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Host: Tony Nielsen
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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 //
Bluesology - 14-07-2018 - Show 50 - Special 50th edition Tony's FavouritesShow 50 - Special 50th edition Tony's Favourites Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:56:1Download //
Bluesology - 07-07-2018 - Show 49 - Otis SpannShow 49 - Otis Spann was an American blues musician, whom many consider to be the leading postwar Chicago blues pianist. Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 03:05 PM0:58:3Download //
Bluesology - 30-06-2018 - Show 48 - Blind Willie JohnsonShow 48 - Blind Willie Johnson (January 25, 1897 – September 18, 1945) was an American gospel blues singer and guitarist and evangelist. His landmark recordings completed between 1927 and 1930—thirty songs in total—display a combination of powerful "chest voice" singing, slide guitar skills, and originality that has influenced later generations of musicians. Even though Johnson's records sold well, as a street performer and preacher he had little wealth in his lifetime. His life was poorly documented, but over time music historians such as Samuel Charters have uncovered more about Johnson and his five recording sessions. A revival of interest in Johnson's music began in the 1960s, following his inclusion on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, and by the efforts of the blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis. Johnson's work has become more accessible through compilation albums such as Blind Willie Johnson 1927–1930 and The Complete Willie Johnson, both spearheaded by Charters. As a result, Johnson is credited as one of the most influential practitioners of the blues, and his slide guitar playing, particularly on his hymn "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground", is highly acclaimed. Other recordings by Johnson include "Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed", "It's Nobody's Fault but Mine", and "John the Revelator". Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 04:41 PM0:58:50Download //
Bluesology - 23-06-2018 - Show 47 - Junior WellsShow 47 - Junior Wells (born Amos Wells Blakemore Jr., December 9, 1934 – January 15, 1998) was an American Chicago blues vocalist, harmonica player, and recording artist. He was one of the pioneers of the amplified blues harp-style associated with Chicago. Wells is best known for his signature song "Messin' with the Kid" and his 1965 album Hoodoo Man Blues, described by the critic Bill Dahl as "one of the truly classic blues albums of the 1960s". Wells performed and recorded with Various notable blues musicians, including Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker, and Buddy Guy.[1] He remained a fixture on the blues scene throughout his career and also crossed over to rock audiences while touring with the Rolling Stones. Not long before Wells died, the blues historian Gerard Herzhaft called him "one of the rare active survivors of the 'golden age of the blues' Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:56:40Download //
Bluesology - 16-06-2018 - Show 46 - Slim HarpoShow 46 - Slim Harpo James Isaac Moore (January 11, 1924 – January 31, 1970), better known by his stage name Slim Harpo, was an American blues musician, a leading exponent of the swamp blues style, and "one of the most commercially successful blues artists of his day". His most successful and influential recordings included "I'm a King Bee" (1957), "Rainin' In My Heart" (1961), and "Baby Scratch My Back" (1966) which reached no. 1 on the R&B chart and no.16 on the US pop chart. A master of the blues harmonica, his stage name was derived from the popular nickname for that instrument, the "harp" Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 11:10 AM0:55:55Download //
Bluesology - 09-06-2018 - Show 45 - Albert KingShow 45 - Albert King Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 12:17 PM0:59:8Download //
Bluesology - 02-06-2018 - Show 44 - Jimmy RogersBroadcast on Otago Access Radio 07:00 PM0:55:12Download //
Bluesology - 26-05-2018 - Show 43 - Son HouseShow 43 - Son House Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. (March 21, 1902 – October 19, 1988) was an American delta blues singer and guitarist, noted for his highly emotional style of singing and slide guitar playing. After years of hostility to secular music, as a preacher and for a few years also as a church pastor, he turned to blues performance at the age of 25. He quickly developed a unique style by applying the rhythmic drive, vocal power and emotional intensity of his preaching to the newly learned idiom. In a short career interrupted by a spell in Parchman Farm penitentiary, he developed to the point that Charley Patton, the foremost blues artist of the Mississippi Delta region, invited him to share engagements and to accompany him to a 1930 recording session for Paramount Records. Issued at the start of the Great Depression, the records did not sell and did not lead to national recognition. Locally, House remained popular, and in the 1930s, together with Patton's associate Willie Brown, he was the leading musician of Coahoma County. There he was a formative influence on Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. In 1941 and 1942, House and the members of his band were recorded by Alan Lomax and John W. Work for the Library of Congress and Fisk University. The following year, he left the Delta for Rochester, New York, and gave up music. In 