May 4, 2021 – Back to Chicago

Deeper Blues #10 – One hour on Chess Records (Episode 1) was not nearly enough to cover Chicago Blues. We have Bo Diddley, Bob Riedy, Billy Boy Arnold, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell, Eddy Clearwater, Linsey Alexander, and we ain’t done yet. Tunes and stories.

July 6, 2021 – Memphis Blues

Deeper Blues #11 – The devil in blues music is not always the big scary monster from Sunday School. Sometimes he can even be beaten by heroes, but he can be plenty tough in some stories too. These tunes all have something to do with Old Scratch and the stories touch on the African origins, the crossroads of course, and the various musicians we’re playing.

May 18, 2021 – Blues Ladies #2

Deeper Blues #12 – No way could that first hour (Episode 6) mention even the very best of the Women of the Blues. This time we have Janis Joplin, Madeleine Peyroux, Julia Lee, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Big Maybelle and we’re still not done.

May 25, 2021 – Up and Coming

Deeper Blues #13 – Up and coming artists who are keeping the blues alive today. Larkin Poe, Homemade Jamz, Johnny Lang (relatively new), and a real rising star, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram from Clarksdale, MS.

June 1, 2021 – V-Disks

In 1942, the U.S. Army started up an entertainment program for troop morale during WWII. A musicians’ strike had halted new music production and the V-disk program was born. 45 rpm records, the size of 78s, got two songs on a side and they made over 900 disks. We combed through them all and found enough blues for an hour show. Barely. Bill Broonzy, Doctor Clayton, Mildred Bailey, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and more.

June 8, 2021 – Hill Country Blues

The Mississippi Hill Country is just east of the delta, across the Yazoo river. Their style is different, with steady background grooves, and sometimes includes fife & drum bands. We have R. L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, John Lee Hooker, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band and the Black Keys.

June 15, 2021 – Stagger Lee

On December 25, 1895, Lee Shelton shot Billy Lyons in St. Louis in a dispute that involved a J.B. Stetson hat. Shelton was tall and was called “Stack,” and also called Stack-O-Lee, Stagolee, Stagger Lee and other things too. He was celebrated for his strength and power more than his civic behavior. All of tonight’s songs are about him, and we have the real historical story.

June 22, 2021 – More Crime

We had too many Stagolee songs so this is overflow. Plus other crimes and criminals including Frankie and Johnny, Jesse James, the Great Train Robbery from England in 1963, and one that should die but ain’t dead yet, Crow Jane.

June 29, 2021 – Back to the Delta

Finally getting to focus on the “real” Delta Blues, and explored why this small area of Mississippi should have such a mystique, such an image as the cradle of the blues. Other places had blues, why should the Delta get all the credit?