Category Archives: Urban Blues

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.

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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

Party at the House

November kicks off with a party at our house. Some rare R&B nuggets, some classic old time country and honky-tonk, and a little bit of the New Orleans and house party themes to kick off the morning here on Deeper Roots. House parties, rent parties, and dance hall jamborees are celebrated by Bob Wills, Babs Gonzales, Little Esther, Jackie Brenston, and Dale Watson. We’ll also hear from Willie, T-Bone, and Merle on a Friday morning show that brings a little bit of light into the Sonoma County after weeks of trepidation from the fires. Please join Dave Stroud broadcasting live from downtown Santa Rosa.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Audra Mae and The Almighty Sound Jebidiah Moonshine's Friday Night Shack Party Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound Amazon
3Amos Milburn House Party (Tonight) Amos Milburn Rocks Amazon
4Babs Gonzales House Rent Party Cool WhalinDon Gibson Give Myself A Party Fifty Years Of Hits (Vol. 3) Amazon
5Jesse Allen Let's Party Rhythm & Blues Goes Rock 'n' Roll Vol 2 [Disc 2] Amazon
6The Hamptones Turkey Hop Rhythm 'N' Blues Early Doo Wop 1943-55, vol. 4 Amazon
7The Treniers Go, Go, Go Rhythm 'N' Blues Early Doo Wop 1943-55, vol. 4 Amazon
8The Four Jacks The Last of the Good Rocking Men Rhythm 'N' Blues: Early Doo Wop 1943-55, vol. 3 Amazon
9Rollee McGill Rhythm Rockin' Boogie Shoutin' Out The Blues (R&B CD 2005-2) Amazon
10The Wild Magnolias Party Doctors Professors Kings & Queens: Box New Orleans Amazon
11Marcia Ball The Party's Still Going On Roadside Attractions Amazon
12Jackie Brentson Starvation Stompin' – Rhythm 'N' Blues Pounders – Volume 13 Amazon
13Yvonne Baker & The Sensations Party Across The Hall Book Of Love: The Argo Records Story 1956-1962 Amazon
14Little Esther Ring-A-Ding-Doo Sleazy Rhythm & Blues Vol. 3 Amazon
15Sam Cooke Having a Party Greatest Hits Amazon
16Tammi Terrell Two Can Have A Party Come On And See Me: The Complete Solo Collection Amazon
17The Enchanters I Paid For The Party Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures – Vol. 3 Amazon
18Quinn Golden Party On the Weekend On the Chitlin Circuit Amazon
19T-Bone Walker Party Girl The Complete Imperial Recordings: 1950-1954 [Disc 2] Amazon
20Doug Blumer And The Bohemian Highway The Party's At Our House Doug Blumer And The Bohemian Highway Amazon
21Bob Wills Goin' Away Party For the Last Time Amazon
22Merle Haggard/Ray Price/Willie Nelson Goin' Away Party Last of the Breed Disc 2 Amazon
23Willie Nelson The Party's Over ["Naked" version] Naked Willie Amazon
24Dale Watson The Party's Over Live Deluxe…Plus CD1 Amazon
25Dale Watson Pity Party I Hate These Songs Amazon
26The Cadillacs Party for Two For Collectors Only (Disc 3) Amazon
27Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater Party at My House Mean Case of the Blues Amazon
28Babs Gonzales Babs' Celebrity Party Cool WhalinKing Biscuit And The Ronnie Hawkins Band Hoodoo Party Blues Anthology: Screamin' The Blues Amazon
29Fats Domino What a Party My Blue Heaven: The Best of Fats Domino Amazon
30Boogaloo & His Gallant Crew Talk About A Party Stompin' 1 Amazon
31Shep & the Limelites Party for Two Daddy's Home to Stay Amazon

