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



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



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.