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Host: Tony Nielsen
Produced By: Otago Access Radio
Language: English
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Bluesology - 12-01-2019 - Kentucky HeadhuntersBroadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:30 PM0:55:51Download //
Bluesology - 29-12-2018 - Blues Albums of 2018Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 06:00 PM0:53:44Download //
Bluesology - 22-12-2018 - Show 71 - Skip JamesShow 71 - Skip James Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:56:7Download //
Bluesology - 15-12-2018 - Show 70 - Elmore JamesShow 70 - Elmore James Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:53:19Download //
Bluesology - 08-12-2018 - Show 69 - Confessin the BluesShow 69 - Confessin the Blues Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:56:29Download //
Bluesology - 01-12-2018 - Show 68 - Muddy WaltersShow 68 - Muddy Walters Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:56:57Download //
Bluesology - 17-11-2018 - Show 67 - Jimmy ReedShow 67 - Jimmy Reed Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:57:1Download //
Bluesology - 10-11-2018 - Show 66 - Otis RushShow 66 - Otis Rush Jr. (April 29, 1935 – September 29, 2018) was an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter. His distinctive guitar style featured a slow-burning sound and long bent notes. With qualities similar to the styles of other 1950s artists Magic Sam and Buddy Guy, his sound became known as West Side Chicago blues and was an influence on many musicians, including Michael Bloomfield, Peter Green and Eric Clapton. Rush was left-handed and strummed with his left hand while fretting with his right. His guitars, however, were strung with the low E string at the bottom, in reverse or upside-down to typical guitarists. He often played with the little finger of his pick hand curled under the low E for positioning. It is widely believed that this contributed to his distinctive sound. He had a wide-ranging, powerful tenor voice. Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 12:21 PM0:56:36Download //
Bluesology - 03-11-2018 - Show 65 - Blind Lemon JeffersonShow 65 - Blind Lemon Jefferson Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM1:0:28Download //
Bluesology - 27-10-2018 - Show 64 - Jimmy Rogers Show 64 - Jimmy Rogers Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:57:10Download //
Bluesology - 20-10-2018 - Show 63 - Albert KingShow 63 - Albert King - Albert Nelson (April 25, 1923 – December 21, 1992), known by his stage name Albert King, was an American blues guitarist and singer whose playing influenced many other blues guitarists. He is perhaps best known for the popular and influential album Born Under a Bad Sign (1967) and its title track. He was known as "The Velvet Bulldozer" because of his smooth singing and large size he stood taller than average, with sources reporting 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) or 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m), and weighed 250 lb (110 kg) and also because he drove a bulldozer in one of his day jobs early in his career. King was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in May 2013. In 2011, he was ranked number 13 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:55:41Download //
Bluesology - 13-10-2018 - Show 62 - Blind BlakeShow 62 - Blind Blake - Arthur "Blind" Blake (1896 – December 1, 1934) was an American blues and ragtime singer and guitarist. He is known for numerous recordings he made for Paramount Records between 1926 and 1932. Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:59:23Download //
Bluesology - 06-10-2018Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:58:19Download //
Bluesology - 29-09-2018 - Show 60 - Blind Willie McTellShow 60 - Blind Willie McTell Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 03:59 PM0:58:8Download //
Bluesology - 22-09-2018 - Show 59 - Little Walter JacobsShow 59 - Little Walter Jacobs - Marion Walter Jacobs (May 1, 1930 – February 15, 1968), known as Little Walter, was an American blues musician, singer, and songwriter, whose revolutionary approach to the harmonica and impact on succeeding generations earned comparisons for him to such seminal artists as Django Reinhardt, Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix. His virtuosity and musical innovations fundamentally altered many listeners' expectations of what was possible on blues harmonica. He was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 in the category Sideman, the only artist to be inducted specifically as a harmonica player. Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:56:32Download //
Bluesology - 15-09-2018 - Show 58 - Stevie Ray VaughanShow 58 - Stevie Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, and one of the most influential guitarists in the revival of blues in the 1980s. Vaughan was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He began playing guitar at the age of seven, inspired by his older brother Jimmie. He dropped out of high school in 1971 and moved to Austin the following year. He played gigs with numerous bands, earning a spot in Marc Benno's band the Nightcrawlers and later with Denny Freeman in the Cobras, with whom he continued to work through late 1977. He then formed his own group Triple Threat Revue, but he renamed them Double Trouble after hiring drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon. He gained fame after his performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982, and his debut studio album Texas Flood charted at number 38 in 1983, a commercially successful release that sold over half a million copies. He headlined concert tours with Jeff Beck in 1989 and Joe Cocker in 1990, but he died in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990 at the age of 35. Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:58:19Download //
Bluesology - 08-09-2018 - Show 57 - Howlin WolfBroadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:54:24Download //
Bluesology - 01-09-2018 - Show 56 - Robert CrayShow 56 - Robert Cray Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:56:42Download //
Bluesology - 25-08-2018 - Show 55 - Rolling StonesShow 55 - Rolling Stones Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:17 PM0:54:22Download //
Bluesology - 18-08-2018 - Show 54 - Muddy WaltersShow 54 - Muddy Walters McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 or 1915 – April 30, 1983),known professionally as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician who is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues". Muddy Waters grew up on Stovall Plantation near Clarksdale, Mississippi, and by age 17 was playing the guitar and the harmonica, emulating the local blues artists Son House and Robert Johnson. He was recorded in Mississippi by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1941. In 1943, he moved to Chicago to become a full-time professional musician. In 1946, he recorded his first records for Columbia Records and then for Aristocrat Records, a newly formed label run by the brothers Leonard and Phil Chess. In the early 1950s, Muddy Waters and his band—Little Walter Jacobs on harmonica, Jimmy Rogers on guitar, Elga Edmonds (also known as Elgin Evans) on drums and Otis Spann on piano—recorded several blues classics, some with the bassist and songwriter Willie Dixon. These songs included "Hoochie Coochie Man", "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and "I'm Ready". In 1958, he traveled to England, laying the foundations of the resurgence of interest in the blues there. His performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960 was recorded and released as his first live album, At Newport 1960. Muddy Waters' influence was tremendous, not just on blues and rhythm and blues but on rock and roll, hard rock, folk music, jazz, and country music. His use of amplification is often cited as the link between Delta blues and rock and roll. Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:57:13Download //
Bluesology - 04-08-2018 - Show 53 - Skip JamesShow 53 - Skip James Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 11:12 AM0:59:22Download //
Bluesology - 28-07-2018 - Show 52 - Buddy GuyShow 52 - Buddy Guy - George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced eminent guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck and John Mayer. In the 1960s, Guy played with Muddy Waters as a house guitarist at Chess Records and began a musical partnership with the harmonica player Junior Wells. Guy was ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". His song "Stone Crazy" was ranked 78th in the Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time". Clapton once described him as "the best guitar player alive". In 1999, Guy wrote the book Damn Right I've Got the Blues, with Donald Wilcock. His autobiography, When I Left Home: My Story, was published in 2012 Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:58:48Download //
Bluesology - 21-07-2018 - Show 51 - Taj MahalShow 51 - Taj Mahal - Henry Saint Clair Fredericks (born May 17, 1942), who uses the stage name Taj Mahal, is an American blues musician, a self-taught singer-songwriter and film composer who plays the guitar, piano, banjo, and harmonica, among many other instruments. He often incorporates elements of world music into his works and has done much to reshape the definition and scope of blues music over the course of his almost 50-year career by fusing it with nontraditional forms, including sounds from the Caribbean, Africa, and the South Pacific Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:58:29Download //