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Roots and Rhythms

Roots and Rhythms
Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 with Lloyd Smiley
Six Feet Deep in the Blues

Digging up some great blues from the Past tonight on R&R. Almost all of tonight's tracks feature blues artists who passed away sometime in October over the years... as a kind of Halloween warm-up. Please remember that Funding Drive begins this Friday! #SUPPORTCKCU Donate anytime by visiting the ckcufm.com homepage and clicking the 'donate now' button. Secure & easy... and thanks! Lloyd will be back tomorrow night with a special Halloween edition of Catch 23 on CKCU at 11pm. As always, THANKS FOR LISTENING!
Sick Bed Blues
Skip James - Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
Up next, a cover of another Skip James song, 'Cypress Grove Blues'. Just because... why not?
Cypress Grove Blues
Ali Farka Touré & Corey Harris - Mississippi to Mali
Skip James died October 3rd, 1969 in Philadelphia, PA.
Any Kind a Man
Victoria Spivey - Victoria Spivey Vol. 4 1936-1937
Victoria Spivey also died on October 3rd, but in 1976 in New York, NY.
She was born on October 15th 1906 in Huston, TX.
I Hear You Knocking
Smiley Lewis - The Best of Smiley Lewis: I Hear You Knocking
Smiley Lewis died on October 7th, 1966 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Kokomo Blues
Scrapper Blackwell - The Virtuoso Guitar of...
Francis "Scrapper" Blackwell also died on October 7th, four years earlier than Smiley Lewis, in 1962 in Indianapolis... Indiana. (Sorry for the confusion!)
Gonna Raise a Ruckus Tonight
Gus Cannon - Walk Right In
Gus Cannon passed away on October 15th, 1979 in Memphis, Tennessee.

The name of the group I was trying to remember (who popularized "Walk Right In" and was featured on the Forest Gump soundtrack, among others) was, in fact, The Rooftop Singers. Now you know!
Fine and Mellow
Alberta Hunter - Blues Classics
Alberta Hunter died on October 17th, 1984 in New York, NY.
Levee Camp Moan
Son House - The Original Delta Blues
Son House died on October 19th, 1988 in Detroit, Michigan.
Pork Chop Blues
Sam Collins - Complete Recorded Titles: 1927-1931
Sam Collins died in Chicago, Illinois on October 20th, 1949.
Barefoot Blues
Jaydee Short - St. Louis Country Blues: 1929-1937
Jaydee Short died on October 21st, 1962 in St. Louis, MO.
We Sure Got Hard Times
Barbecue Bob - The Great Depression: American Music in the 30s
Robert Hicks... or 'Barbecue Bob' also died on October 21st, but in 1931 in Lithonia, Georgia.
See That My Grave is Kept Clean
Blind Lemon Jefferson - Anthology of American Folk Music vol. 3B: Songs
Blind Lemon Jefferson died in late December... but he was BORN on OCtober 26th.
I chose this song because it was about a grave, which seemed to fit the theme.
There's a great Hattie McDaniel track I didn't have time to play tonight (she died on Blind Lemon Jefferson's birthday, in 1952), but I'll try to fit it into a future show. Stay tuned!