Covered by the Stones

It had to start somewhere. And it did. The music that inspired rock and roll also inspired the countless British Invasion groups that littered the charts beginning in the early-to-mid 60s. Mayall, The Yardbirds, and, of course, The Rolling Stones. The early years of the Stones found them playing covers of some of the great stateside R&B, blues, and soul classics. Our Deeper Roots show today  feasts on the originals (as did Jagger, Richard and company) and brings you the seminal sounds of Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Solomon Burke, Arthur Alexander, and a host of others in our tribute to the music that was a fusion of blues, R&B, and soul. Music that made rock and roll the world music phenomenon that it was to become. Tune into Community Radio on Fridays for roots music.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Robert Wilkins That's No Way To Get Along Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
3Bobby Fuller Not Fade Away Shakedown! The Texas Tapes Revisited Disc 1 Amazon
4Nat King Cole Trio (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 The World Of Nat King Cole Amazon
5Muddy Waters I Just Want To Make Love To You The Definitive Collection Amazon
6Jimmy Reed Honest I Do Blues Masters: The Very Best Of Jimmy Reed Amazon
7Slim Harpo I'm A King Bee (Single Version) The Best Of Slim Harpo Amazon
8Chuck Berry Carol Johnny B. Goode-His Complete 50's Chess Recordings Amazon
9Marvin Gaye Can I Get A Witness Anthology [Disc 1] Amazon
10Gene Allison You Can Make It If You Try The Devil's Jukebox Amazon
11Rufus Thomas Walking The Dog Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration [Disc 1] Amazon
12Chuck Berry Around and Around The Chess Box Disc 1 Amazon
13Jay McShann Confessin' The Blues Blues Classics '27_'69 [Disc 2] Amazon
14Irma Thomas Time Is On My Side Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Volume 4 Amazon
15The Valentinos It's All Over Now Sam Cooke's Sar Records Story 59-65 CD2 Amazon
16The Drifters Under the Boardwalk Drifters' Golden Hits Amazon
17Solomon Burke If You Need Me The Very Best Of Sixties Soul Amazon
18Dale Hawkins Susie-Q James Burton – The Early Years 1957-1969 Amazon
19Solomon Burke Everybody Needs Somebody To Love Very Best of Solomon Burke (Reis) Amazon
20The Coasters Down Home Girl 50 Coastin' Classics [Disc 2] Amazon
21Chuck Berry You Can't Catch Me Johnny B. Goode-His Complete 50's Chess Recordings Amazon
22Bo Diddley Mona 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection – The Best Of Bo Diddley Amazon
23Will Bradley & Ray McKinley Down The Road Apiece (Forget Chuck Berry & The Stones – Original Version!) Best Of The Big Bands Amazon
24Otis Redding Pain In My Heart Birth Of Soul: 1 Amazon
25Howlin' Wolf Little Red Rooster Great Tomato Blues Package Amazon
26Don Covay Mercy Mercy Summertime Groove Amazon
27Marvin Gaye Hitch Hike Anthology [Disc 1] Amazon
28Otis Redding That's How Strong My Love Is Dreams To Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology [Disc 1] Amazon
29Sam Cooke Good Times Ain't That Good News Amazon
30Betty Harris Cry To Me Soul From the South Amazon
31Chuck Berry I'm Talking About You The Chess Box Disc 2 Amazon
32Arthur Alexander You Better Move On The Greatest Hits Amazon
33Muddy Waters Look What You've Done The Anthology [Disc 2] Amazon
34Hank Snow I'm Moving On The Essential Hank Snow Amazon
35Slim Harpo Shake Your Hips The Best Of Slim Harpo Amazon
36Robert Johnson Stop Breakin' Down Blues The Complete Recordings [Columbia] Disc 2 Amazon
37The Temptations Ain't Too Proud to Beg Motown: The Classic Years Disc 1 Amazon

