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Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky: More Moves & Grooves from the Hammond B3 (Hour 1)
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August 08, 2017 10:31 AM PDT
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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

We had such a blast putting together our last tribute to the venerable Hammond B3 organ, that we're back with a second helping of delectable goodies from some of our favorite keyboard players, plus a few folks who got left out first time around. Extended jams, some great grooves, and a few hot instrumentals from Booker T. Jones, Jimmy McGriff, Sam Lazar, Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, and more.

Pictured: Brother Jack McDuff at the keyboards.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/y9stbhbm

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

Great Songwriters of the Blues, Part 2: Jimmy Reed (Hour 2)
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August 01, 2017 08:11 AM PDT
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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 for another installment of our "Great Songwriters" series, as we aim the spotlight on Chicago blues hit-maker, Jimmy Reed. Enjoying more top-twenty Billboard R&B entires than any of his contemporaries in the Windy City — Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Elmore James, and Sonny Boy Williamson #2 — he's a figure that, today, is sadly overlooked. Often described as employing a simplistic formula, the accessibility of his music made him a major influence on budding guitar and harmonica players from all walks of life — from blues and rock, to folk and country. And when it comes to crossover hits to the Billboard Pop charts, nobody in Chicago could lay claim to anything approaching the success that he had. A staple of the Vee-Jay operation, starting with the label's inception until the early 1960s, one in every twelve issues, on average, was a Jimmy Reed record. Suffice it to say, then, that Jimmy Reed was indeed a giant of the blues. We'll celebrate that musical legacy with classic performances from the man himself, plus a "Who's Who" of special guests. It's a tribute to Jimmy Reed, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Photo by Jan Persson. Taken during the 1968 American Folk Blues Festival Tour, probably in Copenhagen. Inset: Jimmy Reed’s very first R&B hit for Vee-Jay.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/y7fzhwy5

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

Great Songwriters of the Blues, Part 2: Jimmy Reed (Hour 1)
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August 01, 2017 08:04 AM PDT
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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 for another installment of our "Great Songwriters" series, as we aim the spotlight on Jimmy Reed. Enjoying more R&B hits than any of his contemporaries in the Windy City, he's a figure that's often overlooked. We'll hear classics from the man himself, plus a "Who's Who" of special guests. A tribute to Jimmy Reed, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Photo by Jan Persson. Taken during the 1968 American Folk Blues Festival Tour, probably in Copenhagen. Inset: Jimmy Reed’s very first R&B hit for Vee-Jay.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/ycu9m53e

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

Recycling the Blues: The Origins of Classic Blues Songs (Hour 2)
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July 25, 2017 09:05 AM PDT
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If you've ever listened to your favorite blues song and wondered who the original artist was or who did it first, then this program is for you. We've taken a handful of world famous, iconic blues songs and traced their roots back to the "original" versions. From such enduring classics as "Sweet Little Angel" (B.B. King, Tampa Red), to "Cross Cut Saw" (Albert King, Tommy McClennan), "Baby Please Don't Go" (Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams), and more, join us for an illuminating look at some all-time classic blues songs, and the original versions that inspired them.

Pictured: A classic slice of Muddy Waters, “Turn The Lamp Down Low” is his take on the blues standard, “Baby Please Don’t Go.”

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

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

Recycling the Blues: The Origins of Classic Blues Songs (Hour 1)
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July 25, 2017 08:55 AM PDT
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If you've ever listened to your favorite blues song and wondered who the original artist was or who did it first, then this program is for you. We've taken a handful of world famous, iconic blues songs and traced their roots back to the "original" versions. From such enduring classics as "Sweet Little Angel" (B.B. King, Tampa Red), to "Cross Cut Saw" (Albert King, Tommy McClennan), "Baby Please Don't Go" (Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams), and more, join us for an illuminating look at some all-time classic blues songs, and the original versions that inspired them.

Pictured: A classic slice of Muddy Waters, “Turn The Lamp Down Low” is his take on the blues standard, “Baby Please Don’t Go.”

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/y89ajft5

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

Crossing Boundaries: The Blues in Country & Western and Rock & Roll (Hour 2)
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July 18, 2017 08:56 AM PDT
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Decades before Elvis Presley took a page from the song book of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup and sang the blues on his debut single for the Sun record label in Memphis, many other folks had done that very same thing -- that is, incorporated elements of blues into their repertoire. Starting with the Carter Family and the 'Yodeling Brakeman' Jimmie Rodgers, in this special episode of Blues Unlimited, we explore the boundaries where folk, country, and rock 'n' roll all meet and intersect with one another. And following in the wake of Elvis Presley, wind up squarely in the Blues Revival of the 1960s -- catching a bit of that 'British Fever' along the way from the religious zealotry that inspired some of the best of the British Invasion bands. A fascinating glimpse at the enormous impact the blues has had on American roots music from the 1920s on up.

