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Great Songwriters of the Blues, Part 3: Memphis Minnie (Hour 1)
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April 02, 2019 08:25 AM PDT
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HEY FOLKS!

We hate to keep begging, but this is kind of a critical time for us. Please consider donating a few bucks to help us close out our fund raiser and get back to doing what we do best... bringing you the best blues on planet earth. As always.... you have our eternal thanks! We couldn’t do ANY of this without you! --SBH

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

Ways you can help:

Donate $50 and get personally thanked by Sleepy Boy Hawkins in an upcoming episode of Blues Unlimited!

Donate $20 and get a pre-publication PDF copy of “Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts, Volume 2” (NOTE: You MUST use the contact form on our website at https://bluesunlimitedradio.com to let us know where to send your PDF!)

Buy a copy of Volume 1 from the Amazon Kindle Store at https://tinyurl.com/yxz6dnnu or at Barnes & Noble at http://tinyurl.com/yxedzv5x - which will help support the costs for the eBook conversions of Volume 2 and Volume 3.

Join us as we aim the spotlight on Memphis Minnie — a guitar picking and blues singing force of nature whose influence is still being felt today. We’ve chosen three dozen titles from her extensive career, to honor her as one of the great songwriters of the blues.

Illustration by R. Crumb.

AND.... ONE MORE WAY YOU CAN HELP -- BECOME A BANDCAMP SUBSCRIBER!

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 - April 1-7
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April 01, 2019 02:06 AM PDT
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When it made its debut last month, “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 at https://tinyurl.com/yxz6dnnu and at Barnes & Noble at http://tinyurl.com/yxedzv5x

“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 a handful of rare recordings from Big Joe Williams that became one of the few remaining legacies of post-war St. Louis blues.

"This Week in Blues History" is available commercial free to our bandcamp subscribers! More info -- including how to get instant access to more than 150 episodes of Blues Unlimited -- that’s over 300 hours worth of entertainment -- is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

Blues and Gospel at Newport 1963-1968 (Hour 2)
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March 26, 2019 08:02 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

Earlier this month, “Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts, Vol. 1” made its debut on Amazon 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 and at Barnes & Noble at http://tinyurl.com/yxedzv5x

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 -- the third in a celebration of the Newport Folk Festival -- we take a look at some of the great Blues and Gospel legends to have appeared on the stage at the iconic Newport, Rhode Island festival between the years of 1963 through 1968. 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 third installment, we'll hear from Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Skip James, Bukka White, Mance Lipscomb, Rev. Gary Davis, John Lee Hooker, Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, The Staple Singers, Paul Butterfield, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, and more (Part 3 of 4).

Pictured: Memorabilia from various Newport Folk Festivals.

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

Blues and Gospel at Newport 1963-1968 (Hour 1)
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March 26, 2019 07:55 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

Earlier this month, “Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts, Vol. 1” made its debut on Amazon 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 and at Barnes & Noble at http://tinyurl.com/yxedzv5x

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!

Join us as we wrap up our celebration of the Newport Folk Festivals of the 1960s, which brought a veritable who's who of Blues legends to the stage in Newport, Rhode Island, during its heyday. Music from Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Skip James, Bukka White, Mance Lipscomb, Rev. Gary Davis, John Lee Hooker, Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, The Staple Singers, Paul Butterfield, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, and more. (Part 3 of 4)

Pictured: Memorabilia from various Newport Folk Festivals.

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 24-31
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March 24, 2019 08:36 AM PDT
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When it debuted two weeks ago, “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 at https://tinyurl.com/yxz6dnnu and at Barnes & Noble at http://tinyurl.com/yxedzv5x

“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 guitarists Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas, who made a handful of titles for Paramount in 1930 — the details of which would not be revealed until almost a century later.

"This Week in Blues History" is available commercial free to our bandcamp subscribers! More info -- including how to get instant access to more than 150 episodes of Blues Unlimited -- that’s over 300 hours worth of entertainment -- is at http://bluesunlimited.bandcamp.com/subscribe

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 debut 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 and at Barnes & Noble at http://tinyurl.com/yxedzv5x

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

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 debut 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 and at Barnes & Noble at http://tinyurl.com/yxedzv5x

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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PLEASE HELP WITH OUR FUNDRAISER!

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

Ways you can help:

Donate $50 and get personally thanked by Sleepy Boy Hawkins in an upcoming episode of Blues Unlimited!

Donate $20 and get a pre-publication PDF copy of “Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts, Volume 2” (NOTE: You MUST use the contact form on our website at https://bluesunlimitedradio.com to let us know where to send your PDF!)

Buy a copy of Volume 1 from the Amazon Kindle Store at https://tinyurl.com/yxz6dnnu or at Barnes & Noble at http://tinyurl.com/yxedzv5x - which will help support the costs for the eBook conversions of Volume 2 and Volume 3.

And... we thank you! --SBH

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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PLEASE HELP WITH OUR FUNDRAISER!

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

Ways you can help:

Donate $50 and get personally thanked by Sleepy Boy Hawkins in an upcoming episode of Blues Unlimited!

Donate $20 and get a pre-publication PDF copy of “Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts, Volume 2” (NOTE: You MUST use the contact form on our website at https://bluesunlimitedradio.com to let us know where to send your PDF!)

Buy a copy of Volume 1 from the Amazon Kindle Store at https://tinyurl.com/yxz6dnnu or at Barnes & Noble at http://tinyurl.com/yxedzv5x - which will help support the costs for the eBook conversions of Volume 2 and Volume 3.

And... we thank you! --SBH

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

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