Highway 61 Blues 36: What’s Good For The Goose

Episode 36 of Highway 61 Blues with Scott Barretta features a long telephone conversation with bluesman Bobby Rush and a fantastic succession of Bobby Rush recordings rarely heard anywhere.

 

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WHAT‘S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 36

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, April 5, 2008 [18229]

 

Scott Barretta Telephone Conversation with Bobby Rush 1

Bobby Rush: Sock It To Me Boogaloo

Scott Barretta Telephone Conversation with Bobby Rush 2

Bobby Rush: Chicken Heads

Scott Barretta Telephone Conversation with Bobby Rush 3

Bobby Rush: Bow Legged Woman, Knock Kneed Man

Bobby Rush: Nikki Hokey

Scott Barretta Telephone Conversation with Bobby Rush 4

Bobby Rush: Evil Is

Scott Barretta Telephone Conversation with Bobby Rush 5

Bobby Rush: Sue

Scott Barretta Telephone Conversation with Bobby Rush 6

Bobby Rush: What‘s Good For The Goose

Scott Barretta Telephone Conversation with Bobby Rush 7

Bobby Rush: I’m Not Studdin’ You

Scott Barretta Telephone Conversation with Bobby Rush 8

Bobby Rush: One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show

Scott Barretta Telephone Conversation with Bobby Rush 9

Bobby Rush: Uncle Esau

Scott Barretta Telephone Conversation with Bobby Rush 10

Bobby Rush: Night Fishing

Scott Barretta Telephone Conversation with Bobby Rush 11

Bobby Rush: 99

A JOINT PRODUCTION

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.

 

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Highway 61 Blues 35: The Great Debate

Scott Barretta features music fromThe Great Debate soundtrack in this week’s episode of Highway 61, including numbers by Alvin Youngblood Hart, Sharon Jones, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, plus original versions by Booker White, Clara Smith, the Mississippi Sheiks, Bessie Smith, Rev. Utah Smith, Blind Willie Johnson, and Blind Boy Fuller.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

THE GREAT DEBATE

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 35

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, March 8, 2008 [18215]

 

Alvin Youngblood Hart: Change My Clothes

Booker White: Change My Clothes

Sharon Jones: It’s Tight Like That

Clara Smith: It’s Tight Like That

Mississippi Sheiks: I’ve Got Blood In My Eyes

Alvin Youngblood Hart & Carolina Chocolate Drops: Blood In My Eyes

Bessie Smith: I’m Wild About That Thing

Sharon Jones: Wild About That Thing

Rev. U. Utah Smith: I Got Two Wings

Alvin Youngblood Hart: Two Wings

Blind Willie Johnson: I’m Gonna Run to the City of Refuge

Alvin Youngblood Hart & Carolina Chocolate Drops: City of Refuge

Alvin Youngblood Hart & Carolina Chocolate Drops: Step It Up and Go

Blind Boy Fuller: Step It Up and Go

Alvin Youngblood Hart: Busy Bootin’

Alvin Youngblood Hart: My Soul Is A Witness

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Scott Barretta for Radio Free Amstredam

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.

 

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Highway 61 Blues 34: They’re Red Hot

Scott Barretta spotlights the Robert Johnson Blues Trail Marker in MississippI for this week’s episode of Highway 61 with music by Robert Johnson, Son House, Cousin Leroy, Peetie Wheatstraw, Leroy Carr, Robert Lockwood Jr, Johnny Shines, Lonnie Pitchford, and Cassandra Wilson.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

THEY’RE RED HOT

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 34

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, March 1, 2008 [18201]

 

Robert Johnson: Kind Hearted Woman Blues

Robert Johnson: Stop Breaking Down Blues

Son House: My Black Mama

Robert Johnson: Walking Blues

Robert Johnson: Hellhound On My Trail

Robert Johnson: Me And The Devil Blues

Robert Johnson: Cross Road Blues

Cousin Leroy: Crosssroads

Peetie Wheatstraw: King of Spades

Robert Johnson: Little Queen of Spades

Leroy Carr: When the Sun Goes Down

Robert Johnson: Love In Vain Blues

Robert Johnson: They’re Red Hot

Robert Johnson: Terraplane Blues

Robert Lockwood Jr: Dust My Broom

Johnny Shines: Rambling On My Mind

Lonnie Pitchford: Last Fair Deal Gone Down

Lonnie Pitchford: If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day

Robert Johnson: Sweet Home Chicago

Cassandra Wilson: They’re Red Hot

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Scott Barretta for Radio Free Amstredam

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.

