Highway 61 Blues 09: Drinking Blues

Scott Barretta raises a prolonged toast this week to music inspired by alcoholic spirits and the conduct resulting from serious imbibing, with a program of drinking music by Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Billy Gayles & the Kings of Rhythm, Billy “Red” Love, Jimmy Rogers, Big Bill Broonzy, Curly Weaver, Memphis Minnie, Merline Johnson, Washboard Sam, Al Jackson, Mr. Swing with Bobby Plater’s Orchestra, Amos Milburn, Jimmy Liggins, Milt Buckner & His Beale Street Gang, Dave Bartholomew, Tiny Grimes & His Rockin’ Highlanders, Sticks McGhee, Floyd Dixon, Big Joe Turner, and Jack McVea.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents



Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, March 4, 2006 [SBHW-0009]

Howlin’ Wolf: Drinking C.V. Wine

John Lee Hooker: One Bourbon One Scotch One Beer

Billy Gayles & the Kings of Rhythm: I’m Tore Up

Billy “Red” Love: Juiced

Jimmy Rogers: Sloppy Drunk

Big Bill Broonzy: When I’ve Been Drinking

Curly Weaver: I Keep on Drinking

Memphis Minnie: Drunken Barrelhouse Blues

Merline Johnson: Bad Whiskey Blues

Washboard Sam: Bucket’s Got a Hole in It

Al Jackson: Let’s Drink Some Whiskey

Mr. Swing with Bobby Plater’s Orchestra: Beer Bottle Boogie

Amos Milburn: Let Me Go Home Whiskey

Jimmy Liggins: I Ain’t Drunk

Milt Buckner & His Beale Street Gang: Red Red Wine

Dave Bartholomew: Good Jax Boogie

Tiny Grimes & His Rockin’ Highlanders: Drinking Beer

Sticks McGhee: Drinking Wine Spo De O Dee

Floyd Dixon: Wine Wine Wine

Big Joe Turner: Wino Boogie

Jack McVea: Wino


Hosted by Scott Barretta for Radio Free Amsterdam

Written & programmed by Scott Barretta for Mississippi Public Broadcasting

Produced & recorded by Joe Yorke at the Center for Documentary Projects at the University of Mississippi

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

© 2006, 2017 Scott Barretta. Used with permission.