Delta Daily Life


April 20th, 2005 ~ A musical return to that fount of styles called the blues as we take a tour of the Mississippi Delta, and also visit kinfolk in Memphis, Chicago, and Oakland. We'll hear about blues roots and routes in conversations with singer Little Milton, Delta Deejay Early Wright -- famous for his "snake alerts" -- and at a Clarksdale, Mississippi, barbershop where stropping the razor to a beat is an art form.

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  • Crossroads Hound Dog Taylor
    Genuine Houserocking Music, Alligator
  • Polk Salad Annie Tony Joe White
    The Best of, Warner
  • Highway 61 Blues Jack Kelley & his S. Memphis Jug Band
    Violin, Sing the Blues for Me, Old Hat
  • Jug Band Music Lucinda Williams
    Ramblin', Smithsonian Folkways
  • Down Home Girl The Coasters
    50 Coastin Classics, Rhino
  • INTERVIEW: Blues Barber Wade Walton
  • Instrumental: Sad Hours Little Walter
    His Best, MCA/Chess
  • Death Letter Son House
    Blues masters, Vol.7, Rhino
  • Death Letter Cassandra Wilson
    Visions of Jazz: The First Century, Blue Note
  • Can't Hardly Stand It Charlie Feathers
    Get With It, Revenant
  • Shake ‘Em On Down R.L. Burnside
    Too Bad Jim, Fat Possum
  • Instrumental:“Feelin’ Bad Blues Ry Cooder
    Music By Ry Cooder, Warner
  • INTERVIEW: Little Milton
  • Lookin' For My Baby Little Milton
    The Sun Masters, Rounder
  • Ol' Man River Gene Ammons
  • Ol' Man River Kenneth Spencer w/full orchestra & chorus
    Showboat: 1946 Broadway Revival Cast, Sony
  • Long John Lightning and Group
    Afro-American Spiritual, Work-Songs And Ballads, Rounder
  • Our Father Five Blind Boys of Mississippi
    Jubilation Vol.2, Rhino
  • Down in Mississippi Pops Staples
    Peace to the Neighborhood, PointBlank
  • Oh Freedom Hollis Watkins
    Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, Smithsonian-Folkways
  • Change Is Gonna Come Otis Redding
    Otis! - The Definitive Redding, vol. 1, Rhino
  • Instrumental: Call Him By His Name Glenn Lee
    Sacred Steel, Arhoolie
  • Natchez Mississippi Blues Lewis Brozeville Five
    The Jive is Jumpin: Vocal Groups, WestSide
  • The Natchez Burnin' Howlin' Wolf
    The Chess Box, MCA
  • Love in Vain Rolling Stones
    Let It Bleed, ABKCO
  • Honky Tonk Women Ike&Tina Turner
    The Best Of, EMI
  • INTERVIEW: Early Wright
  • West Memphis Blues Sonny Boy Williamson II
    King Biscuit Time, Arhoolie
  • Roll Over Beethoven Carl Perkins
    The Classic, Bear Family
  • Instrumental: Sunshine Twist (You are My Sunshine) Jellyroll Kings
    Rockin' The Juke Joint Down, Earwig
  • Catfish Blues Taj Mahal/Toumani Diabate
    Kulanjan, Hannibal
  • Crawdad Hole Jessie Mae Hemphill
    She-Wolf, Highwater/HMG
  • My Home is in the Delta Buddy Guy & Junior Wells
    Alone & Acoustic, Alligator
  • Mississippi Delta Blues Jimmie Rodgers
    Last Sessions, Rounder
  • Delta Bound Duke Ellington Orchestra featuring Ivie Anderson