Program Note

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.


As Leadbelly sang, Relax Your Mind which is exactly what I'm doing this week (and last). I'll be back next week with a spotlight on the United/States label, a Chicago outfit who released some great blues records in the 1950's. Big Road Blues will still air this week with Mike Caito taking over the reins. For those who tune in to Doc's Juke Joint, which airs immediately after my show, you probably know him as Doc's excellent backup man. Oh, and speaking of Leadbelly, I just finished Charles Wolfe and Kip Lornell's terrific The Life And Legend Of Leadbelly which I highly recommend.

Leadbelly – Relax Your Mind


As Gabriel Brown sang, I'm Gonna Take It Easy this week and take a break from the show. Big Road Blues will still air this week with Mike Kincaid taking over the reins. For those who tune in early you may have heard Mike on his great show Foreground Music which airs 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Since this week's program was already put together Mike will be doing the show devoted to stringband blues, a fascinating look at the violin in blues spanning the 1920's through the 1940's.

Gabriel Brown – I'm Gonna Take It Easy


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