 

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Highway 61 Blues 33: U.S. Boogie

This week’s episode of Highway 61 with Scott Barretta features the music of Robert Nighthawk, his influences Tampa Red and Tommy Johnson, his contemporaries Big Joe Williams and John Lee Williamson, and his disciples B.B. King and Muddy Waters.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

U.S. BOOGIE

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 33

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, January 19, 2008 [18187]

 

Robert Lee McCoy: Prowlin’ Nighthawk

Robert Lee McCoy: Friars Point Blues

Big Joe Williams: Rootin’ Groundhog

John Lee Williamson: Frigidaire Blues

Tampa Red: Black Angel Blues

Robert Nighthawk: Black Angel Blues

B.B. King: Sweet Black Angel

Tommy Johnson: Maggie Campbell Blues

Robert Nighthawk: Maggie Campbell Blues:

Muddy Waters: Meanest Woman

Tampa Red: Crying Won’t Help You

Robert Nighthawk: Crying Won’t Help You

B.B. King: Crying Won’t Help You

Robert Nighthawk: Blues Before Sunrise

Robert Nighthawk: Everything Gonna Be Alright

Robert Nighthawk: U.S. Boogie

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Scott Barretta for Radio Free Amstredam

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.

 

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Highway 61 Blues 32: Jelly Roll Kings

This week’s episode of Highway 61 with Scott Barretta investigates the music and career of the Jelly Roll Kings, the modern Delta blues trio comprising Frank Frost on harmonica, guitar & vocals, Sam Carr on drums, and Jack Johnson on guitar and vocals.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

JELLY ROLL KINGS

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 32

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, January 5, 2008 [18173]

 

Frank Frost: Jelly Roll King

Jelly Roll Kings: Jack’s Jump

Jelly Roll Kings: My Back Scratcher

Frank Frost: Ride with Your Daddy Tonight

Jelly Roll Kings: Have Mercy Baby

Jelly Roll Kings: Mighty Long Time

Jelly Roll Kings: Sunshine Twist

Frank Frost: Undertaker

Frank Frost: Just Like a Rabbit

Robert Bilbo Walker: Hold That Train Conductor

Paul Wine Jones: Robbin’ Steel

Jelly Roll Kings: Shake Your Moneymaker

Big Jack Johnson: Catfish Blues

Jelly Roll Kings: Frank Frost Blues

Jelly Roll Kings: I’m A Big Boy Now

Jelly Roll Kings: Harp And Soul

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Scott Barretta for Radio Free Amstredam

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.

 

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Highway 61 Blues 29: You Got Me Dizzy

Highway 61 with Scott Barretta investigates the work of Mississippi blues artists recording in Chicago for VeeJay Records between 1953-59 including sides by Jimmy Reed, Eddie Taylor, Big Joe Williams, John Lee Hooker, J.B. Lenoir, Snooky Pryor, Floyd Jones, Billy Boy Arnold, and Elmore James.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

YOU GOT ME DIZZY

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 29

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, November 17, 2007 [18159]

 

Jimmy Reed: Bright Lights, Big City

Jimmy Reed: You Got Me Dizzy

Eddie Taylor: Big Town Playboy

Eddie Taylor: Bad Boy

Big Joe Williams: Eula Mae

Big Joe Williams: King’s Highway

John Lee Hooker: Wheel And Deal

John Lee Hooker: Dimples

J.B. Lenoir: Oh Baby

J.B. Lenoir: Do What I Say

Snooky Pryor: Judgment Day

Snooky Pryor: You Tried to Ruin Me

Floyd Jones: Ain’t Times Hard

Floyd Jones: Floyd’s Blues

Billy Boy Arnold: I Wish You Would

Billy Boy Arnold: Prisoner’s Plea

Elmore James: It Hurts Me Too

Elmore James: The 12 Year Old Boy

Jimmy Reed: High And Lonesome

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Scott Barretta for Radio Free Amstredam

Produced & recorded by Joe Yorke at the University of Mississippi

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2007, 2018 Scott Barretta. Used with permission.

