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Blues Off the Record

Mar 3, 2021 12:00 PM β€“ 3:00 PM

With Sonny Boy Williamson III

Blues Off the Record
12:00 PM
Mississippi Jook Band - Hittin' the Bottle Stomp
Mississippi Jook Band Hittin' the Bottle Stomp
Back to the Crossroads: The Roots of Robert Johnson
12:03 PM
Napoleon Strickland - Banty Rooster
Napoleon Strickland Banty Rooster
Living Country Blues USA, Vol. 7 - Afro-American Blues Roots L+R Records 1982
12:05 PM
Charley Patton - Banty Rooster Blues
Charley Patton Banty Rooster Blues
Charley Patton Vol. 1 (1929) 1991
12:07 PM
Jessie Mae Hemphill - She-Wolf
Jessie Mae Hemphill She-Wolf
She-Wolf L+R Records 1983
12:12 PM
Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers - Going Back to New Orleans
Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers Going Back to New Orleans
Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers Fantasy Records 1990
12:15 PM
Professor Longhair - Stack-O-Lee
Professor Longhair Stack-O-Lee
Ball the Wall!: Live at Tipitina's 1978 1999
12:18 PM
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12:19 PM
Archibald - Crescent City Bounce
Archibald Crescent City Bounce
Mardi Gras Blues
12:21 PM
Booker T. and the M.G.'s - Wang Dang Doodle / Spoonful
Booker T. and the M.G.'s Wang Dang Doodle / Spoonful
Soul Men
12:28 PM
Etta James & Harvey Fuqua - Spoonful
Etta James & Harvey Fuqua Spoonful
At Last! Geffen* 2016
12:30 PM
Little Richard - Whole Lotta Shakin'
Little Richard Whole Lotta Shakin'
Directly from My Heart: The Best of the Specialty & Vee-Jay Years Specialty Records 2015
12:32 PM
The Treniers - It Rocks! It Rolls! It Swings!
The Treniers It Rocks! It Rolls! It Swings!
R&B: From Doo-Wop to Hip-Hop Sony Music Entertainment 1969
12:34 PM
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12:36 PM
Faye Adams - It Hurts Me to My Heart
Faye Adams It Hurts Me to My Heart
Ember House of Hits
12:39 PM
Lee Allen - Walking with Mr. Lee
Lee Allen Walking with Mr. Lee
Ember House of Hits
12:41 PM
Mitty Collier - I Had a Talk with My Man Last Night
Mitty Collier I Had a Talk with My Man Last Night
Chess Soul: A Decade of Chicago’s Finest Geffen 1997
12:45 PM
Little Milton - Little Bluebird
Little Milton Little Bluebird
Waiting For Little Milton Stax 1973
12:51 PM
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12:52 PM
Lowell Fulson - I Want to Make Love to You
Lowell Fulson I Want to Make Love to You
Blue Shadows
12:55 PM
Little Walter - Temperature
Little Walter Temperature
Confessin' the Blues 1996
12:58 PM
Big Walter Horton & Carey Bell - Trouble in Mind
Big Walter Horton & Carey Bell Trouble in Mind
Big Walter Horton With Carey Bell 1972
1:02 PM
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1:06 PM
Jesse "Babyface" Thomas - Jack of Diamons
Jesse "Babyface" Thomas Jack of Diamons
Jesse Thomas 1948–1958
1:08 PM
Buddy Moss - Someday Baby
Buddy Moss Someday Baby
Buddy Moss Vol. 2 1933 - 1934 Document Records 1992
1:10 PM
Ed Bell - Bad Boy
Ed Bell Bad Boy
Ed Bell - Mamlish Blues (1927 - 1930) Document Records 1992
1:13 PM
Jimmie Hill & Peg Leg Howell - Away From Home
Jimmie Hill & Peg Leg Howell Away From Home
Hard Times Come Again No More: Early American Rural Songs of Hard Times and Hardships Vol. 2 Yazoo 2006
1:16 PM
Bo Carter & Walter Vinson - Times Is Tight Like That
Bo Carter & Walter Vinson Times Is Tight Like That
Hard Times Come Again No More: Early American Rural Songs of Hard Times and Hardships Vol. 2 Yazoo 2006
1:18 PM
Bo Carter, Bob Carter & Charlie McCoy - The Northern Starvers Are Returning Home
Bo Carter, Bob Carter & Charlie McCoy The Northern Starvers Are Returning Home
Hard Times Come Again No More: Early American Rural Songs of Hard Times and Hardships Vol. 2 Yazoo 2006
1:23 PM
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1:25 PM
The Caroline Tar Heels - Got the Farm Land Blues
