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Howlin' Wolf, "Smokestack Lightning", 1964

Mon, 08/03/15
Authored by David Stafford
The late great Howlin' Wolf (born 1910 as Chester Arthur Burnett in West Point, Mississippi) doing "Smokestack Lightning" at the 1964 American Folk Blues Festival, a show that toured Europe as an annually during the 1960s. Other performers included blues greats Muddy Waters... Read more

"Days Between"

Sat, 08/01/15
Tune in Wednesday Night August 5th at 10:00 p.m. for our special Jerry "Captain Trips" Garcia "Days Between" Show. Days between refers to more than just a title of a Grateful Dead song. They are the days each year between August 1st, Jerry's birthday and August 9th the day... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 07/30/15

Sat, 08/01/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 Old Man River Papa John Creach 03:22 Rock father 2015/7/31 22:00:55 2 Lonely Journey Black Roots 04:36 Ghetto Feel 2015/7/31 22:04:32 3 Something Is Missing ... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 07/30/15

Sat, 08/01/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 Old Man River Papa John Creach 03:22 Rock father 2015/7/31 22:00:55 2 Lonely Journey Black Roots 04:36 Ghetto Feel 2015/7/31 22:04:32 3 Something Is Missing ... Read more

Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, "'Lectric Chair Blues"

Wed, 07/29/15
Authored by David Stafford
Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns performing "'Lectric Chair Blues" (which she describes as "My favorite love song") live in the KEXP studio in Seattle on May 29, 2014. You can catch them this Sunday, August 2, at Satchmo SummerFest.  Read more

Satchmo Fest Photo Preview

Wed, 07/29/15
Authored by Carrie
Satchmo SummerFest features local music with a focus on contemporary and traditional jazz and brass bands. The festival happens in New Orleans the first weekend of each August, coinciding with the anniversary of Louis Armstrong's birthday (August 4). This year, the festival... Read more

New music spotlight: Colin Lake

Tue, 07/28/15
Authored by Carrie
The satisfying blues/roots/soul sound of Colin Lake shines through on his new album, One Thing That's For Sure. Released July 10 on Louisiana Red Hot Records, the album includes many guest appearances, including Luther Dickenson of the North Mississippi All-Stars, Maggie Ko... Read more

Nina Simone, "Mississippi Goddam"

Mon, 07/27/15
Authored by David Stafford
Nina Simone does one of her most famous protest songs, "Mississippi Goddam," in Holland in 1965. The civil rights era anthem, first performed in March 1964, is a response to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and the murder of Medgar Evers. There's real tension in the j... Read more

The Renaissance Project

Fri, 07/24/15
Authored by Carrie
The Renaissance Project is a New Orleans area non-profit that works to improve the quality of life in low-income communities of color by increasing access to fresh, healthy food; improving education opportunities; catalyzing economic development and celebrating arts and cul... Read more

New music spotlight: The New Orleans Jazz Vipers

Thu, 07/23/15
Authored by Nita Ketner
Alto saxophonist Joe Braun soaked up New Orleans jazz for years while busking on Jackson Square with the likes of Tuba Fats, Benny Jones, Uncle Lionel Batiste, and even a young Trumpet Black before forming his own acoustic swing band, The Jazz Vipers, and becoming a fixture... Read more

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