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Blues, Bad Luck N' Trouble: A Tribute to Arhoolie Records (Hour 2)
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September 26, 2017 10:07 AM PDT
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Hey folks! While we’re busy working on another brand new episode, we thought we’d dig into the archives once again to bring you one of our favorites — a tribute to Chris Strachwitz’s legendary Arhoolie Records — who, at the time we put this together, had recently marked 50 years in business. In the spotlight are three classic slabs of vinyl that were issued in the early to mid 1960s: “Blues N’ Trouble” (volumes one and two), and the third, “Bad Luck N’ Trouble.” It’s a celebration of the Arhoolie label, on this episode of Blues Unlimited

Pictured: The distinctive cover of Arhoolie LP 1018, "Bad Luck N' Trouble" .

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Blues, Bad Luck N' Trouble: A Tribute to Arhoolie Records (Hour 1)
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September 26, 2017 10:02 AM PDT
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Hey folks! While we’re busy working on another brand new episode, we thought we’d dig into the archives once again to bring you one of our favorites — a tribute to Chris Strachwitz’s legendary Arhoolie Records — who, at the time we put this together, had recently marked 50 years in business. In the spotlight are three classic slabs of vinyl that were issued in the early to mid 1960s: “Blues N’ Trouble” (volumes one and two), and the third, “Bad Luck N’ Trouble.” It’s a celebration of the Arhoolie label, on this episode of Blues Unlimited

Pictured: The distinctive cover of Arhoolie LP 1018, "Bad Luck N' Trouble" .

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Blues from Bentonia, Mississippi (Hour 2)
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September 19, 2017 08:47 AM PDT
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Bentonia blues, with it's own distinct sound, tunings, and repertoire, is a style of music that has haunted fans and scholars alike for decades. Nehemiah "Skip" James, who cut 18 sides for the Paramount label in 1931, left behind the largest body of work from this school, until his rediscovery more than three decades later. Shortly thereafter, a couple more Bentonia musicians were discovered — Cornelius Bright and Jack Owens — who both made their debut recordings in 1966. Forty years later, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes would record his debut album, and he is now considered to be one of the last surviving practitioners of this genre.

Never a group with large numbers, the Bentonia school has a small but proud tradition, largely centered around Henry Stuckey, who was interviewed but never recorded. According to legend, he learned the eerie, minor guitar tuning that is part and parcel of the Bentonia sound from two soldiers overseas in World War I — who, by varying reports, were either Gypsies, or from the West Indies. After returning to Mississippi, he taught the tuning to a young Skip James, who incorporated it into his repertoire shortly thereafter.

In this special episode of Blues Unlimited, we trace the history of Bentonia blues back to Skip James' historic 1931 recordings, through the rediscovery period of the 1960s, and all the way up to the 21st century, with recordings made by Jimmy "Duck" Holmes (some of them at the legendary Blue Front Cafe), for such contemporary labels as Fat Possum and Broke & Hungry.

Pictured (from left to right): Jacob Stuckey, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, and Tommy Lee West, in front of Bentonia’s legendary Blue Front Cafe. Photo courtesy of Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. Inset: One of the recordings Skip James made for Paramount in 1931.

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Blues from Bentonia, Mississippi (Hour 1)
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September 19, 2017 08:36 AM PDT
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Join us as we aim the spotlight on the Bentonia, Mississippi blues tradition, and the handful of practitioners — such as Skip James, Jack Owens, and Jimmy “Duck” Holmes — who have kept the style alive over the decades. Known for its complex melodies and haunting, otherworldly lyrics, Bentonia blues has long been loved by scholars and fanatics alike. It's blues from Bentonia, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured (from left to right): Jacob Stuckey, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, and Tommy Lee West, in front of Bentonia’s legendary Blue Front Cafe. Photo courtesy of Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. Inset: One of the recordings Skip James made for Paramount in 1931.

