Category Archives: Country Blues

Guitar Routes

It’s a deep dive we’re taking today into the digital dustbin of the past century with the focus being on fretwork, string bending, bottlenecks and tripping the lap steel fantastic.  That’s right…a collection of fascinating tonal embellishments that cross the genres of country, jazz, blues, folk and pop. Our show this morning will feature some Lonnie Johnson, Les Paul, Chet Atkins, John Fahey, Grady Martin and a few others. It’s a trip with a few well knowns but more not so much  and you’ll just have to make room in your day because the sounds can’t be ignored. We’ll hear standards like Guitar Rag, Riders in the Sky, Black Mountain Rag, Indiana March, and a special playlist highlighting the work of Grady Martin in both country and rock.  We’re once again hoping for the best as October and November approach. 

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Truett & George Ghost Dance Diabolical Hoodoo: Vintage Songs Of Devilry, Doom & Hellfire 1920-1952 Amazon
3Lonnie Johnson Swing Out Rhythm Complete Recorded Works, Vol:1 Amazon
4Blind Lemon Jefferson See That My Grave Is Kept Clean Black Swan Sampler Amazon
5Blind Blake Southern Rag Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey Amazon
6Robert Johnson Stop Breakin' Down Blues The Complete Recordings [Columbia] Disc 2 Amazon
7Robert Lockwood, Jr. Little Queen Of Spades Blues Routes: Heroes And Tricksters Amazon
8Les Paul Trio Guitar Boogie Trio's Complete Decca Recordings Plus (1936-47) [Disc 2] Amazon
9Roy Smeck and His Paradise Serenaders Indiana March Hawaiian Steel Guitar Classics Amazon
10Slim Gaillard Minuet In Vout Hittin' On All Six: New Guitar Concepts Amazon
11Leon McAuliffe & His Western Swing Band Blue Guitar Stomp Hillibilly Boogie! Amazon
12Merle Travis Guitar Rag The Guitar Picker CD2 (1947-51) Amazon
13Les Paul Hip Billy Boogie (feat. Mary Ford) [Remastered] 100 (100 Original Tracks – Remastered) Amazon
14Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Railroadin' Swingin' On The Strings: The Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Collection Volume 2 Amazon
15Chet Atkins Carolina Shout Guitar Legend – RCA Years (Disc 2) Amazon
16Richard Thompson New-Fangled Flogging Reel/Kerry Reel Strict Tempo! Amazon
17Richard Thompson Rockin' in Rhythm Strict Tempo! Amazon
18John Fahey I'm Gonna Do All I Can for My Lord The Legend of Blind Joe Death Amazon
19John Fahey Requiem for John Hurt Essential John Fahey Amazon
20Bert Jansch On The Edge Of A Dream [Rock Baby Rock Remix] Running From Home – An Introduction to Bert Jansch Amazon
21Leo Kottke Little Martha Instrumentals: Best of the Chrysalis Years Amazon
22Roy Clark Riders in the Sky The Roy Clark Anthology Amazon
23Doc Watson Dill Pickle Rag The Best of Doc Watson: 1964-1968 Amazon
24Doc Watson Black Mountain Rag American Roots Music (Disc One-Country) Amazon
25Jorma Kaukonen There's A Table Sitting In Heaven Stars In My Crown Amazon
26Red Foley Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy Hillbilly Fever [Disc 3] Amazon
27Marty Robbins El Paso All-Time Greatest Hits Amazon
28Loretta Lynn Coal Miner's Daughter Coal Miner's Daughter Amazon
29Marty Robbins Devil Woman All-Time Greatest Hits Amazon
30Elvis Presley (You're The) Devil in Disguise Artist of the Century Disc 2 Amazon
31Johnny Burnette Rock n Roll Trio Honey Hush Tear It Up Amazon
32Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Texas Flood Texas Flood Amazon
33Gary Moore Parisienne Walkways While My Guitar Gently Weeps [Disc 2] Amazon

