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Blues Off the Record

Jan 23, 2021 12:00 PM โ€“ 3:00 PM

With Sonny Boy Williamson III

Blues Off the Record
12:02 PM
The Mississippi Jook Band - Hittin' the Bottle Stomp
The Mississippi Jook Band Hittin' the Bottle Stomp
Back to the Crossroads: The Roots of Robert Johnson
12:04 PM
Josh White - The House I Live In
Josh White The House I Live In
The House I Live In
12:07 PM
Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land
Woody Guthrie This Land Is Your Land
This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 1997
12:10 PM
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12:10 PM
The Carter Family - When the World's on Fire
The Carter Family When the World's on Fire
American Epic: The Best of The Carter Family Columbia/Legacy 2017
12:13 PM
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & The Rosettes - Amazing Grace
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & The Rosettes Amazing Grace
Vacation in the Sky
12:17 PM
Mahalia Jackson - Come On Children, Let's Sing
Mahalia Jackson Come On Children, Let's Sing
The Essential Mahalia Jackson Columbia/Legacy 1972
12:19 PM
The Zion Travelers - (We'll Understand It Better) Bye and Bye
The Zion Travelers (We'll Understand It Better) Bye and Bye
The Dootone Masters Ace Records 2013
12:21 PM
The Harmonizing Four - Mary Don't You Weep
The Harmonizing Four Mary Don't You Weep
The Harmonizing Four & God Will Take Care of You Vee-Jay Records 1993
12:23 PM
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12:27 PM
The Chosen Gospel Singers - Stay With Me Jesus
The Chosen Gospel Singers Stay With Me Jesus
The Lifeboat Fantasy Records 1992
12:29 PM
The Hall Johnson Choir - Run on Down to the River Jordan
The Hall Johnson Choir Run on Down to the River Jordan
Lord I Can Ride
12:31 PM
The Ink Spots - I Cover the Waterfront
The Ink Spots I Cover the Waterfront
The Anthology Geffen 1998
12:35 PM
The Mills Brothers - Tiger Rag
The Mills Brothers Tiger Rag
The Decca Singles, Vol. 1: 1934-1937 Verve Reissues 2017
12:37 PM
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12:40 PM
Big Joe Williams - The Death of DR. Martin Luther King
Big Joe Williams The Death of DR. Martin Luther King
Shake Your Boogie Wolf Records International GmbH 2015
12:42 PM
Reverend Charlie Jackson - Something to Think About
Reverend Charlie Jackson Something to Think About
God's Got It: The Legendary Booker and Jackson Singles (Remastered) [Expanded] CaseQuarter 2018
12:46 PM
Big Maybelle - Heaven Will Welcome You Dr. King
Big Maybelle Heaven Will Welcome You Dr. King
Eleanor Rigby/Heaven Will Welcome You Dr. King Traffic Entertainment Group / Rojac 2009
12:49 PM
Otis Span, Muddy Waters - Tribute to Martin Luther King
Otis Span, Muddy Waters Tribute to Martin Luther King
Live the Life
12:54 PM
Thomas Walton and the Blind Disciples - Ode to Martin Luther King
Thomas Walton and the Blind Disciples Ode to Martin Luther King
All God's Children
12:57 PM
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12:59 PM
Marchers - We Shall Not Be Moved
Marchers We Shall Not Be Moved
Freedom Songs: Selma, Alabama Folkways Records 2004
1:01 PM
Charley Patton - I Shall Not Be Moved (Take 1)
Charley Patton I Shall Not Be Moved (Take 1)
Charley Patton Vol. 2 (1929) Document Records 1990
1:05 PM
Rev. Julius Cheeks And Family - Where Do I Go From Here
Rev. Julius Cheeks And Family Where Do I Go From Here
Family Reunion Savoy Records 1978
1:09 PM
Homer Quincy Smith - I Want Jesus to Talk with Me
Homer Quincy Smith I Want Jesus to Talk with Me
American Primitive, Vol. II - Pre-War Revenants Revenant 2005
1:11 PM
Blind Roosevelt Graves and Brother - Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind On Jesus)
Blind Roosevelt Graves and Brother Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind On Jesus)
American Epic: The Collection Columbia/Legacy 2017
1:14 PM
Slim Duckett & Pig Norwood - Sister Mary Wore Three Lengths of Chain
Slim Duckett & Pig Norwood Sister Mary Wore Three Lengths of Chain
Alabama: Black Secular and Religious Music (1927-1934)
1:19 PM
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1:19 PM
Mother McCollum - Jesus is My Air-O-Plane
Mother McCollum Jesus is My Air-O-Plane