The Caroline Tar Heels Got the Farm Land Blues
Hard Times Come Again No More: Early American Rural Songs of Hard Times and Hardships Vol. 2
1:29 PM
Charley Jordan - Starvation Blues
Charley Jordan Starvation Blues
Hard Times Come Again No More: Early American Rural Songs of Hard Times and Hardships Vol. 2 Yazoo 2006
1:32 PM
Lee Brothers - Cotton Mill Blues
Lee Brothers Cotton Mill Blues
Hard Times Come Again No More: Early American Rural Songs of Hard Times and Hardships Vol. 2
1:34 PM
Blind Lemon Jefferson - Rabbit Foot Blues
Blind Lemon Jefferson Rabbit Foot Blues
Blind Lemon Jefferson Vol. 1 (1925 - 1926) Document Records 1991
1:38 PM
Rev. Gary Davis - Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
Rev. Gary Davis Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
Harlem Street Singer
1:41 PM
Dave Van Ronk - Cocaine Blues
Dave Van Ronk Cocaine Blues
Folksinger 1962
1:44 PM
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1:46 PM
Blind Willie McTell - Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
Blind Willie McTell Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
Atlanta Twelve String Rhino Atlantic 2004
1:48 PM
Blind Willie McTell - Pearly Gates
Blind Willie McTell Pearly Gates
Atlanta Twelve String Rhino Atlantic 2004
1:52 PM
Guitar Slim - What a Friend We Have In Jesus
Guitar Slim What a Friend We Have In Jesus
Living Country Blues USA, Vol. 11 - Country Gospel Rock L+R Records 1983
1:54 PM
Elder J.E. Burch - My Heart Keeps Singing
Elder J.E. Burch My Heart Keeps Singing
American Epic: The Collection Columbia/Legacy 2017
1:57 PM
Bukka White - Special Streamline
Bukka White Special Streamline
Parchman Farm Columbia/Legacy 1969
2:00 PM
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2:03 PM
Sleepy John Estes - Floating Bridge
Sleepy John Estes Floating Bridge
Sleepy John Estes Vol. 2 (1937 - 1941) 1990
2:06 PM
Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry - Meet Me Down the Bottom
Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry Meet Me Down the Bottom
Midnight Special (Remastered) Fantasy Records 1977
2:09 PM
Floyd "Dipper Boy" Council - Poor and Ain't Got a Dime
Floyd "Dipper Boy" Council Poor and Ain't Got a Dime
Carolina Blues
2:13 PM
Pink Anderson - That's No Way to Do
Pink Anderson That's No Way to Do
Medicine Show Man Fantasy Records 1999
2:16 PM
Ezra Buzzington's Rustic Revelers - Brown Jug Blues
Ezra Buzzington's Rustic Revelers Brown Jug Blues
Ruckus Juice & Chittlins, Vol. 2 Yazoo 2006
2:18 PM
Mississippi Sarah & Daddy Stovepipe - Greenville Strut
Mississippi Sarah & Daddy Stovepipe Greenville Strut
Ruckus Juice & Chittlins, Vol. 2 Yazoo 2006
2:21 PM
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2:23 PM
Prarie Ramblers - Jug Rag
Prarie Ramblers Jug Rag
Ruckus Juice and Chittlins, Vol. 2
2:26 PM
Alan Lomax - Early In the Mornin'
Alan Lomax Early In the Mornin'
Negro Prison Blues & Songs
2:30 PM
Alan Lomax - Levee Camp Holler
Alan Lomax Levee Camp Holler
Negro Prison Blues & Songs
2:33 PM
Robert Petway - Hollow Log Blues
Robert Petway Hollow Log Blues
Mississippi Blues (1935-1951) 2007
2:36 PM
Robert Lockwood, Jr. - Dust My Broom
Robert Lockwood, Jr. Dust My Broom
Mississippi Blues (1935-1951) 2007
2:39 PM
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2:40 PM
Muddy Waters - Rollin' Stone
Muddy Waters Rollin' Stone
The Chess Box Geffen 1989
2:43 PM
Sunnyland Slim - Fly Right, Little Girl
Sunnyland Slim Fly Right, Little Girl
Chess Blues Geffen 1992
2:47 PM
Rocky Fuller - Funeral Hearse At My Door
Rocky Fuller Funeral Hearse At My Door
Chess Blues
2:49 PM
Buddy Guy - Stone Crazy
Buddy Guy Stone Crazy
The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection: Buddy's Blues 1992
2:56 PM
Big Bill Broonzy - Black Widow Spider
Big Bill Broonzy Black Widow Spider
Big Bill Broonzy Vol. 5
Chat is archived.