The River In Music

There are no more essential metaphors to be had in the American story than that of the river. The river is nature’s alliance with mankind and its muse in prose, poetry and song. It is the stuff of dreams, the movement of the clock in Her terms, the news of the day when the banks are breached, and the symbol of biblical ventures of time and home. So we’ll be taking to the river on a Friday in July to feel the warmth of the surface knowing full well that the undercurrent is treacherous and cold beneath the hull. Music this week includes the stories of the Great Flood of 1927 with Barbecue Bob, the baptismal elements from Alison Krauss and Irma Thomas, Central Valley memories from Dave Alvin by way of Merle Haggard, and the poetry of river sounding chants and Paul Robeson’s muscle. Tune in as we drift our way down the Mississippi and beyond on Friday morning on Deeper Roots.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Marilyn Monroe River Of No Return The Essential Marilyn Monroe Amazon
3Charles Colman & William Eaton River Sounding Chant 5- The Long Road To Freedom : An Anthology Of Black Music Amazon
4Paul Robeson Ol' Man River American Songbook Series: Jerome Kern Amazon
5Marian Anderson Deep River Folk Song America-A 20th Century Revival [Disc 1] Amazon
6Mavis Staples In The Mississippi River (Cd) We'll Never Turn Back Amazon
7Johnny Cash Big River Original Greatest Hits Amazon
8The Carter Family River Of Jordan The Carter Family 1927 – 1934 [Disc 1] Amazon
9Alison Krauss Down to the River to Pray O Brother, Where Art Thou? Amazon
10Delmore Brothers Happy on the Mississippi Shores Brown's Ferry Blues Amazon
11Tennessee Ernie Ford with Orchestra & Chorus conducted by Billy May River Of No Return Capitol Records' From The Vaults, Volume 7 – Capitol Goes To The Movies – 1944-55 Amazon
12Louis Armstrong & All His Stars Lazy River The Complete Decca Studio Recordings Of Louis Armstrong And The All Stars [Disc 3] Amazon
13Snooks Eaglin Going to the River Complete Imperial Recordings Amazon
14Fats Domino Going to the River This Is Gold Disc 1 Amazon
15Dr. John Back By The River Mos' Scocious: The Dr. John Anthology [Disc 2] Amazon
16Robert Hicks Mississippi Heavy Water Blues People Take Warning [Disc 2] Man Vs. Nature Amazon
17Slocan Ramblers Mississippi Heavy Water Blues Queen City Jubilee Amazon
18Joe Shores Mississippi Sounding Calls [A-1] Field Recordings, Vol. 3: Mississippi (1936-1942) Amazon
19Jimmie Rodgers Miss The Mississippi And You Recordings 1927 – 1933 [Disc 5] Amazon
20Leon Redbone Mississippi River Blues Double Time Amazon
21Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra Swanee River Swingsation: Jimmie Lunceford Amazon
22Sam Cooke And The Soul Stirrers One More River The Complete Specialty Recordings [Disc 2] Amazon
23Irma Thomas With Henry Butler River Is Waiting Putumayo Presents Rhythm & Blues Amazon
24John Fogerty River Is Waiting Revival Amazon
25Dave Alvin Kern River West of the West Amazon
26Doc Watson Moody River Memories Amazon
27Doc & Merle Watson Deep River Blues Sittin' Here Pickin' the Blues Amazon
28Jorma Kaukonen Red River Blues Blue Country Heart Amazon
29Johnny Rivers Big River The Memphis Sun Recordings Amazon
30The New Christy Minstrels Mighty Mississippi Ramblin' Amazon
31Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Red River Valley 16 Great Songs Of The Old West Amazon

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.

