It’s one of the most widely played songs in the blues, but not much is known about Robert Petway, the man who recorded the definitive early version of “Catfish Blues”. The scant information that exists tells a familiar story of a Delta musician who headed to Chicago to make records. But after recording a mere […]
Skip James was one of the first influential blues players. Although he came from the same Mississippi culture that produced Delta blues, James had a unique sound, built around unusual guitar tunings and his eerie falsetto. Robert Johnson based his song “32-20 Blues” around James’ lesser known “22-20 Blues”, and Cream famously covered his song […]
Booker T. Jones performs live in the KPLU Seattle studios on June 28, 2013.
Blind Lemon Jefferson was one of the defining guitarists of Texas Blues of the 1920’s. Influenced by the country and gospel music of Texas, he also heard Mexican music played by farm workers. His unique guitar style and high, eerie voice were memorable; he recorded over 100 songs and was one of the best known […]
Chances are you know the song “My Babe”, made popular by Little Walter in 1955. Except for the lyrics, “My Babe” is nearly identical to the gospel song “This Train is Bound For Glory”, a song that reaches back to the 1920’s. The earliest known recording of “This Train is Bound For Glory” dates from […]
Gregory Porter performs live in the KPLU Seattle studios on June 21, 2013.
Tampa Red was a slide guitar pioneer who helped create the template for modern blues. His distinctive use of single-string slide melodies in the 1920’s would go on to influence virtually every slide player who followed him, including Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Waters. In the days before amplification, he played a steel-bodied resonator guitar, […]
Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo perform “Flight of the Bumblebee” at the KPLU/Jazz24 studios on May 30, 3013.
Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo perform “Tico Tico / Apache” at the KPLU/Jazz24 studios on May 30, 3013.
Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo perform “It Might As Well Be Spring” in the KPLU/Jazz24 studios on May, 30 2013.