Sonny Boy III (host) 12:05:24 PM
Hi everyone! I hope you enjoy today's show :)
Brian D 12:14:45 PM
Gday SBWIII
Brian D 12:16:06 PM
Fess!
Sonny Boy III (host) 12:17:23 PM
:)
Richard from Rocky Hill 1:19:31 PM
Ahhhh ... I love hearing that sweet-steppin' blues mandolin! Especially nice just now on "Away From Home."
Richard from Rocky Hill 1:23:34 PM
This is a formidable collection album from which you've gotten these numbers. Too bad that "Hard Times" songs never seem to go out of style or relevance! :-(
Brian D 1:27:40 PM
Banjo making an appearance
Richard from Rocky Hill 1:30:41 PM
The banjo pickin' sounded to my ears like the old-time two-finger "double thumbing" pattern.
Brian D 1:33:35 PM
There come those hard times again...
Brian D 1:39:22 PM
Classic from Rev
Brian D 1:40:40 PM
That playing makes me want to shout w joy too!
Richard from Rocky Hill 1:42:34 PM
Yep! Especially in these times, we ALL need such uplift -- right down here. Thank you, Rev. Davis!
Brian D 1:44:55 PM
Contrast of beautiful guitar melody & accompaniment with serious subject. DVR could play & arrange so well
Sonny Boy III (host) 1:47:19 PM
Glad you both are enjoying the show so much! Yes sadly the market for "hard times" never seems to quite dry up. But somehow knowledge of the universality of hardship is... comforting. Or at least distracting!
Sonny Boy III (host) 1:49:16 PM
The compilation actually has two volumes: https://www.discogs.com/Various-Hard-Times-Come-Again-No-More-Vol-1-Early-American-Rural-Songs-Of-Hard-Times-And-Hardships/release/5583175
Sonny Boy III (host) 1:49:27 PM
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Hard-Times-Come-Again-No-More-Vol-2-Early-American-Rural-Songs-Of-Hard-Times-And-Hardships/release/5583504
Sonny Boy III (host) 1:50:33 PM
The seem linked in theme to Yazoo's many volumes in the "Times Ain't Like the Used to Be" series
Sonny Boy III (host) 1:50:44 PM
https://www.discogs.com/search?q=early+american%20rural%20music&type=all
Sonny Boy III (host) 1:52:53 PM
Ronk was quite a player indeed! I was trying to learn his song "Blood Red Moon" but I decided it was medically inadvisable -- I practically broke my thumb, since the song is in G but played in drop-D. Elijah Wald makes it look easy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1csKoJe5z1U
Richard from Rocky Hill 1:53:45 PM
You know, I'm fascinated that the Coen Brothers used the life and music of Dave Van Ronk as the inspiration for their 2013 film "Inside Llewyn Davis" (including the idea for the escaping cat -- look at the feline poised to leap over the doorstep in the cover of the LP "Inside Dave Van Ronk"). Yet, as a personality, the wry Van Ronk was so unlike the self-absorbed, supremely self-serious Llewyn Davis.
Sonny Boy III (host) 1:54:54 PM
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Sonny Boy III (host) 1:55:40 PM
*I love that movie -- but obviously they really departed from Wald's "Mayor of MacDougal Street" (whose film rights they purchased) in most of the basics of the character.
