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Views of the Blues

Nov 30, 2020 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Blues

With Sunnyland Steve

Great blues music in its historical & cultural context.

Posthumous birthday tributes to guitarist Brownie McGhee and slide guitarist Robert Nighthawk, both born on this date, Nov. 30; and lots of brand new blues.

Views of the Blues
2:02 PM
Robert Nighthawk - Take It Easy Baby
Robert Nighthawk Take It Easy Baby
Live on Maxwell Street 1964 Rounder USA 1980 CD USRO28002206
He was born Robert McCollum on this date, Nov. 30, in 1909, and was the father of drummer Sam Carr
2:06 PM
Erin Harpe - Women Be Wise
Erin Harpe Women Be Wise N
Meet Me in the Middle VizzTone/Juicy Juju 2020 CD USA2B2058746
Harpe is a very good singer and finger-picking guitarist from Massachusetts; bass by her husband Jim Countryman
2:10 PM
Sippie Wallace - Women Be Wise
Sippie Wallace Women Be Wise
Women Be Wise Alligator Records USA, www.alligator.com 1992 CD
Recorded in 1966 by Wallace, who was a popular singer in the 1920s and 1930s and a big influence on Bonnie Raitt; in the early 1960s she formed her own record label and its first recorded song sported a harmonica player named Bob Dylan
2:13 PM
Kim Wilson - If It Ain't Me
Kim Wilson If It Ain't Me N
Take Me Back M.C. Records 2019 CD QMPCY2000024
Something brand new from singer and ace harmonica player Wilson, who grew up near Santa Barbara and was known as Goleta Slim before he moved to Austin, TX, and started The Fabulous Thunderbirds with Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray's older brother
2:16 PM
Big Jay McNeely - Gingercake
Big Jay McNeely Gingercake
The Deacon, Unabridged, vol. 1 1948-1950 Swingin' 2019 CD AUXN21941266
McNeely was a highly popular saxophonist from the 1940s to the 1960s
2:21 PM
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite - Old School
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite Old School N
100 Years of Blues Alligator Records 2020 CD USARL2000405
Guitarist Bishop and harmonica expert Musselwhite both matured musically in Chicago in the 1960s, and now are two of the biggest names in the blues
2:26 PM
Trudy Lynn - It Won't Be Long
Trudy Lynn It Won't Be Long
Blues Keep Knockin' Connor Ray Music 2018 CD QMAAK1888883
Lynn is a TX soul and blues singer is now 73 years old; harmonica by Steve Krase
2:30 PM
Morganfield Burnett - It's Time to Be Free
Morganfield Burnett It's Time to Be Free
Self 2016 CD
He is a Santa Barbara singer and harmonica player who plays frequently in the area; he was lead singer for a couple of years for the R&B Bombers
2:33 PM
Andy Cohen - West Coast Blues
Andy Cohen West Coast Blues N
Tryin' to Get Home Earwig Music 2020 CD US52P2076016
Cohen plays gospel and country as well as blues; he resides in Memphis
2:35 PM
Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen - Good Rockin' Tonight
Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen Good Rockin' Tonight
Live from Deep in the Heart of Texas MCA 1974 CD
Pianist George Frayne (Cody) and his band formed in Ann Arbor, MI, and then moved to Austin, TX; guitar by Bill Kirchen, vocal by Billy C. Farlow
2:40 PM
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Daisy
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Daisy
Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee: Member's Edition TKO 1996 CD
Walter McGhee was born on this date, Nov. 30, in 1915 in TN; he died in Oakland in 1996; he and harmonica maven Terry were musical partners for decades, although for the last couple of decades they didn't get along and wouldn't even talk to each other
2:43 PM
The Lucky Losers - Half a Nothing
The Lucky Losers Half a Nothing N
Godless Land VizzTone 2020 CD USA2B2057063
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz are both vocalists and he plays harmonica
2:47 PM
Jimmy Reed - Baby, What You Want Me to Do?
Jimmy Reed Baby, What You Want Me to Do?
The Best of Jimmy Reed V/A Telstar 1990 CD FR10S1499312
Reed was a very popular singer in the 1950s and 1960s, with distinctive vocal and harmonica styles; he was often so intoxicated the his wife can be heard reminding him of songs' lyrics on his records; recording date not noted
2:50 PM
Bob Dylan - Goodbye Jimmy Reed
Bob Dylan Goodbye Jimmy Reed N
Rough and Rowdy Ways Columbia 2020 CD USSM12002445
Many of Dylan's major influences are blues performers, and he has recorded many original and cover blues songs
