Highway 61 Blues 51: The Dirty Dozens

Scott Barretta investigates the roots of rap music in this week’s episode of Highway 61, featuring early statements by Frankie ”Half-Pint” Jaxon, Memphis Minnie, Speckled Red, Jimmie Davis, Luke Jordan, Willie Walker, Dan Pickett, Blind Willie McTell, Georgia Tom Dorsey & Kansas City Kitty, The Hokum Boys, Dirty Red, Leroy Carr, Harmonica Frank Floyd, Willie Nix, Katie Webster & Ashton Conroy, Little Caesar, Big Jay McNeely, Richard Berry, and Slim Gaillard.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

THE DIRTY DOZENS

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 51

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, October 4, 2008 [18439]

 

Frankie ”Half-Pint” Jaxon: Jive Man Blues

Memphis Minnie: Frankie Jean

Speckled Red: The Dirty Dozens

Jimmie Davis: She’s A Hum-Dum-Dinger

Luke Jordan: Cocaine Blues

Willie Walker: South Carolina Rag

Dan Pickett: Number Writer

Blind Willie McTell: A Married Man’s A Fool

Blind Willie McTell: A To Z Blues

Georgia Tom Dorsey & Kansas City Kitty: How Can You Have The Blues

The Hokum Boys: Terrible Operation Blues

Dirty Red: Dirty Mother Forya

Leroy Carr: Papa’s On The House Top

Harmonica Frank Floyd: Swamp Root

Willie Nix: Just Can’t Stay

Katie Webster & Ashton Conroy: Baby Baby

Little Caesar: You Can’t Bring Me Down

Big Jay McNeely: Road House Boogie

Richard Berry: The Big Break

Slim Gaillard: Crap Shooter’s Jive

 

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 50: Twenty Minutes To Hell

This week’s episode of Highway 61 with Scott Barretta celebrates the music of Mississippi natives Joe & Charlie McCoy on their own and featured on recordings with Tommy Johnson, Alex Johnson, Ishman Bracey, Bo Carter, Memphis Minnie, and the Harlem Hamfats, plus versions of McCoy songs recorded by Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Lil Green, and Peggy Lee.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

TWENTY MINUTES TO HELL

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 50

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, September 27, 2008 [18425]

 

Tommy Johnson: Cool Drink Of Water Blues

Alex Johnson with the McCoy Bros: Miss Meal Blues

Ishman Bracey with Joe McCoy: Brown Mama Blues

Bo Carter & Charlie McCoy: Corrine, Corrina

Bob Dylan: Corrine, Corrina

Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy: What’s The Matter With The Mill

Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy: When The Levee Breaks

Led Zeppelin: When The Levee Breaks

Hallelujah Joe McCoy: Twenty Minutes To Hell

Harlem Hamfats: Hallelujah Joe Ain’t Preachin’ No More

Harlem Hamfats: Pitch a Boogie Woogie

Harlem Hamfats: The Weed Smoker’s Dream

Lil Green: Why Don’t You Do RightPeggy Lee: Why Don’t You Do Right

Charlie & Joe McCoy: Let My Preaches Be

 

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 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

DEAR MR. PRESIDENT

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 49

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

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 48: How Blue Can You Get

Episode 48 of Hghway 61 with Scott Barretta features a series of live recordings by B.B. King in honor of the opening of the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi, including cuts from the Regal Theatre, the International Club and the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Live in Japan, at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi and with Bobby “Blue” Bland in Los Angeles.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

HOW BLUE CAN YOU GET

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 48

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, September 2008 [18397]

 

B.B. King: Everyday I Have The Blues

B.B. King: Sweet Little Angel

B.B. King: Gambler’s Blues

B.B. King: Buzz Me

B.B. King: Three O’Clock Blues

B.B. King: Darlin’, You Know I Love You

B.B. King: How Blue Can You Get

B.B. King & Bobby “Blue” Bland: Let The Good Times Roll

B.B. King & Bobby “Blue” Bland: Don’t Want A Soul Hangin’ ‘Round

B.B. King: Eyesight to the Blind

B.B. King: The Thrill Is Gone

B.B. King: Sweet Sixteen

B.B. King: Caledonia

 

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 47: Hard Hearted Woman

Scott Barretta spotlights the great harmonica master Big Walter Horton in this week’s episode of Highway 61 featuring a series of his classic recordings with Joe Hill Louis, Calvin & Phineas Newborn, Little Buddy Doyle, Jimmy Rogers, Tampa Red, Johnny Shines, Robert Nighthawk, Johnny Young, and Carey Bell.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

HARD HEARTED WOMAN

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 47

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, September 6, 2010 [18383]

 

