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This Week on BU - Soulful Stax Covers (Hour 2)
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February 19, 2019 07:59 AM PST
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To be included in this episode of Blues Unlimited, two simple rules were employed: it had to be cut for Stax Records (or one of their affiliated labels), and it had to be a cover version. After the smoke cleared and the dust settled, we selected 27 tracks that rocked, moved, and inspired — or in a couple cases, were just simply jaw-dropping. Sometimes, great art can come about in the process of redefining that which you find surrounding you, and in the case of Stax Records, as they redefined, reexamined, and reinterpreted the musical landscape in Memphis — and the blues legacy that that entailed — they, too, created great art. And almost as a bonus, gave us some of the fine musical experiments and top-notch offerings that we'll get to hear on tonight's program.

Pictured from top left: Albert King; Otis Redding; Booker T. & the MG’s.

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, author, scholar and researcher Robert Pruter reviews “Bitten by the Blues,” Alligator records founder Bruce Iglauer’s new book on the legendary blues label he started almost 50 years ago. Now at https://bluesunlimitedradio.com/book-review-bitten-by-the-blues

This Week on BU - Soulful Stax Covers (Hour 1)
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February 19, 2019 07:54 AM PST
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Join us as we enjoy some great cover versions of blues, pop, rock, folk, and R&B classics that were recorded down at the legendary Stax label in Memphis, Tennessee. We'll hear from Albert King, Little Milton, Booker T. & the MG's, Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding, and more.

Pictured from top left: Albert King; Otis Redding; Booker T. & the MG’s.

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, author, scholar and researcher Robert Pruter reviews “Bitten by the Blues,” Alligator records founder Bruce Iglauer’s new book on the legendary blues label he started almost 50 years ago. Now at https://bluesunlimitedradio.com/book-review-bitten-by-the-blues

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 - February 17-23
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February 17, 2019 08:00 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 “Key to the Highway” — one of the enduring classics of the blues, first recorded by pianist Charlie Segar in 1940.

"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

Mojos, Hoodoos, Gypsy Ladies & Magic Spells (Hour 2)
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February 12, 2019 11:13 AM PST
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Join us as we dive into a collection of songs that all deal with magic, hoodoo, voodoo, Gypsy ladies, fortune tellers, jinxes, black cat bones, goofer dust, and mojo hands. The blues has a long and rich history when it comes to other worldly spells and the art of witchcraft, and we’ve gathered a few of our favorites — all the way from Blind Lemon Jefferson to Muddy Waters — for your enjoyment, enlightenment, and edification.

Pictured: A classic LP from Bobby Robinson’s Fire label, “Mojo Hand,” by Lightnin’ Hopkins.

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, scholar, author, and researcher Bob Eagle recounts his all-time favorite live blues performances — that he was lucky enough to witness in person, over a career that’s spanned a few decades. Don’t miss it! Now at http://tinyurl.com/y38uvswt

Mojos, Hoodoos, Gypsy Ladies & Magic Spells (Hour 1)
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February 12, 2019 08:22 AM PST
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Join us as we dive into a collection of songs that all deal with magic, hoodoo, voodoo, Gypsy ladies, fortune tellers, jinxes, black cat bones, goofer dust, and mojo hands. The blues has a long and rich history when it comes to other worldly spells and the art of witchcraft, and we’ve gathered a few of our favorites — all the way from Blind Lemon Jefferson to Muddy Waters — for your enjoyment, enlightenment, and edification.

Pictured: A classic LP from Bobby Robinson’s Fire label, “Mojo Hand,” by Lightnin’ Hopkins.

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, scholar, author, and researcher Bob Eagle recounts his all-time favorite live blues performances — that he was lucky enough to witness in person, over a career that’s spanned a few decades. Don’t miss it! Now at http://tinyurl.com/y38uvswt

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 - February 10-16
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February 10, 2019 07:31 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 Stick McGhee’s 1949 anthem to good times and cheap booze — a big hit that saved a fledgling Atlantic Records from bankruptcy.

"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

Big Walter's Blues: Early Harmonica Classics, 1951-1954 (Hour 2)
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February 05, 2019 07:02 AM PST
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Join us as we pay tribute to one of the all time greatest harmonica players, Big Walter Horton. Making his first recordings with Sam Phillips in Memphis in 1951, what he was capable of doing with a simple harmonica has been amazing and astounding audiences ever since. In addition to classics he cut for Sun, Modern and RPM, we'll also hear some of his work with Willie Nix, Joe Hill Louis, Johnny Shines, Muddy Waters, Tampa Red, and more.

Photo of Walter Horton by Sylvia Pitcher, London, 1968.

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

Be sure to check out the new BU website, at bluesunlimitedradio.com

Big Walter's Blues: Early Harmonica Classics, 1951-1954 (Hour 1)
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February 05, 2019 06:57 AM PST
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Join us as we pay tribute to one of the all time greatest harmonica players, Big Walter Horton. Making his first recordings with Sam Phillips in Memphis in 1951, what he was capable of doing with a simple harmonica has been amazing and astounding audiences ever since. In addition to classics he cut for Sun, Modern and RPM, we'll also hear some of his work with Willie Nix, Joe Hill Louis, Johnny Shines, Muddy Waters, Tampa Red, and more.

Photo of Walter Horton by Sylvia Pitcher, London, 1968.

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

Be sure to check out the new BU website, at 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 - February 3-9
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February 03, 2019 07:13 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 B.B. King, who hit the number one spot on the Billboard R&B charts with “Three O’Clock Blues,” this week in 1952.

"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

The Blues Unlimited 5th Annual Year in Review Special: Best of 2018 (Hour 2)
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January 29, 2019 09:01 AM PST
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Join us as we take a look back at some of our favorite moments from 2018. We’ve picked out some highlights from the past year — here’s a hint: the name of Elmore James might be involved — and we’ll also enjoy a few of our favorite installments from our new series, “This Week in Blues History.” Be sure to stay tuned for our closing finale, when we pay tribute to some of the passing blues greats we lost last year. Don’t miss the best of 2018, on this episode of Blues Unlimited!

Pictured: Our distinctive logo comes from a rare poster for the 1977 Beale Street Music Festival. Collection of the producer. Designer/artist unknown.

The audio montage at the end pays tribute to the following performers (in order): Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Lazy Lester, Eddie C. Campbell, Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater, Little Sam Davis, Eddie Shaw, Big Jay McNeely, Jody Williams, and Otis Rush.

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 the BU blog, “The Missing Epilogue” — a special tribute to this week’s birthday boy, Elmore James — and something that got cut from the Elmore book at the very last moment. You can read all about it at https://tinyurl.com/yb3r9qf6

Stay tuned for a BRAND NEW EPISODE, a special we put together in honor of Valentine's Day. Coming soon!

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