1964, a group of young record collectors discovered House, whom they knew of from his records issued by Paramount and by the Library of Congress. With their encouragement, he relearned his repertoire and established a career as an entertainer, performing for young, mostly white audiences in coffeehouses, at folk festivals and on concert tours during the American folk music revival, billed as a "folk blues" singer. He recorded several albums, and some informally taped concerts have also been issued as albums. House died in 1988. In addition to his early influence on Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, he was an inspiration to John Hammond, Alan Wilson (of Canned Heat), Bonnie Raitt, the White Stripes, Dallas Green and John Mooney. In 2017, his single, "Preachin' the Blues" was inducted in to the Blues Hall of Fame Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:56:6Download //
Bluesology - 19-05-2018 - Show 42 - Sonny Boy WilliamsonShow 42 - Sonny Boy Williamson Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:57:1Download //
Bluesology - 12-05-2018 - Show 41 - JB LenoirJ. B. Lenoir (March 5, 1929 – April 29, 1967) was an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the Chicago blues scene in the 1950s and 1960s. Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:44 PM0:57:9Download //
Bluesology - 05-05-2018 - Show 40 - Otis RushShow 40 - Otis Rush (born April 29, 1934) is a blues guitarist and singer. His distinctive guitar style features a slow-burning sound and long bent notes. With qualities similar to the styles of 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 is left-handed and strums with his left hand while fretting with his right. However, his guitars are strung with the low E string at the bottom, in reverse or upside-down to typical guitarists. He often plays with the little finger of his pick hand curled under the low E for positioning. It is widely believed that this contributes to his distinctive sound. He has a wide-ranging, powerful tenor voice Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:58:7Download //
Bluesology - 28-04-2018 - Show 39 - Robert JohnsonShow 39 - Robert Johnson Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians. Johnson's shadowy and poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend. One Faustian myth says that he sold his soul to the devil at a local crossroads of Mississippi highways to achieve success. As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson had little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime. Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:08 PM0:57:39Download //
Bluesology - 21-04-2018 - Muddy WatersMuddy Waters - McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – 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, 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 PM0:57:6Download //
Bluesology - 14-04-2018 - Show 37 - Blind Lemon JeffersonBroadcast on Otago Access Radio 11:00 PM0:55:9Download //
Bluesology - 07-04-2018 - Show 36 - Howlin WolfShow 36 - Howlin Wolf Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), known as Howlin' Wolf, was a Chicago blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, originally from Mississippi. With a booming voice and imposing physical presence, he is one of the best-known Chicago blues artists. The musician and critic Cub Koda noted, "no one could match Howlin' Wolf for the singular ability to rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its patrons out of its wits." Producer Sam Phillips recalled, "When I heard Howlin' Wolf, I said, 'This is for me. This is where the soul of man never dies.'" Several of his songs, including "Smokestack Lightnin'", "Killing Floor" and "Spoonful", have become blues and blues rock standards. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 54 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:55:47Download //
Bluesology - 31-03-2018 - Show 35 - Taj MahalShow 35 - Taj Mahal Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:52:55Download //
Bluesology - 24-03-2018 - Show 34 - Hound Dog TaylorShow 34 - Hound Dog Taylor Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:54:33Download //
Bluesology - 17-03-2018 - Show 33 - Lazy LesterShow 33 - Lazy Lester Lazy Lester (born Leslie Carswell Johnson June 20, 1933) is an American blues musician who sings and plays the harmonica and guitar. His career has spanned the 1950s to the present day. Best known for regional hits recorded with Ernie Young's Nashville-based Excello Records, Lester also contributed to songs recorded by other Excello artists, including Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim, and Katie Webster. Cover versions of his songs have been recorded by (among others) the Kinks, the Flamin' Groovies, Freddy Fender, Dwight Yoakam, Dave Edmunds, Raful Neal, Anson Funderburgh, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. In the comeback stage of his career (since the late 1980s) he has recorded new albums backed by Mike Buck, Sue Foley, Gene Taylor, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, and Jimmie Vaughan. Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 06:27 PM0:54:38Download //
Bluesology - 10-03-2018 - Show 32 - Magic SamBroadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:56:41Download //
Bluesology - 03-03-2018 - Mr Freddie KingBroadcast on Otago Access Radio 07:00 PM0:55:5Download //
Bluesology - 24-02-2018 - Show 30 - Bo Diddley (Elias McDaniels)Show 30 - Bo Diddley (Elias McDaniels) Broadcast on Otago Access Radio 05:00 PM0:55:51Download //