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This Week on BU - Texas, Chicago & the Juke Joints: A Tribute to the Blues Classics Label, Part 2 (Hour 2)
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March 19, 2019 07:09 AM PDT
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WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please consider donating a few bucks to help get us over the hump as we get ready to send Volume 3 of the “Complete Radio Show Transcripts” off to the eBook conversion team (this one is over 650 pages!!!). And we thank you!

FUND RAISER LINK: https://www.gofundme.com/a-fund-raiser-for-blues-unlimited-radio

Two weeks ago on Amazon, “Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts, Vol. 1” made its debit as the #1 NEW RELEASE in Music History & Criticism and also in Music Reference — the first new book from from ethnomusicologist, author, historian, and independent radio producer Steve Franz in more than 16 years. Now available in the Amazon Kindle Store at https://tinyurl.com/yxz6dnnu

Join us for part two of our tribute to the Blues Classics label. Founded by Chris Strachwitz as the 'unofficial' reissue arm of Arhoolie Records, we’ll hear selections from rest of the Texas volume, as well as a pair of our favorites — "Juke Joint Blues," and "Chicago Blues - The Early 1950s."

Pictured: Photo of a Juke Joint in Central Texas by Chris Strachwitz.

This episode is available commercial free and in its original full-fidelity high quality audio exclusively to our subscribers at Bandcamp. Your annual subscription of $27 a year will go directly to support this radio show, and you’ll gain INSTANT DOWNLOAD ACCESS to this and more than 150 other episodes from our extensive archive as well. More info is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

This Week on BU - Texas, Chicago & the Juke Joints: A Tribute to the Blues Classics Label, Part 2 (Hour 1)
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March 19, 2019 07:02 AM PDT
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WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please consider donating a few bucks to help get us over the hump as we get ready to send Volume 3 of the “Complete Radio Show Transcripts” off to the eBook conversion team (this one is over 650 pages!!!). And we thank you!

FUND RAISER LINK: https://www.gofundme.com/a-fund-raiser-for-blues-unlimited-radio

Two weeks ago on Amazon, “Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts, Vol. 1” made its debit as the #1 NEW RELEASE in Music History & Criticism and also in Music Reference — the first new book from from ethnomusicologist, author, historian, and independent radio producer Steve Franz in more than 16 years. Now available in the Amazon Kindle Store at https://tinyurl.com/yxz6dnnu

Join us for part two of our tribute to the Blues Classics label. Founded by Chris Strachwitz as the 'unofficial' reissue arm of Arhoolie Records, we’ll hear selections from rest of the Texas volume, as well as a pair of our favorites — "Juke Joint Blues," and "Chicago Blues - The Early 1950s."

Pictured: Photo of a Juke Joint in Central Texas by Chris Strachwitz.

This episode is available commercial free and in its original full-fidelity high quality audio exclusively to our subscribers at Bandcamp. Your annual subscription of $27 a year will go directly to support this radio show, and you’ll gain INSTANT DOWNLOAD ACCESS to this and more than 150 other episodes from our extensive archive as well. More info is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

This Week in Blues History - March 17-23
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March 17, 2019 08:42 AM PDT
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When it debuted last week, “Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts, Vol. 1” was the #1 NEW RELEASE in Music History & Criticism and also Music Reference — the first new book from from ethnomusicologist, author, historian, and independent radio producer Steve Franz in more than 16 years. Now available in the Amazon Kindle Store. https://tinyurl.com/yxz6dnnu

“This Week in Blues History” aims the spotlight on important recordings, artists, and events from the golden era of the blues. This time, we profile St. Louis guitarist Hi Henry Brown, who made half a dozen recordings for Vocalion in March 1932, and then disappeared.

"This Week in Blues History" is ONLY available as a download to our bandcamp subscribers! More info -- including how to get instant access to more than 150 episodes of Blues Unlimited -- is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

Memphis, Detroit & Texas: A Tribute to the Blues Classics Label, Part 1 (Hour 2)
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March 12, 2019 09:32 AM PDT
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WE NEED YOUR HELP!

