July 6, 2021 – Memphis Blues

Deeper Blues goes to Memphis. Beale Street already had a thriving music scene when blues came around in 1900 or so, and “The Bluff city” gave us its own blend of country blues, jazz, ragtime and more. We’ll hear from B.B. King, Otis Redding, Booker T. Jones and more.

July 13, 2021 – St. Louis Blues

Rolling UP the river, we’re in St. Louis this week. Home of Stagger Lee, Frankie (who shot Johnny,) W.C. Handy and of course more. The music tends to be a variation on jump blues or piano blues, featuring solo singers or a pianist performing with small combos or large bands. It has an urban feeling, with little of the rural atmosphere that distinguishes country-blues.

July 20, 2021 – Blues Ladies (Encore)

Encore Presentation: The Blues Ladies: Women were the predominant voices of the blues in the early recordings, and have gotten less historical attention than they deserve. We’ll hear from the first wave (Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Ida Cox,) the second generation (Memphis Minnie, Sippie Wallace, Big Mama Thornton) and some current singers (Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt) and more.

July 27, 2021 – Blues Ladies #2 (Encore)

Encore Presentation: Blues Ladies, Part 2. Deeper Blues revisits the Ladies of the Blues for our second hour with the women who formed such a rich part of this culture. We’ll have Memphis Minnie, Julia Lee, Big Maybelle, Ella Fitzgerald, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Janis Joplin and more – some naughty, some nice, and all cool.

August 3, 2021 – Muddy Waters Alumni

Deeper Blues hears from Muddy Waters Alumni. The first great Muddy Waters band had Little Walter on harmonica, Otis Spann on piano, Jimmy Rogers on guitar and Baby Face Leroy Foster on drums. And more but we have these four in the first installment.

August 10, 2021 – Muddy Waters Alumni, Vol. 2

Continuing the theme, still with the first graduating class from Muddy Waters University. Opening with Little Walter, then Junior Wells on Harmonica, Fred Below on drums with Muddy and with the Aces, an early influential Chicago Blues band, and then a good dose of Willie Dixon on bass and as a songwriter.