Hot Piano Rhythms

Celebrate this week with some rocking boogie woogie, country, and rhythm and blues with a special emphasis on the pounding of the ivories. We’ll put the speakers to the test as the rug gets thrown aside and the neighbors all celebrate and rocking good time with Fats, Ella Mae and Her Boogie Woogie Seven, Dr. John, Ray Charles, Merrill Moore, Moon Mullican and a host of others. Tune in for Beer Bottle Boogie, Cherokee Boogie, and Crazy Rhythm as the piano is given the top billing. A hundred years of American music with the focus on good…no, great…music. Friday morning antics coming your way on Sonoma Community radio.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Ray Charles Mess Around Atlantic Rhythm And Blues: 1947-1974 [Disc 2] Amazon
3Asleep at the Wheel Cherokee Boogie Back to the Future Now – Live at Arizona Charlie's Amazon
4Merrill Moore Snatchin' And Grabbin Boogie My Blues Away [Disc 1] Amazon
5Ray Charles Jumpin' in the Mornin' Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) (1 of 8) Amazon
6Ray Charles Hallelujah, I Love Her So Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection Disc 1 Amazon
7Madonna Martin Madonna's Boogie Boogie Woogie Gals – 1939-57 Amazon
8Ella Mae Morse & Her Boogie Woogie Seven Down The Road Apiece Capitol Records' From The Vaults, Volume 5 – Roots Of Rock 'N' Roll – 1944-53 Amazon
9Merrill Moore Nola Boogie Boogie My Blues Away [Disc 1] Amazon
10Professor Longhair Boogie Woogie New Orleans Piano Amazon
11Fats Domino I'm Walkin' My Blue Heaven: The Best of Fats Domino Amazon
12Dr. John Mess Around Definitive Pop Collection Amazon
13Fats Waller The Joint Is Jumpin' The Joint Is Jumpin' Amazon
14Albert Ammons Bass Goin' Crazy Best of Boogie Woogie, Vol. 1 Amazon
15Marylin Scott Beer Bottle Boogie Boogie Woogie [Disc 9] Amazon
16Jack Mc Vea Bartender Boogie Boogie Woogie [Disc 6] Amazon
17Lucky Millinder Bongo Boogie Boogie Woogie [Disc 9] Amazon
18Memphis Slim Dedication to Pete Johnson Classic Piano Blues Amazon
19Pete Johnson Boogie Woogie Juke Joint Jump: A Boogie Woogie Celebration Amazon
20Peter Johnson's Orchestra Half Tight Boogie The Small Groups – Boogie Woogie Amazon
21Moon Mullican Cherokee Boogie The Very Best Of Amazon
22Moon Mullican Bottom Of The Glass The Very Best Of Amazon
23Jerry Lee Lewis What'd I Say A Half Century Of Hits [Disc 1] Amazon
24Bobbie Nelson Boogie Woogie Audiobiography (iTunes Exclusive) Amazon
25Cliff Jackson Crazy Rhythm World Of Jazz – The Jazz Piano Amazon
26Piano Red Do She Love Me Live And Feelin' Good (The Blues Collection Vol.68) Amazon
27Professor Longhair Got My Mojo Working Fess: The Professor Longhair Anthology [Disc 2] Amazon
28Pinetop Perkins Pinetop's Boogie Woogie Let's Drink Some Juice… Amazon
29Big Joe Turner Boogie Woogie Country Girl Big Joe Rocks Amazon
30Hadda Brooks Stompin' The Boogie (aka Bully Wully Stomp) Boogie Woogie Gals – 1939-57 Amazon
31The Boogie Woogie Boys, Pete Johnson, Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons Boogie Woogie Prayer – Part 1 Juke Joint Jump: A Boogie Woogie Celebration Amazon
32Dr. John Good Night, Irene Goin' Back To New Orleans Amazon
33Amos Milburn Down the Road Apiece Amos Milburn Rocks Amazon
34Adrian Rollini Trio Honky Tonk Train Blues Juke Joint Jump: A Boogie Woogie Celebration 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