Guitar Evangelists (1928-1951)
1:23 PM
Sister Mathews - Stand By Me
Sister Mathews Stand By Me
Guitar Evangelists (1928-1951)
1:26 PM
Alberta Hunter - I'm Going to See My Ma
Alberta Hunter I'm Going to See My Ma
Alberta Hunter Vol. 4 (1927-c. 1946) Document Records 1996
1:29 PM
Ida Cox & Coleman Hawkins Quintet - St. Louis Blues
Ida Cox & Coleman Hawkins Quintet St. Louis Blues
Blues for Rampart Street (Remastered) Prestige 1990
1:32 PM
Bessie Smith - Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)
Bessie Smith Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 5: The Final Chapter Legacy/Columbia 1996
1:35 PM
Trixie Smith - My Unusual Man
Trixie Smith My Unusual Man
Trixie Smith Vol. 2 1925-1929 Document Records 1995
1:38 PM
Lucille Hegamin - Mississippi Blues
Lucille Hegamin Mississippi Blues
Lucille Hegamin Vol. 1 (1920-1922) Document Records 1995
1:42 PM
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1:42 PM
Skip James - Cyprus Grove Blues
Skip James Cyprus Grove Blues
American Epic: The Collection
1:45 PM
Jack Gowdlock - Poor Jane Blues
Jack Gowdlock Poor Jane Blues
"Too Late, Too Late" Vol. 8
1:48 PM
Old Train Caller from New Orleans - Calling Trains
Old Train Caller from New Orleans Calling Trains
Field Recordings Vol. 3: Mississippi
1:49 PM
Thomas J. Marshall - Arwhoolie (Corn Field Holler)
Thomas J. Marshall Arwhoolie (Corn Field Holler)
Field Recordings Vol. 3: Mississippi
1:50 PM
Thomas (Jaybird) Jones - The Keghouse Blues
Thomas (Jaybird) Jones The Keghouse Blues
Field Recordings Vol. 3: Mississippi
1:55 PM
Sylvester Jones & Wallace Chains - Smokey Mountain Blues
Sylvester Jones & Wallace Chains Smokey Mountain Blues
Field Recordings, Vol. 6: Texas (1933-1958) Document Records 1997
1:57 PM
Memphis Jug Band - Cocaine Habit Blues
Memphis Jug Band Cocaine Habit Blues
American Epic: The Best of Memphis Jug Band Columbia/Legacy 2017
2:02 PM
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2:04 PM
Morton Harvey - Memphis Blues
Morton Harvey Memphis Blues
Really the Blues?: A Blues History
2:06 PM
Jelly Roll Morton - King Porter Stomp
Jelly Roll Morton King Porter Stomp
The Complete Library of Congress Recordings Rounder 2005
2:07 PM
Jelly Roll Morton - The Story of "King Porter Stomp"
Jelly Roll Morton The Story of "King Porter Stomp"
The Complete Library of Congress Recordings Rounder 2005
2:16 PM
Big Bill Broonzy - Shuffle Rag
Big Bill Broonzy Shuffle Rag
Trouble In Mind Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2000
2:17 PM
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2:17 PM
Tampa Red - Detroit Blues
Tampa Red Detroit Blues
The Essential Tampa Red RCA/Legacy 1941
2:23 PM
Tampa Red and Georgia Tom - Reckless Man Blues
Tampa Red and Georgia Tom Reckless Man Blues
Tampa Red The Guitar Wizard
2:23 PM
The Hokum Boys - Only the Blues
The Hokum Boys Only the Blues
Ain't Goin' That Way Black Swan 2005
2:26 PM
Georgia Browns (Curley Weaver, Buddy Moss, Fred McMullen) - Tampa Strut
Georgia Browns (Curley Weaver, Buddy Moss, Fred McMullen) Tampa Strut
Curley Weaver (1933-1935)
2:29 PM
Little Hat Jones - Hurry Blues
Little Hat Jones Hurry Blues
Texas Blues (1927-1935)
2:33 PM
Uncle Bud Walker - Look Here Mama Blues
Uncle Bud Walker Look Here Mama Blues
Mississippi Blues Vol. 1
2:35 PM
Big Road Webster Taylor - World In a Jug
Big Road Webster Taylor World In a Jug
Mississippi Blues Vol. 1
2:39 PM
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2:40 PM
Willie Reed - All Worn Out and Dry Blues
Willie Reed All Worn Out and Dry Blues
Texas Blues (1927โ€“1935)
2:44 PM
Otto Virgial - Got the Blues About Rome
Otto Virgial Got the Blues About Rome
Mississippi Blues (1935-1951) WOLF RECORDS 1997
2:48 PM
Robert Lockwood, Jr. - Little Boy Blue
Robert Lockwood, Jr. Little Boy Blue
Mississippi Blues (1935-1951) WOLF RECORDS 1997
2:50 PM
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2:50 PM
Robert Nighthawk - Maggie Campbell
Robert Nighthawk Maggie Campbell
Masters of Modern Blues HighTone Records 1994
2:54 PM
Elmore James - One Way Out
Elmore James One Way Out
Dust My Broom
2:56 PM
Blind John Davis - Paris Boogie (Woogie Boogie)
Blind John Davis Paris Boogie (Woogie Boogie)
Blind John Davis Vol. 1 (1938-1952) Document Records 1999
Chat is archived.
