Category Archives: Country Blues

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

Blues is a Woman

This week’s show dedicates two hours to the incredible blues women of the past century. We’ll be going deep, featuring tracks from the great early century trailblazers:  Mamie Smith, Trixie Smith, Ma Rainey, Sippie Wallace, and others. Plus, we’ll hear from Ruthie Foster, Big Mama Thornton, Dinah Washington, and Varetta Dillard; all of this being the background to to last Saturday evening’s Blues is a Woman performance at the Raven Theater in downtown Healdsburg. Our special guest on the show will be Pamela Rose, performer, author, and vocalist, who has toured nationally with her critically acclaimed show Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era. Pamela is part of the San Francisco ensemble Blues is a Woman along with Pat Wilder, Ruth Davies, Kristen Strom, Shani Johnson, Jennifer Jolly, and music director/pianist/vocalist Tammy Hall. Dave Stroud will be talking the ‘pearls’ of the blues with Pamela in a prerecorded interview. Join us.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Ma Rainey Ma" Rainey's Black Bottom Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Amazon
3Ma Rainey with Tampa Red & Georgia Tom Black Eye Blues Southern Country Blues: Down In Boogie Alley [Disc 2] Amazon
4Ruthie Foster Death Came A'Knockin' Oxford American Southern Music Texas Amazon
5Big Mama Thornton/Muddy Waters Blues Band Looking the World Over With the Muddy Waters Blues Band 1966 Amazon
6Memphis Minnie Looking The World Over [Album Version] Queen Of The Blues Amazon
7Ida Cox with Coleman Hawkins Quintet Wild Women Don't Have the Blues Oxford American Music Issue – Visions of the Blues Amazon
8Ida Cox One Hour Mama I Can't Quit My Man Amazon
9Bonnie Raitt Love Me Like A Man Bonnie Raitt: Opus Collection Amazon
10Aretha Franklin Evil Gal Blues Aretha Sings The Blues Amazon
11Albinia Jones Evil Gal Blues Vocal Blues & Jazz Vol. 4 (1938) Amazon
12Sippie Wallace Up the Country Blues Sippie Wallace Vol. 1 (1923-1925) Amazon
13Victoria Spivey Murder In The First Degree Black Snake Blues – The Best Of Amazon
14Alberta Hunter Remember My Name Remember My Name (Original Soundtrack Recording) Amazon
15Big Mama Thornton Ball And Chain Living The Blues – 1965 – 1969 Blues Classics Amazon
16Varetta Dillard See See Rider Blues Got You On My Mind Amazon
17Sister Rosetta Tharpe Didn't It Rain Gospel Blues – the Very Best Of Amazon
18Trixie Smith Freight Train Blues Blues Was Her Business Amazon
19Clementine Smith Nobody Knows What A Red Head Mama Can Do Female Blues Singers, Complete Recorded Works. Volume 14 Amazon
20Mamie Smith Crazy Blues Folk Blues & Gospel: Will the Circle Be Unbroken Amazon
21Bessie Smith Lock And Key Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 1] Amazon
22Pamela Rose Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning (feat. Daria Johnson) Blues Is a Woman (Original Cast Recording) Amazon
23Etta James Let's Burn Down The Cornfield The Essential Etta James [Disc 2] Amazon
24Ruth Brown (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean The Great American Soul Book Chapter 1: Any Way You Wanta! Amazon
25Dinah Washington Blow Top Blues Blues Was Her Business Amazon