Big Walter Horton & Joe Hill Louis: Cotton Patch Hotfoot

Big Walter Horton: Jumpin’ Blues

Big Walter Horton: Back Home To Mama

Big Walter Horton: Need My Baby

Little Buddy Doyle: She’s Got Good Dry Goods

Jimmy Rogers & Big Walter Horton: Walking By Myself

Tampa Red & Big Walter Horton: Stars Falling Blues

Johnny Shines & Big Walter Horton: Evening Sun

Big Walter Horton & Robert Nighthawk: Let’s Have A Good Time

Big Walter Horton & Robert Nighthawk: Louise, Louise

Big Walter Horton & Robert Nighthawk: You Don’t Mistreat Me

Big Walter Horton & Johnny Young: Stockyard Blues

Big Walter Horton: Hard Hearted Woman

Big Walter Horton: Little Boy Blue

Big Walter Horton & Carey Bell: Little Boy Blue

Big Walter Horton & Robert Nighthawk: Trouble In Mind

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

 

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Highway 61 Blues 46: I’m Tore Up

Scott Barretta is featuring blues from the Macon area of eastern Mississippi on this week’s edition of Highway 61, including selections by Eddie Clearwater, Carey Bell, Big Joe Williams, Austin Peete, John “Short Stuff” Macon, Amelia Johnson, and Willie King.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

I‘M TORE UP

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 46

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, August 23, 2008 [18369]

 

Eddie Clearwater: Hillbilly Blues

Eddie Clearwater: I ‘m Tore Up

Eddie Clearwater: Blue Blue All Over You

Eddie Clearwater: I Wouldn’t Let My Guitar Down

Carey Bell: I Cry So Much

Carey Bell: What My Mama Told Me

Carey Bell: Baby Please Don’t Go

Big Joe Williams: Sugar Diabetes Blues

Austin Peete: Run Here jailer With The Key

John “Short Stuff” Macon: Bad Luck

Amelia Johnson & Big Joe Williams: Can’t Listen No More

Willie King Comments

Willie King: Twenty Long Years

Willie King: You’ve Got To Have Love

Eddie Clearwater: A Time For Peace

 

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 45: Let The Doorbell Ring

Scott Baretta is featuring New Orleans piano blues in this weeks’ episode of Highway 61 with selections by Fats Domino, Jelly Roll Morton, Tuts Washington, Roosevelt Sykes, Archibald, James Booker, Champion Jack Dupree, Professor Longhair, Eddie Bo, Davell Crawford, Henry Butler & Corey Harris, and Dr. John & B.B. King.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

LET THE DOORBELL RING

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 45

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, August 16, 2008 [18355]

 

Fats Domino: The Fat Man

[Fats Domino: Hey La Bas Boogie

Fats Domino: Don’t Lie To Me

Fats Domino: Please Don’t Leave Me

Jelly Roll Morton: Honky Tonk Blues with Intro

Tuts Washington: Tee Nah Nah

Roosevelt Sykes: You Can’t Be Lucky All the Time

Archibald: Shake Baby Shake

James Booker: All By Myself

Champion Jack Dupree: Junker’s Blues

Champion Jack Dupree: Let the Doorbell Ring

Professor Longhair: Hadacol Bounce

Professor Longhair: No Buts No Maybes

Professor Longhair: Bald Head

Eddie Bo: Hard Times

Davell Crawford: Gumbo Boogie

Henry Butler & Corey Harris: Let ’Em Roll

Dr. John & B.B. King: Hen-Layin’ Rooster

Champion Jack Dupree: Nasty Boogie

 

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 44: Shout The Boogie

Scott Barretta pulls out a pile of fantastic sides with Boogie in the title, including cuts by Big Joe Turner & Pete Johnson, the Snookum Russell Orchestra, Louis Jordan, Marilyn Scott, Mabel Scott, Memphis Minnie, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Little Esther & Mel Walker, the Johnny Otis Orchestra, Slim Gaillard, John Lee Hooker, Little Son Jackson, Carolina Slim (as Country Paul), Sticks McGhee, B.B. King, Amos Milburn, Lalo Guerrero, and the Harlem Hamfats.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

SHOUT THE BOOGIE

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 44

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, August 9, 2008 [18341]

 

Big Joe Turner & Pete Johnson: Wine-O Baby Boogie

Snookum Russell Orchestra: Juke Box Boogie Woogie Sheik

Louis Jordan: Barnyard Boogie

Marilyn Scott: Beer Bottle Boogie

Mabel Scott: Goodie Woogie

Memphis Minnie: Shout the Boogie

Jessie Mae Hemphill: All Night Boogie

Little Esther & Mel Walker: Cupid Boogie

Johnny Otis Orchestra: Wedding Boogie

Slim Gaillard: Sight-Seeing Boogie

John Lee Hooker: Too Much Boogie

Little Son Jackson: Talking Boogie

Carolina Slim (Country Paul): Sidewalk Boogie

Sticks McGhee: House Warming Boogie

B.B. King: B.B. Boogie

Amos Milburn: Sax Shack Boogie

Lalo Guerrero: Mary Boogie

Harlem Hamfats: We Gonna Pitch a Boogie Woogie

Slim Gaillard: Sighing Boogie

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Radio Free Amsterdam & Detroit Life Radio

Hosted by Scott Barretta for TapDetroit.com

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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