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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

Rolling Along

We’re going to blend all the favorites into a delicious free form stew this morning, looking to the north, south, east and west for our inspiration. Not only do we have some Otis Redding soul, but we’ve also got some traditional blendings from David Johansen, The Devil Makes Three, and some southern fried sounds from James Lee Stanley and John Hammond. A lot of our playlist makes connections: moonlight drives, Memphis tributes, and a lot about our title track ‘rolling along’. I’ve also got a little splash of Frankie Laine for inspiration along those lines. Tune in on a Sonoma County Friday morning for more from the Cherry Street Historic District and the mighty KOWS, streaming to planet earth on kowsfm.com.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2The Mavericks Rolling Along Brand New Day Amazon
3John Hammond Riding In The Moonlight Southern Fried Amazon
4James Lee Stanley & Cliff Eberhardt Moonlight Drive All Wood And Doors Amazon
5The Doors Moonlight Drive Strange Days Amazon
6Raul Malo Moonlight Kiss Lucky One Amazon
7B.B. King & Eric Clapton Riding With The King Riding With The King Amazon
8John Hiatt Book Lovers Riding With the King Amazon
9David Johansen & the Harry Smiths Well, I've Been to Memphis BMW Audiophile Amazon
10J.J. Cale Midnight in Memphis The Very Best of J.J. Cale Amazon
11Charley Crockett That's How I Got to Memphis Lil G.L.'s Blue Bonanza Amazon
12Randy Newman Rollin' Good Old Boys [Expanded] Disc 1 Amazon
13Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin' Stone Rollin' – Single Amazon
14Tiny Bradshaw The Train Kept a-Rollin' (Digitally Remastered) The Train Kept a-Rollin' (Digitally Remastered) – Single Amazon
15Various Blazing Saddles Pledge To Hedley Lamarr Audio Sound Clips Amazon
16Frankie Laine Signature / Main Title Blazing Saddles (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [40th Anniversary Edition] Amazon
17Frankie Laine Rawhide Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
18Otis Redding I'm Sick Y'All Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul Amazon
19Arthur Alexander In The Middle Of It All The Greatest Hits Amazon
20Elvis Presley It Keeps Right On a-Hurtin' From Elvis in Memphis Amazon
21The Devil Makes Three Come On Up to the House Redemption & Ruin Amazon
22The Box Tops The Letter The Classic Sixties: 1967 Amazon
23Eartha Kitt The Memphis Blues The RCA Recordings 1953-1958 Amazon
24Jerry Lee Lewis Night Train To Memphis A Half Century Of Hits [Disc 1] Amazon
25Mink Deville You Just Keep Holding On The Mink De Ville Collection Amazon
26Ben E. King Spanish Harlem Poison Ivy – Gems from the Atco Vaults 1959-1962 Amazon
27Cassius Clay Stand by Me Golden Throats, Vol. 2: More Celebrity Rock Oddities Amazon
28Creedence Clearwater Revival It Ain't You Or Me 36 All – Time Greatest Hits 3 CD Set (Disk 3) Amazon
29Kevin Russell Nadine You Don't Know Me Amazon
30John Prine Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian German Afternoons Amazon
31The Staple Singers I'll Take You There The Soul Story, Vol. 2 [Disc 1] Amazon
32Irma Thomas Hurtin' for Certain My Heart's in Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn Amazon

