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 (April 16-22)
Preachin’ the Holy Blues: Field Recordings from Dallas, Texas (1927)
Join as we get into our time machine, and journey back to Dallas, December 1927. That was when Columbia Records became the first major label to make extensive recordings there — on Washington Phillips, Blind Willie Johnson, Coley Jones, Lillian Glinn, and more. It’s blues and gospel from Dallas, Texas, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.
Last Week’s Featured Episode (April 9-15)
Rockin’ on Down in Harlem – Bobby Robinson’s Happy House of Hits
Join us as we aim the spotlight on independent record producer, Bobby Robinson. Not only could he lay claim to a legendary series of labels — such as Fire, Fury, Enjoy and Red Robin — but had an equally impressive string of number one hits. A tribute to late, great Bobby Robinson, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.
Pictured: Independent producer Bobby Robinson with just one of his many productions.
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….