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



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



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.