Breakin’ The Law

Another theme time extravaganza for our listeners on this new Spring morning here in Sonoma County. The theme focuses on bad behavior, poor judgement and legal entanglements that find themselves into the American musical lexicon. Rock, country and blues seem to lean on the theme more than any other with the country stories of cheatin’, stealin’, and petulant pistols being the most common. We’ll be hearing from Johnny Cash, Porter Wagoner, Louis Jordan, Elvis,  The Cadillacs, and a number of others, sharing stories of everything from jaywalking to murder. Oh…and let’s not forget the lawyers. No lawyer jokes, though. Just a little bit of David Lindley, Kitty Wells, and Warren Zevon on visiting day behind the bars…which is every Friday morning at 9 on community radio for Sonoma County.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Willy DeVille Hey Joe Backstreets Of Desire Amazon
3The Leaves Hey Joe Nuggets Sampler 1965-1968 Amazon
4The Bobby Fuller Four I Fought The Law Fifty Years Of Hits – Vol. 4 Amazon
5Dick & Dee Dee Thou Shalt Not Steal The Singles Collection Amazon
6The Cadillacs Jay Walker For Collectors Only (Disc 3) Amazon
7Kitty Wells Thou Shalt Not Steal (Remastered) Thou Shalt Not Steal (Remastered) – Single Amazon
8Ray Batts Stealin' Sugar Best of Excello Vol 2: Southern Rhythm & Rock Amazon
9Eilen Jewell If You Catch Me Stealing Letters From Sinners & Strangers Amazon
10Hank Snow The Man Who Robbed The Bank At Santa Fe I'm Still Movin' On [Disc 1] Amazon
11Porter Wagoner The Cold Hard Facts of Life The Essential Porter Wagoner Amazon
12Jimmy Littlejohn No Parking Here The World Is A Monster Amazon
13Johnny Cash Out Among the Stars Out Among The Stars Amazon
14Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues Original Greatest Hits Amazon
15The Byrds Pretty Boy Floyd Sweetheart of the Rodeo Amazon
16Joe Ely Miss Bonnie and Mister Clyde Happy Songs from Rattlesnake Gulch Amazon
17Merle Haggard The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde The Lonesome Fugitive: The Merle Haggard Anthology 1963-1977 [Disc 1] Amazon
18The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Jesse James Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy Amazon
19Bruce Springsteen Jesse James We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions [DualDisc] Disc 1 Amazon
20New Riders Of The Purple Sage Glendale Train New Riders Of The Purple Sage Amazon
21Soggy Bottom Boys/Tim Blake Nelson In the Jailhouse Now O Brother, Where Art Thou? Amazon
22Rod Morris Alabama Jailhouse Country Boy's Dream Amazon
23Dean Taylor Indiana Wants Me 70s Music Explosion Escape Amazon
24Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five Private Property (No Tresspassing) One Guy Named Louis: The Complete Aladdin Sessions Amazon
25Howling Wolf My Friends aka Stealing My Clothes Sings The Blues Amazon
26David Lindley Talk to the Lawyer Win This Record Amazon
27Warren Zevon Lawyers, Guns and Money A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon Amazon
28Mac Wiseman Bad Ole Philadelphia Lawyer Old Likker In A New Jug Amazon
29Kitty Wells Will Your Lawyer Talk To God Country Music Hall Of Fame Amazon
30Ricky Skaggs Drunken Driver Bluegrass Rules! Amazon
31Goodnight, Texas A Bank Robber's Nursery Rhyme Uncle John Farquhar Amazon
32Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock Can't Help Falling In Love (Remastered) Amazon
33Dinah Washington Jailhouse Blues The Bessie Smith Songbook Amazon

Lead Belly’s Legacy

Deeper Roots goes deeper this Friday morning. We’ll be sharing the songs of tradition and folk blues from an artist who opened up a world to a generation of followers in the 1940s and 1950s. With the witting arm of Alan Lomax as his promoter and benefactor, Huddie Ledbetter’s music would get wings and find its place in America’s traditional music lexicon. This week’s show, like last week’s Bill Monroe special, revisits the music that he was identified with, much of which he is credited with bringing into this world, or at least opening our eyes to. We’ll hear from Doug Sahm, Red Smiley, Odetta, The Weavers, Bob Dylan, and many others on a show that celebrates a giant of America’s songbook. Tune into KOWS radio every Friday morning at 9 Pacific for a new episode of a show that’s heading into it’s ninth year here on KOWS Community Radio.

