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Blues Off the Record

Mar 17, 2021 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

With Sonny Boy Williamson III

Women's History Month 2021

Highlighting female artists' contributions to all areas of the history of the blues.

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
Albinia Jones - Evil Gal Blues
Albinia Jones Evil Gal Blues
Stompin' At the Savoy: The Original Indie Label, 1944-1961 Savoy 2002
12:06 PM
Annie Laurie - It's Been a Long Time
Annie Laurie It's Been a Long Time
The Okeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-1957 1993
12:08 PM
Myrtle Jones and Paul Gayten - Right To Love You (feat. Myrtle Jones)
Myrtle Jones and Paul Gayten Right To Love You (feat. Myrtle Jones)
Chess Blues Geffen 1992
12:11 PM
Ruth Brown - Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean
Ruth Brown Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean
Ruth Brown 1953
12:14 PM
Linda Gail Lewis - C.C. Rider
Linda Gail Lewis C.C. Rider
The Sun Records Sound of Barbara Pittman & Other Rockin' Girls (30 Sun Originals) Sun Records / Countdown Media 2020
12:16 PM
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12:19 PM
Linda Gail Lewis - Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Trees)
Linda Gail Lewis Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Trees)
The Sun Records Sound of Barbara Pittman & Other Rockin' Girls (30 Sun Originals) Sun Records / Countdown Media 2020
12:22 PM
Mary Ann Fisher - Put Your Shoes On
Mary Ann Fisher Put Your Shoes On
The Fire/Fury Records Story - Rarities Collection 2014
12:24 PM
Dinah Washington & Ben Webster - Trouble In Mind
Dinah Washington & Ben Webster Trouble In Mind
The Best In Blues Verve Reissues 1957
12:26 PM
Dinah Washington - This Bitter Earth
Dinah Washington This Bitter Earth
Unforgettable (Expanded Edition) 1960
12:29 PM
Big Mama Thornton - Rock-A-Bye Baby
Big Mama Thornton Rock-A-Bye Baby
Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings Geffen* 1992
12:32 PM
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12:34 PM
Etta James - Stormy Weather
Etta James Stormy Weather
At Last! Geffen* 2016
12:37 PM
Koko Taylor - Insane Asylum (feat. Willie Dixon)
Koko Taylor Insane Asylum (feat. Willie Dixon)
What It Takes: The Chess Years Geffen 1991
12:41 PM
Irma Thomas - Set Me Free
Irma Thomas Set Me Free
New Orleans Ladies: Rhythm And Blues From The Vaults Of Ric And Ron Rounder 1988
12:44 PM
Big Maybelle - Ain't to Be Played With
Big Maybelle Ain't to Be Played With
The Complete Okeh Sessions 1952-1955 Okeh/Legacy/Epic 1994
12:47 PM
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - My Lord and I
Sister Rosetta Tharpe My Lord and I
The Decca Singles, Vol. 3 Verve Reissues 2019
12:47 PM
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12:50 PM
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Daniel In the Lion's Den (He Locked the Lion's Jaw)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Daniel In the Lion's Den (He Locked the Lion's Jaw)
The Decca Singles, Vol. 3 Verve Reissues 2019
12:53 PM
Sister Elizabeth Phillips - A Little Old Fashioned
Sister Elizabeth Phillips A Little Old Fashioned
Guitar Evangelists (1928-1951)
12:55 PM
Sister Matthews - Stand By Me
Sister Matthews Stand By Me
Guitar Evangelists (1928-1951)
12:58 PM
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1:01 PM
Sister Wynona Carr - The Ball Game
Sister Wynona Carr The Ball Game
Dragnet for Jesus Fantasy Records 1992
1:04 PM
Sister Wynona Carr - Operator, Operator
Sister Wynona Carr Operator, Operator
Dragnet for Jesus Fantasy Records 1992
1:07 PM
Mother McCollum - Oh Lord I'm Your Child
Mother McCollum Oh Lord I'm Your Child
Guitar Evangelists (1928-1951)
1:10 PM
Willie Mae Williams - Don't Want to Go There
Willie Mae Williams Don't Want to Go There
Guitar Evangelists (1928-1951)

