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



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


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.