Pictured: A man who was no stranger to the blues, musical alchemist Bill Haley. Image courtesy of Rex Features/The Telegraph.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/yd5a9syt

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

Crossing Boundaries: The Blues in Country & Western and Rock & Roll (Hour 1)
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July 18, 2017 08:48 AM PDT
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Join us as we cross musical and cultural boundaries to find out where the Blues, Country & Western, and Rock & Roll music all meet and intersect with one another. A fascinating survey tracing the influence of the Blues over the decades — from the Carter Family to Canned Heat.

Pictured: A man who was no stranger to the blues, musical alchemist Bill Haley. Image courtesy of Rex Features/The Telegraph.

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/y8wkf785

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

The Low Down Gut Bucket Blues (Hour 2)
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July 11, 2017 09:07 AM PDT
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Join us for two hours of our favorite gut bucket blues! We’ll hear low down classics from Lightnin’ Hopkins, Joe Hill Louis, L.C. Green, Elmore James, Calvin Leavy, and many more. It’s the low down gut bucket blues, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Any program featuring gut bucket blues would be woefully inadequate without representation from Louisiana Swamp Blues master, Lightnin’ Slim. Illustration by William Stout.

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/yb9ftkkn

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

The Low Down Gut Bucket Blues (Hour 1)
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July 11, 2017 09:00 AM PDT
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Join us for two hours of our favorite gut bucket blues! We’ll hear low down classics from Lightnin’ Hopkins, Joe Hill Louis, L.C. Green, Elmore James, Calvin Leavy, and many more. It’s the low down gut bucket blues, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Any program featuring gut bucket blues would be woefully inadequate without representation from Louisiana Swamp Blues master, Lightnin’ Slim. 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/ycb8ztgy

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

A Conversation With The Blues (Hour 2)
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July 04, 2017 08:43 AM PDT
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** NOTE: Listener discretion is advised **

Blues expert Paul Vernon comments on Paul Oliver’s “Conversation With The Blues”:

The whole album is essentially one well-programmed series of music and monologues designed not to understand the history of the Blues as much as it is to understand the meaning of it. It’s tough stuff; there are discussions of sharecropping, violence, drug use, gambling, prostitution, being broke, hungry, homeless, on the road at a young age, playing all night for two bucks etc. All these reminiscences are delivered in a matter of fact tone, devoid of anything but the unadorned, flat-out truth, supported by some occasional laughing to keep from crying; It remains, almost 50 years after its first appearance, the single most valuable lesson of what the Real Blues is actually about. No frills, no egos, no star-kissed string bending heroics, just ordinary folks responding to their circumstances in the best way they could. It is the plain, unvarnished truth; the Real Blues, and it still moves me to tears.

Comments from The Blues Foundation on Alan Lomax’s “Blues In The Mississippi Night”:

When folklorist Alan Lomax recorded Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Slim, and John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson in 1947 in New York City, the results were so controversial that he waited a decade to release the album “Blues in the Mississippi Night” and even then disguised the identity of the artists and the location of the session. The three bluesmen — dubbed Natchez, Leroy, and Sib in the original album notes – did more than play the blues on the album; they defined it in candid conversation, relaying such wrenching tales of hardships and racial injustice that, according to Lomax, they feared that a release of the recording might bring reprisals against them. Lomax had worries, too, when his activities came under question, and during the McCarthy era he moved to England. The first incarnation of “Blues in the Mississippi Night” was as a Lomax BBC radio program in 1951. The initial LP release, which included an acapella track by Vera Hall and some prison work songs, was also in England on the Nixa label in 1957. It was finally released in the U.S. by United Artists in 1959, after Lomax had returned home, but not until the blues artists had all passed away were their real names revealed on expanded CD versions by Rykodisc (1990) and Rounder (2003). Despite the album’s title and subtitle (“The Real Story of the Blues Sung and Told by Three Mississippi Delta Blues Men”), the prisoners from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman were the only performers on the album who were actually from Mississippi. -- The Blues Foundation (taken from: http://blues.org/blues_hof_inductee/blues-mississippi-night-nixa-1957-united-artists-1959/ )

To hear this episode in its original full-fidelity high quality audio, it may be downloaded from Bandcamp at: http://tinyurl.com/y8frnx8e

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