Blues & Roots 30: The Howling Blues

Episode 30 is celebrating the 89th birthday of the great Chester Arthur Burnett, known professionally as the Howling Wolf, born June 10, 1910, with an hour’s worth of his finest recordings for the Chess label in Chicago in the 1950s.


The John Sinclair Foundation Presents



John Sinclair, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, June 13, 1999 [18412]\


Little Walter: Juke

Howling Wolf: Come To Me Baby

Howling Wolf: Don’t Mess With My Baby

Howling Wolf: Smokestack Lightning

Howling Wolf: You Can’t Be Beat

Howling Wolf: Conversation with Pete Welding

Howling Wolf: I Asked For Water

Howling Wolf: So Glad

Howling Wolf: Going Back Home

Howling Wolf: My Life

Howling Wolf: Somebody In My Home

Howling Wolf: Nature

Howling Wolf: Poor Boy

Howling Wolf: Sitting On Top Of The World

Howling Wolf: False Start > I Didn’t Know

Howling Wolf: Moaning For My Baby

Howling Wolf: Change My Way

Howling Wolf: I’m Leaving You

Howling Wolf: The Howling Blues

Howling Wolf: I Better Go Now

Howling Wolf: Mr. Airplane Man

Howling Wolf: I Been Abused

Little Walter: Lights Out



Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Leni & Sunnny Sinclair


© 1999, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation


Highway 61 Blues 49: Dear Mr. President

Scott Barretta spotlights blues about presidents on this week’s episode of Highway 61 with selections by Big Joe Williams, Otis Jackson, Leadbelly, Harmon:Ray, the Jack McVea Orchestra with Rabon Tarrant, J.B. Lenoir, Memphis Slim, Bobo Jenkins, Fannie & James Brewer, Otis Spann, Sleepy John Estes, Bishop Perry Tillis, Louis Jordan, J.C . Burris, Louisiana Red, Bobby Rush, and Lula Reed & Freddie King.


The John Sinclair Foundation Presents



Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, September 20, 2008 [18411]


Big Joe Williams: His Spirit Lives On

Otis Jackson: Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt

Leadbelly: Dear Mr. President

Harmon Ray: President’s Blues

Jack McVea Orchestra with Rabon Tarrant: Inflation Blues

J.B. Lenoir: Eisenhower Blues

Memphis Slim: Four Years of Torment

Bobo jenkins: Democrat Blues

Fannie & James Brewer: I Wanna Know Why

Otis Spann: Sad Day In Texas

Sleepy John Estes: President Kennedy Stayed Away Too Long

Bishop Perry Tillis: Kennedy Moon

Louis Jordan: Jordan For President

J.C . Burris: Black President

Louisiana Red: Red’s Dream

Bobby Rush: Bobby Rush For President

Lula Reed & Freddie King: Do The President Twist


Hosted by Scott Barretta for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Joe Yorke at the University of Mississippi

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt


© 2008, 2018 Scott Barretta. Used with permission.