Sonny Boy III (host) 1:56:38 PM
Beginning with Davis' lack of success. I'm sure they drew plent of the color of the Greenwich Village scene from it -- I'd bet they also used the relevant chapters in Dylan's "Chronicles"
Brian D 2:01:14 PM
I like DVRs moments in the Scorsese No Direction Home Dylan doc from 2005
Brian D 2:02:04 PM
A mellower Dave giving some good info
Brian D 2:02:59 PM
I love the Mayor of MacDougal Street book!
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:20:12 PM
I was privileged, on two occasions, to be one of the opening acts at shows headlined by Van Ronk. I chatted with him backstage at length both times, and he was extraordinarily gracious to a nobody like me.
Brian D 2:23:36 PM
Very cool! Love that guy.
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:25:30 PM
One thing I'll never forget: This was of course before publication of "The Mayor of MacDougal Street" his posthumously published autobiography (with editing completion by Wald). But he told me in private what was stated in public print later -- that he liked the very young Bob Dylan for his talent, but especially for Bob's work ethic and sincerity. He'd come to New York City and epecially the Greenwich Folk scene specifically to learn, to find and absorb everything he could about folk music.
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:28:29 PM
Van Ronk really responded to that, and clearly was happy to let Dylan listen to all his records, give him info, teach him songs -- everything. It's good to know and remember that despite his fame (and, yes, ego) Bob Dylan has a truly and humbly sincere side to him. YougoBob!
Sonny Boy III (host) 2:28:56 PM
Very cool Richard! And I of course should have been more specific when I attributed that book to Elijah Wald since Van Ronk was the primary author.
Sonny Boy III (host) 2:30:34 PM
There's an amazing scene (who knows if Bob invented it) in Chronicles where Bob plays the newly pressed "King of the Delta Blues Singers" for Dave, who has a completely different, more scholarly approach -- he points out that Johnson has borrowed this or that from various sources. But Bob remains thrilled by Johnson's artistry. Its a sort of parable for different scholarly or Romantic appreciations of the blues.
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:31:26 PM
Well, Elijah should be credited for his crucial contribution of getting the manuscript into shape and make sure Dave's voice spoke through every page -- and Wald succeeded magnificently on that. I'm glad you mentioned him, it's important.
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:33:50 PM
Yes, it's important to accept such tales judiciously no matter who tells them! But that's a great one and it rings true to me.
Brian D 2:37:43 PM
Oh DJ Dan Buskirk and I were chatting in here the other day about The Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival. And that led to me mentioning how I loved the Bill Monroe biography "Can't You Hear Me Callin'.." I think I've made the connection! Great book! About to read it for the 4th time!
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:40:14 PM
Aw, shucks, thanks! To have experts like you and Dan enjoy my Bill Monroe bio ... that's very high praise. And (to get back to the focus of this wonderful WPRB show), I did emphasize Monroe's debt to the blues in creating his bluegrass music.
Brian D 2:44:00 PM
Yes Sonny III and I had chatted before about such things as recurring melodies. Mr Monroe's version of Rocky Road Blues was 1 example. And also the melody of Rock Around tthe Clock etc etc
Brian D 2:45:58 PM
Move it on Over.... the list goes on
Brian D 2:51:55 PM
The early Buddy Guy on Chess sound just stings so nicely. That Little Richard-esque woooo he gets. Great band & horn arr.
Brian D 2:52:52 PM
Even if they didn't let him turn up the amp to distort it still stings! Heh
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:55:11 PM
Terrific vocal from Mr. Guy, a double-treat guitarist/singer like so many of the blues greats. Wow ... major admiration here ...
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:56:15 PM
Thanks again SBW IIIrd for yet another awesome program, great music and chat exchanges, too.
Brian D 2:56:47 PM
Jimmy Page listened to this record a few times no doubt
Brian D 2:57:25 PM
Some note for note quotes on the early Zep lps from that
Brian D 2:59:26 PM
Thank you for another great journey through the blues and folk SBW III
Brian D 3:00:54 PM
Take care Richard