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Blues Off the Record

Jan 9, 2021 12:00 PM β€“ 3:00 PM

With Sonny Boy Williamson III

Blues Off the Record
12:01 PM
Mississippi Jook Band - Hittin' the Bottle Stomp
Mississippi Jook Band Hittin' the Bottle Stomp
Back to the Crossroads: The Roots of Robert Johnson
12:02 PM
John "Thunder" Byrd - Old Timbrook Blues
John "Thunder" Byrd Old Timbrook Blues
The Stuff That Dreams Are Made of: Super Rarities 2006
12:07 PM
Long "Cleave" Reed - The Down Home Boys Original Stack O'Lee Blues
Long "Cleave" Reed The Down Home Boys Original Stack O'Lee Blues
The Stuff That Dreams Are Made of: Super Rarities
12:09 PM
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12:11 PM
Archibald and Dave Bartholomew - Stack-A-Lee, Pt. 1 & 2
Archibald and Dave Bartholomew Stack-A-Lee, Pt. 1 & 2
New Orleans Finest
12:17 PM
Two Poor Boys - Take A Look At That Baby
Two Poor Boys Take A Look At That Baby
American Primitive, Vol. II - Pre-War Revenants 2005
12:20 PM
Bayless Rose - Original Blues
Bayless Rose Original Blues
American Primitive, Vol. II - Pre-War Revenants 2005
12:24 PM
Elder Otis Jones - Holy Mountain
Elder Otis Jones Holy Mountain
American Primitive, Vol. I: Raw Pre-War Gospel 1997
12:26 PM
William & Versey Smith - Sinner You'll Need King Jesus
William & Versey Smith Sinner You'll Need King Jesus
American Primitive, Vol. I: Raw Pre-War Gospel 1997
12:30 PM
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12:30 PM
Washington Phillips - Paul and Silas In Jail
Washington Phillips Paul and Silas In Jail
The Key To the Kingdom 2005
12:33 PM
Blind Willie Johnson - Lord I Just Can't Keep From Crying
Blind Willie Johnson Lord I Just Can't Keep From Crying
Dark Was the Night (Mojo Workin')
12:35 PM
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12:39 PM
Unknown - That Regal Feeling
Unknown That Regal Feeling
Savage Rockin' Girls
12:41 PM
Kathy Zee - Buzzin'
Kathy Zee Buzzin'
Savage Rockin' Girls
12:43 PM
Toni Dee - June, July, and August
Toni Dee June, July, and August
Savage Rockin' Girls
12:44 PM
Jumpin' Joe Williams with Red Saunders - Weekday Blues
Jumpin' Joe Williams with Red Saunders Weekday Blues
The Okeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-1957
12:47 PM
Pinnochio James - Pinnochio's Blues
Pinnochio James Pinnochio's Blues
The Okeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-1957 Okeh/Legacy/Epic 1993
12:50 PM
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12:51 PM
The Bill Davis Trio - Bring the Money In
The Bill Davis Trio Bring the Money In
The Okeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-1957 Okeh/Legacy/Epic 1993
12:54 PM
Annie Laurie - I'm In the Mood for You
Annie Laurie I'm In the Mood for You
The Okeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-1957 Okeh/Legacy/Epic 1993
12:55 PM
Bobby "Blue" Bland - Turn On Your Love Light
Bobby "Blue" Bland Turn On Your Love Light
Turn On Your Love Light: The Duke Recordings, Vol. 2 Geffen 1994
12:59 PM
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1:01 PM
Booker White - High Fever Blues
Booker White High Fever Blues
Parchman Farm
1:02 PM
Ishman Bracey - Bust Up Blues
Ishman Bracey Bust Up Blues
Saturday Blues
1:05 PM
Blind Pete & Partner - Booker
Blind Pete & Partner Booker
Mississippi Blues & Gospel 1934 - 1942
1:08 PM
Mance Lipscomb - So Different Blues
Mance Lipscomb So Different Blues
You Got to Reap What You Sow The Entertainers 1964
1:12 PM
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1:12 PM
Blind Boy Fuller - I Crave My Pig Meat
Blind Boy Fuller I Crave My Pig Meat
Blind Boy Fuller Vol. 5 1938 - 1940 1992
1:15 PM
Washboard Sam - Hand Reader Blues
Washboard Sam Hand Reader Blues
Washboard Sam Vol. 3 (1938) 2005
1:19 PM
Bumble Bee Slim - Bad Gal (Take A)
Bumble Bee Slim Bad Gal (Take A)
Bumble Bee Slim Vol. 2 1934 2002
1:23 PM
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - Cool Disposition
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Cool Disposition
Rock Me Mama 1961
1:26 PM
Georgia Fife & Drum Band - Late in the Evening