Deeper Memphis Minnie

Well, it’s about time. For being one of the premier blues women of the 20th century, we’ve been remiss in our coverage here on Deeper Roots. You can, however, check out our blog post Memphis Minnie on the Ice Box to prepare you for the music we’ve got for you this coming Friday.  Not only will we share some classic tunes from Minnie and Kansas City Joe McCoy but we’ll be pairing much of them with contemporary covers including some special ones: the Alabama Shakes, Maria Muldaur, Precious Bryant, and Eilen Jewell (just to name a few). The article mentioned above is a well worn first hand observation of a Memphis Minnie performance published in the Chicago Defender in 1942, written by Langston Hughes. We’ve got enough to fill the room…and the airwaves, this coming Friday morning so here’s hoping you can drop in.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Memphis Minnie Pig Meat On The Line [Album Version] Queen Of The Blues Amazon
3Alabama Shakes Killer Diller Blues American Epic: The Sessions [Disc 1] Amazon
4Memphis Minnie Killer Diller Blues [Album Version] Queen Of The Blues Amazon
5Maria Muldaur, Del Rey, Steve James Crazy Cryin' Blues ….First Came Memphis Minnie Amazon
6Memphis Minnie Crazy Cryin' Blues Queen Of Country Blues Amazon
7Magic Slim, Billy Branch & James Cotton When The Levee Breaks, Pt. 1 Whole Lotta Blues: Songs Of Led Zeppelin Amazon
8Kansas Joe And Memphis Minnie When the Levee Breaks People Take Warning [Disc 2] Man Vs. Nature Amazon
9Rory Block When You Love Me ….First Came Memphis Minnie Amazon
10Eilen Jewell Nothing In Rambling Down Hearted Blues Amazon
11Precious Bryant Black Rat Swing Fool Me Good Amazon
12Precious Bryant My Chauffeur The Truth Amazon
13Maria Muldaur, Del Rey Lookin' The World Over ….First Came Memphis Minnie Amazon
14Clifton Chenier Me And My Chauffeur King Of The Bayous Amazon
15Maria Muldaur, Roy Rogers, Roly Salley Me And My Chauffeur Blues ….First Came Memphis Minnie Amazon
16Memphis Minnie What's The Matter With The Mill Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
17Ben Winship What's The Matter With the Well Toolshed Amazon
18Phoebe Snow, David Bromberg In My Girlish Days ….First Came Memphis Minnie Amazon
19Doug Quattlebaum You Is One Black Rat The Bluesville Years Volume 10: Country Roads, Country Days Amazon
20Lucinda Williams Nothing In Rambling [Live] Passionate Kisses [EP] Amazon
21Memphis Minnie with Little Joe & His Band Me and My Chauffeur Blues Electric BluesPart 1: Beginnings 1939-1954 Amazon
22Johnny Shines Bumble Bee Blues Traditional Delta Blues Amazon
23Whispering Smith Looking the World Over Swamp Blues Amazon
24Memphis Minnie Dirty Mother For You Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
25Memphis Minnie New Dirty Dozen Queen Of Country Blues Amazon
26Memphis Minnie If You See My Rooster (Please Run Him Home) Queen Of Country Blues [Disc 5] (1936-1937) Amazon
27Memphis Minnie Ice Man (Come On Up) Queen Of Country Blues [Disc 5] (1936-1937) Amazon
28Maria Muldaur I'm Goin' Back Home Richland Woman Blues Amazon
29Big Mama Thornton/Muddy Waters Blues Band Looking the World Over With the Muddy Waters Blues Band 1966 Amazon
30Tampa Red Bumble Bee Blues Guitar Wizards (1926-1935) Amazon
31Ruthie Foster, Steve Freund, Tanya Richardson, Samantha Banks Keep Your Big Mouth Closed ….First Came Memphis Minnie Amazon

Back to Back Blues

We revisit the blues with some pairings of old and new.  Join Dave Stroud for a selection of classic delta, Chicago, and folk blues from the likes of Robert Wilkins, Elmore James, Magic Slim, and Bukka White. The original classics pair up with updated versions from contemporaries like Sonny Landreth, Jeff Beck, The Allman Brothers, and Rory Block. Blues is the big muddy and the the tributaries flow through vast expanses of cleansing and clarifying. But, unlike those wide rivers like the Mississippi, the tributaries explode into new, deeper channels in the heart of the American landscape.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Turtle Island String Quartet Crossroads A Little on the CD Side Amazon
3Muddy Waters Trouble No More Trouble No More: Singles (1955-1959) Amazon
4The Jimmy Rogers All-Stars Trouble No More (featuring Mick Jagger & Keith Richards) Blues Blues Blues Amazon
5Black Cats And The Kitten Step It Up And Go [Album Version] Roots 'N' Blues/The Retrospective 1925-1950 Amazon
6Warner Williams With Jay Summerour Step It Up And Go Blues Highway Amazon
7Robert Wilkins That's No Way to Get Along Roots of Rock Amazon
8The Rolling Stones Prodigal Son Beggars Banquet Amazon
9Elmore James One Way Out The Complete Fire And Enjoy Recordings [Disc 1] Amazon
10John Hiatt One Way Out All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman Amazon
11Howlin' Wolf I Ain't Superstitious Blues Classics '27_'69 [Disc 3] Amazon
12Jeff Beck I Ain't Superstitious Truth Amazon
13Big Joe Williams Baby Please Don't Go Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
14Tom Rush Baby Please Don't Go Town and Country Blues Amazon
15Elmore James Dust My Broom Blues Masters, Vol. 15: Slide Guitar Classics Amazon
16Sonny Landreth Dust My Broom Bound by the Blues Amazon
17Howlin' Wolf Back Door Man Blues Masters Vol. 6 – Blues Originals Amazon
18John Hammond Backdoor Man The Best Of Amazon
19Koko Taylor Wang Dang Doodle Blues Classics '27_'69 [Disc 3] Amazon
20Dr. John Wang Dang Doodle The Atco/Atlantic Singles 19681974 Amazon
21Kansas Joe And Memphis Minnie When the Levee Breaks People Take Warning [Disc 2] Man Vs. Nature Amazon
22Magic Slim, Billy Branch & James Cotton When The Levee Breaks, Pt. 1 Whole Lotta Blues: Songs Of Led Zeppelin Amazon
23Bukka White Parchman Farm Blues Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music, Vol. 4 [Disc 1] Amazon
24Rory Block Parchman Farm Blues Keepin' Outta Trouble: A Tribute to Bukka White Amazon
25Blind Willie McTell Statesboro Blues RCA Record Label: The 1st Note In Black Music [Disc 1] Amazon
26Taj Mahal Statesboro Blues The Best Of Taj Mahal Amazon
27Robert Johnson Stones in My Passway The Complete Recordings [Columbia] Disc 2 Amazon
28Roy Rogers Stones in My Passway Slide of Hand Amazon
29The Allman Brothers Band Statesboro Blues Blues Masters, Vol. 15: Slide Guitar Classics Amazon
30The Allman Brothers Band Trouble No More Stand Back: The Anthology Disc 1 Amazon

Leon Redbone Tribute

“The only thing that interests me is history – reviewing the past and making something out of it”. A man after our own heart here at Deeper Roots, shining bright like that old harvest moon. We lost Leon this past week and his family lovingly announced his passing  with the following prose deserving of the mysterious Mr. Redbone: “It is with heavy hearts we announce that early this morning, May 30th 2019, Leon Redbone crossed the delta for that beautiful shore at the age of 127. He departed our world with his guitar, his trusty companion Rover, and a simple tip of his hat. He’s interested to see what Blind Blake, Emmett, and Jelly Roll have been up to in his absence.” We’ll take some time to honor the music that so inspired this delightful entertainer who elevated the blues, early century pop, and country into a form that extracted the joy of life and bottled like fine wine over the past 40 years. We’ll even reach into the Redbone bins for a handful of delightful covers. A simple tip of our hat to Leon as he crosses to the other shore…

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Leon Redbone If We Never Meet Again This Side of Heaven Double Time Amazon
3Merle Travis If We Never Meet Again Hot Pickin' [Disc 1] Amazon
4Emmett Miller I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jelly Roll Minstrel Man From Georgia Amazon
5Red Nichols & His Five Pennies The Sheik Of Araby Saints Ramble & Sensation Amazon
6Laurel and Hardy Shine on Harvest Moon The Oxford American Southern Sampler 1999 Amazon
7Nat King Cole Sweet Lorraine The Cocktail Combos [Disc 1] Amazon
8Billie Holiday Feat. Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra Sugar Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-1944 [Disc 05] Amazon
9Hoagy Carmichael Lazybones Sometimes I Wonder…. Amazon
10Hoagy Carmichael Lazy River Sometimes I Wonder…. Amazon
11Lonnie Johnson He's A Jelly-Roll Baker Tomorrow Night Amazon
12Peetie Wheatstraw Shake That Thing ABC Of The Blues, Vol. 48 Amazon
13Dave Van Ronk Shake That Thing Dave Van Ronk And The Ragtime Jug Stompers Amazon
14Elvis Presley You're A Heartbreaker Elvis – The King Of Rock 'N' Roll – The Complete 50's Masters (CD1) Amazon
15Julia Lee Breeze Kansas City Star [Disc 3] Amazon
16Cowboy Copas Breeze 1954-1958 Amazon
17Leon Redbone Breeze Sugar Amazon
18Rex Griffin Sweet Mama Hurry Home 1935-1936 (Warped 3520) Amazon
19Eddy Arnold, The Tennessee Plowboy Bouquet Of Roses Hillbilly Fever – Vol. 3: Legends Of Nashville Amazon
20Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree Daddy of Western Swing, Vol. 2 : Brownie Special Amazon
21Emmett Miller Lovesick Blues American Yodeling Amazon
22Blind Blake Diddie Wa Diddie (Pm 12888, 15459-A) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928-1932) Amazon
23Leon Redbone Diddy Wa Diddie Double Time Amazon
24Shirley Temple Polly Wolly Doodle America's Sweetheart Amazon
25Boswell Sisters When I Take My Sugar to Tea Boswell Sisters Amazon
26Paul Specht Sweet Lorraine Static Strut: Hot Dance Rarities 1922-1930 Amazon
27Ruth Etting Shine on, Harvest Moon Art Deco: Lovely Ladies of Stage and Screen Amazon
28Joe Keawe My Little Grass Shack Hapa-Haole Hawaiian Hula Classics – Vintage Hawaiian Treasures: Vol. I Amazon
29Leon Redbone My Little Grass Shack Whistling In The Wind Amazon
30Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel Baby It's Cold Outside Unknown Amazon
31Al Jolson Pretty Baby The Very Best Of Al Jolson Amazon
32Leon Redbone Pretty Baby Sugar Amazon
33Bert Lown's Biltmore Hotel Orchestra Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone Bert Lown's Biltmore Hotel Orchestra Amazon
34Leon Redbone Lulu's Back In Town On The Track Amazon

Time’s Getting Hard

Music this week that speaks to hard times. From the Dust Bowl and Great Depression to personal hardships, we’ll share some bluegrass sounds, tunes steeped in tradition, soothing notes of country gospel, and folk blues. We’ll hear from The Weavers, Mavis Staples, Bobby Bare, and Pearly “Grandma” Davis (a nugget from Mike Seeger’s Old Time Music series). There will be talk of failing crops, revolution, and Oklahoma dust this week. Deeper Roots goes a little bit deeper with more songs about hard times this week on KOWS Community Radio, broadcasting live from the Cherry Street Historic District of Santa Rosa, California, where our neighbors just experienced their own hard times from flood waters. Thinking about them.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Bobby Bare Going Down the Road (I Ain't Going to Be Treated This Way) fcc warning Darker Than Light Amazon
3Tracy Chapman Talkin' Bout a Revolution Tracy Chapman Amazon
4Uncle Tupelo No Depression No Depression Amazon
5Bob Dylan Hard Times Good As I Been To You Amazon
6Dave Alvin Waiting for the Hard Times to Go Interstate City Amazon
7Mavis Staples Hard Times Come Again No More Beautiful Dreamer: the Songs of Stephen Foster Amazon
8The Byrds Old Blue The Byrds [Box Set] Disc 3 Amazon
9Peter Rowan Seeds My Daddy Sowed Dust Bowl Children Amazon
10Jimmy LaFave My Oklahoma Home (It Blowed away) Peace Town Amazon
11Pearly 'Grandma' Davis It's These Hard Times Close To Home: Old Time Music From Mike Seeger's Collection, 1952-1967 Amazon
12Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three Hard Times Come and Go Riverboat Soul Amazon
13Eddie Dattel Trickle Down Blues Trickle Down Blues Amazon
14Buck Owens Waitin' In Your Welfare Line The Very Best Of Buck Owens, Volume 1 Amazon
15Ryan Bingham Hard Times Mescalito Amazon
16Ry Cooder You Must Unload The Prodigal Son Amazon
17The Louvin Brothers Preach The Gospel The Family Who Prays: 26 Classic Tracks Amazon
18Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Never No More Hard Times-Blues The King Of Western Swing-25 Hits 1935-1945 Amazon
19Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys Hard Times Have Been Here (But They've Gone) 1978-1979 Amazon
20Country Joe McDonald Talkin' Dust Bowl Vanguard Visionaries Amazon
21The Weavers Bring Me Li'l Water Sylvia Dust Bowl Blues: Essential American Folk [Disc 2] Amazon
22Josh White Hard Times Blues ABC Of The Blues, Vol. 51 Amazon
23Sheryl Crow No Depression In Heaven The Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage Of The Carter Family Amazon
24Country Joe McDonald This Land Is Your Land Vanguard Visionaries Amazon
25R.B. Morris That's How Every Empire Falls Singing Through the Wall. Songs for Western Sahara Amazon
26Bobby Bare Times Are Gettin' Hard 1964 (Warped 6425) Amazon
27The Tillers All You Fascists Bound to Lose The Tillers Amazon
28Aiken County String Band Hard Times Breakdown 78s Amazon
29Eels Rock Hard Times Shootenanny! Amazon