Got Blues If You Want It

It’s blues time once more. We’re in for a hard winter and before we roll out the Christmas cheer and jingles, it’s time for some deeper reflection. This week’s Deeper Roots show features music from the great blues performers, acoustic and electric, of the past century: Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf, Slim Harpo, Elmore James, Ray Charles, and a large contingent of the usual suspects. We make our way from Highway 51 to 49, the waterfront to the crossroads, buzzin’, shufflin’, walkin’ blues…all for you this week on KRJF community radio here in Sonoma County. Let your conscience be your guide.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Slim Harpo Got Love If You Want It The Scratch Amazon
3Lightnin' Hopkins Don't Embarrass Me Baby The Complete Prestige-Bluesville Recordings [Disc 4] Amazon
4John Lee Hooker Dimples The Ultimate Collection 1948-1990 [Disc 1] Amazon
5Muddy Waters Trouble No More The Definitive Collection Amazon
6Taj Mahal Statesboro Blues The Best Of Taj Mahal Amazon
7Lowell Fulson Do Me Right Willie Dixon and Friends Vol. 3 Amazon
8Albert King Crosscut Saw Born Under a Bad Sign [RM 2002] Amazon
9Little Junior Parker Feelin' Good Feelin4 Good. The 1952-1962 Recordings Amazon
10John Lee Hooker I Cover The Waterfront The Ultimate Collection 1948-1990 [Disc 2] Amazon
11Jimmy Reed Baby What You Want Me To Do The Very Best of Jimmy Reed Amazon
12Lightnin' Hopkins Mojo Hand The Very Best Of Lightnin' Hopkins Amazon
13Slim Harpo Buzz Me Babe The Excello Singles Anthology Disc 1 Amazon
14The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Walking Blues An Anthology: The Elektra Years Disc 1 Amazon
15Elmore James Whose Muddy Shoes Chess Blues Disc 2 Amazon
16Georgia White The Blues Ain't Nothin' But A Woman Cryin' For Her Man Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
17Memphis Minnie Dirty Mother For You Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
18Howlin' Wolf Rockin' Daddy Smokestack Lightning /The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960 Amazon
19Howlin' Wolf Howlin' For My Darling (Or Baby) Smokestack Lightning /The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960 Amazon
20Otis Spann Must Have Been The Devil The Best Of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour Vol 2 Amazon
21Roosevelt Sykes 44 Blues ABC Of The Blues, Vol. 41 Amazon
22Magic Sam I Feel So Good (I Wanna Boogie) West Side Soul Amazon
23Little Walter Hate To See You Go His Best (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection) Amazon
24Howlin' Wolf 300 Pounds Of Joy The Chess Box Amazon
25Willie Mabon Got to Have It Chess Blues Disc 2 Amazon
26Howlin' Wolf Highway 49 The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions [Disc 1] Amazon
27Elmore James Dust My Broom The Complete Fire And Enjoy Recordings [Disc 1] Amazon
28Muddy Waters The Same Thing Electric Mud Amazon
29Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson [MCA/Chess] Disc 1 Amazon
30B.B. King See That My Grave Is Kept Clean One Kind Favor Amazon
31Koko Taylor What Kind of Man Is That? Chess Blues Disc 4 Amazon
32Otis Rush Homework Blues Classics '27_'69 [Disc 3] Amazon

Discovering Document Records

Today’s Deeper Roots show explores the Document label once more but, this time, we’ll be asking Gary and Gillian to tell us more. They’ll share some personal anecdotes about what brought them to their life’s work. So many of us from the baby boomer generation discovered early roots music through covers by bands from our early years that led us to recurring moments of musical revelation. And many of us found ourselves digging, rummaging, exploring, collecting, and listening for those mother lodes of musical treasures that surfaced like bits of gold on that river of time that runs from ‘then’ to the ‘now’. It’s the second part of our interview with this delightful couple from across the pond. Hear their stories of connecting with this music and how it informed their life’s work with Document Records.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Lil' Son Jackson Rockin' And Rollin' Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 2] Amazon
3Big Bill Broonzy Key to the Highway Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
4Deeper Roots Intro and Early Document w Johnny Part Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
5Peetie Wheatstraw Peetie Wheatstraw Stomp Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 2] Amazon
6Big Bill Broonzy Good Boy Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 2] Amazon
7Deeper Roots Discovery of the Folk and Blues Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
8The Rolling Stones Confessin' The Blues 12 X 5 Amazon
9Deeper Roots Buys Document Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
10Major "Big Maceo" Merriweather Kid Man Blues Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 2] Amazon
11Deeper Roots Impact of American Music Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
12Josh White Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out In Chronological Order, Volume 6 (1944-45) Amazon
13Deeper Roots Hunting Swap Meets for Blues (With Music) Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
14Gitfiddle Jim (Kokomo Arnold) Paddlin' Blues Down In The Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove Of Vintage 78s: 1926-1937 Amazon
15Deeper Roots Growing Up with Music to the Beatles Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
16Cliff Richard & The Shadows Please Don't Tease Hit The Road Jack: The ABC-Paramount Story Amazon
17The Beatles Anna (Go to Him) Please Please Me Amazon
18Deeper Roots Closing Snippet 1 Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
19Deeper Roots Document Projects Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
20Walter 'Cowboy' Washington Ice Pick Mama Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 2] Amazon
21Blind Willie McTell Stole Rider Blues Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order – Volume 1 – 18 October 1927 to 23 October 1931 Amazon
22Deeper Roots Musical influences Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
23John Lee Hooker Democrat Man That's My Story Amazon
24Bo Diddley Pretty Thing His Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection Amazon
25Deeper Roots Early music loves Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
26Freddie & The Dreamers If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody A's, B's & EP's Amazon
27James Ray If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody Birth Of Soul: 3 Amazon
28The McCoys Hang on Sloopy Operation Dumbo Drop Amazon

