Roots & Branches 24: After Hours

Our third installment of Famous Coachman’s Blues & Music After Hours show on WDET-FM, Public Radio in Detroit from 1991 features music by Erskine Hawkins, Eddie Burns, A.C. Reed, Joe Hunter, Little Milton, Otis Rush, Lynn White, Jimmy Forrest, Dorothy Moore, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Denise LaSalle, Albert Collins, the Butler Twins, Little Joe Blue, Willie D. Warren, and Sonny Boy Williamson.

 

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AFTER HOURS

ROOTS & BRANCHES 24

Famous Coachman, WDET-FM, Detroit, 1991 [18629]

 

Erskine Hawkins: After Hours

Eddie Burns: Detroit

A.C. Reed: I’m in the Wrong Business

Joe Hunter: After Hours

Little Milton: The Blues Is Alright

Otis Rush: I’m a Fool for You

Lynn White: Blues in My Bedroom

Jimmy Forrest: Night Train

Dorothy Moore: Talk to Me

Bobby “Blue” Bland: Stormy Monday

Denise LaSalle: If You Can’t Do Me Right

Albert Collins: Winter in Chicago

The Butler Twins: Long Distance Love

Little Joe Blue: You Got My Nose To The Grindstone

The Butler Twins: Butler Boogie

Willie D. Warren: My Baby Loves to Boogie

Sonny Boy Williamson: Fattening Frogs for Snakes

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Famous Coachman for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced by Famous Coachman for WDET-FM, Detroit

WDET airchecks recorded to cassette by DJ of Mt. Clemens

Digital transfers by Mike Boulan at Straight Ahead Studio, Oak Park MI

Produced, edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to DJ of Mt. Clemens for sending the cassettes

© 2008, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

Roots & Branches 23: Stoop Down Baby

Our second installment of Famous Coachman’s Blues & Music After Hours show on WDET-FM in Detroit in 1991 has music by Chick Willis, Buddy Guy, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Latimore, Joe Simon, Albert Collins, Lynn White, Gyp Roberts, B.B. King, and an unidentified gospel group to close the show.

 

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STOOP DOWN BABY

ROOTS & BRANCHES 23

Famous Coachman, WDET-FM, Detroit, June 1991 [18615]

 

Eddie Burns: Detroit

Chick Willis: You’re Gonna Miss Me

Buddy Guy: Damn Right I Got the Blues

Bobby “Blue” Bland: Hurting Love

Latimore: If I Wasn’t a Gentleman

Joe Simon: Let’s Get on the Floor

Albert Collins: Don’t Mistake My Kindness for Weakness

Lynn White: Blues in My Bedroom

Gyp Roberts: Ay-Oop

Chick Willis: Stoop Down Baby

B.B. King: Sweet Sixteen

Bobby “Blue” Bland: I Got a Problem

[Unidentified Artist}: You Got to Help Yourself

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Famous Coachman for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced by Famous Coachman for WDET-FM, Detroit

Recorded to cassette airchecks by DJ of Mt. Clemens

Digital transfers by Mike Boulan at Straight Ahead Studio, Oak Park MI

Produced, edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to DJ of Mt. Clemens for sending the cassettes

 

© 2010, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

Roots & Branches 22: Good News

Famous Coachman was one of Detroit’s leading blues disc jockeys from the mid-1970s until his death near the end of the 20th century, hosting and producing his Saturday night Blues After Hours Show from 2:00-5:00 am and then adding a gospel segment and going from 2:00 until 6:30 am with Blues & Music After Hours on WDET-FM, Public Radio in Detroit. I hosted the show before Coachman from midnight to 2:00 am during 1989-91 and became very good friends with the veteran deejay, record man and blues promoter, the proprietor of Coachman’s Records at 9222 Kercheval on the far east side of the city. One of his steady listeners, “DJ in Mt. Clemens,” contacted me by e-mail and then sent a batch of Coachman cassettes he’d taped off the air in the early 1990s. Mike Boulan converted them to digital sound files at No Cover Studio and I started editing them into one-hour episodes for broadcast on Radio Free Amsterdam, of which this is the first installment with an opening cut by Eddie Burns, a long sequence of recordings by Muddy Waters, and Junior Kimbrough at the end, very uncharacteristically with no Coachman commentary except at the beginning when he commemeorates my last show at WDET and welcomes my successor, and my own personal radio idol, “Frantic” Ernie Durham, to WDET.

