Living with the Blues


April 6th, 2011 ~ This week on American Routes, we're roaming the highways, byways and crossroads of the Magnolia State, looking for all kinds of blues. We sit down with noted blues scholar Bill Ferris to talk about his lifelong obsession with the music of his home state, and visit with Delta piano blues chanteuse Eden Brent to learn about her music mentor Boogaloo Ames. We set out north for Holly Springs and some Hill Country family jams. Then we head towards home to hang out at Teddy's Juke Joint, and catch up with the master of the gut-bucket blues, Little Freddie King.

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  • Open Bed: Station Blues Otha Turner and the Afrossippi Allstars
    From Senegal to Senatobia , Birdman
  • Po Black Maddie North Mississippi Allstars
    Shake Hands with Shorty , Tone-Cool
  • Down the Road Apiece Amos Milburn
    Blues, Barrelhouse & Boogie Woogie , Capital
  • SEGMENT: Teddy's Juke Joint
  • Walkin' to Louisiana Clifton Chenier
    Bon Ton Roulet , Arhoolie
  • Louisiana Blues Muddy Waters
    The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection: His Best, 1947 to 1955 , MCA
  • Instrumental: Okie Dokie Stomp Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
    The Original Peacock Recordings , Rounder
  • Key to the Highway Jazz Gillum & Memphis Slim
    Memphis Slim: The Folkways Years 1959-1973 , Smithsonian
  • Baby Please Don't Go Mose Allison
    Retrospective , Columbia
  • SEGMENT: Eden Brent
  • Instrumental: Boogaloo's Boogie Boogaloo Ames
    Boogaloo's Boogie , Little Boogaloo
  • Stop and Listen Blues No. 2 Mississippi Sheiks
    Violin Sing the Blues , Old Hat
  • Country Honk The Rolling Stones
    Let It Bleed , ABKCO
  • Johnny B Goode Chuck Berry
    The Chess Box , MCA/Chess
  • SEGMENT: Little Freddie King
  • End Bed: Tipitina Allen Toussaint
    American Routes original recording,
  • Open Bed: Clarksdale Getaway Charlie Musselwhite
    The Well , Alligator
  • Moaning at Midnight Howlin' Wolf
    Howlin' Wolf: His Best , MCA
  • I Ain't Superstitious Jeff Beck Group
    Truth , Sony BMG
  • SEGMENT: Buddy Guy
  • Instrumental: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning Fred McDowell
    Fred McDowell: The First Recordings , Rounder
  • Long Time Blues Lonnie Johnson & Victoria Spivey
    Idle Hours , Prestige
  • Sad and Beautiful World Charlie Musselwhite
    The Well, Alligator
  • Cross Road Blues Robert Johnson
    The Complete Recordings , Columbia
  • Walking Blues Bonnie Raitt
    Bonnie Raitt , Warner Bros.
  • Standing at the Crossroads Elmore James
    Blues Masters: The Very Best of Elmore James , Rhino
  • Instrumental: Most Things Haven't Worked Out Junior Kimbrough
    You Better Run: The Essential Junior Kimbrough , Fat Possum
  • SEGMENT: Bill Ferris
  • You Gotta Move Rev. John Wilkins
    American Routes original recording,
  • Miss Maybelle Kenny Brown
    American Routes original recording,
  • Shimmy She Wobble Rising Star Fife and Drum Band
    American Routes original recording,
  • End Bed: Blues Before Midnight Robert Nighthawk
    Mississippi Delta Blues in the 1960's Vol. 1 , Arhoolie