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Down Home Gospel Favorites (Hour 2)
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November 28, 2017 12:06 PM PST
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Join us for two hours of down home Gospel favorites. From raw and gritty obscurities, to other worldly spirituals and a few classics along the way, it's an uplifting celebration of deep down home Gospel favorites.

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Down Home Gospel Favorites (Hour 1)
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November 28, 2017 11:59 AM PST
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As the great Big Bill Broonzy once opined, "There could be no Blues without the Spiritual." In contrast, then, it also follows that without Blues, there could be no Spirituals or Gospel. On this episode of Blues Unlimited, then, we explore the other side of the Blues coin for two enlightening hours of raw, gritty, homespun and otherworldly Gospel favorites. From the greats — Sister Rosette Tharpe and the Soul Stirrers — to the down right obscure (Rev. Steward and His Family; Sister Mathews), as well as a couple of good old-fashioned hell-fire and brimstone sermons — plus a handful of our favorite Blues musicians performing down home Gospel classics — it's two uplifting hours that you won't want to miss.

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Legend of the Slide Guitar: Elmore James, Part 1 (Hour 2)
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November 21, 2017 08:04 AM PST
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Join us as we start a new, ongoing mini-series (in periodic installments) dedicated to the life and musical career of one of the most beloved figures in blues history — slide guitar legend Elmore James. In part one, we'll start with his first recordings in Mississippi for the Trumpet label, with Sonny Boy Williamson and Willie Love, and end with his initial recordings in Chicago, made for producer Joe Bihari, with the Broomdusters.

Pictured: Hand-painted photo of Elmore James courtesy of Blues Unlimited magazine. Inset: Some of Elmore's first releases.

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Legend of the Slide Guitar: Elmore James, Part 1 (Hour 1)
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November 21, 2017 07:56 AM PST
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ANNOUNCING THE BLUES UNLIMITED PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE, now at Bandcamp. For an annual fee of $27, you’ll have “first dibs” on every new episode we produce — before it’s available to anyone else! PLUS, get instant access to more than a hundred episodes of Blues Unlimited — all in high quality audio — with many episodes NOT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ANYWHERE ELSE! Every dollar goes to support this radio show and help keep it alive! More info at: http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

Join us as we start a new, ongoing mini-series (in periodic installments) dedicated to the life and musical career of one of the most beloved figures in blues history — slide guitar legend Elmore James. In part one, we'll start with his first recordings in Mississippi for the Trumpet label, with Sonny Boy Williamson and Willie Love, and end with his initial recordings in Chicago, made for producer Joe Bihari, with the Broomdusters.

Pictured: Hand-painted photo of Elmore James courtesy of Blues Unlimited magazine. Inset: Some of Elmore's first releases.

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Music from the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival (Hour 2)
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November 14, 2017 03:39 PM PST
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Join us as we head down to the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival. We’ll hear from a number of legends, such as Roosevelt Sykes, Houston Stackhouse and Joe Willie Wilkins, Big Walter Horton, and Hound Dog Taylor.

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NOTE: We chose this poster because of how cool we thought it was, and also because it nicely matched the one from 1972 — and not because of Ray Charles (who does not actually appear in this episode).

Music from the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival (Hour 1)
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November 14, 2017 03:31 PM PST
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Join us as we head down to the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival. We’ll hear from a number of legends, such as Roosevelt Sykes, Houston Stackhouse and Joe Willie Wilkins, Big Walter Horton, and Hound Dog Taylor.

To hear this episode commercial free and in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/y9e5439r

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NOTE: We chose this poster because of how cool we thought it was, and also because it nicely matched the one from 1972 — and not because of Ray Charles (who does not actually appear in this episode).

Dark Muddy Bottom: 1950s Down Home Country Blues from Specialty Records (Hour 2)
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November 07, 2017 03:27 PM PST
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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.

Pictured: Also featured on this episode, a legendary slice of vinyl from the Specialty archives; compiled by Barret Hansen in 1972.

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Dark Muddy Bottom: 1950s Down Home Country Blues from Specialty Records (Hour 1)
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November 07, 2017 02:06 PM PST
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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: Also featured on this episode, a legendary slice of vinyl from the Specialty archives; compiled by Barret Hansen in 1972.

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New Orleans Piano (Hour 2)
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October 31, 2017 08:16 AM PDT
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Join us for two great hours of piano blues from New Orleans. From classic R&B party favorites to keyboard legends like Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Little Richard, and Allen Toussaint, Blues Unlimited celebrates the art and artistry of New Orleans piano.

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New Orleans Piano (Hour 1)
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October 31, 2017 08:08 AM PDT
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Note: With the passing of New Orleans music legend Fats Domino last week, we thought we'd dust off this old favorite from the archives. Enjoy! --SBH

Think of New Orleans and you might think of the French Quarter, the distinctive cuisine they're justifiably famous for, the seemingly constant 24/7 party atmosphere, or strolling downtown by the Mighty Mississippi. But think of New Orleans for too long and you're bound to think of perhaps one thing -- the great music that's emanated from there, virtually non-stop, since the early days of the last century. And if you think of New Orleans music, sooner or later you're bound to think of some of the great keyboard legends that the city has known -- Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Champion Jack Dupree, Paul Gayten, Allen Toussaint, and many many more. In this episode of Blues Unlimited, we explore that rich vein of talent in a special episode dedicated to the art and artistry of New Orleans piano, taking a look at some of the great moments and huge R&B hits the Crescent City produced over the years.

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