Blues Across Texas

A collection of blues performers almost unparalleled. They grow ’em big down there and the sound of the blues is no different. From Lead Belly to Blind Lemon Jefferson to the Vaughan Brothers, you can’t really capture the breadth and depth of the blues from the state of Texas in one sitting, so we’re only going to do our very best in the show this morning on KOWS. Early blues from Ramblin’ Thomas, Texas Alexander and Bessie Tucker will take us into the seminal country folk blues of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb. While we’re name-dropping, how about Bobby “Blue” Bland, T-Bone Walker, Johnny Winter, Albert Collins, Big Mama Thornton, and it doesn’t stop there. There’s a heaping helping of Texas blues coming your way from the KOWS studios located in downtown Santa Rosa.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Blind Lemon Jefferson Matchbox Blues Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey Amazon
3Pee Wee Crayton Do Unto Others Pee Wee's Blues – The Complete Aladdin And Imperial Recordings Amazon
4Johnny Winter Mean Town Blues Legends of Guitar – Electric Blues (Vol. 1) Amazon
5Fenton Robinson Somebody Loan Me A Dime Living The Blues: The 70's Blues Classics Amazon
6Albert Collins Frosty Blues Classics '27_'69 [Disc 3] Amazon
7Blind Lemon Jefferson See That My Grave Is Kept Clean Black Swan Sampler Amazon
8Ramblin' Thomas Poor Boy Blues Anthology Of American Folk Music, Vol. 3B: Songs Amazon
9Texas Alexander Don't You Wish Your Baby was Built Up Like Mine Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1927 – 1928) Amazon
10J.T. Smith Fools Blues Oxford American Southern Music Texas Amazon
11Bessie Tucker Better Boot That Thing [Take 2] [#] Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order (1928-1929) Amazon
12Lightnin' Hopkins Katie Mae Blues The Very Best Of Lightnin' Hopkins Amazon
13Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson Blues Come To Texas Blues Come To Texas Amazon
14Mance Lipscomb Introduction Ash Grove 12/6/1964 Amazon
15Mance Lipscomb Darktown Strutters' Ball Ash Grove 12/6/1964 Amazon
16T-Bone Walker Cold, Cold Feeling The Complete Imperial Recordings: 1950-1954 [Disc 1] Amazon
17James "Thunderbird" Davis If I Had My Life To Live Over Blues Pajama Party Amazon
18Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown Okie Dokie Stomp ABC Of The Blues Vol 4 Amazon
19Frankie Lee Sims Lucy Mae Blues Blues Masters Vol. 3: Texas Blues Amazon
20Juke Boy Bonner Running Shoes Rhythm & Blues Goes Rock & Roll Volume 2 [Disc 8] Amazon
21Bobby "Blue" Bland Turn On Your Love Light Blues Classics '27_'69 [Disc 3] Amazon
22Big Mama Thornton Let Your Tears Fall Baby ABC Of The Blues Vol 43 Amazon
23Freddie King Hide Away Ultimate Collection Amazon
24Jimmie Vaughan Don't Cha Know Strange Pleasure Amazon
25Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Pride And Joy Folk, Gospel & Blues Will The Circle Be Unbroken Disk 2 Amazon
26The Fabulous Thunderbirds She's Tuff Blues Masters, Vol. 9: Postmodern Blues Amazon
27Johnny "Guitar" Watson One Room Country Shack ABC Of The Blues Vol 49 Amazon
28Blind Willie Johnson John The Revelator The Complete Blind Willie Johnson Amazon
29Johnny Copeland Down On Bending Knees Blues Masters Vol. 3: Texas Blues Amazon
30Andrew "Smokey" Hogg I Gotta Ride Texas Guitar Killers Disc 2 Amazon
31Johnny Winter Highway 61 Revisited Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
32Lowell Fulson Blue Shadows A Propoer Introduction to Lowell Fulson Juke Box Shuffle Amazon

Music From The Band

Americana fusion from the Canadian border to the rolling hills of Arkansas: roots music from a musical collective built on a foundation made up of many different legs: blues, rock, folk, Civil War stories, burnished antiques found alongside the two-lane highways of mid-century and tradition from the kitchen. Their songs were anchored by deeper roots. There are few that could speak musically to all of these and all of their connecting tissue, but The Band (Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson) made it seem easy. From their early years as The Hawks backing Ronnie Hawkins to being the electric behind Bob Dylan’s Judas performance in the UK, and then The Last Waltz. There were tragedies both light and heavy that foretold a demise as predictable as the appearance of Halley’s Comet. Join us in a reflection of their music on a Friday morning in Sonoma County on KOWS Community Radio.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Robbie Robertson When The Night Was Young How To Become Clairvoyant Amazon
3The Band Will The Circle Be Unbroken (non-lp track) A Musical History [Disc 1] Amazon
4The Levon Helm Band Anna Lee Newport Folk Festival 8/3/2008 Amazon
5Rick Danko When I Get My Just Rewards Cryin' Heart Blues Amazon
6Bob Dylan & The Band The Weight Before The Flood [Live] [Disc 2] Amazon
7Joan Baez The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Hits: Greatest & Others Amazon
8The Band Acadian Driftwood Northern Lights-Southern Cross Amazon
9Bob Dylan & The Band Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood) The Basement Tapes [Disc 2] Amazon
10Bob Dylan & The Band Million Dollar Bash The Basement Tapes [Disc 1] Amazon
11Rick Danko It Makes No Difference Live Anthology Amazon
12Emmylou Harris & The Band Evangeline Duets Amazon
13The Band Stage Fright The Last Waltz [Rhino Box Set] Disc 1 Amazon
14Ronnie Hawkins/The Band Who Do You Love? The Last Waltz [Rhino Box Set] Disc 1 Amazon
15Levon Helm & The RCO All-Stars Havana Moon Levon Helm & The RCO All-Stars Amazon
16Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks Hey Boba Lou The Best of Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks Amazon
17The Band Stand Up High On The Hog Amazon
18Levon Helm False Hearted Lover Blues Dirt Farmer Amazon
19Warren Haynes With The All Star Band And Rami Jaffee The Shape I'm In (with The All Star Band & Rami Jaffee) (2013) Love For Levon Amazon
20The Band,Bob Clearmountain Time to Kill – Remix / 2020 Stage Fright (Deluxe Remix 2020) Amazon
21The Band Life Is a Carnival Cahoots Amazon
22Levon Helm Tennessee Jed Electric Dirt Amazon
23The Band Twilight (Single Version) Islands [Remastered] Amazon
24Bob Dylan I Shall Be Released Before The Flood [Disc 1] Amazon
25Levon Helm Money Levon Helm Amazon