FUND RAISER LINK: https://www.gofundme.com/a-fund-raiser-for-blues-unlimited-radio

Last week on Amazon, “Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts, Vol. 1” was the #1 NEW RELEASE in Music History & Criticism and also in Music Reference — the first new book from from ethnomusicologist, author, historian, and independent radio producer Steve Franz in more than 16 years. Now available in the Amazon Kindle Store at https://tinyurl.com/yxz6dnnu

It's hard to imagine, going back some 50 years in time afterwards, the impact that a single LP might have on someone, but when it comes to the Blues Classics label — founded by Arhoolie's Chris Strachwitz, as a way of "liberating" (as he once put it) the 78s in his rather extensive collection — that influence has literally been inestimable. At a time when other labels were almost exclusively issuing pre-war blues (with the exception, perhaps, of Mike Rowe's "pwb" label), Blues Classics bucked the existing trend by issuing a wide variety of material, up to and including postwar Blues and Gospel records from the 1940s and '50s.

Blues Classics apparently got its start in 1964 with a Memphis Minnie LP (we use the word "apparently" here rather advisedly, as firm issue dates are hard to nail down when it comes to the label), and by the time of their fifth LP, a year later, had started in on their highly acclaimed “Country Blues Classics” series, in which performances by Elmore James and Johnny Shines appeared right alongside those of Frank Stokes and Scrapper Blackwell. It was not only indicative of the broad musical interests of Arhoolie's founder, but also his impeccable taste as well.

With the issuance of their eighth LP, a compilation devoted to Chicago Blues of the 1950s, Blues Classics inaugurated a regional series that has since become the hallmark of their catalog. Other volumes that followed paid homage to Detroit, Texas, and Memphis and the Delta (the latter three, the focus of this program), as well as a standout collection of Down Home Blues, simply entitled “Juke Joint Blues.” And for those who were lucky enough to have gotten their hands on these precious slabs of vinyl at the time they were first issued, they were like gifts from above — eye openers that added new names to our roster of beloved artists, and timeless performances that have endured beyond the passage of years.

Over the last 30, 40, or 50 years, reissue albums have since come and gone, and for Blues fans who've been around a while, we've more than seen our fair share. But albums that stand up not only to the test of time, but continue to remain vital, relevant, and important decade after decade are rare indeed. They not only possess a special place of esteem in our collections, but also in our hearts as well. A sentiment that many others would certainly attest to as well.

So, thank you, Mr. Strachwitz, for "liberating" all this great music so many decades ago. "Blues Classics" indeed. In the end, you couldn't have picked a name any more appropriate than that.

Pictured: One of the distinctive covers from the Blues Classics series. Cover photo of Richmond, Texas by Chris Strachwitz.

This episode is available commercial free and in its original full-fidelity high quality audio exclusively to our subscribers at Bandcamp. Your annual subscription of $27 a year will go directly to support this radio show, and you’ll gain INSTANT DOWNLOAD ACCESS to this and more than 150 other episodes from our extensive archive as well. More info is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

Memphis, Detroit & Texas: A Tribute to the Blues Classics Label, Part 1 (Hour 1)
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March 12, 2019 09:25 AM PDT
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WE NEED YOUR HELP!

FUND RAISER LINK: https://www.gofundme.com/a-fund-raiser-for-blues-unlimited-radio

Last week on Amazon, “Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts, Vol. 1” was the #1 NEW RELEASE in Music History & Criticism and also in Music Reference — the first new book from from ethnomusicologist, author, historian, and independent radio producer Steve Franz in more than 16 years. Now available in the Amazon Kindle Store at https://tinyurl.com/yxz6dnnu

Join us as we aim the spotlight on a legendary series of albums from the Blues Classics label. Founded by Chris Strachwitz as a companion to Arhoolie Records, we’ll hear selections from three of our favorites — "Detroit Blues," "Memphis and the Delta," and "Texas Blues."