Travelin’ Blues

This week’s episode of Deeper Roots focuses on gospel, blues, and tradition with a theme being the “travelin’ blues”. Whether that’s a long ride to perdition or salvation on the King’s highway or a ready roll down the road apiece…our journey will avoid the toll roads, whether they be the sacred or the profane. Performances this morning feature Rory Block, Chris Smither, Eric Clapton, Freddie King, and The Golden Gate Quartet. The show is a ‘first installment’ of traveling songs…songs about the highways…told in the key of blues with the followup in coming months being one that focuses on the country and bluegrass sound. But not today. Today’s about the blues and the gospel. Drop by.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Maria Muldaur Travelin' Shoes Waitress In a Donut Shop Amazon
3Blind Sammie (Blind Willie McTell) Travelin' Blues Lonesome Whistle – An Anthology Of American Railroad Song Amazon
4Taj Mahal Farther On Down The Road The Best Of Taj Mahal Amazon
5Roland Stone Down The Road The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues [Disc 5] Amazon
6Freddie Slack Down The Road Boogie Woogie [Disc 10] Amazon
7Eric Clapton Further On Down the Road Old Sock Amazon
8Chris Smither Look Down the Road I'm a Stranger Too!/Don't It Drag On Amazon
9Mattie Delaney Down The Big Road Blues Mississippi Masters Amazon
10Unidentified Quartet I Look Down The Road And Wonder Powerhouse Gospel Amazon
11The Golden Gate Quartet I Looked Down The Road And Wondered Travelin' Shoes Amazon
12Vera Ward Hall Travelin' Shoes Crossroads: Southern Roots Amazon
13Rory Block If You Haven't Any Hay, Get On Down The Road Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James Amazon
14Paul Butterfield's Better Days Highway 28 'Better Days' + 'Better Days – It All Comes Back' Amazon
15Johnny "Guitar" Watson Highway 60 Space Guitar Amazon
16Lowell Fulson Highway 99 Juke Box Blues 1946-1948 Amazon
17Gatemouth Moore Highway 61 Blues Hey Mr. Gatemouth – Complete King Recordings Amazon
18Honeyboy Edwards Strollin' Down Highway 61 Roamin and Ramblin Amazon
19Snooks Eaglin Traveling Mood Complete Imperial Recordings Amazon
20Doc Pomus Traveling Dog Singer & Songwriter Amazon
21Ella Johnson & Buddy Johnson Get On Down The Road Go Ahead And Rock And Roll Amazon
22Ernie Andrews With Maxwell Davis Orchestra Travelin' Baby Jumpin' Like Mad: Cool Cats & Hip Chicks Non-Stop Dancin' [Disc 2] Amazon
23Slim Gaillard & His Boogiereeners Travelin' Blues Laughing in Rhythm: Cement Mixer (Put-Ti, Put-Ti) [Disc 3] Amazon
24T-Bone Walker Travelin' Blues The Complete Imperial Recordings: 1950-1954 [Disc 1] Amazon
25Smiley Lewis Lonesome Highway ABC Of The Blues Vol 25 Amazon
26Howling Wolf Driving This Highway Sings The Blues Amazon
27Freddie King Key To The Highway Ultimate Collection Amazon
28Freddie King Living On The Highway The Best Of Freddie King: The Shelter Records Years Amazon
29Little Walter Key to the Highway Chess Blues Disc 3 Amazon
30Eric Clapton Traveling Riverside Blues Me & Mr. Johnson Amazon
31Tommy McClennan Travelin' Highway Man The Bluebird Recordings 1939-1942 Disc 2 Amazon
32Cripple Clarence Lofton Traveling Blues Cripple Clarence Lofton Vol. 1 (1935-1939) Amazon

