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May 20, 2018 - part two
May 23, 2018 08:00 AM PDT
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18.star Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats / Tearing at the Seams / Hey Mama
19.Etta James / Her Best / I’d Rather Go Blind
20.Glenn Campbell / Meet… / All I Want Is You
21.Booker T & the MG’s / That’s the Way It Should Be / I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
22.Abrahim Ferrer & Omar Portuondo / Rhythms Del Mundo / Still Haven’t Found
23.Johnny Cash / Cash / One
24.Kris Lager Band / Love Songs & Life Lines / I’m Still Here & I Ain’t Lettin’ Go
25.James Scott Bullard / Full Tilt Boogie / Back to You
26.Larkin Poe / Peach / Come On in My Kitchen
27.Adam Robert Thomas / (self-titled) / Freight Train
28.Smoove & Turrell / The Revolution will Be Televised
29.Sharon Jones / Give the People… / Stanger to My Happiness

May 20, 2018 - part one
May 20, 2018 08:00 AM PDT
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1.Fleetwood Mac / Fleetwood Mac / My Heart Beat Like a Hammer
2.Rockwell Avenue Blues Band / Back to Chicago / (title track)
3.Blackie & the Rodeo Kings feat: Janiva Magness / Kings & Queens / How Come You Treat Me So Bad
4.Too Slim & the Taildraggers / High Desert Heat / Broken White Line
5.Ry Cooder / Prodigal Son / Straight Street
6.Conor Oberst / Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows / Wedding Day in Funerville
7.ZZ Hill You Better Believe It! / I Think I’d Do It
8.Nick Cave / No More Shall We Part / Hallelujah
9.Howlin’ Wolf / Real Folk Blues /Natchez Burnin’
10.Jimmy Reed / The Anthology / You Got Me Dizzy
11.Mud Morganfield / They Call Me Mud / Who’s Fooling Who?
12.Hector Anchondo Band / Roll the Dice / Face It Down
13.Kid Ramos / Old School / You Never Call My Name
14.Eric Clapton & Christine Lakeland / The Breeze / Crying Eyes
15.Danielle Nicole / Cry No More / I’m Going Home
16.Samantha Fish / Belle of the West / Cowtown
17.Heather Newman / Burn Me Alive / Bring The Swing

May 13, 2018 - part two
May 17, 2018 08:00 AM PDT
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21.star Guy Davis / Sweetheart Like You / Down South Blues
22.Eric Bibb / Natural Light / Tell Riley
23.Corey Harris / Between Midnight and Day / Feel Like Going Home
24.Keb Mo / The Reflection / Walk Through Fire
25.Chris Thomas King / Dirty South hip-hop Blues / Ghetto Child, You’re Not Alone
26.Soul of John Black / Sunshine State of Mind / Beautiful Day
27.Shaun Murphy / Mighty Gates / (title track)
28.Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager / Rough Cut / I Can’t Be Satisfied
29.Lucinda Williams w/ Blackie & the Rodeo Kings / Kings & Queens / If I Can’t Have You
30.Sue Foley / Ice Queen / The Lucky Ones (feat: Jimmie Vaughan)
31.Kris Lager Band / Love Songs & Life Lines / I Wanna Hold You In My Arms
32.Kim Richey / Edgeland / Chase Wild Horses
33.Anderson East / Encore / Girlfriend
34.Playing for Change / Listen to the Music / (title track)
35.Brian England / Groove Prescription / Champagne on Tap
36.James Scott Bullard / Full Tilt Boogie / Back to You
37.Cracker / Encomium / Good Times, Bad Times
38.Danielle Nicole / Cry No More / I’m Going Home