Pictured: One of the distinctive covers from the Blues Classics series. Cover photo of Richmond, Texas by Chris Strachwitz.

This episode is available commercial free and in its original full-fidelity high quality audio exclusively to our subscribers at Bandcamp. Your annual subscription of $27 a year will go directly to support this radio show, and you’ll gain INSTANT DOWNLOAD ACCESS to this and more than 150 other episodes from our extensive archive as well. More info is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

This Week in Blues History - March 10-16
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March 10, 2019 08:36 AM PDT
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Last week on Amazon, “Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts, Vol. 1” was the #1 NEW RELEASE in Music History & Criticism and also in Music Reference — the first new book from from ethnomusicologist, author, historian, and independent radio producer Steve Franz in more than 16 years. Now available in the Amazon Kindle Store. https://tinyurl.com/yxz6dnnu

“This Week in Blues History” aims the spotlight on important recordings, artists, and events from the golden era of the blues. This time, we profile the historic March 1932 recording sessions held by Vocalion in New York City, as the nation was in the grips of the Great Depression.

"This Week in Blues History" is ONLY available as a download to our bandcamp subscribers! More info -- including how to get instant access to more than 150 episodes of Blues Unlimited -- is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

Play Your Guitar, Mr. Hooker: The 1969 (and '66) Bluesway Recordings (Hour 2)
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March 05, 2019 06:55 AM PST
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SOME BIG NEWS! But... WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Blues Unlimited is thrilled to announce a new series of eBooks, three in all, that will compile the complete transcripts of all shows produced to date (starting with episode #140; previous to that, episodes were not scripted out). But... the fees to get these converted into eBooks is quite high. That's where your help comes in!

We’re pleased to say that Volume 1 has been handed off to the eBook conversion team, and Volume 2 is now ready to go and awaiting funding. We hope to begin compiling Volume 3 later this week.

https://www.gofundme.com/a-fund-raiser-for-blues-unlimited-radio

Anyone who donates $20 or more will receive a pre-publication PDF of Volume 1, and anyone who donates $50 or more will be personally thanked on an upcoming episode of Blues Unlimited (please note that you MUST contact us via the form on our website at bluesunlimitedradio.com so that we know where to send your PDF and/or who to thank). And.... as always.... we greatly appreciate all your help! --SBH

Join us for a special tribute to slide guitar master Earl Hooker. During the spring and summer of 1969, he recorded extensively for Bluesway, behind folks like Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Charles Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, and more, becoming one of the highlights of his career. In addition, we'll also be featuring a few selections from the tribute album, "Do You Remember The Great Earl Hooker," composed of recordings he made in Sauk City, Wisconsin, in 1966 and 1967, with the help of Freddie Roulette. A look at the Bluesway recordings of Earl Hooker, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: This tribute album, issued by Bluesway in 1973, was compiled from recordings Hooker made in 1966 and 1967 in Sauk City, Wisconsin.

On the BU Blog this week, it’s part two of “10 Desert Island Gospel Discs,” from blues expert, author, and scholar Bob Eagle. Now at https://bluesunlimitedradio.com/10-desert-island-gospel-discs-from-bob-eagle-part-2/

Play Your Guitar, Mr. Hooker: The 1969 (and '66) Bluesway Recordings (Hour 1)
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March 05, 2019 06:40 AM PST
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SOME BIG NEWS! But... WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Blues Unlimited is thrilled to announce a new series of eBooks, three in all, that will compile the complete transcripts of all shows produced to date (starting with episode #140; previous to that, episodes were not scripted out). But... the fees to get these converted into eBooks is quite high. That's where your help comes in!