Rock Island to James Alley

From the rail yard to back alleys of the urban south to St. James Infirmary, we explore that short life of trouble blending populist, folk, blues, and songs of the west. And we’ll hear contrasting sounds of new and old; stories of Gypsy Davie, Black Jack David, and hard gospel truths from the likes of Josh White, The Meat Purveyors, The Carters, Merrill Moore and Blind Willie Johnson. Deeper Roots’ first show of 2020 will inject the clarity of folk blues with traditional songs performed by contemporary artists alongside early century classics. Tune in every Friday morning at 9 on KOWS Community Radio for Deeper Roots. Streaming at kowsfm.com/listen.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Johnny Cash Rock Island Line His Sun Years: Down South Amazon
3Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry Rock Island Line A Long Way from Home Amazon
4Merrill Moore Rock Island Line Boogie My Blues Away [Disc 2] Amazon
5Richard Rabbitt Brown James Alley Blues Anthology Of American Folk Music, Vol. 3A: Songs Amazon
6Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands James Alley Blues (Featuring Aoife O'Donovan) The Hazel and Alice Sessions Amazon
7Bob Dylan Black Jack Davey Good As I Been To You Amazon
8Ray Rhodes Black Jack Davy (Child 200) Art of Field Recording: Volume II – Disc 4: Unaccompanied Songs and Ballads Amazon
9The Carter Family Black Jack David Carter Family, vol. 2: 1935-1941 (Disc 5) Amazon
10Woody Guthrie Gypsy Davy Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection Amazon
11Arlo Guthrie Gypsy Davy Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys (Remastered 2004) Amazon
12Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men A Short Life of Trouble Public Domain: Songs from the Wild Land Amazon
13Buell Kazee A Short Life Of Trouble The Rose Grew Round The Briar Amazon
14Clarence Ashley Little Sadie A Portrait of Dylan Amazon
15Bob Dylan Little Sadie Self Portrait Amazon
16The Meat Purveyors John Hardy The Executioners Last Songs, Volume 3 Amazon
17The Carter Family John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man Anthology Of American Folk Music, Vol. 1B: Ballads Amazon
18Blind Joe Taggart Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down Vol. 2-(1929-34) Amazon
19Robert Plant Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down Band Of Joy Amazon
20Paul Thorn Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin' Bed Don't Let The Devil Ride Amazon
21Blind Willie Johnson Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed The Complete Blind Willie Johnson (Disc 1) Amazon
22Blind Willie Johnson John The Revelator Anthology Of American Folk Music, Vol. 2B: Social Music Amazon
23Irma Thomas Another Man Done Gone After the Rain Amazon
24Carolina Chocolate Drops Another Man Done Gone Dona Got A Ramblin' Mind Amazon
25Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys This Train Vintage Collections Amazon
26Sister Rosetta Tharpe This Train Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
27The Golden Gate Quartet Blind Barnabas Vol. 4 (1939-1943) Amazon
28The Blind Boys Of Alabama Old Blind Barnabas Atom Bomb Amazon
29Allen Toussaint St. James Infirmary The Bright Mississippi Amazon
30Josh White St. James Infirmary (mono) The Elektra Years – disc 1 Amazon
31Betty Boop St. James Infirmary Blues Betty Boop Amazon
32Merle Travis Over In Gloryland Hot Pickin' [Disc 1] Amazon
33Tex Ritter Sam Bass Have I Stayed Away Too Long Amazon