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Just One More - East Coast Blues
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September 16, 2017 09:36 AM PDT
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Every week on Blues Unlimited, we bring you the finest from our favorite musical universe. But there's always a lot more that goes into each episode than we possibly cram into just two hours. Among the hardest tasks we face each and every week — whittling the song selection down to just a few dozen cuts — out of a hundred or more tracks that we take into consideration.

Here's one from this week’s episode that got left on the cutting room floor: “Jump Little Children, Jump,” by Leroy Dallas. Recorded for the Sittin’ In With label in New York City, 1948.

At the time we put together our tribute to the blues of the eastern seaboard, this vintage slice of down-home wax had recently been featured on another episode; so rather than repeat ourselves, we picked a couple of other tunes by Dallas instead — even though it pained us to do so. It is, of course, one of the all-time classics of East Coast Blues. As always, we hope you enjoy it!

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East Coast Blues (Hour 2)
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September 12, 2017 09:25 AM PDT
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With its own unique sound and feel, we aim the spotlight at the Eastern Seaboard for this episode — from Georgia all the way to New York City — while hearing some of the finest Down Home Blues to be recorded in the post-war era along the way. In typical Blues Unlimited fashion, we hear from not only titans of the genre such as Champion Jack Dupree, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, but also some of our favorite 'lesser knowns' as well— from Ralph Willis and Leroy Dallas to Dan Pickett, Carolina Slim, Square Walton, Cousin Leroy, and many, many more.

Pictured: Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Photographer unknown.

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East Coast Blues (Hour 1)
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September 12, 2017 09:18 AM PDT
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With its own unique sound and feel, we aim the spotlight at the Eastern Seaboard for this episode — from Georgia all the way to New York City — while hearing some of the finest Down Home Blues to be recorded in the post-war era along the way. In typical Blues Unlimited fashion, we hear from not only titans of the genre such as Champion Jack Dupree, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, but also some of our favorite 'lesser knowns' as well— from Ralph Willis and Leroy Dallas to Dan Pickett, Carolina Slim, Square Walton, Cousin Leroy, and many, many more.

Pictured: Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Photographer unknown.

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Animal Symbolism in the Blues (Hour 2)
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September 05, 2017 10:08 AM PDT
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Join us as we explore the rich and fascinating history of animal symbolism in the blues. Ever since the very first recordings, from the 1920s, blues artists have used metaphors and images from the animal kingdom to illustrate their songs. We'll hear a few of our favorites, plus, some all time classics from Blind Lemon Jefferson, Tampa Red, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, Robert Nighthawk, and (of course!) The Howlin' Wolf. It’s animal symbolism in the blues — on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Robert Petway, whose “Catfish Blues” has become a beloved Mississippi Delta classic. Illustration by William Stout.

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Animal Symbolism in the Blues (Hour 1)
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September 05, 2017 10:02 AM PDT
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Join us as we explore the rich and fascinating history of animal symbolism in the blues. Ever since the very first recordings, from the 1920s, blues artists have used metaphors and images from the animal kingdom to illustrate their songs. We'll hear a few of our favorites, plus, some all time classics from Blind Lemon Jefferson, Tampa Red, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, Robert Nighthawk, and (of course!) The Howlin' Wolf. It’s animal symbolism in the blues — on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Robert Petway, whose “Catfish Blues” has become a beloved Mississippi Delta classic. Illustration by William Stout.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/yd86cjh4

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Five (Plus Two) from Atlantic: The Desert Island Classics, Part 4 (Hour 2)
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August 29, 2017 09:42 AM PDT
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Join us as we continue with our ongoing series, Desert Island Classics. This time around, we’ve got a handful of five-star vinyl, all from Atlantic Records. We’ll hear music from Ray Charles, Professor Longhair, T-Bone Walker, Blind Willie McTell, and more. It’s another installment of Desert Island Classics, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: One of the six installments in Atlantic’s "Blues Originals" series, compiled by Pete Lowry in 1972.

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