Highway 61 Blues 55: Little Boy Blue

Scott Barretta takes a deep look into the music of Robert Lockwood Jr. including his own recordings and some of those he made with Dr. Clayton, Sunnyland Slim, Eddie Boyd, Little Walter, and Sonny Boy Williamson.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

LITTLE BOY BLUE

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 55

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, November 8, 2008 [18495]

 

Robert Lockwood Jr.: Little Boy Blue

Robert Lockwood Jr.: Black Spider Blues

Dr. Clayton: Jitterbug Swing

Sunnyland Slim: Down Home Child

Robert Lockwood Jr.: Pearlie B.

Robert Lockwood Jr.: Aw-Aw Baby

Robert Lockwood Jr.: Dust My Broom

Robert Lockwood Jr.: I’m Gonna Dig Myself A Hole

Robert Lockwood Jr.: Glory of Man

Eddie Boyd: Just A Fool

Little Walter: I Got To Find My Baby

Little Walter: Last Night

Sonny Boy Williamson: Too Old To Think

Sonny Boy Williamson: Sad To Be Alone

 

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.

 

Highway 61 Blues 54: The Story of Bo Diddley

Scott Barretta investigates the music of the great Bo Diddley with songs from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s plus Bo-drenched versions by Muddy Waters, Buddy Holly, and the Johnny Otis Show.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

THE STORY OF BO DIDDLEY

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 54

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, November 1, 2008 [18481]

 

Bo Diddley: The Story of Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley: You Don’t Love Me

Bo Diddley: Diddy Wah Diddy

Bo Diddley: I’m A Man

Muddy Waters: Mannish Boy

Buddy Holly: Not Fade Away

Johnny Otis Show: Willie & The Hand Jive

Bo Diddley: I’m A Road Runner

Bo Diddley: Deed and Deed I Do

Bo Diddley: Let Me In

Bo Diddley: Let Me In

Bo Diddley: You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

Bo Diddley: The Greatest Lover In The World

Bo Diddley: Ooh Baby

Bo Diddley: Black Soul

Bo Diddley: The Shape I’m In

Bo Diddley: Infatuation

Bo Diddley: Aztec

 

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.

 

Highway 61 Blues 53: Bring It On Home

Scott Barretta is featuring contemporary Mississippi blues artists this week, including T-Model Ford, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood, The Mississippi Marvel, Cadillac John Nolan, Bill Able, R.L. Boyce, Wesley Jefferson, Super Chikan, Robert Bilbo Walker, Eden Brent, Cedric Burnside & Lightning Malcolm, and Homemade Jams, many of them cuts from the soundtrack to the new documentary film, M For Mississippi.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

BRING IT ON HOME

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 53

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, October 18, 2008 [18467]

 

T-Model Ford: Jack Daniel Time

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes: Slow Down, Slow Down

Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood: She’s Fine

The Mississippi Marvel: Black Mattie’s Face

Cadillac John Nolan & Bill Able: Give It All To Me Baby

Bill Able: John Henry

R.L. Boyce: Ain’t It All Right

Wesley Jefferson: Wolves Are Howling

Super Chikan: Peter Truck

Robert Bilbo Walker: Bring It On Home

Eden Brent: Mississippi Flatland Blues

Cedric Burnside & Lightning Malcolm: Stay Here In Your Arms

Cedric Burnside & Lightning Malcolm: Madman Blues

Homemade Jams: Who Your Real Friends Are

T-Model Ford: Red’s House Party

 

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.

 

Highway 61 Blues 52: Homage To Earl Palmer

Scott Barretta spotlights the long and incredibly fertile career of drummer Earl Palmer with sides by Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, Roy Montrell, Professor Longhair, Lloyd Price, Little Richard, Smiley Lewis, Shirley & Lee, Charles Brown, Roy Brown, Lee Allen, Earl King, Earl Palmer’s Party Rockers, Thurston Harris, Etta James, Larry Williams, Jimmy Beasley, Don & Dewey, Richard Berry, and the Hollywood Flames.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

HOMAGE TO EARL PALMER

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 52

Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, October 11, 2008 [18453]

 

Fats Domino: I’m Walkin’

Dave Bartholomew: That’s How You Got Killed Before

Roy Montrell: That Mellow Saxophone

Professor Longhair: Tipitina

Lloyd Price: Lawdy Miss Clawdy

Little Richard: Rip It Up

Smiley Lewis: One Night

Shirley & Lee: Let the Good Times Roll

Charles Brown: Please Believe Me

Roy Brown: Let the Four Winds Blow

Lee Allen: Rockin’ At Cosimo’s

Earl King: I’m Your Best Bet Baby

Earl Palmer’s Party Rockers: Johnny’s House Party

Thurston Harris: Little Bitty Pretty One

Etta James: Dance With Me Henry

Larry Williams: Slow Down

Earl Palmer’s Party Rockers: Drum Village, Part 1

Jimmy Beasley: Don’t Feel Sorry For Me

Don & Dewey: Leaving It All Up To You

Richard Berry: Mad About You

Earl Palmer’s Party Rockers: Drum Village, Part 2

Hollywood Flames: Buzz Buzz Buzz

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.