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Location:

Tacoma, WA

Description:

For a full six hours each evening, John Kessler draws from the full spectrum of the blues in his award-winning shows. You’ll heard classic blues recordings from such legends as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson. You’ll also hear great r&b, soul, funk, swamp, gospel and boogie-woogie blues from all over America and all around the world.

Twitter:

@KPLU

Language:

English

Contact:

12180 Park Ave S. Tacoma, WA 98447 253-535-7758


Episodes

The long flight of Muddy's 'Honey Bee'

2/26/2014
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Muddy Waters was born in rural Mississippi, and learned his blues at the feet of Son House and Robert Johnson. By the 1940’s he took that delta blues...

Duration: 00:03:00


Hendrix inspired by Earl King's 'Come On'

2/7/2014
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Earl King is one of the great songwriters and performers to come out of New Orleans, and his legacy continues to live on. Many of his compositions,...

Duration: 00:03:54


'Black Rat' comes from the most powerful singer to walk the Earth

1/31/2014
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The urban blues of places like Detroit and Chicago came from country blues. Little Son Joe and his better known partner Memphis Minnie were among the...

Duration: 00:03:18


Everybody's got the 'Fever,' but Peggy Lee's got it bad

12/6/2013
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Chances are you’ve heard Peggy Lee’s iconic version of “Fever”– it’s one of the steamiest love songs ever written. But the original recording was...

Duration: 00:03:15


"Kokomo Blues" among the roots of "Sweet Home Chicago"

11/29/2013
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“Sweet Home Chicago” is one of the best known blues songs ever written. But historians seem to agree that when Robert Johnson recorded the song in 1936...

Duration: 00:03:39


Following "Blues With a Feeling" through cutting-edge changes

11/22/2013
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Here’s a perfect example of a song that changed with the times, and was at the cutting edge of those changes. Drummer and singer Rabon Tarrant recorded...

Duration: 00:03:51


Robert Johnson at the Crossroads represents Delta blues the best

11/15/2013
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If I had to pick one person to represent Delta blues at the peak of its expression, it would be Robert Johnson. Saying that he was a superlative guitar...

Duration: 00:03:05


The Piedmont Blues of "Crow Jane"

10/25/2013
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It’s hard to trace the exact source of “Crow Jane”, but it’s a song that has outlasted many others from the early days of the blues. Its roots lay in the

Duration: 00:03:34


'Sitting on Top of the World' with the Mississippi Sheiks

10/18/2013
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The Mississippi Sheiks were a popular string band of the 1920’s and 30’s, with a sound that was a crossover between country music and blues. Though

Duration: 00:03:03


"Nobody Knows You", Classic in Any Genre

10/11/2013
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This iconic hard-luck song was a hit when Bessie Smith recorded it in 1929, and with its timeless message and memorable melody, Nobody Knows You When Youre

Duration: 00:03:00


'Mercury Blues' Still Running after 60 Years

9/27/2013
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Cars make great musical metaphors, and theyve inspired some famous blues songs like Cadillac Boogie, Maybelline and Mustang Sally. K.C. Douglas came out

Duration: 00:03:25


Patton's 'Pony Blues' Still Kicking

9/20/2013
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Charley Patton was one of the first to play what we might recognize as Delta blues, putting blues into a strong and syncopated rhythm. A powerful singer

Duration: 00:03:19


The Long Life of 'Stop Breaking Down'

9/13/2013
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Eric Clapton called Robert Johnson "the most important blues singer who ever lived." Saying that Johnson was a superlative guitar player, impassioned

Duration: 00:03:22


Blues for the 'Big Boss Man'

9/6/2013
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Jimmy Reed is one of the most influential bluesmen in history and his songs will always be part of the blues repertoire. "Baby, What You Want Me to Do,"

Duration: 00:03:42


'The Milk Cow Blues'—Alive and Well 80 Years Later

8/30/2013
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Sleepy John Estes was a Tennessee-based blues singer of the 1920’s and 30’s. Though not a flashy guitarist, his voice was packed with power, and the songs

Duration: 00:03:04


4 Ways to Sing 'The Same Thing'

8/23/2013
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This deceptively simple blues song is a masterpiece of restraint and execution. Recorded first in 1964, it features the voice of Muddy Waters and the

Duration: 00:03:56


Blues Turns Electric with 'Crawling King Snake'

8/16/2013
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Big Joe Williams was part of the first generation of blues players, and lived to help spark the blues revival of the 1960’s. An active performing and

Duration: 00:03:14


Gershwin's 'Summertime' Becomes a Rock Classic

8/9/2013
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“Summertime” is considered one of George Gershwin’s finest songs. Collaborating with his brother Ira and lyricist DuBose Heyward, Gershwin composed the

Duration: 00:03:37


'The Sky is Crying' with Three Legendary Guitarists

8/2/2013
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Elmore James is a giant of the blues. His work as a songwriter, singer and guitarist put him near the top of the short list of greats. The songs he wrote

Duration: 00:03:19


The Wolf Howls on 'Smokestack Lightning'

7/26/2013
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In the span of Howlin’ Wolf’s life and career he saw virtually the entire progression of blues from a rural, acoustic music through the birth of modern

Duration: 00:03:41

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