Program Note

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.


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.


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.


Just a quick note to say that  today’s program is pre-recorded. The show, Son House – The Blues Ain't No Monkey Junk, originally aired last year. I will be busy at the Hot Blues for the Homeless Concert. If you are in the area and haven’t bought a ticket we hope you decide to come down. It should be a great day of blues.

Related Links:

"Finding 'Son' House"
The article that Dick Waterman wrote in The National Observer in July 1964 about how he and Nick Perls and Phil Spiro found Son House in Rochester, NY.

"I Can Make My Own Songs"
An interview with Son House, in his own words, by Julius Lester from Sing Out!, July 1965.

"Hunt For Blues Singer Ends In City" (JPG)
The earliest article on Son's rediscovery, by Betsy Bues from Rochester Times Union Newspaper, July 6, 1964.

"Blues In The Round"
An account and analysis of the famous 1930 Grafton recording session by Ed Komara.

"Child Is Father To The Man"
How Al Wilson taught Son House to play Son House  by Rebecca Davis.

"An Afternoon With The Father Of CountryBlues/The Real Delta Blues" (doc)
A couple of Son House articles from Talking Blues No. 1, 1976.

"John The Revelator The 1970 London Session" (doc)
Booklet Notes to Son House – John The Revelator The 1970 London Session by Alan Balfour.

Son House Ontario Place 1964 (Link)
An early rediscovery concert at Washington’s Ontario Place by John Meid.

Son House Discography (Link)


Next week, in the second half of the program, we air Truckin’ My Blues Away. From the notes: "This music-rich hour-long special introduces listeners to the stories and sounds of four older Southern bluesmen—and to the efforts of Tim Duffy, founder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, to help lift these musicians from poverty and obscurity. The musicians cover a wide swath of the South: Boo Hanks from Virgina, Va.; Captain Luke from Winston-Salem, N.C.; Eddie Tigner from Atlanta; and Little Freddie King from New Orleans. In their own words and performances, these men bring us the story of a music, an era and a culture that are uniquely American.The program is co-produced and co-written by Richard Ziglar and Barry Yeoman, who traveled around the South collecting interviews and field recordings of the musicians. Yeoman, who co-produced our Gracie Award-winning program 'Picking Up the Pieces,' narrates."

In our abbreviated program we take the first hour to look at field recordings made in the 1960's and 70's. The program will spotlight recordings made by Paul Oliver, David Evans, Sam Charters, William Ferris, Fredric Ramsey Jr. and Bruce Jackson.


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