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

Lonely Avenue

Blues from a lonely place. From blues to doo wop to southern soul…from behind prison walls to that singular window in that singular room looking out from a high-rise hotel onto a busy street in urban anywhere, America. Today’s music is all about being alone. Our show explores songs written with the lonesome muse on the shoulder. Ray Charles, Joe Liggins, Earl King, and Champion Jack Dupree join in as we ponder lonesome times from the heart of the solitary blues.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Booker T. & The MG's Lonely Avenue Green Onions Amazon
3Ray Charles Lonely Avenue Doc Pomus: Singer And Songwriter [Disc 2] Amazon
4Mel Walker Feelin' Mighty Lonesome Mercury R&B Story '45-'55 – [Disc 6] West Coast Blues V2 Amazon
5Johnny Ace So Lonely Memorial Album Amazon
6Smiley Turner Lonely Boy Blues Mercury R&B Story '45-'55 – [Disc 5]: West Coast Blues V1 Amazon
7Julia Lee Have You Ever Been Lonely Kansas City Star [Disc 2] Amazon
8Irma Thomas Woman Left Lonely My Heart's in Memphis: The Songs of Dan Penn Amazon
9Maxine Sullivan Kind'a Lonesome Classic Hoagy Carmichael [Disc 1] Amazon
10T-Bone Walker Blue Mood Best Of Black & White & Imperial Years Amazon
11Shakey Jake Gimme A Smile The Bluesville Years Volume 10: Country Roads, Country Days Amazon
12The Holmes Brothers I'm So Lonely Simple Truths Amazon
13Joe Liggins Blues For Tanya Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers Amazon
14Sam Cooke Lonely Island The Man Who Invented Soul [Box Set] (1 of 4) Amazon
15Eddie Burns Lonely Man Plea Delmark: 50 Years Of Jazz & Blues: Blues [Disc 1] Amazon
16James Winfield Lonely, Lonely, Nights Lonely Lonely Nights Amazon
17Champion Jack Dupree Lonely Road Blues Two Classic Albums Plus Singles Amazon
18Chris Kenner I'm Lonely, Take Me Land of 1000 Dances Amazon
19Earl King Those Lonely Lonely Nights Louisiana & The Old New Orleans Sound Amazon
20Eddie Boyd Got Lonesome Here Third Degree (The Blues Collection Vol.58) Amazon
21Johnny Bragg Hurt & Lonely The Johnny Bragg Story Amazon
22Violet Hall (All Alone) I Sit And Cry The Mercury Blues Story (1945-1955) – Southwest Blues, Vol. 2 Amazon
23Fats Domino I'm Alone Because I Love You Out Of New Orleans, Vol. 8 Amazon
24Clarence "Frogman" Henry Lonely Street Ain't Got No Home: The Best Of Clarence "Frogman" Henry Amazon
25Freddie King Lonesome Whistle Blues Ultimate Collection Amazon
26Lowell Fulson Everyday I Have The Blues Trying to Find My Baby Amazon
27Smiley Lewis Lonesome Highway ABC Of The Blues Vol 25 Amazon
28Nappy Brown I'm Getting Lonesome Down In The Alley – The Complete Savoy Singles A's & B's Amazon
29Little Richard Lonesome And Blue The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection Amazon
30Ray Charles & Betty Carter Alone Together Ray Charles and Betty Carter/Dedicated To You Amazon
31Ella Fitzgerald I'm the Lonesomest Gal in Town Chronological Classics: Ella Fitzgerald 1940-41 Amazon
32Lillie Mae Kirkman Lonesome Female Blues – The Remaining Titles Vol. 2 (1938-1949) Amazon
33Julia Lee Back Street (06-13-47) 1947 Amazon

Naughty Blues

For goodness sake! We’re going to toss aside our puritan ethics (what ethics, you ask) and look towards the sideways glances and double entendres for our inspiration this week on Deeper Roots. Songs about Sam The Hot Dog Man, keyholes, sugar bowls, poodles, jockeys, and lemons…all subjects that find their way in and around the blues in an auspiciously direct route to the heart of the matter. We’ve got the naughty blues today…songs that will encourage a blush or two…or three. We’ve got The Swallows, Lil’ Johnson, Emma Barrett, Tampa Red, and a host of other blues greats on a Sonoma County spring morning. Be sure to tune in and find your own blush point…