Unclear to me if this is the same artist as Willie Mae Ford Smith

1:13 PM
Laura Davis and Rev. Charlie Jackson - This Old Building
Laura Davis and Rev. Charlie Jackson This Old Building
God's Got It: The Legendary Booker and Jackson Singles (Remastered) [Expanded]
1:16 PM
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1:18 PM
Bertha Lee - Mind Reader Blues
Bertha Lee Mind Reader Blues
Masters of the Delta Blues: The Friends of Charlie Patton
1:21 PM
Mary Butler with Bo Carter - Mary Blues
Mary Butler with Bo Carter Mary Blues
Bo Carter Vol. 1
1:24 PM
Mattie Delaney - Tallahatchie River Blues
Mattie Delaney Tallahatchie River Blues
American Epic: The Collection Columbia/Legacy 2017
1:26 PM
Rosie Mae Moore with Charlie McCoy - Ha-Ha Blues
Rosie Mae Moore with Charlie McCoy Ha-Ha Blues
Charley McCoy (1928–1932)
1:31 PM
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1:33 PM
Geeshie Wiley - Skinny Leg Blues
Geeshie Wiley Skinny Leg Blues
American Primitive, Vol. II - Pre-War Revenants Revenant 2005
1:36 PM
Elvie Thomas - Motherless Child Blues
Elvie Thomas Motherless Child Blues
American Primitive, Vol. II - Pre-War Revenants Revenant 2005
1:40 PM
Louise Johnson - All Night Long Blues
Louise Johnson All Night Long Blues
Juke Joint Saturday Night: Piano Blues Rags & Stomps Yazoo 2005
1:42 PM
Mattie May Thomas - Workhouse Blues
Mattie May Thomas Workhouse Blues
American Primitive, Vol. II - Pre-War Revenants Revenant 2005
1:44 PM
Mary James - Make the Devil Leave Me Here
Mary James Make the Devil Leave Me Here
Field Recordings, Vol. 8: Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi (1934-1947) Document Records 1998
1:46 PM
Group Of Women Prisoners - If There's Anybody Here Wants To Buy Some Cabbage
Group Of Women Prisoners If There's Anybody Here Wants To Buy Some Cabbage
Field Recordings, Vol. 8: Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi (1934-1947) Document Records 1998
1:48 PM
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1:51 PM
Mamie Smith - Crazy Blues
Mamie Smith Crazy Blues
Mamie Smith Vol. 1 (1920-1921) Document Records 1995
1:55 PM
Bessie Smith - On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual)
Bessie Smith On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual)
The Essential Bessie Smith Columbia/Legacy 2013
1:58 PM
Ma Rainey - Jealous Hearted Blues
Ma Rainey Jealous Hearted Blues
Ma Rainey Vol. 2 (1924-1925) Document Records 1997
2:01 PM
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2:02 PM
Elizabeth Washington - Riot Call Blues
Elizabeth Washington Riot Call Blues
St. Louis Girls 1927–1934
2:06 PM
Lucille Hegamin - State Street Blues
Lucille Hegamin State Street Blues
Lucille Hegamin Vol. 4
2:09 PM
Ida Cox - Wild Women Don't Have the Blues
Ida Cox Wild Women Don't Have the Blues
Ida Cox Vol. 2 1924-1925 Document Records 1995
2:12 PM
Lucille Bogan - Baking Powder Blues
Lucille Bogan Baking Powder Blues
Shave 'Em Dry - The Best of Lucille Bogan Columbia/Legacy 1933
2:15 PM
Trixie Butler - Take It Easy Greasy
Trixie Butler Take It Easy Greasy
Female Chicago Blues 1936–1947
2:17 PM
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2:18 PM
The Yas Yas Girl (Merline Johnson) - Froggy Bottom
The Yas Yas Girl (Merline Johnson) Froggy Bottom
Female Chicago Blues 1936–1947
2:21 PM
Clara Smith - You Don't Know My Mind
Clara Smith You Don't Know My Mind
Clara Smith Vol. 1 (1923-1924) Document Records 1995
2:24 PM
Georgia White - Alley Boogie
Georgia White Alley Boogie
Georgia White Vol. 3 1937-1939 Document Records 1994
2:27 PM
Victoria Spivey - Spider Web Blues
Victoria Spivey Spider Web Blues
Victoria Spivey Vol. 1 1926-1927 Document Records 1995
2:30 PM
Alberta Hunter - I'm Tired Blues
Alberta Hunter I'm Tired Blues
Alberta Hunter Vol. 3 (1924-1927) Document Records 1996
2:33 PM
Esther Bigeou - That Twa-Twa Tune
Esther Bigeou That Twa-Twa Tune
Esther Bigeou (1921–23) Suncoast Music 2015
2:35 PM
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2:39 PM
Hattie McDaniels - I Thought I'd Do It
Hattie McDaniels I Thought I'd Do It
Tiny Parham & The Blues Singers
2:42 PM
Hattie Hudson - Black Hand Blues
Hattie Hudson Black Hand Blues
I Can't Be Satisfied: Early American Blues Singers, Vol. 1 - Country Yazoo 2006
2:45 PM
Elizabeth Johnson - Be My Kid Blues
Elizabeth Johnson Be My Kid Blues
American Primitive, Vol. II - Pre-War Revenants Revenant 2005
2:49 PM
Jennie Clayton - State of Tennessee Blues
Jennie Clayton State of Tennessee Blues
I Can't Be Satisfied: Early American Blues Singers, Vol. 1 - Country Yazoo 2006
2:53 PM
Memphis Minnie - Killer Diller Blues
Memphis Minnie Killer Diller Blues
Killer Diller Blues
2:55 PM
Etta Baker & Cora Phillips - Railroad Bill
Etta Baker & Cora Phillips Railroad Bill
Carolina Breakdown Music Maker Recordings 2005
2:56 PM