Brian D 12:29:57 PM
Love the sounds of the spoons on Hittin the Bottle Stomp on Saturdays. I know good tunes are ahead
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 12:30:10 PM
Thanks Brian!
David Shortell 1:50:49 PM
Has anything by Tommy Grady ever been played on this program? ;-)
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 1:56:42 PM
From google it looks like Tommy Grady was an R. Crumb creation?
Richard from Rocky Hill 1:59:08 PM
Hi SBW IIIrd! Terrific show, as per usual. I totally agreed with you about the earlier singer (was it Sister Mathews on "Stand By Me"?) who sounded much like Sister Rosetta Tharp -- which is of course a very high compliment.
David Shortell 2:00:22 PM
Yes! From the 1975 R. Crumb strip โ€œThatโ€™s Life!โ€ (possibly inspired by Robert Johnson) As the story goes, a rural blue singer cuts a record in the city and is then murdered by someone over a woman. The record is soon deleted from the labelโ€™s catalogue and quickly forgotten. Decades later, a record-hunting geek retrieves the sole-remaining copy from an old ladyโ€™s โ€œjunkโ€ and plays the unknown artist for a group of fellow blues enthusiasts.
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:05:03 PM
Richard: Yep that's the recording! David: I'll have to track down the Crumb
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:20:53 PM
R. Crumb is apparently a roots music 78s collector/devotee of the type that would make the legendary Harry Smith proud.
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:22:16 PM
He's also recorded some jug-band style music with his "Cheap Suit Serenaders." He did a neat series of cards in the 80s that have been reprinted and even issued as a book with a great CD.
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:22:55 PM
Terry Zweigoff is a friend who did a great documentary about crumb and featured Steve Buschemi as a 78 collector in his film "Ghost World"
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:24:40 PM
Zweigoff's first film, Louie Bluie, is worth a watch and features Yank Rachell, Ikey Robinson, and Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong
Brian D 2:28:36 PM
Love Ghost World. For the blues 78 part of the story. And especially for turning me on to the Bollywood song Jaan Pehechaan Ho. I did a pretty good transcription to that on GuitarPro
Brian D 2:29:46 PM
Blues Hammer! Appearing at a bar near you.. what a telling o too true scene. But makes me smile
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:30:21 PM
Too true indeed!
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:30:57 PM
Cool, thanks. I certainly recall the R. Crumb blues greats trading cards -- a professional musician buddy in NYC had a set! My one disappointment, as I recall, is that Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter wasn't included. Probably because he was in prison during most of the golden era of 78 rpm "race records" production so wasn't as well represented as Rbt. Johnson, John Hurt, Rbt. Wilkins, Blind Lemon, et al. At least that's what I recall and believe. It's awesome, tho, I ought to get the book/CD set.
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:31:57 PM
https://www.openculture.com/2013/10/r-crumbs-heroes-of-blues-jazz-country-features-114-illustrations-of-the-artists-favorite-musicians.html
Elliot 2:32:34 PM
one of my rules of thumb is that any CD whose cover is illustrated by R. Crumb is worth getting
Elliot 2:32:49 PM
I suppose it's more of a rule of Crumb
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:33:33 PM
I approve of this pun and the rule! I found a copy of his Big Brother and the Holding Company Yes Leadbelly is an interesting case since he was promoted by John Lomax and
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:34:26 PM
Sent too early! I approve of this pun and the rule! I found a copy of the Big Brother and the Holding Company lp with his cover art recently at an outdoor fleamarket in Columbus. Yes Leadbelly is an interesting case since he was promoted by John Lomax and always fits awkwardly into "blues" or "folk"
David Shortell 2:35:38 PM
Thereโ€™s a cute in-joke in the Ghost World film where Buscemiโ€™s character sets up a table of records at a yard sale. When a customer inquires about the Cheap Suit Serenaders, he tells her โ€œNah, that one's not so great." (The director Zwigoff was in the Serenaders!)
Brian D 2:39:58 PM
Aha! And the old o so true "guy that won't sell the records he displays for sale " thing.
Brian D 2:41:41 PM
This leads me to want to watch the Crumb and Pekar movies/ docs again
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:43:36 PM
Yes, SBW IIIrd, you're right on about Leadbelly standing in -- or being caught between -- both "blues" or "folk" especially later with his John Lomax folklorist field recordings connection.
Brian D 2:44:18 PM
Thora Burch.... missing in action or something. Scarlett Johansson role in film is so tiny and looks like they trimmed her lines down to feature Thora role more. And SJ ended up skyrocketing after
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:44:23 PM
Thanks for the movie recommendations, everyone!
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:58:24 PM
Thanks for listening!
David Shortell 2:58:55 PM
I saw Thora Birch in "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" not long ago.