We’re pleased to say that Volume 1 has been handed off to the eBook conversion team, and Volume 2 is now ready to go and awaiting funding. We hope to begin compiling Volume 3 later this week.

https://www.gofundme.com/a-fund-raiser-for-blues-unlimited-radio

Anyone who donates $20 or more will receive a pre-publication PDF of Volume 1, and anyone who donates $50 or more will be personally thanked on an upcoming episode of Blues Unlimited (please note that you MUST contact us via the form on our website at bluesunlimitedradio.com so that we know where to send your PDF and/or who to thank). And.... as always.... we greatly appreciate all your help! --SBH

Join us for a special tribute to slide guitar master Earl Hooker. During the spring and summer of 1969, he recorded extensively for Bluesway, behind folks like Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Charles Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, and more. A look at the Bluesway recordings of Earl Hooker, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: This tribute album, issued by Bluesway in 1973, was compiled from recordings Hooker made in 1966 and 1967 in Sauk City, Wisconsin.

On the BU Blog this week, it’s part two of “10 Desert Island Gospel Discs,” from blues expert, author, and scholar Bob Eagle. Now at https://bluesunlimitedradio.com/10-desert-island-gospel-discs-from-bob-eagle-part-2/

This Week in Blues History - March 3-9
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March 03, 2019 08:53 AM PST
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“This Week in Blues History” aims the spotlight on important recordings, artists, and events from the golden era of the blues. This time, we profile “Rocket 88,” by Jackie Brenston — widely considered to be one of the archetypal records of rock ‘n’ roll.

We need your help! Blues Unlimited is trying to raise money for three eBook conversions of the “The Complete Radio Show Transcripts.” Each one will be about 600 pages each, and contain the complete transcripts of all episodes produced to date. Volume 1 has now been handed off to the conversion team, Volume 2 is now complete and awaiting final edits, and work will begin on Volume 3 this coming week.

Send us $5 and get an awesomely cool postcard of Mississippi Fred McDowell!

Send us $20 and get a pre-publication PDF of Volume 1.

Donate $50 and you'll get all of the above, plus, you'll be personally thanked on an upcoming episode of Blues Unlimited!

Details at https://www.gofundme.com/a-fund-raiser-for-blues-unlimited-radio

Please note that when donating, you MUST contact us to let us know where to send your goodies. There's a contact form on the main webpage near the bottom https://bluesunlimitedradio.com

Three from Takoma: The Desert Island Classics, Part 7 (Hour 2)
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February 26, 2019 06:49 AM PST
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WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Blues Unlimited is pleased to announce a new series of books, three in all, that will compile the complete transcripts of all shows produced to date (starting with episode #140; previous to that, episodes were not scripted out). But... the fees to get these converted into eBooks is quite high. That's where your help comes in!

https://www.gofundme.com/a-fund-raiser-for-blues-unlimited-radio

Anyone who donates $20 or more will receive a pre-publication PDF of Volume 1, and anyone who donates $50 or more will be personally thanked on an upcoming episode of Blues Unlimited (please note that you MUST contact us via the form on our website at bluesunlimitedradio.com so that we know where to send it). And.... as always.... we thank you! --SBH

Join us as we spotlight three classic slabs of vinyl from the golden years of the 1960s Blues Revival. We’ll hear selections from “Mississippi Blues” by Bukka White, “Louisiana Blues” by Robert Pete Williams, and “One Man Band” by Dr. Isaiah Ross. It’s Desert Island Classics from Takoma Records, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: A popular selection from the Takoma catalog, “Mississippi Blues” by Bukka White was issued and reissued several times over the decades, seen here with the cover from its second vinyl pressing.

This episode is available commercial free and in its original full-fidelity high quality audio exclusively to our subscribers at Bandcamp. Your annual subscription of $27 a year will go directly to support this radio show, and you’ll gain INSTANT DOWNLOAD ACCESS to this and more than 150 other episodes from our extensive archive as well. More info is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

On the BU Blog this week, it’s part one of “10 Desert Island Gospel Discs,” from blues expert, author, and scholar Bob Eagle. Now at https://bluesunlimitedradio.com/10-desert-island-gospel-discs-from-bob-eagle-part-1

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