Georgia Fife & Drum Band Late in the Evening
The George Mitchell Collection, Vol. 5 2014
1:27 PM
Lightnin' Hopkins and Billy Bizor - Mojo Hand
Lightnin' Hopkins and Billy Bizor Mojo Hand
Prestige Profiles: Lightnin' Hopkins
1:30 PM
Juke Boy Bonner - Lonesome Ride Back Home
Juke Boy Bonner Lonesome Ride Back Home
The Sonet Blues Story Universal Music AB 1972
1:33 PM
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1:35 PM
George Carter - Ghost Woman Blues
George Carter Ghost Woman Blues
Georgia Blues & Gospel 1927–1931
1:41 PM
Furry Lewis - Big Chief Blues
Furry Lewis Big Chief Blues
Furry Lewis - His Best 22 Recordings
1:42 PM
Clara Smith - Cold Weather Papa
Clara Smith Cold Weather Papa
Clara Smith Vol. 2 (1924) 2005
1:44 PM
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1:44 PM
Sippie Wallace - Underworld Blues
Sippie Wallace Underworld Blues
Sippie Wallace Vol. 1 (1923-1925) 2005
1:48 PM
Sippie Wallace - I'm So Glad I'm Brownskin
Sippie Wallace I'm So Glad I'm Brownskin
Sippie Wallace Vol. 1 (1923-1925) 2001
1:50 PM
Victora Spivey and Lonnie Johnson - Furniture Man Blues (Pt. 2)
Victora Spivey and Lonnie Johnson Furniture Man Blues (Pt. 2)
The Victoria Spivey Collection
1:55 PM
Dinah Washington - Homeward Bound
Dinah Washington Homeward Bound
The Best In Blues Verve Reissues 1957
1:57 PM
Charles Brown - Sail on Blues
Charles Brown Sail on Blues
Trouble Blues Catfish Records 2000
2:02 PM
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2:02 PM
T-Bone Walker - Papa Ain't Salty
T-Bone Walker Papa Ain't Salty
T-Bone Blues 1959
2:05 PM
Little Walter - Lights Out
Little Walter Lights Out
The Complete Chess Masters
2:08 PM
Lowell Fulson - Blue Shadows
Lowell Fulson Blue Shadows
Blues Shadows
2:10 PM
Tampa Red - My First Love Blues
Tampa Red My First Love Blues
The Essential Tampa Red RCA/Legacy 1941
2:14 PM
Buddy Moss - Someday Baby
Buddy Moss Someday Baby
Buddy Moss Vol. 2 1933 - 1934 1988
2:17 PM
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2:17 PM
Jimmie Rodgers - Gambling Bar Room Blues
Jimmie Rodgers Gambling Bar Room Blues
The Essential Jimmie Rodgers RCA/Legacy 2013
2:20 PM
Cab Calloway - Minnie the Moocher (Theme Song)
Cab Calloway Minnie the Moocher (Theme Song)
Best of Big Bands: Cab Calloway Columbia 1990
2:24 PM
Slim Harpo - Loving You (The Way I Do)
Slim Harpo Loving You (The Way I Do)
The Excello Singles Anthology Universal Music Enterprises 2003
2:27 PM
Fleetwood Mac - I Believe My Time Ain't Long
Fleetwood Mac I Believe My Time Ain't Long
The Pious Bird of Good Omen 1967
2:30 PM
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2:32 PM
Muddy Waters - Kind Hearted Woman
Muddy Waters Kind Hearted Woman
More Real Folk Blues Geffen 1967
2:34 PM
Johnny Shines - You Don't Have To Go (feat. Big Walter Horton)
Johnny Shines You Don't Have To Go (feat. Big Walter Horton)
Johnny Shines (feat. Big Walter Horton) HighTone Records 1969
2:37 PM
Howlin' Wolf - No Place to Go (You Gonna Wreck My Life)
Howlin' Wolf No Place to Go (You Gonna Wreck My Life)
Moanin' in the Moonlight Geffen 1958
2:39 PM
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2:41 PM
The Holy Modal Rounders - Fishing Blues
The Holy Modal Rounders Fishing Blues
1 & 2 (Remastered) 1964
2:43 PM
Dave Van Ronk - Black Mountain Blues
Dave Van Ronk Black Mountain Blues
The Folkways Years 1959-1961 1959
2:46 PM
Mississippi John Hurt - Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me
Mississippi John Hurt Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me
D.C. Blues: The Library of Congress Recordings, Vol. 1 1989
2:49 PM
Ramblin' Jack Elliott - Waiting for a Train
Ramblin' Jack Elliott Waiting for a Train
British Traditional Jazz (At a Tangent), Vol. 2 Lake Records 2012
2:52 PM
Alexis Korner - Trouble in Mind
Alexis Korner Trouble in Mind
British Traditional Jazz (At a Tangent), Vol. 2 Lake Records 2012
2:57 PM
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2:57 PM
Little Brother Montgomery - Just the Blues
Little Brother Montgomery Just the Blues
British Traditional Jazz (At a Tangent), Vol. 2 Lake Records 2012
Chat is archived.
