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 (February 19-25)
Soulful Stax Covers
To be included in this episode of Blues Unlimited, two simple rules were employed: it had to be cut for Stax Records (or one of their affiliated labels), and it had to be a cover version. Join us then, as we enjoy some bluesy and soulful renditions of pop, rock, folk, and R&B classics from Stax luminaries such as Albert King, Little Milton, Booker T. & the MG’s, Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding, and more.
Pictured from top left: Albert King; Otis Redding; Booker T. & the MG’s.
Last Week’s Featured Episode (February 12-18)
Mojos, Hoodoos, Gypsy Ladies & Magic Spells
Join us as we dive into a collection of songs that all deal with magic, hoodoo, voodoo, Gypsy ladies, fortune tellers, jinxes, black cat bones, goofer dust, and mojo hands. The blues has a long and rich history when it comes to other worldly spells and the art of witchcraft, and we’ve gathered a few of our favorites — all the way from Blind Lemon Jefferson to Muddy Waters — for your enjoyment, enlightenment, and edification.
Pictured: A classic LP from Bobby Robinson’s Fire label, “Mojo Hand,” by Lightnin’ Hopkins.
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….