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This Week on BU - The Blues at Newport 1964-1965 (Hour 2)
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December 11, 2018 08:08 AM PST
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NOTE: As a special service to our listeners, we are making some of the older episodes from our archive available for the first time in many years. Please note that — as time allows — we will be redoing almost all the episodes from our “first season” (this one included). In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this “blast from the past!” And, as always, thanks for listening!

In this episode of Blues Unlimited — the second in a celebration of the Newport Folk Festival — we take a look at some of the great Blues legends to have appeared on the stage at the iconic Newport, Rhode Island festival during the 1960s — particularly focusing on the years 1964 and 1965. Although Vanguard issued a number of LPs and CDs over the years commemorating the music from the annual event, their reissue program was never systematic or comprehensive. Here, after digging deep into long out-of-print CDs and LPs, we gather some of the "Best of the Fest" to bring some truly great, rare, and historic performances — all live, in concert, and from the stage of the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. In this second installment, we'll hear from Sleepy John Estes, Mississippi John Hurt, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Rev. Gary Davis, Mance Lipscomb, Lightnin' Hopkins, Son House, and more.

Be sure to check out our tribute to Mike Leadbitter and Simon Napier — the men who founded Blues Unlimited magazine more than half a century ago. Part One: https://bluesunlimitedradio.com/we-like-mike and Part Two: https://bluesunlimitedradio.com/we-like-mike-part-2

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

Please support the people who support Blues Unlimited! This week’s episode comes to you, in part, by Dick Waterman Photography: http://dickwaterman.photoshelter.com

This Week on BU - The Blues at Newport 1964-1965 (Hour 1)
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December 11, 2018 08:03 AM PST
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NOTE: As a special service to our listeners, we are making some of the older episodes from our archive available for the first time in many years. Please note that — as time allows — we will be redoing almost all the episodes from our “first season” (this one included). In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this “blast from the past!” And, as always, thanks for listening!

On this episode of Blues Unlimited we continue our celebration of the Newport Folk Festival, which brought a veritable who's who of Blues legends to the stage in Newport, Rhode Island during the Festival's 1960s heyday. (Part 2 of 4)

Be sure to check out our tribute to Mike Leadbitter and Simon Napier — the men who founded Blues Unlimited magazine more than half a century ago. Part One: https://bluesunlimitedradio.com/we-like-mike and Part Two: https://bluesunlimitedradio.com/we-like-mike-part-2

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

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

This Week in Blues History - December 9-15
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December 09, 2018 08:13 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 Ruth Brown, one of the biggest R&B singers of the 1950s, who was at the top of the Billboard charts this week in 1950, with her very first number one hit.

"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

A Legend at 19: A Tribute to Jody Williams (Hour 2)
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December 04, 2018 08:07 AM PST
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Join us for a tribute to blues guitar legend Jody Williams. Making his debut on record at the age of 19, he became a highly influential guitarist, playing and recording with a who's who of Chicago legends like Howlin’ Wolf, Bo Diddley, Bill Boy Arnold and Otis Rush — just to name a few. A tribute to guitar legend Jody Williams, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Jody Williams, in his later years.

We have a BRAND NEW WEBSITE! Check it out at https://bluesunlimitedradio.com

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

Please support the people who support Blues Unlimited! This week’s episode comes to you, in part, by Dick Waterman Photography: http://dickwaterman.photoshelter.com

A Legend at 19: A Tribute to Jody Williams (Hour 1)
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December 04, 2018 07:59 AM PST
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NOTE: This week, the blues world is mourning the passing of guitar legend Jody Williams. This episode was inspired, in part, from having a chance to see Jody play live in concert, in 2013, and the essay that follows was written at that time. RIP Jody Williams - February 3rd, 1935 - December 1st, 2018.

Born in Mobile, Alabama, Joseph Leon "Jody" Williams moved with his family to Chicago when he was just 5 years old. His early musical heroes were the Harmonicats, with their number one smash hit of 1947, "Peg O' My Heart." It was an encounter with Bo Diddley at a talent show that convinced him he should put down his harmonica and pick up a guitar. As he later told writer Bill Dahl, he had never played any blues — but by all accounts, he was a fast learner. Absorbing the guitar styles of T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, and Robert Lockwood, Jody become one of the first important string benders to work in Chicago, influencing such up and coming stars like Otis Rush and Buddy Guy — and playing, recording, and touring with a veritable who's who of blues legends along the way.

It’s not many people who can lay claim to being an influential musician starting at the ripe old age of 19, but Jody Williams can, and on this episode of Blues Unlimited, we’ll be exploring that legacy in depth.