 

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GOOD NEWS

ROOTS & BRANCHES 22

Famous Coachman, WDET-FM, Detroit, July 1991 [18601]

 

Famous Coachman Conversation with John Sinclair & Ernie Durham

Eddie Burns: Detroit

Muddy Waters: Look What You Done

Muddy Waters: Got My Mojo Worksing

Muddy Waters: Good News

Muddy Waters: I’m So Evil

Muddy Waters: She’s Nineteen Years Old

Muddy Waters: Close To You

Muddy Waters: Walking Through The Park

Muddy Waters: Blues Before Sunrise Takes with Studio Talk

Muddy Waters: Take The Bitter With The Sweet

Muddy Waters: She’s Into Something

Muddy Waters: Southbound Train

Muddy Waters: I Got Troubles

Junior Kimbrough: Junior’s Juke Joint

Junior Kimbrough: I Feel Alright

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Famous Coachman for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced by Famous Coachman for WDET-FM, Detroit

Recorded to cassette airchecks by DJ of Mt. Clemens

Digital transfers by Mike Boulan at Straight Ahead Studio, Oak Park MI

Produced, edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to DJ of Mt. Clemens for sending the cassettes

 

© 2010, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

Roots & Branches 21: Dizzy Atmosphere

This episode of Roots & Branches was produced by Michael Anderson for In The Doctor’s Office, his program on Sirius Satellite Radio in New York City, in the Fall of 2002 with a series of pointed conversations with John Sinclair and illustrious recordings by Big Tree, John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars, Al Green, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Piano Red, Amos Milburn, Howlin’ Wolf, and R.L. Burnside, plus spoken actualities from Ernie “Bubbles” Whitman, Teddy Edwards, and Dewey Phillips.

 

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DIZZY ATMOSPHERE

ROOTS & BRANCHES 21

Michael Anderson, Sirius Satellite Radio, New York City, Fall 2002 [18587]

 

Big Tree: {Unidentified Instrumental]

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars: We Just Change The Beat

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

{Unidentified Artist]: Shake That Thing

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Al Green: Take Me to the River

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Billie Holiday: Good Morning Heartache

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Ernie “Bubbles” Whitman > Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy Atmosphere

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Michael Anderson Interview with Teddy Edwards

Charlie Parker Selection

Michael Anderson Interview with Teddy Edwards

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Write Me A Letter > Dewey Phillips DJ Rap > Piano Red: Let’s Dig That Boogie >

Amos Milburn: Put Something In My Hand > Dewey Phillips DJ Rap

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Howlin’ Wolf: Mr. Highway Man

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

R.L. Burnside: Roll & Tumble

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Michael Anderson for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Michael Anderson at Sirius Satellite Radio, NYC

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2002, 2018 Michael Anderson. Used with permission.

 

Roots & Branches 20: In The Doctor’s Office

This episode of Roots & Branches was produced by Michael Anderson for In The Doctor’s Office, his program on Sirius Satellite Radio in New York City, in the Fall of 2002 with a series of pointed conversations with John Sinclair and illustrious recordings by Buddy Guy, Elmore James, John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars, Muddy Waters, Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Reed, John Lennon, the MC-5 and Albert King.

 

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IN THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE

ROOTS & BRANCHES 20

Michael Anderson, Sirius Satellite Radio, New York City, Fall 2002 [18575]

 

Buddy Guy: First Time I Met The Blues

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Elmore James: Bleeding Heart

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars: Chicago Bound

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Muddy Waters: Roll & Tumble, Part 1

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Bebop

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Jimmy Reed: Little School Girl

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

John Lennon: John Sinclair

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

John Lennon: Working Class Hero

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

MC-5: Jesse Crawford Intro > Kick Out The Jams >

MC-5: Jesse Crawford Intro > Motor City Is Burning

Michael Anderson Conversation with John Sinclair

Albert King: I’ll Play The Blues For You

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Michael Anderson for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Michael Anderson at Sirius Satellite Radio, New York City

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2002, 2018 Michael Anderson. Used with permission.

 

Roots & Branches 19: POET: The Life & Poetry of an African American Man

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POET: THE LIFE & POETRY OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN

ROOTS & BRANCHES 19

David Henderson, KPFA-FM, Berkeley CA, 1991 [18561]

 

Poet and biographer David Henderson pays serious homage to the great Bob Kaufman, pioneering beat and surrealist poet from New Orleans, in

Bob Kaufman—POET: The Life & Poetry of an African American Man. Kaufman is remembered and explicated by friends and fellow poets including Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, Ted Joans, Bob’s brother George, his widow Eileen, and many others, with their testimony set against music by Charlie Parker and Horace Silver and recitations of Kaufman’s poems by Roscoe Lee Browne, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Tony Seymour, and Bob Kaufman himself. Part Two looks into Bob Kaufman’s residency in New York City and return to San Francisco, his years of silence following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and his tortured final period.