Shane Navoy 12:19:03 PM
Hey there, DJ... Will ? DJ Sonny Boy ? (I am not sure how you would like to be referred to.-- What I am here to say is that I am very appreciative of what you do. I love how you are giving me an all too short respite from these crazy, disturbing, infuriating times.--Thank you !
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 12:24:22 PM
Hi Shane! Will, Sonny Boy - either is fine! I really appreciate you saying so! Thanks for listening.
Lance Gardner 12:48:54 PM
Hi, Sonny Boy. I agree with Shane, you have a great show and I listen every week without fail. There's a RYKO disc; "Get With The Beat: The Mar-Vel' Masters that would fit in in with your show I think. Rock and Roll, country, and some cowboy swing. Keep up the good work and stay safe LG
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 12:49:36 PM
Hi Lance! Thanks so much -- I'll have a look out for that disc too.
Richard from Rocky Hill 1:01:58 PM
Really enjoying the Okeh Records sides. "Bring the Money In" by the Bill Davis Trio was worth a fortune of enjoyment LOL
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 1:02:43 PM
Thanks Richard lol! I loved the organ on that number.
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 1:05:33 PM
This current number is really interesting. Bracey, thought of as a Delta blues singer, is backed here by New Orleans Nehi Boys, featuring Kid Ernest Michall on clarinet and Charles Taylor on piano. A reminder that the musical range of most Delta musicians was a lot wider than their recorded legacy captures.
Richard from Rocky Hill 1:20:35 PM
Yes! As Chris Albertson documented in his landmark biography of Bessie Smith: yes, she was the "Empress of the Blues" but was also a successful musical review producer, and in her shows she'd not only sing but dance with a small troupe of women performers, tell jokes in standup comedy routines, etc. etc. A wide musical and overall performing range!
Mark 1:43:34 PM
Hi SBW III welcome to the live remote radio world ! And thanks for the weekly Blues Music education:)
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 1:45:05 PM
Hi Mark! Thanks for listening :)
David Shortell 2:05:45 PM
Sometime in the 1980s, I saw Sippie Wallace sing on TV with Big Mama Thornton and some younger woman pianist whose name I don’t remember.
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:07:02 PM
Got to love youtube -- could it be this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-fd3cNc8tE
David Shortell 2:08:58 PM
That is definitely it.
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:15:27 PM
Very cool!
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:23:30 PM
Yep, I'd say that "Gambling Bar Room Blues" melody is a ringer for "St. James Infirmary"! I hadn't heard the Jimmie Rodgers recording for ages, so it really makes an impact for that reason.
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:27:46 PM
The lyrics basically confirm it too: "I went down to the corner just to meet my gal" vs "I'm goin' down to St. James Infirmary to see my little baby there" (some version have a frame narrative set in "old Joe's bar-room"). The instrumentation and arrangment is also pretty striking compared to Rodger's earlier recordings.
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:33:35 PM
Yes, indeed, Rodgers made some serious forays into the African American blues (Louis Armstrong himself played on a recording of "Blue Yodel No. 9." But that version of "Gambling Bar Room Blues" has the most ambitious blues arrangement and instrumentation that I've ever heard.
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:37:15 PM
And mega thanks for the YouTube version of the show "Three Generations of the Blues" with Sippie Wallace, Big Mama Thornton and Jeannie Cheatham. I got chills just sampling it quickly. Wow ...
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:38:22 PM
Thanks to David for bringing it to our attention!
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:40:05 PM
Yessir, David, thanks!
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:42:47 PM
The Holy Model Rounders! YAYYYY!!!
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:45:49 PM
:)
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:47:53 PM
Exactly right about the Rounders getting a lot of their early repertoire from the seminal collection The Anthology of American Folk Music, assembled and produced by Harry Smith on Folkways Records. Happily, Rounders fiddler/banjo picker/singer Peter Stampfel has contributed an essay to the booklet included in the wonderful newly-released 4-CD collection The Harry Smith B-Sides on Dust To Digital Records.
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:52:44 PM
I haven't seen that compilation -- though I read the pieces you emailed some months ago about the release and some of the controversy around it. I'll add it to my wish-list!
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:59:27 PM
The B-Sides are typically as good or close to the _A Sides" in Harry Smith's exacting original selections.