirit of postwar Texas country blues, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Frankie Lee Sims, making his recording debut on Texas' very own Blue Bonnet label, in 1948.

Big Blues from Little Labels: Down Home Favorites from the Lone Star State, Hour 1
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October 08, 2014 08:48 AM PDT
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We take a look at some killer down home blues from the great state of Texas — all of it from small, independent record labels in operation during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Some of them issued a couple dozen 78s, while others are barely more than a footnote in blues history — putting out just one or two. Join us as we take a journey into the independent spirit of postwar Texas country blues, on this episode of Blues Unlimited. Includes music from Frankie Lee Sims, Willie Lane, Ernest "Buddy" Lewis, Smokey Hogg, Lightnin' Hopkins, and many more.

Pictured: The Jedi Master of Texas Country Blues, Lightnin' Hopkins.

The Blues Came Down at Midnight, Hour 2
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September 30, 2014 03:51 AM PDT
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Join us as we explore blues songs that all have to deal with the subject of midnight. Sometimes, you get midnight showers of rain, other times, it's the blues that come down at midnight. You might be out late having fun with your friends, doing the "Midnight Jump" or the "Midnight Boogie," or you might be sad and lonely, because your baby left you at midnight. It's all about having the blues at midnight, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Big Bill Broonzy, who likes to go steppin' out at Midnight.

The Blues Came Down at Midnight, Hour 1
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September 30, 2014 03:14 AM PDT
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Join us as we explore blues songs that all have to deal with the subject of midnight. Sometimes, you get midnight showers of rain, other times, it's the blues that come down at midnight. You might be out late having fun with your friends, doing the "Midnight Jump" or the "Midnight Boogie," or you might be sad and lonely, because your baby left you at midnight. Classics, gems, and rarities galore from Leadbelly, Leroy Carr, Bessie Smith, Big Bill Broonzy, T-Bone Walker, Little Willie Littlefield, Lowell Fulson, Roy Brown, and many more!

Pictured: From 1927, "The Midnight Special" by Crying Sam Collins; the first known version of this enduring favorite to be recorded by a blues artist.

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