2:54 PM
Taj Mahal & Toumani Diabate - Mississippi-Mali blues
Taj Mahal & Toumani Diabate Mississippi-Mali blues
Kulanjan Rykodisc 1999 CD
Venerable bluesman Taj Mahal has always been interested in world music, including West African music...which is where blues music originated
3:00 PM
Robert Nighthawk - Cheating and Lying Blues
Robert Nighthawk Cheating and Lying Blues
Live on Maxwell Street 1964 Rounder USA 2000 CD
He also performed as Robert Lee McCoy, and played with Sonny Boy Williamson, Henry Townsend, and Willie Dixon, among many others; he was only 57 when he died in 1967
3:05 PM
Laura Tate - Still Got the Blues
Laura Tate Still Got the Blues N
Live from El Paso 811 Gold 2020 CD USL4Q2072473
Also an actress, Tate is from TX; backed by members of the Phantom Blues Band and Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps
3:10 PM
Muddy Waters - I Want You to Love Me
Muddy Waters I Want You to Love Me
20 Blues Classics V/A MCR 1988 CD
Recorded date not noted; McKinley Morganfield (Muddy), one of the giants of the blues, was born in 1915 (or 1913) and died in 1983; his band was always comprised of great musicians, and he was an excellent slide guitarist and a powerful and charismatic singer
3:13 PM
Ben Levin - Carryout or Delivery
Ben Levin Carryout or Delivery N
Carryout or Delivery VizzTone 2020 CD USA2B2058249
Based in Cincinnati, OH, pianist and singer Levin is only 20 years old
3:19 PM
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite - Birds of a Feather
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite Birds of a Feather N
100 Years of Blues Alligator Records 2020 CD USARL2000401
Bishop was in the original Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which then recruited Mike Bloomfield as lead guitarist; Musselwhite has won uncounted awards for his harmonica playing
3:23 PM
Val Starr & The Blues Rocket - Say Goodbye to the Blues (Like You Mean It)
Val Starr & The Blues Rocket Say Goodbye to the Blues (Like You Mean It) N
Lighter Side of the Blues Sandwich Factory Records 2020 CD USL4Q1950974
The band is based in Sacramento and was formed in 2010; Starr plays rhythm guitar as well as singing and her husband John Ellis is the bassist; guitar by Tim Brisson, harmonica by Frankie Munz, drums by Paul Farman
3:27 PM
Bob Dylan - Rollin' and Tumblin'
Bob Dylan Rollin' and Tumblin'
Modern Times Columbia 2006 CD USSM10603298
Song composer uncertain, but it is a blues classic covered by myriad performers, probably most famously by Muddy Waters
3:33 PM
Erin Harpe - Rollin' and Tumblin'
Erin Harpe Rollin' and Tumblin' N
Meet Me in the Middle VizzTone/Juicy Juju 2020 CD USA2B2058748
In addition to being a skilled acoustic blueswoman, Harpe also leads an electric blues band called the Delta Swingers
3:39 PM
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Don't Dog Your Woman
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Don't Dog Your Woman
Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee: Member's Edition TKO 1990 CD
In addition to releasing many records with Sonny Terry, McGhee released seven solo albums; he appeared in small roles in movies and on television
3:42 PM
Big Jay McNeely - California Hop
Big Jay McNeely California Hop
The Deacon, Unabridged, vol. 1, 1948-1950 V/A Classics Blues & Rhythm Series 2001 CD FRV050805643
Cecil McNeely was called "King of the Honkers" because of his sax style; he first recorded with Johnny Otis; he died in 2018 at age 91
3:44 PM
Big Harp George - Pusher in a White Coat
Big Harp George Pusher in a White Coat N
Living in the City Blues Mountain Records 2020 CD QMLW72000012
George Bisharat is a singer, songwriter, and ace harmonicat from the San Francisco area; he is a retired defense attorney and law school professor; he specializes in chromatic harmonica playing; this is a song about the national opioid crisis fueled by unethical drug prescribing by doctors; backing vocals by Sons of the Soul Revivers
3:51 PM
Trudy Lynn - One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
Trudy Lynn One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
Blues Keep Knockin' Connor Ray Music 2018 CD QMAAK1888878
Another classic blues song covered by many
3:54 PM
Andy Cohen - One Monkey Don't Stop the Show
Andy Cohen One Monkey Don't Stop the Show N
Tryin' to Get Home Earwig Music 2020 CD US52P2076007
Like many acoustic blues performers over 60 years old, Cohen knew and learned from the great Reverend Gary Davis