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Blues Unlimited

Series produced by Steve Franz

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Join us as we explore the wonderful world of the Blues, and its history, heritage, and rich cultural traditions.

Blues Unlimited is an NPR-style two-hour weekly show that has been called the "best blues radio show in the United States," and has an established and loyal audience of listeners from around the globe. Hosted by "Sleepy Boy Hawkins" (the alter-ego of scholar, author, fanatic, and historian Steve Franz), each installment is a self-contained evergreen show, delving into a different genre, topic, or aspect of the blues. For more details on the program, see our full profile, or email us at bluesunlimited@gmail.com


206 Pieces

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Caption: Distinctive graphics were also a part of the American Folk Blues Festival Tours, including this LP cover of recordings from 1962
We pay tribute to a legendary series of concerts organized by two German men, Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau, beginning in 1962. Known as the America...

Bought by KHNS and WUCF


  • Added: Mar 06, 2011
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: George "Harmonica" Smith, Credit: Norbert Hess
When you think of Blues Harmonica, you probably think of giants like Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter Jacobs, or Shakey Horton -- but did you ev...

Bought by KHNS, KMXT, Spokane Public Radio, and WUCF


  • Added: Feb 22, 2011
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: On this episode of Blues Unlimited, it's all about trains
Trains have figured largely in Blues lyrics over the decades, symbolizing freedom, mobility, a free ride to a better place, or the poignant end of ...

Bought by WJSU, KHNS, and WUCF


  • Added: Jan 31, 2011
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Willie Joe Duncan & His Unitar, one of the featured artists on this episode of Blues Unlimited
In this episode of Blues Unlimited we pay tribute to those artists -- a veritable parade of the "famous unknowns" -- with a unique distinction in c...

Bought by WJSU, KTRL, KHNS, Spokane Public Radio, and WUCF


  • Added: Jan 09, 2011
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Frank Stokes, also known as the "Creator of the Memphis Blues"
From classic ensembles like Cannon's Jug Stompers and the Memphis Jug Band to great slide guitar masters like Furry Lewis and Bukka White to the ri...

Bought by KTRL, KHNS, WSLR, WUCF, and KISU


  • Added: Dec 31, 2010
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Eddie "Son" House, in a contemplative backstage moment
A look at the "Blues Revival" period of the 1960s -- a magical time of rebirth, rediscovery, and forgotten Blues legends of the '20s & '30s recordi...

Bought by 90.5 WSNC, WJSU, KHNS, KTRL, WUCF and more


  • Added: Dec 27, 2010
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 6