Etta Baker - Nobody's Business
Etta Baker Nobody's Business
Railroad Bill Music Maker Recordings 1999
2:58 PM
Elizabeth Cotten - Wilson Rag
Elizabeth Cotten Wilson Rag
Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 1989
Chat is archived.
Sonny Boy III (host) 12:09:49 PM
Hello all! I hope you enjoy this broadcast as much as I enjoy it.
Elliot 12:17:47 PM
What a drummer on 'C.C. Rider'!
Richard from Rocky Hill 12:21:52 PM
Linda Gail Lewis -- Jerry Lee Lewis's kid sister?!! WOW!!! She's dynamite! I'm sorry I had been totally ignorant of this tremendous talent until your show today. Thanks, SBW IIIrd!
Richard from Rocky Hill 12:23:12 PM
These rockabilly, r&b women are tremendous terrors. Love 'em!
Brian D 12:30:18 PM
Linda and Van Morrison did an LP together that has some really good moments. Rockin set today SBW3!
Sonny Boy III (host) 12:31:09 PM
Thanks Richard!
Richard from Rocky Hill 12:36:13 PM
Thank YOU!
esoterica 12:40:42 PM
happy st. paddy's! richard, elliot and our host, sonny boy!
esoterica 12:40:53 PM
and bri!
Elliot 12:42:29 PM
Blue & Green! Happy St. Paddy's!
esoterica 12:43:32 PM
i need to run out for some corned beef but will be listening the car!
esoterica 12:43:56 PM
i am going to attempt to cook it low and slow (and quickly??). haha
Richard from Rocky Hill 12:44:12 PM
Thanks, Esoterica! And a Happy St. Patrick's to you, too. I'm wearing a bright green today -- emerald green with envy over Sonny Boy Williamson III's record collection! ;-))
Richard from Rocky Hill 12:45:38 PM
Yep @ Elliot, today the Blues makes a great compliment to the Green.
Richard from Rocky Hill 12:50:27 PM
Do you know who are the male vocalists backing Sister Rosetta on "My Lord and I"? They sound like the Golden Gate Quartet, or about as good.
Brian D 12:57:46 PM
Sister Rosetta such a great picker. Some great moments in Joe Boyd's book about her and Rev Gary Davis & other musicians on a big package tour Joe was managing. "White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s". Good read
Richard from Rocky Hill 1:05:54 PM
Yes, "White Bicycles" is a tremendous book. Highly recommended for lovers of 1960s popular music. I'll have to go back and read the Sister Rosetta stories, I'd forgotten she's in it. Thanks, Brian D.
Brian D 1:10:03 PM
She and Rev Gary cut from diff cloth no doubt. But after a bit they came together on the tour and sat in w/each other. Good stories
Richard from Rocky Hill 1:13:50 PM
Re: Sister Rosetta, I did a quick search, and her backing vocalists on "My Lord and I" are listed as The Dependable Boys. They surely were, judging from their tremendous vocalizing.
Elliot 1:33:38 PM
That John Jeremiah Sullivan article is just amazing
Richard from Rocky Hill 1:34:44 PM
OOPS! Walked out of the room for a moment and missed ... What was the subject of the New York Times magazine article SBW IIIrd referenced?
Elliot 1:38:10 PM
it's a very long read about Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas (and how hard it is to learn anything about them)
Elliot 1:38:15 PM
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/04/13/magazine/blues.html
Sonny Boy III (host) 1:39:36 PM
Yes it's a great article! And yep, Richard, apparently the "Dependable Boys" https://spinitron.com/m/playlist/view/12817469
Sonny Boy III (host) 1:39:46 PM
Wrong link! https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/2000302709/74492-My_Lord_and_I
Sonny Boy III (host) 1:40:09 PM
They backed her on quite a few recordings: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/mastertalent/detail/311912/Dependable_Boys_The
Richard from Rocky Hill 1:41:38 PM
Thanks so much, Elliot and SBW IIIrd.
Sonny Boy III (host) 1:49:42 PM
This seems related to the tune Robert Johnson recorded as "They're Red Hot," which is also related to this show's theme song "Hittin' the Bottle Stomp"
Sonny Boy III (host) 1:52:52 PM
Also related to this 1925 version. I didn't realize when recording this that cabbage was particularly appropriate to St. Paddy's.
Sonny Boy III (host) 1:52:57 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyI-B8QsaY0
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:05:51 PM
HAH! Cabbage on St. Paddy's Day! Perfect! All we'd need now is something called "Corn Beef Blues" ... :-))
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:46:08 PM
Oh, my ... an outstanding vocal performance by the great Hattie McDaniels. I'd had no idea she recorded as a singer.
Jon Solomon 2:57:32 PM
Very much enjoyed what I could hear today!
Brian D 2:57:44 PM
Great gtr/banjo duet here... oops it left us quickly ... end of the line. Great show SBW3. See y'all later
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:58:00 PM
Tremendous show, music & information, as always, SBW IIIrd. Many thanks.
Corage Mike 3:00:13 PM
Great show!