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Friends of Robert Johnson

   
 

November 28th, 2001 ~ Two hours of music surrounding the forefather of the blues, Robert Johnson. The guitarist and singer is remembered by four other Delta bluesmen: guitarist Johnny Shines rode the rails with Johnson in the 1930s, pianist and guitarist Henry Townsend jammed with him, Robert Junior Lockwood is Johnson's stepson and the late diddly-bow player Lonnie Pitchford followed in his footsteps. We'll also hear Johnson tunes in the hands of latter-day artists the Rolling Stones and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Hour One   Hour Two  
  • Open Bed: Black Ace Black Ace
    I Am The Boss Card in Your Hand, Arhoolie
  • Cross Road Blues Robert Johnson
    The Complete Recordings, Columbia
  • Crossroads Cream
    The Very Best of Cream, Polydor
  • Terraplane Blues Robert Johnson
    King of the Delta Blues, Columbia/Legacy
  • Dynaflow Blues The Johnny Shines Blues Band
    Chicago Blues Today! Vol. 3, Vanguard
  • INTERVIEW: Johnny Shines
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  • Instrumental: Overall Junction Albert King
    Blues Masters: The Very Best of Albert King, Rhino
  • Milk Cow Blues Kokomo Arnold
    The Roots of Robert Johnson, Yazoo
  • Milk Cow Blues Rose Maddox
    America's Most Colorful Hillbilly Band, Vol. 1, Arhoolie
  • Milkcow Blues Boogie Elvis Presley
    The Essential 50s masters, RCA
  • Dust My Broom Ike & Tina Turner
    Bold Soul Sister, Hip-O
  • I Believe I'll Go Back Home Clifton Chenier
    King of the Bayous, Arhoolie
  • Walking Blues Bonnie Raitt
    Bonnie Raitt, Warner Brothers
  • Sweet Old Chicago Roosevelt ‘The Honeydripper' Sykes
    Blues By Roosevelt 'The Honeydripper' Sykes, Smithsonian Folkways
  • Instrumental: Memphis Blues Eubie Blake
    Memories of You - from Rare Piano Rolls, Biograph
  • INTERVIEW: Henry Townsend
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  • Go Ahead Buddy Bill Weldon
    The Roots of Robert Johnson, Yazoo
  • They're Red Hot Robert Johnson
    The Complete Recordings, Columbia
  • They're Red Hot Red Hot Chili Peppers
    The Essential Red Hot Chili Peppers, EMI
 
  • Open Bed: Miles Runs the Hoodoo Down Miles Davis
    Bitches Brew, Columbia
  • Hell Hound On My Trail Robert Johnson
    King of the Delta Blues, Columbia/Legacy
  • Hell Hound On My Trail Cassandra Wilson
    Blue Light 'Til Dawn, Blue Note
  • Preachin' Blues Son House
    Mojo Workin' - Blues for the Next Generation, Columbia/Legacy
  • Love In Vain Robert Johnson
    King of the Delta Blues, Columbia/Legacy
  • Stop Breaking Down Rolling Stones
    Exile On Main Street, Virgin
  • Instrumental: Feelin' Bad Blues Ry Cooder
    Music By Ry Cooder, Warner
  • INTERVIEW: Robert Junior Lockwood
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  • Ramblin' On My Mind Front Range
    Ramblin' On My Mind, Sugar Hill
  • Sitting On Top of the World The Mississippi Sheiks
    The Roots of Robert Johnson, Yazoo
  • Come On In My Kitchen Robert Johnson
    King of the Delta Blues, Columbia/Legacy
  • Instrumental: Elmer's Blues Lonnie Johnson with Elmer Snowden
    Blues & Ballads, Bluesville
  • INTERVIEW: Lonnie Pitchford
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  • Walkin' Blues Muddy Waters
    Rollin' Stone, MCA
  • Crossroads Cowboy Junkies
    Whites Off Earth Now!, RCA
  • End Bed: Cross Road Blues Marcus Roberts
    Blues For the New Millennium, Columbia