March 2, 2021 – Chess Records

Deeper Blues #1 – Chess Records: Music and stories of Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Little Walter, Leonard Chess, and how they created the classic sound of Chicago Blues.

March 9, 2021 – Robert Johnson

Deeper Blues #2 – Songs of Robert Johnson, some recorded by others later and some by the old master himself, plus stories of his life, the crossroads, the devil legend debunked, and his untimely demise.

March 16, 2021 – Blues Fiddle

Deeper Blues #3 – Blues Fiddle, one of the most undervalued blues instruments ever. We have Eddie Anthony from 1928, Stuff Smith and Eddie South from the 30s, Papa John Creach and Vassar Clements, one from Stephane Grapelli, and Jon Parry of Port Townsend.

March 23, 2021 – Blues from Africa

Deeper Blues $4 – When blues evolved in the late 1800s in the American south, it was shaped by African rhythms and harmonies. Now the music is well known worldwide, and has influenced new African music. We have Ali Farka Toure, Ba Cissoko, Songhoy Blues and American artists who’ve collaborated with the African griots, masters of music and culture, and a few American tunes that show strong African roots.

March 30, 2021 – Piedmont Blues

Deeper Blues #5 – The Carolinas embraced blues a bit later than the Mississippi Delta, and had some developed styles in place already, like ragtime, appalachian celtic tunes and tin pan alley standards. The styles are more acoustic with a lot of sweet syncopated finger picking. We’ll hear Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Blake, Blind Boy fuller, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Cephas & Wiggins and more.