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Jun 12, 2022 Jeff Harris
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Today's show is the last of a trio of shows devoted to West Coast piano blues of the 40s & 50s. In 1945 Charles Brown recorded “Driftin’ Blues” which was hugley influential. It set the stage pianists like Amos Milburn, Floyd Dixon, Little Willie Littlefield, Roy Hawkins, Ivory Joe Hunter, Cecil Gant and others.The aforementioned pianists were all recorded prolifically, and all had records hitting the charts. There were also superb woman pianists such as Camille Howard, Hadda Brooks,...
Topic: blues
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May 22, 2022 Jeff Harris
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Today's show is the second of a trio of shows devoted to West Coast piano blues of the 40s & 50s. In 1945 Charles Brown recorded “Driftin’ Blues” which was hugley influential. It set the stage pianists like Amos Milburn, Floyd Dixon, Little Willie Littlefield, Roy Hawkins, Ivory Joe Hunter, Cecil Gant and others. The aforementioned pianists were all recorded prolifically, and all had records hitting the charts. There were also superb woman pianists such as Camille Howard, Hadda...
Topics: blues, piano
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May 8, 2022 Jeff HArris
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Today's show kicks off a trio of shows devoted to West Coast piano blues of the 40s and 50s. Charles' Brown's “Driftin’ Blues” was a major influence setting the stage foe a slew pf west coast folks like Amos Milburn, Floyd Dixon, Little Willie Littlefield, Roy Hawkins, Ivory Joe Hunter, Cecil Gant, J. D. Nicholson, Willie Egan, Camille Howard, Hadda Brooks, Betty Hall Jones, Paula Watson and may others.
Topic: blues
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May 8, 2022 Jeff Harris
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Today's show is the fourth show devoted to the remarkable Big Joe Williams . On our last show we devoted the program to unreleased recordings made by Axel Küstner as well as interviewing Axel himself. Today's show is a bit of a grab bag, opening with a legendary session recorded almost 85 years to the day featuring Big Joe, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Robert Lee McCoy and Walter Davis. After those sets, we spotlight some great 40s sides we didn't get to on earlier shows including a batch of sides...
Topic: blues
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Today’s show is part of a semi-regular feature I call Forgotten Blues Heroes that spotlights great, but little remembered blues artists that don’t really fit into my weekly themed shows. Today's installment spotlights several fine singers who were active from the 1940s through the 1960s. Two Singers, Jackie Brenston and Billy Gayles, sang with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm. Brenston was a singer/saxophonist who hooked up with Turner in Clarksdale in 195o. The following year, backed by Turner...
Topic: blues
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Apr 24, 2022 Jeff Harris
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Part 2 of our survey of Peacock Records.
Topic: blues
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A survey of the Houston based Peacock label.
Topics: blues, Peacock Records
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On our third show devoted to the large-than-life Big Joe Williams we deliver a program of unreleased recordings by Big Joe captured on Axel Küstner's Uher 4400 recorder between 1972 and 1980. 
Topic: blues
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Mar 6, 2022 Jeff Harris
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Louisiana Red's music is intensely personal and powerful and today we ply unissued recordings of Red as well as playing some terrific sides he cut commercially between the early 50s through the 80s. For the second installment we will focus heavily on Axel's recordings of Red. In addition we chat today with Red's friend, Bob Corritore and you can feel the warmth and affection Bob has for Red.
Topic: blues
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Feb 27, 2022
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Throw a Boogie Woogie: A Tribute to Big Joe Williams Pt. 2
Topics: blues, Big Joe williams
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Dec 31, 2020
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Big Road Blues Show 7/22/07: Clouds In My Heart - Muddy Waters Live 1959-1978
Topic: Muddy Waters
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Dec 31, 2020
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Big Road Blues Show 8/5/07: Jimmy "T-99" Nelson - Mr. Big Wheel
Topics: Jimmy "T-99" Nelson, blues
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Oct 29, 2019 Jeff Harris
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Today’s show is the seventeenth installment of an ongoing series of programs built around a particular year. A major impact on recordings in 1942 was the musicians’ strike which lasted through 1944. Only a handful commercial blues recordings were made in 1943. There was some gospel and field recordings made that year as well. Today's show features a few recorded blues and boogie-woogie 78's by Jimmy Yancey, Gabriel Brown, Cripple Clarence Lofton and others as well as several radio...
Topic: blues
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May 8, 2018
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Big Road Blues Radio
Topic: blues
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Apr 24, 2018 Jeff Harris
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Big Road Blues airs on Sundays 5 to 7 PM (EST) on WGMC Jazz90.1 and streams live on the web. The show is an exploration of African-American music, namely the music that falls in the standard blues discographies, spanning the 1920’s through the 1970’s. Each week we examine different themes, in essence the show is a history of the blues in two hour installments in no particular chronology. In addition to classic artists, the show focuses an equal amount of time on those forgotten blues...
Topics: blues, blues music, country blues, pre-war blues, blues 78's
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