As far as "string bending" goes, just in case you’re not up to date with your guitar lingo, there are two main techniques for altering the pitch of a guitar string while playing. One technique involves the use of a bottleneck or a slide, like Elmore James, Muddy Waters, or Robert Nighthawk; the second is to simply bend the string up or down while playing, a technique employed by such movers and shakers as T-Bone Walker and B.B. King — who also happen to be Jody’s two main influences.

Another influence can be felt from Robert Lockwood, who often incorporated a jazzy sophistication that can be heard in Jody’s playing as well. Unlike Lockwood, however, Jody’s playing also has a gritty quality that fans of Chicago Blues know and love so well — and it’s his ability to incorporate these two differing styles into something unique that’s made the name of Jody Williams such an important one on the post war scene.

In the late 1960s, Jody Williams quit the music business in favor of a steady day job in the field of electronics, a trade he learned while in the Army. Opting for early retirement in 1994, it wasn’t until six years later that he was convinced to pick up his guitar again, resulting in a critically acclaimed comeback CD in the year 2001. Today, Jody Williams is still playing and touring, dazzling audiences with his patented fretwork and understated jazzy guitar runs that made him such a force to be reckoned with on the Chicago scene almost 60 years ago.

Pictured: Jody Williams, in his later years.

We have a BRAND NEW WEBSITE! Check it out at https://bluesunlimitedradio.com

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

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

This Week in Blues History - December 2-8
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December 02, 2018 06:33 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 street musician Bongo Joe, who recorded a cult favorite for Arhoolie Records, in 1968.

"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

It's All About The Boogie! (Rockin' Piano Blues 1928-1985) (Hour 2)
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November 27, 2018 08:15 AM PST
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Although the Boogie Woogie "craze" apparently was sparked by Pete Johnson's 1938 appearance at Carnegie Hall, at John Hammond's legendary "From Spirituals to Swing" series of concerts, it was actually a 1928 recording by Clarence "Pine Top" Smith (cleverly entitled "Pine Top's Boogie Woogie") that first saw that peculiar phrase emblazoned upon a record label. And pretty much ever since, the words "Boogie Woogie" have been an enduring part of the American Lexicon.

In order to "make the cut" into this program, we looked for masterfully and/or joyously executed piano instrumentals, with the one condition that the word "Boogie" be a part of the title. Since we had to draw the line somewhere — arbitrarily excluding pieces with the word "Stomp" or "Breakdown" in them — it seemed like as good a place to start as any. And also, since there were at least a hundred cuts or more that we didn't have time for, you can pretty much bet on a sequel sometime soon.

Over the decades, countless artists have made their own special contributions to the universe of Boogie Woogie piano, and on this program, we celebrate a few of our favorites.

Pictured (from top left): Pete Johnson; Willard McDaniel; Hadda Brooks.

We have a BRAND NEW WEBSITE! Check it out at https://bluesunlimitedradio.com

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

Please support the people who support Blues Unlimited! This week’s episode comes to you, in part, by Dick Waterman Photography: http://dickwaterman.photoshelter.com

It's All About The Boogie! (Rockin' Piano Blues 1928-1985) (Hour 1)
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November 27, 2018 08:04 AM PST
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Join us for two hours of our favorite Boogie Woogie piano. From the "Big Three" — Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons, and Meade Lux Lewis — to some of the greats, like Willard McDaniel, Lloyd Glenn, Hadda Brooks, and Professor Longhair, it’s a Boogie Celebration that’ll have you dancing on your feet!

Pictured (from top left): Pete Johnson; Willard McDaniel; Hadda Brooks.

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

We have a BRAND NEW WEBSITE! Check it out at https://bluesunlimitedradio.com

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

This Week in Blues History - November 25-December 1
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November 25, 2018 07:28 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 Robert Johnson, who made his recording debut the week of Thanksgiving, 1936.

"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

Legend of the Slide Guitar: Elmore James, Part 4 (Hour 2)
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November 20, 2018 10:25 AM PST
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Join us as we wrap up our tribute to the late, great Elmore James — legend of the slide of the guitar. From his early days in Mississippi to his last recording session in New York City, we’ll hear the remaining titles from his career. It’s Elmore James, part four, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Hand-painted photo of Elmore James courtesy of Blues Unlimited magazine. Inset: Some LP fan favorites.

On the blog this week — our tribute to Mike Leadbitter, Simon Napier, and the pioneering British blues magazine they founded. Now at https://bluesunlimitedradio.com/we-like-mike

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

Please support the people who support Blues Unlimited! This week’s episode comes to you, in part, by Dick Waterman Photography: http://dickwaterman.photoshelter.com

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