Join us as we celebrate and explore the wonderful world of the blues, and its history, heritage, and rich cultural traditions. Blues Unlimited is the premier destination for fans, lovers, aficionados, authors, musicians, researchers, and scholars — as well as those who simply appreciate and want to know a little bit more about one of the great American musical art forms. Now in its ninth year of production, Blues Unlimited presents the “real” blues, from the men and women who lived that life and made that music. Nothing is ever watered down on Blues Unlimited. Connect with something vital, vibrant, and authentic, each and every week, on Blues Unlimited.
Every Tuesday, we’ll post this week’s featured episode, and just in case you missed it, scroll down a bit further to catch last week’s show, and one of our favorite installments from our new series, “This Week in Blues History.”
As always, thanks for listening!
—Sleepy Boy Hawkins
This Week on Blues Unlimited (March 19-25)
Texas, Chicago & the Juke Joints: A Tribute to the Blues Classics Label, Part 2
Join us for part two of our tribute to the Blues Classics label. Founded by Chris Strachwitz as the ‘unofficial’ reissue arm of Arhoolie Records, we’ll hear selections from rest of the Texas volume, as well as a pair of our favorites — “Juke Joint Blues,” and “Chicago Blues – The Early 1950s.”
Pictured: Photo of a Juke Joint in Central Texas by Chris Strachwitz.
Last Week’s Featured Episode (March 12-18)
Memphis, Detroit & Texas: A Tribute to the Blues Classics Label, Part 1
Join us as we aim the spotlight on a legendary series of albums from the Blues Classics label. Founded by Chris Strachwitz as a companion to Arhoolie Records, we’ll hear selections from three of our favorites — “Detroit Blues,” “Memphis and the Delta,” and “Texas Blues.”
Pictured: One of the distinctive covers from the Blues Classics series. Cover photo of Richmond, Texas by Chris Strachwitz.
And… Don’t Miss “This Week in Blues History”
2018 was a big year for us! We started — and finished — a brand new series of 52 audio essays, called “This Week in Blues History.” Here’s one of our favorites, from the week of July 22nd. It involves a legendary blues performer from Bentonia, Mississippi, who made an historic appearance at the Newport Folk Festival, in 1964. It had been 33 years since he last recorded, and no one knew quite what to expect….