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Sunday Blues Presents Robert Johnson Special

A shroud of mystery has surrounded blues guitarist and singer Robert Johnson for well over 70 years. In his time, he was not famous, but those who knew him struggled to understand how he could be so good. In this one-hour radio special, you’ll hear of the man and the times in which he lived, the myth of his “deal with the devil” at the crossroads, and the music he created through interviews with Johnson’s grandson and Vice President of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation Stephen Johnson. Host Josh Jackson also talks with musicians Warren Haynes and Corey Harris, along with writers Peter Guralnick and Scott Baretta. Hear this special Sunday May 15th from 7-8 p.m immediately following Big Road Blues. only on Member Supported Jazz90.1.

Bobby Bland Feature

Tune in May 22nd for our feature on Bobby Bland and the Memphis blues. During the first hour we spin tunes by Bobby Bland and his early Memphis cohorts like B.B. King, Johnny Ace, Earl Forrest and others. In the second hour we interview and spin tunes with Charles Farley, author of  Soul of the Man – Bobby "Blue" Bland. This biography traces Bland's life and recording career, from his earliest work through his first big hit in 1957, "Farther Up the Road." It goes on to tell the story of how Bland scored hit after hit, placing more than sixty songs on the R&B charts throughout the 1960s, '70s, and '80s.

Son House Feature

Tune in May 29th for our feature on Son House. During the first hour we spin tunes by Son House and his contemporaries like Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, Willie Brown and others. In the second hour we interview and spin tunes with Dan Beaumont, author of  Preachin' the Blues: The Life and Times of Son House. In June of 1964, three young, white blues fans set out from New York City in a Volkswagen, heading for the Mississippi Delta in search of a musical legend. So begins Preachin' the Blues, the biography of American blues signer and guitarist Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. (1902 – 1988). House pioneered an innovative style, incorporating strong repetitive rhythms with elements of southern gospel and spiritual vocals. A seminal figure in the history of the Delta blues, he was an important, direct influence on such figures as Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson.

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Jazz90.1 and Doc’s Juke Joint are pleased to present Still Singing the Blues– a two-part, two-hour radio documentary series featuring musicians in New Orleans and South Louisiana who continue to perform both traditional blues and more commercial rhythm-and-blues. Part 1, also called “Still Singing the Blues,” burrows into the lives of three outstanding older performers: Carol Fran of Lafayette, Harvey Knox of Baton Rouge, and Little Freddie King of New Orleans. Part 2, called “Crescent City Blues,” takes listeners into the New Orleans neighborhood joints that keep the blues and R&B alive. Hear this great two hour special this Sunday from 7-9 p.m right after Big Road Blues, only on Member Supported Jazz90.1.

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Just a quick not to say that we were forced to run a rerun show today. I ran into some car trouble shortly before the start of today's program. Thankfully our station manager, Rob, was able to cue up an older show so there was still some blues on the airwaves. We should be back on track next week as we spotlight New Orleans blues from 1940 through 1950 featuring great tracks by Champion Jack Dupree, Dave Bartholomew, Professor Longhair, Roy Brown, Larry Darnell and a host of others.

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I had every intention of doing today's show -really! Anyway, do to unforeseen technical issues there will  be no show today. Due to this our upcoming shows will be pushed back a week. Make sure to tune in next week as we have a great show on the Sittin' In label. The label was one of those short lived independents that issued some great records. Next week we'll spin records by Lightnin' Hopkins, Johnny Beck, Peppermint Harris, Curley Weaver, Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry and many more.

On a related note the station now has the ability to run older shows on the rare occasions I can't make it to the studios. So in the future when I'm out there will be always be an episode of Big Road Blues on the air.

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