 

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Highway 61 Blues 28: Rolling Stone

This week’s episode of Highway 61 with Scott Barretta visits the Hunter’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Como, Mississippi for preaching and singing by the Rev. John Wilkins; Rev. Wilkins singing on the Thacker Mt. Revue radio show in Oxford MS; and recordings by Rev. Wilkins’ father, Robert Wilkins; and versions of Robert Wilkins’ songs recorded by the Rolling Stones and Mississippi Fred McDowell.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

ROLLING STONE

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 28

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, November 10, 2007 [18145]

 

Rev. John Wilkins: Preaching

Rev. John Wilkins: I Wished I Was in Heaven Sitting Down

Rev. Robert Wilkins: Rolling Stone

Rev. Robert Wilkins: Getaway Blues

Rev. John Wilkins: Comments on Robert Wilkins

Rev. John Wilkins: Everything Gonna Be Alright

Rev. Robert Wilkins: That’s No Way To Get Along

Rev. Robert Wilkins: Prodigal Son

Rolling Stones: Prodigal Son

Rev. John Wilkins: Comments on playing blues as a youth

Rev. John Wilkins: How You Feel This Mornin’

Rev. John Wilkins: Comments on blues & gospel

Rev. Robert Wilkins: Police Sergeant Blues

Rev. John Wilkins: Comments on blues & gospel

Rev. John Wilkins: I Want Jesus To Walk With Me

Rev. John Wilkins: Preaching

Mississippi Fred McDowell: This Little Light of Mine

Mississippi Fred McDowell: You Got To Move

Rev. Robert Wilkins: You Got To Move

Rev. Robert Wilkins & Family: I Wished I Was in Heaven Sitting Down

Rev. Robert Wilkins: Do Lord Remember Me

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

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

 

© 2007, 2018 Scott Barretta. Used with permission.

 

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Highway 61 Blues 27: Baby Please Don’t Go

Scott Barretta investigates the recordings of Big Joe Williams in this week’s episode of Highway 61, including sessions with John Lee Williamson and Robert Nighthawk, Lightning Hopkins, and Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, and recordings for BlueBird Records, Trumpet, Delmark, Testament and other labels, plus Muddy Waters’ version of Big Joe’s classic “Baby Please Don’t Go.”

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

BABY PLEASE DON’T GO

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 27

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, 2007 [18131]

 

Big Joe Williams: Baby Please Don’t Go

Muddy Waters: Baby Please Don’t Go

Big Joe Williams: Wild Cow Blues

Big Joe Williams: Gonna Throw a Boogie Woogie

Sonny Boy Williamson: Good Morning Little Schoolgirl

Robert Lee McCoy: Prowling Nighthawk

Big Joe Williams: Rootin’ Groundhog

Big Joe Williams: Delta Blues

Big Joe Williams: Whispering Pines

Big Joe Williams: Mellow Peaches

Big Joe Williams: I’ve Been ‘Buked and I’ve Been Scorned

Big Joe Williams: A Man Amongst Men

Big Joe Williams: Watergate Blues

Big Joe Williams: You Gonna Need King Jesus On Your Bond

Big Joe Williams: This Little Light of Mine

Big Joe Williams: When the Saints Go Marching In

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Scott Barretta for Radio Free Amstredam

Produced & recorded by Joe Yorke at the University of Mississippi

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pfatt

 

© 2007, 2018 Scott Barretta. Used with permission.

 

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