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2The Delta Rhythm Boys Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me I Dreamt I Dwelt In Harlem Amazon
3Crown Prince Waterford Move Your Hand Baby Vintage Sex Songs Amazon
4Barrelhouse Annie If It Don't Fit, Don't Force It Vintage Sex Songs Amazon
5Memphis Minnie Dirty Mother For You Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
6Tampa Red Let Me Play With Your Poodle ABC Of The Blues Vol 38 Amazon
7Lightnin' Hopkins Let Me Play With Poodle Vintage Sex Songs Amazon
8Hattie Hart I Let My Daddy Do That Vintage Songs of Sex, Drugs & Cigarettes Amazon
9Emma Barrett I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of This Jelly Roll Sweet Emma Amazon
10Butterbeans & Susie I Wanna Hot Dog For My Roll [Explicit] Those Dirty Blues Volume 1 [Explicit] Amazon
11Lil Johnson Sam The Hot Dog Man Vintage Sex Songs Amazon
12Mabel Scott Just Give Me A Man Vintage Sex Songs Amazon
13Connie Allen Rocket 69 Vintage Sex Songs Amazon
14The Swallows It Ain't The Meat It's The Motion Vintage Sex Songs Amazon
15Julia Lee My Man Stands Out The Essential Julia Lee Vol 1 Amazon
16Julia Lee King Size Papa Kansas City Star [Disc 3] Amazon
17Al Miller I Found Your Keyhole Vintage Songs of Sex, Drugs & Cigarettes Amazon
18Charlie Pickett Let Me Squeeze Your Lemon Vintage Sex Songs Amazon
19Bessie Smith Kitchen Man Vintage Songs of Sex, Drugs & Cigarettes Amazon
20Bessie Smith Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl The Essential Bessie Smith Amazon
21Hunter & Jenkins Lollypop Raunchy Business: Hot Nuts & Lollypops Amazon
22Frankie Half Pint Jaxon and The Harlem Hamfats Wet It [Explicit] Those Dirty Blues Volume 1 [Explicit] Amazon
23Victoria Spivey How Do You Do It That Way? Black Snake Blues – The Best Of Amazon
24Madelyn James Stinging Snake Blues Vintage Songs of Sex, Drugs & Cigarettes Amazon
25Lucille Bogan Skin Game Blues [Album Version] Shave 'Em Dry: The Best Of Lucille Bogan Amazon
26Lil Johnson Get 'Em From The Peanut Man (Hot Nuts) [Album Version] Raunchy Business: Hot Nuts & Lollypops Amazon
27Lonnie Johnson I Got The Best Jelly Rollin In Town Dirty Blues [Disc 2] Amazon
28Wynonie Harris Hard Ridin Mama Playful Baby Amazon
29Bull Moose Jackson Big Ten Inch Record Badman Jackson Thats Me Amazon
30Blu Lu Barker Don't You Feel My Leg Chronological Blue Lu Barker (1946-1949) Amazon
31Blu Lu Barker Buy Me Some Juice Don't You Feel My Leg Amazon
32Lillie Mae Kirkman He's Just My Size Raunchy Business: Hot Nuts & Lollypops Amazon
33Lil Johnson & Black Bob Press My Button, Ring My Bell Flashbacks #3 CopulationBlues 1926-1940 Amazon

The Hangman’s Rope

Songs about one of the most controversial of mankind’s attempt to balance the scales: the death penalty. Studies point to the fact that at least one in 25 people sentenced to the death penalty in the U.S. are innocent and yet the death penalty is legal in 32 states. In China, corporate fraud can be punishable by death…if it were the case here, our government would probably be on the straight and narrow. But I digress. The music this week will explore the long walk to eternity through the eyes of the condemned; the knowledge of the eventuality of the executioner’s song is clarity. And we’ve got country from a whole host of obscure characters, some blues and boogie, along with just a little bit of folk and bluegrass. A hundred years of the hangman’s rope in reflection.

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Johnny Cash I Hung My Head American IV: Man Comes Around Amazon
3Gurf Morlix Theyre Hangin Me Tonight The Executioner's Last Songs, Volume 3 Amazon
4Johnny Bond At Dawn I Die The Hangman's Blues: Prison Songs In Country Music (1956-1972) Amazon
5Marty Robbins The Hanging Tree All-Time Greatest Hits Amazon
6Peter, Paul & Mary Hangman See What Tomorrow Brings Amazon
7Marty Stuart Hangman Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions Amazon
8Ralston Bowles and May Erlewine-Bernard Hangman Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie Amazon
9Cowboy Copas Hangman Boogie Hillbilly Boogie Box [Disc 4] Amazon
10The Pine Valley Cosmonauts & Puerto Muerto The Hangman's Song The Executioner's Last Songs, Vol. 1 Amazon
11Al Dean Hangman The Hangman's Blues: Prison Songs In Country Music (1956-1972) Amazon
12Leadbelly Gallows Pole Too Late, Too Late – Vol. 12 – 1917-48 Amazon
13Furry Lewis Judge Harsh Blues Furry Lewis 1927 – 1929 Amazon
14Brownie McGhee Hangman's Blues The Folkways Years (1945-1959) Amazon
15Blind Lemon Jefferson Hangman's Blues Complete Recordings Vol. 3 Amazon
16Blind Lemon Jefferson Electric Chair Blues Images Presents 1920's Blues Classics, Vol. 13 Amazon
17Lonesome Johnny Death Row The Hangman's Blues: Prison Songs In Country Music (1956-1972) Amazon
18Jimmy Minor Death Row The Hangman's Blues: Prison Songs In Country Music (1956-1972) Amazon
19Porter Wagoner (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle The Hangman's Blues: Prison Songs In Country Music (1956-1972) Amazon
20Dave Alvin Sonora's Death Row West of the West Amazon
21Lee Hazelwood The Girl On Death Row Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands Volume 2 Amazon
22Johnny Cash The Mercy Seat American III: Solitary Man Amazon
23Bessie Smith Send Me To The Lectric Chair Empress Of The Blues Volume 2: 1926-1933 (CD A, 1926-1928) Amazon
24Booker T. & the MG's Hang 'Em High The Very Best of Booker T. & the MG's Amazon
25Hoyle Miller Twelve Years On Death Row The Hangman's Blues: Prison Songs In Country Music (1956-1972) Amazon
26Steve Earle Walking Down Death Row If I Had A Song: The Songs Of Pete Seeger, Vol. 2 Amazon
27The Blue Sky Boys Story Of The Knoxville Girl Absolutely Bluegrass Amazon
28Bob Dylan Seven Curses The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 : Rare And Unreleased, 1961-1991 [Disc 2] Amazon
29Joan Baez Geordie The First 10 Years Amazon
30The Pine Valley Cosmonauts & Dean Schlabowske Gary Gilmore's Eyes The Executioner's Last Songs, Vol. 1 Amazon