May 13, 2018 - part one
May 15, 2018 08:00 AM PDT
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1.Howlin’ Wolf / Real Folk Blues / Sittin’ on Top of the World
2.Mud Morganfield / They Call Me Mud / Howlin’ Wolf
3.Teresa James / Here in Babylon / The Day the Blues Came to Call
4.Sharon Jones / Give the People… / Long Time, Wrong Time
5.Victor Wainwright / …and the Train / I’ll Start Tomorrow
6.Marcia Ball / Shine Bright / (title track)
7.Heather Newman / Burn Me Alive / Bring this Swing
8.Rex Granite Band / Spirit Truth / Stop Doing What You Want
9.Matt Cox/ High Places / 18 Wheels
10.Willie Nelson / Last Man Standing / (title track)
11.Conor Oberst / Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows / Wedding Day in Funeralville
12.Matt Whipkey / Driver / Fred, You’re Dead
13.Etta James / Her Best / Something’s Got a Hold on Me
14.Larkin Poe / Peach / Black Betty
15.Tom Petty / The Breeze / The Old Man and Me
16.JJ Cale / Best of… / The Breeze
17.Ry Cooder / Prodigal Son / Straight Street
18.Jimmy Reed / Anthology / Honest I Do
19.Mitch Gettman / Some Purgatory / Typical Fool
20.Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats / Tearing at the Seams / Hey Mama

History of the Blues in Three Hours (part two - 05 06 2018)
May 07, 2018 02:10 PM PDT
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24.Hound Dog Taylor, Give Me Back My Wig
Taylor's first record launched the modern era of American blues labels - a "grab back" of the blues from the heavy British blues rock influence of the 1960's.

25.Bonnie Raitt, Takin' My Time, You've Been in Love Too Long
Raitt re-introduces women as the blues influence and brings it to us via’ the Broadway Stage and California’s soft rock movement (Eagles, Browne, etc…)

26.Roomful of Blues, Dance All Night, That Will Never Do
This band launches numerous careers including Ronnie Earl and Al Basile. They also formalize the horn driven blues sound that post-60’s listeners came to know through Butterfield, BS&T, Chicago and Tower of Power.

27. ZZ Top (John Lee Hooker), LaGrange
28. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas Flood , Love Struck Baby
Made the blues cool again on FM radio.

29.Buddy Guy, Damn Right I Got the Blues, (title track)
The last anchor to the birth of the Chicago Blues. After 10+ years as an American ex-pat, Guy roars back onto the American scene with his Pointblank recordings.

The New Generation

30. Joe Bonamassa, So, It's Like That, Takin' the Hit
Joe’s discipleship from BB King, plus his homage to British blues-rock, plus his willingness to give back to the modern blues scene, not to mention his encyclopedia knowledge of players and riffs, probably places him at the end of this list. His songwriting and vocals continues to improve.

31.Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, Revelator, Midnight in Harlem
The modern era melding ‘’Southern rock blues” with “New England” blues. A poignant and blended, economic powerhouse on the modern scene. The band’s panoramic blues jams blended with Trucks impressive slide player and the use of the flute (see Trucks solo band) brings back the drum and fife sound of the upper Mississippi hills (ala Kimbough, Burnside, Hemphill and Dickenson brothers NMAStars)

32.Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow is My Turn, Shake Sugaree
Giddens, formerly with the Caroline Chocolate Drops, melds Black Piedmont blues with the traditional African banjo sounds and acoustic, American country music into a “new” but well anchored sound that signals a popular pathway for the modern blues to grow and evolve while reaching back beyond the Chicago Blues sound to a more authentic root of slavery and racial oppression.

33. North Mississippi All Stars, Prayer for Peace, 61 Highway
34. Rory Gallagher. Crest of a Wave, In Your Town

History of the Blues in Three Hours (part one" 05 06 2018)
May 06, 2018 08:00 AM PDT
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Measured by influence and discipleship

1.Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues, Sweet Home Chicago
2.Charly Patton, King of the Delta Blues, Hang It on the Wall

Whether it’s fair or not, when Lomax traveled down Highway 61, he captured a niche of the blues which most define as the blues. While a ripe and well represented sound, Delta Blues, a comprehensive list needs to limit these artists.

3.Bessie Smith, Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
4.Blind Lemon Jefferson, Matchbox Blues
5.Sister Rosetta Tharp, Shout, Sister Shout

The epitome of writing, playing and singing long before Buddy Holly and the Beatles made it acceptable.

6.Billie Holiday, Am I Blues
It was women who were heavily represented at the dawn of the recording industry. Arguably, Smith and Jefferson were the first “pop stars.” Holliday crosses the blues and jazz sounds. If Holiday ain’t signing the blues: no one ever sang the blues.

7.Muddy Waters, Mojo Working
8.Howlin’ Wolf & Willie Dixon, Killing Floor
The might three birthed Chicago Blues: a sound echoed around the world by the British Blues-rock sound.

9.Etta James, Sunday King of Love

10.BB King, Live at the Regal, You Done Lost Your Good Thing
Perhaps truly, “thee King of the blues”(ALbert King, Freddie King)

11.Magic Sam, All Your Love (Westside Chicago)
12.T Bone Walker, Get These Blues Off Me

Walker ushers in the post-WWII sound of the “blues highway” migration that brought Blacks to the West Coast, along with Specialty Records, and gave us a different “rock sound” including Larry Williams (Beatles, Stones), Little Richard, and of course stage drive showmanship

13.John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (Eric Claton), Beano album, Ramblin' On My Mind

The album which legitimized the British Blues Rock scene which launched the career of so many of England’s classic rock careers through the mentorship of Mayall, Alexis Korner and Cyril Davis.

14.Ray Charles, This Little Light of Mine
Charles blends blues, black gospel and country music (the foundations of American rock and roll) into a pre-rock sound by transforming church songs into pop music. The bridge between popular music and the black church is significant path in American music which, I suggest, Charles represents better than others including: Rev Son House, Rev Gary Davis, Lou Rawls, Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack, and the Holmes Brothers.

15.Professor Longhair (James Booker), Jambayala (Hank Williams country music cover)

New Orleans gave us the blues piano sound. Longhair’s recordings are more consistent but Booker was a tortured genius. Not sure here. I prefer Longhair just because there are enough recordings to see development (Dr. John, Cleery, Art Neville, Bob Malone, Allen Toussiant)

16.Mike Bloomfield, Super Sessions, Really
The first great, white, American electric blues player.

17.Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac Blues Band
Greenbaum strikes the influence British blues scene with as authentic an interpretation of Chicago electric blues and we’re going to experience in the 1960’s. He provides mentorship to Gary Moore and legions of other players in England and the United Kingdom. When the Stones and Clapton venture into pop music, Green remains a convicted blues player in the nation that served back the American sound to the American audience. His is the legacy of Mayall, Davis and Korner.

18.Rolling Stones, Beggars Banquet, Straycat Blues
19.Janis Joplin, Try (Port Arthur, Texas)
20.Johnny Winter, White Line Fever (Port Arthur, Texas)
21.Allman Brothers, Live at the Fillmore East, Stormy Mondy
I don’t care who you are, if you were born after 1950 you came to the blues through the Stones, Zeppelin or the Allman Brothers. Perhaps Clapton too but the influence of rock music is culturally ubiquitous. Those who suggest otherwise, I have to admit, I dismiss them. Sorry.

22.J. Geils Band, Morning After, Looking for a New Love
The Geils Band’s first four albums are classic American blues-rock records. Although tainted for many blues enthusiasts by later career pop overtures, Wolf choice of underground RnB singles, plus Geils, Magic & Klein’s adherence to trad-electric blues made this popular East Coast band a national beacon. Just getting the harmonica back onto FM radio makes this band’s influence significant as they grabbed the blues back from England and gave it an American spin.

23.Led Zeppelin II, Whole Lotta Love

April 29, 2018 part two
May 02, 2018 08:00 AM PDT
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19.star Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters / Luckiest Man / Never Gonna Break My Faith
20.Kid Ramos / Old School / Tell Me What You Want
21.Mud Morganfield / They Call Me Mud / Can’t Get No Grindin’
22.James Harman / fineprint / A Busy Man
23.Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager / Rough Cut / Depot Blues
24.Claudettes / Dance Scandal / Naked on the Internet
25.James Scott / Full Tilt Boogie / Back to You
26.Jimi Hendrix / Both Sides of the Sky / Send My Love to Linda
27.Rory Gallagher / Crest of a Wave / Calling Card
28.Brandi Carlile / By the Way, I Forgive You / Mother
29.Florence & the Machine / ReVamp / Tiny Dancer
30.Danielle Nicole / Cry No More / Someday You Might Change Your Mind
31.Indigenous / Gray Skies / Let It Shine
32.Kris Lager Band / Love Songs & Life Lines / The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants
33.Sheryl Crow / Encomium / D’Yer Maker
34.Neil Young / Decade / Ohio
35.John Fogerty / Déjà vu All Over Again / (title track)
36.Keb Mo & Taj Mahal / TajMo / All Around the World

April 29, 2018 part one
April 29, 2018 08:00 AM PDT
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1.Marcia Ball / Shine Bright / Once in a Lifetime
2.Lucky Losers / Blind Spot / Supernatural Blues
3.Shaun Murphy / Might Gates / Gypsy Highway
4.Rockwell Avenue Blues Band / Back to Chicago / We Believe
5.T-Bone Walker / Complete Imperial / Too Lazy
6.North Mississippi All Stars / Prayer for Peace / 61 Highway
7.Eric Clapton & Tom Petty / Breeze / I Got the Same Old Blues
8.JJ Cale / Best of… / Cocaine
9.Matt Cox / High Places / 18 Wheels
10.Willie Nelson / Last Man Standing / (title track)
11.Larkin Poe / Peach / Black Betty
12.Rex Granite Band / True… Move Along
13.Victor Wainwright / …and the Train / I’ll Start Tomorrow
14.Heather Newman / Burn Me Alive / Willie James
15.Sue Foley / Ice Queen / Lucky Ones (feat: Jimmie Ray Vaughan)
16.Too Slim & the Taildraggers / High Desert Heat / Time Has Come Today
17.Playing for Change / Listen to the Music / (title track)
18.Brian England / Groove Prescription / Hammond Hash Browns

April 22, 2018 - part one
April 26, 2018 08:00 AM PDT
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1.Mud Morganfield / They Call Me Mud / Who’s Fooling Who?
2.Keb Mo / In Flight with Elmore James / Look On Yonder Wall
3.Victor Wainwright / …and the Train / I’ll Start Tomorrow
4.Heather Newman / Burn Me Alive / Dirty Blues
5.Mark Knopfler & Eric Clapton / The Breeze / Someday
6.JJ Cale / The Best of… / Call Me the Breeze
7.Etta James / Her Best / Sunday Kind of Love
8.T-Bone Walker/ Complete Imperial Recordings / Strollin’ With the Bone
9.Howlin’ Wolf / Real Folk / Killing Floor
10.Muddy Waters / The Best / Mojo Working
11.Sharon Jones / Give the People / We Get Along
12.Solomon Burke / Nothing’s Impossible / You Needed Me
13.Teresa James / Here in Babylon / The Day the Blues Came to Call
14.Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats / Tearing at the Seams / Say It Louder
15.Indigenous / Gray Skies / Hear My Voice
16.Renee Austin / Songbirds & Angels / (title track)

April 22, 2018 - part two
April 22, 2018 09:00 AM PDT
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17.star Matt Cox / High Places / Rockwell
18.Matt Cox / High Places / Medicine Man
19.Matt Cox / High Places / Pepper Pickin’ Daddy
20.Matt Cox / High Places / Palace of the Sun
21.James Scott Bullard / Full Tilt Boogie / Back to You
22.North Mississippi All Stars / 61 Highway
23.Shaun Murphy / Might Gates / (title track)
24.Dana Murry / Negro Manifesto / one
25.Dana Murry / Negro Manifesto / two
26.Dana Murry / Negro Manifesto / thirteen Alice May “Hope”
27.Dana Murry / Negro Manifesto / three

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