April 6, 2021 – Blues Ladies

Deeper Blues #6 – A lot of blues histories only mention the most very famous women, focused more on the men than people were back in the day. We have Alberta Hunter, Mamie Smith, Big Mama Thornton, Ida Cox, Victoria Spivey, Julia Lee and more, then we had to come back later for more (on May 18.)

April 13, 2021 – West Coast Blues

Deeper Blues #7 – The “Great Migration” of black Americans out of the southern states didn’t just head north, they went out to California too, largely from Texas as it was closer. West Coast blues developed with softer percussion, more prominent bass, and a hip, “cool” tone. T-Bone Walker was one of the top artists in this mode, and we have Johnny Otis, Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton, Percy Mayfield, The Robins (known later as the Coasters,) Lloyd Glenn, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, and, as always, stories.

April 20, 2021 – Jump Blues

Deeper Blues #8 – Louis Jordan almost single-handedly ruined the Big Band scene replacing 18- to 20-piece orchestras with his Tympany Five. Jump Blues features up-tempo dance rhythms, strong horn sections and mostly good-time party lyrics. We also have Wynonie Harris, Slim Gaillard, Jimmy Liggins, Mezz Mezzrow, Big Joe Turner and more.

April 27, 2021 – Hoodoo Blues

Deeper Blues #9 – African folklore and folk medicine, spirituality and wisdom came to the new world with millions of stolen people. They arose as Hoodoo and Voodoo, two similar but separate cultures. The background is reflected in hundreds of songs, with black cat bones, mojo hands, goofer dust, the charms and the charmers. Root Doctors, mojo men, hoodoo ladies, all part of these tunes and stories.