Bad Luck Blues

We’re exploring the blues this week on Deeper Roots. And it’s all about bad luck blues…when the dice roll snake eyes, when the crops won’t make the rent, when your woman asks for money and all you got is the dust in your pockets…when you ain’t got no money.  Join Dave Stroud for a collection of the very best including Big Joe Williams’ Jinx Blues, bad luck stories from Dinah Washington and Memphis Minnie, piano moaning from Leroy Carr and Ivory Joe, as well as further tales of gambling, dice, and no luck from Clifford Gibson and Black Boy Shine. Friday evening blues….what more?

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Little Milton Bad Luck Delmark: 50 Years Of Jazz & Blues: Blues [Disc 1] Amazon
3Rory Block Jinx Blues Blues Walkin' Like a Man: A Tribute To Son House Amazon
4Son House The Jinx Blues ABC Of The Blues, Vol. 41 Amazon
5Big Joe Williams Jinx Blues Classic Delta Blues Amazon
6Black Boy Shine Gamblin' Jinx Blues Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey [Disc 2] Amazon
7Memphis Minnie I'm A Bad Luck Woman Queen Of Country Blues [Disc 5] (1936-1937) Amazon
8Mel Walker Unlucky Man Mercury R&B Story '45-'55 – [Disc 6] West Coast Blues V2 Amazon
9Nat King Cole Trio Chant Of The Blues (Dog-Gone Unlucky Blues) The Nat King Cole Trio: The Complete Capitol Transcription Sessions [Disc 1] Amazon
10Dinah Washington Bad Luck Dinah Washington Sings The Blues Amazon
11Jimmy Lewis/Ray Charles If It Wasn't for Bad Luck Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection Disc 4 Amazon
12Robert Belfour Bad Luck What's Wrong with You Amazon
13Muddy Waters Mother's Bad Luck Child Can't Get No Grindin' Amazon
14Lightnin' Slim Bad Luck Blues The Best Of Excello Records Amazon
15Lightnin' Hopkins Bad Luck And Trouble Blues Kingpins Amazon
16Blind Lemon Jefferson Bad Luck Blues Classic Sides Disc 1 Amazon
17Cliifford Gibson Bad Luck Dice Complete Recorded Works Amazon
18Guitar Welch Bad Luck Blues Southern Prison Blues (Digitally Remastered) Amazon
19Kokomo Arnold Bad Luck Blues Complete Recorded Works Volume 4 (1937-1938) Amazon
20Ivory Joe Hunter No Money, No Luck Blues The Chronological Ivory Joe Hunter 1947 Amazon
21Bill Gaither Bad Luck Child's Request When The Sun Goes Down 1934-1941 Amazon
22Leroy Carr Bad Luck All The Time Sloppy Drunk [Disc 2] Amazon
23Champion Jack Dupree Bad Luck Bound To Change Two Classic Albums Plus Singles Amazon
24Fats Domino Bad Luck and Trouble Fats Domino Out of New Orleans Amazon
25John Mayall Bad Luck Time Room To Move 1969-1974 [Disc 2] Amazon
26Tommy Castro And The Painkillers Bad Luck Method To My Madness Amazon
27Larry Campbell Bad Luck Charm Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams Amazon
28The Harlem Hamfats Bad Luck Man Harlem Hamfats Vol. 1 1936 Amazon
29Charlie Musselwhite If I Should Have Bad Luck Deluxe Edition – Charlie Musselwhite Amazon