Big River of Sound: Music on the Mississippi


May 28th, 2003 ~ The musical and cultural meanderings of the Mississippi River, from exploration and trade to romance. Jazz, ragtime, and levee work-songs along with blues, rockabilly, gospel and country. Guests include the late Memphis soul man Rufus Thomas, and ethnomusicologist David Evans speaking about influential Delta guitarist Charley Patton. Also, we visit a river barge pilot as he rolls on the river.

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  • Open Bed: Ol' Man River Jimmy Smith
    Ultimate, Verve
  • Big River Johnny Cash
    The Essential Johnny Cash, Columbia/Legacy
  • Mississippi River Smokey Babe
    Shake 'Em on Down: The Real Country Blues, Ace
  • Lazy Lazy River Mississippi Sheiks
    Folks, He Sure Do Pull Some Bow, Old Hat
  • Up a Lazy River Sidney Bechet
    Up a Lazy River, Fantasy
  • The Julia Belle Swain John Hartford
    Mark Twang, Flying Fish
  • New Madrid Uncle Tupelo
    Anodyne, Sire
  • Instrumental: Ouachita Run Alvin Youngblood Hart
    Territory, Hannibal
  • River's Invitation Aretha Franklin
    Soul '69, Atlantic
  • River's Invitation Stanley Turrentine
    Masters of Jazz Vol. 4: Big Bands of the '50s & '60s, Rhino
  • Funky Mississippi Rufus Thomas
    The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol.2 (1968-1971), Stax
  • INTERVIEW: Rufus Thomas
  • Instrumental: Boozer John Scofield
    A Go Go, Verve
  • Sun Flower Slow Drag Scott Kirby
    The Complete Rags of Scott Joplin Played by Scott Kirby, Viridiana
  • Deep River (Trad.) Marian Anderson
    Spirituals, Sony
  • Proud Mary Ike & Tina Turner
    Proud Mary: Best of, EMI
  • Postcard from River Barge
  • Singin' the Blues Frankie Trumbauer & his Orchestra
    Masters of Jazz Vol.1: Traditional Jazz Classics, Rhino
  • Miss the Mississippi and You Jimmie Rodgers
    The Singing Brakeman, Bear Family
  • J'Etais a la Riviere (I Went to the River) Camay Doucet
    Camay Doucet - Jimmy Thibodeaux et Musique, Swallow
  • Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man Loretta Lynn with Conway Twitty
    The Best of Loretta Lynn: 20th Century Masters, MCA
  • Instrumental: Nashville Skyline Rag Bob Dylan
    Nashville Skyline, Columbia
  • Get Down River Bottle Rockets
    Leftovers, Mercury
  • High Water (for Charley Patton) Bob Dylan
    Love and Theft, Sony
  • INTERVIEW: David Evans on Charley Patton
  • Lord Have Mercy (Trad.) John Fahey and his Orchestra
    Of Rivers and Religion, Warner
  • Down by the Riverside Snooks Eaglin
    Country Boy In New Orleans, Arhoolie
  • Instrumental: Ol' Man River Gene Ammons
    Jug, Prestige
  • Old Man River The Ravens
    Old Man River, Savoy
  • Old Man River The Techniques
    Run Come Celebrate: Their Greatest Reggae Hits, Rounder
  • To The River Smiley Lewis
    Shame, Shame, Shame, Bear Family
  • St. Louis Blues Erroll Garner
    Closeup in Swing & A New Kind of Love, Telarc
  • Louisiana 1927 Randy Newman
    Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman, Rhino
  • Change is Gonna Come Sam Cooke
    The Man & His Music, RCA
  • End Bed: Down by the Riverside (Trad.) The Louis Cottrell Trio
    New Orleans: The Living Legends, Riverside