Cast: David Henderson, writer & producer; hosted by Ed Markman; narrated by Al Young; family & friends George Kaufman, Eileen Kaufman, Raymond Foye, Jerry Kamstra, photographer Jerry Stoll, and Simon Alexander; scholars Nathaniel Mackie, Charles Nyland, and Maria Damon; fellow poets Allen Ginsberg, Ted Joans, Amiri Baraka abd Lawrence Ferlinghetti; recitations from Solitudes Crowded With Loneliness by Bob Kaufman, Roscoe Lee Browne, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Tony Seymour, Suzanne Cockrel; recorded music by Charlie Parker and Horace Silver.

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Written & produced by David Henderson

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 1991, 2018 David Henderson. Used with permission.

 

Roots & Branches 18: Bob Kaufman—Poet

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BOB KAUFMAN—POET

ROOTS & BRANCHES 18

David Henderson, KPFA-FM, Berkeley CA, 1991 [18547]

 

Poet and biographer David Henderson pays serious homage to the great Bob Kaufman, pioneering beat and surrealist poet from New Orleans, in

Bob Kaufman—POET: The Life & Poetry of an African American Man. Kaufman is remembered and explicated by friends and fellow poets including Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, Ted Joans, Bob’s brother George, his widow Eileen, and many others, with their testimony set against music by Charlie Parker and Horace Silver and recitations of Kaufman’s poems by Roscoe Lee Browne, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Tony Seymour, and Bob Kaufman himself. Part One investigates Kaufman’s youth, his early manhood as a merchant seaman and political organizer, and his impact on San Francisco in the 1950s.

Cast: David Henderson, writer & producer; hosted by Ed Markman; narrated by Al Young; family & friends George Kaufman, Eileen Kaufman, Raymond Foye, Jerry Kamstra, photographer Jerry Stoll, and Simon Alexander; scholars Nathaniel Mackie, Charles Nyland, and Maria Damon; fellow poets Allen Ginsberg, Ted Joans, Amiri Baraka abd Lawrence Ferlinghetti; recitations from Solitudes Crowded With Loneliness by Bob Kaufman, Roscoe Lee Browne, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Tony Seymour, Suzanne Cockrel; recorded music by Charlie Parker and Horace Silver.

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Written & produced by David Henderson

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 1991, 2018 David Henderson. Used with permission.

 

Roots & Branches 17: Blue Ghetto

John Sinclair at The Dolphins coffeeshop in Amsterdam on a Tuesday evening in 2008 playing blues from New Orleans, Detroit and elsewhere with recordings by Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders, T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Bobo Jenkins, Baby Boy Warren, Albert King, Harmonica Shah, Tuba Fats, Tommy Ridgley, Snooks Eaglin, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, and Johnny Adams.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

BLUE GHETTO

ROOTS & BRANCHES 17

John Sinclair, The Dolphins, Amsterdam, March 18, 2008 [18531]

 

Bro. Tyrone & the Mindbenders: Blue Ghetto

T-Bone Walker: Tell Me What’s The Reason

B.B. King: Did You Ever Love A Woman

Magic Slim & the Teardrops: Crazy Woman

Bonnie Raitt: Tribute to Fred McDowell: Write Me a Few of Your Lines > Kokomo > Drop Down Mama

Bobby “Blue” Bland: Ain’t That Loving You

Bobo Jenkins: 24 Years

Baby Boy Warren: She’s Fine

Elmore James: Standing at the Crossroads

Albert King: Don’t Throw Your Love on Me So Strong

Harmonica Shah: I Wish a Thief Would Steal All My Burdens & Pain

Tuba Fats: Everyday I Have the Blues

Tommy Ridgley: Shrewsbury Blues

Snooks Eaglin: I’m Not Ashamed

Walter “Wolfman” Washington: Don’t Say Goodbye

Johnny Adams: Come Rain Or Come Shine

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, edited & assembled by John Sinclair

Recorded by Larry Hayden

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special tahnks to Raduane of The Dolphins, Amsterdam

 

© 2008, 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation