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Muddy Bottom Blues

Fridays, 8pm to 9pm

A reflective hour of roots-based blues, folk and Americana music. Each theme-based hour showcases musicians, singers and songwriters who have created and crafted these distinct music genres.

Dave Van Ronk

May 26, 2017
The New Yorker

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #105 (May 26 at 8:00 p.m.)

Guitarist, singer, songwriter, and native New Yorker Dave Van Ronk inspired, aided, and promoted the careers of numerous singer/songwriters who came up in the blues tradition. Most notable of the many musicians he helped over the years was Bob Dylan, whom Van Ronk got to know shortly after Dylan moved to New York in 1961 to pursue a life as a folk/blues singer.

Steve Kaufman

May 5, 2017
Acoustic Vibes Music

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #104 (May 5 at 8:00 p.m.)

Steve Kaufman was born into a musical family in 1957. His father was a jazz piano player and his mother was a classically trained pianist. Music was always around. At four Steve started plinking at the piano and did so for several years.

Jeb Loy Nichols

Apr 28, 2017
Jeb Loy Nichols

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #103 (April 28 at 8:00 p.m.)

As a teenager, Jeb Loy Nichols made his way from Austin, Texas to New York, New York. In the Big Apple, punk rock took root and continued to be an influence even after Nichols had moved to London. In the U.K., the sounds of dub and lovers rock mixed with his already colorful palette, and Nichols collaborated with fellow genre chameleons like Neneh Cherry and the Slits' Ari Up.

Donna the Buffalo

Apr 20, 2017
Jefferson Theater

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #102 (April 21 at 8:00 p.m.)

Rootsy folk-rock combo Donna the Buffalo formed in 1987 in Ithaca, NY. The group's three vocalists -- Tara Nevins, who also plays fiddle, guitar, and accordion; guitarist Jeb Puryear; and keyboardist Joe Thrift -- add another layer of diversity to the group's eclectic and often socially conscious sound. Guitarist Jim Miller, drummer Tom Gilbert, and bassist Jed Greenberg complete the ensemble.

Terry Robb

Apr 14, 2017
Acoustic Guitar Summit

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #101 (April 14 at 8:00 p.m.)

Terry Robb is one of the top acoustic blues guitarists of our time. His signature fingerpicking style has earned him international acclaim from worldwide audiences, music critics and his distinguished peers.

Incorporating elements from the Mississippi Delta music tradition, ragtime, country, swing and free jazz, Robb has built a unique blues sound that has made him a legend in his over 40 year music career.                      

Professor Longhair

Apr 7, 2017
Washington Post

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #100 (April 7 at 8:00 p.m.)

A founding father of New Orleans R&B, Roy "Professor Longhair" Byrd was nevertheless so down-and-out at one point in his long career that he was reduced to sweeping the floors in a record shop that once could have moved his platters by the boxful.

Caroline Herring

Mar 30, 2017
Tom Fahey

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #99 (March 31 at 8:00 p.m.)

Contemporary folk singer/songwriter Caroline Herring was raised in a musical family in Canton, MS. Her father played guitar and her mother played piano. Naturally, her parents had her take piano lessons, but she eventually became more interested in guitar and the chance to sing her own songs.

Mark Erelli

Mar 23, 2017
Mad Mission Agency

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #98 (March 24 at 8:00 p.m.)

Americana singer/songwriter Mark Erelli appeared on the music scene in 1999 with an eponymous debut from Signature Sounds. Critics from Billboard to the Boston Herald sang the musician's praises, and the Kerrville New Folk Contest named him top dog in its competition.

The Boot

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #97 (March 17 at 8:00 p.m.)

Hank Williams was born September 17, 1923, in Mount Olive, Alabama. Considered one of the most popular American country music singer/songwriters with songs like "Cold, Cold Heart," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive." He died of a heart attack at the age of 29 in 1953 in the backseat of his Cadillac.

Josh Kessler/Pure Music

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #96 (March 10 at 8:00PM)

Mance Lipscomb

Mar 3, 2017
Allmusic

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #95 (March 3 at 8:00PM)

Louvin Brothers

Feb 24, 2017
The Louvin Brothers

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #94 (February 24 at 8:00PM)

From the close-harmony brother acts of the 1930s evolved Charlie and Ira Louvin, ranking among the top duos in country music history. With Ira's incredibly high, pure tenor and Charlie's emotional and smooth melody tenor, they learned well from the Bolick brothers (the Blue Sky Boys), the Monroe Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, and other major family duos of the previous generation, preserving the old-time flavor while bringing this genre into the '50s, when country music moved to a newer sound.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #93 (February 24 at 8:00PM)

Although he didn't become widely known until the 1970s, Dr. John had been active in the music industry since the late '50s, when the teenager was still known as Mac Rebennack.

Fairfield Four

Feb 9, 2017
Masters of Traditional Arts

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #92 (February 10 at 8:00PM)

Known best for their appearance at the end of the film “O Brother Where Art Thou,” and on the subsequent soundtrack release, the Fairfield Four are alive and well and still singing in the traditional African American a cappella gospel style they have been known for since the group's inception almost 100 years ago.

Austin City Limits

Feb 2, 2017
Twitter

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #91 (February 3 at 8:00PM)

Austin City Limits is the longest running music series in American television history, one of the most exciting and successful music festivals in the United States, and an award-winning concert venue.

Created by KLRU and broadcast on PBS for 40 years, Austin City Limits has become an institution, as well as the recipient of a rare institutional Peabody Award, an official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark and the only TV series to ever be awarded the National Medal of Arts.

World Cafe

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #90 (January 27 at 8:00PM)

The three full-time members of the string band known as the Carolina Chocolate Drops (Dom Flemons on guitar, jug, and harmonica, Rhiannon Giddens on banjo and fiddle, and Justin Robinson on banjo and fiddle, met in 2005 at the Black Banjo Gathering at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, drawn together by their mutual love of bluegrass, jug music, and old-time country and rock.

Seth Walker

Jan 20, 2017
National Association of Broadcasters

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #89 (January 20 at 8:00PM)

A soulful singer, a skilled songwriter, and a guitarist with a sharp, clear tone, Seth Walker didn't come to the blues and R&B by the normal path, whatever the normal path might be -- he grew up in a two-family commune in rural North Carolina and began his musical path at three years old as a cellist.

Both his father and mother were classically trained musicians, and Walker's childhood was full of classical music, but there was also plenty of country, rock, and pop thrown in there, too.

Songs of Coal Mining

Jan 13, 2017
Kentucky Coal Mining

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #88 (January 13 at 8:00PM)

This program of Muddy Bottom Blues will feature “Black Dust, Dark Tunnels & Hard Lives: Songs of Coal Mining” with traditional, folk, blues and Americana music from Norman Blake, Johnny Cash, Hazel Dickens, Tom T. Hall, Johnson Mountain Boys, Loretta Lynn, John Prine, Darrell Scott, Ralph Stanley II, Steep Canyon Rangers, Keith Whitley and others.

Steve James

Dec 9, 2016
Utah Blues Society

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #86 (December 9 at 8:00PM)

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter Steve James has carved a niche for himself in the acoustic and folk-blues scene through a lot of touring. He's built his fan base the old-fashioned way, without the support of an international record company marketing machine.

James, who plays National steel guitar, mandolin, and banjo, got hooked on blues as a 12-year-old. In his youth, he befriended and learned from some of the masters of acoustic blues: Sam McGee and B.B. King's cousin, Furry Lewis.

Mary Gauthier

Dec 1, 2016
Americana Music Show

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #85 (December 2 at 8:00PM)

Americana singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier exploded onto the scene in 1999 following her self-released sophomore effort, Drag Queens in Limousines. The album, which garnered her a Crossroads Silver Star and a four-star rating in Rolling Stone, had critics comparing her self-described "country noir" to the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, John Prine, and, not surprisingly, Lucinda Williams. The success of Drag Queens led to main-stage shows at festivals around the country and multiple tours in Europe.

Crooked Still

Nov 18, 2016
Crooked Still

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #84 (November 18 at 8:00PM)

Neo-bluegrass group Crooked Still combines four musicians with distinguished backgrounds and connections.

Singer Aoife O'Donovan, a graduate of the New England Conservatory, is also a member of the Wayfaring Strangers.

Cellist Rushad Eggleston, the first string student admitted to the Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, also performs with Fiddlers 4 and Darol Anger's American Fiddle Ensemble while also leading his own Wild Band of Snee.

Josh White

Nov 3, 2016
C.C. Rider

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #83 (November 4 at 8:00PM)

Josh White’s life is the history of black American music finding a white audience, of folk music and the American left, and of a man who remade himself time and time again, fighting discrimination, stereotypes, and his own personal demons to become one of the world’s most successful black entertainers, then maintaining himself in that position through four decades.

Global Dog Productions

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #82 (October 7 at 8:00PM)

OKeh Records was founded by Otto K. E. Heinemann when he set up his own recording studio and gramophone record pressing plant in New York City in September 1918. Heinemann formed the name of the record label “OKeh”, from his initials.

Jimmy LaFave

Sep 30, 2016
NPR

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #81 (September 30 at 8:00PM)

Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Jimmy LaFave brings a passionate rock & roll energy to his original folk songs, whether he's playing solo or with a band.

Uncle Earl

Sep 23, 2016
Sunset Village Park

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #80 (September 23 at 8:00PM)

Fearless ambassadors for string-band music, Uncle Earl uses tradition as a springboard, coloring a vast and varied legacy with their own unique perspectives as vocalists, instrumentalists, and songwriters.

Independently, Kristin Andreassen (guitar, fiddle, ukulele, harmonica, vocals, clogging), Rayna Gellert (fiddle, guitar, vocals), KC Groves (mandolin, guitar, bass, vocals), and Abigail Washburn (banjo, vocals), have each emerged as adventurous, compelling voices in the ongoing old-time renaissance.

Rob McNurlin

Sep 16, 2016
Gary Hayes Country

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #79 (September 16 at 8:00PM)

Rob McNurlin was raised in Eastern Kentucky, the hymns in church, the Johnny Cash Show on TV, a harmonica from his grandmother, his parents records and a guitar on his ninth Christmas set him on a very musical path.

McNurlin began studying traditional music learning hundreds of folk, hillbilly-blues and Gospel tunes. Inspired by Cash, Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams, he started writing songs and mixing these originals with the  traditional .

Snagfilms

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #78 (September 9 at 8:00PM)

Sweet Honey in the Rock is a dynamic, all-female a cappella group with a repertoire rooted in African choral, blues, gospel, and jazz.

The ensemble educates, entertains and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for the Deaf and hearing impaired.

Rounder Records

Sep 1, 2016
Paste

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #77 (September 2 at 8:00PM)

Rounder Records began in 1970 as a collective enterprise by three college friends, passionate music lovers all, to record, preserve, and pioneer the development of roots music and its contemporary offshoots.  It was not originally intended to become a business, all three Rounder Founders had other careers in mind, but the reception their first releases earned drove the trio to do more. As one often said, “It was like a hobby that got out of control.” In their third year alone, they released 19 albums. 

Robbie Fulks

Aug 26, 2016
Robbie Fulks

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #76 (August 26 at 8:00PM)

Singer/songwriter Robbie Fulks was one of the more heralded talents in the alternative country movement, displaying an offbeat, sometimes dark sense of humor in many of his best moments. As time passed, he moved away from the country twang of his early work and into a crunchier roots rock hybrid.

Grady Champion

Aug 19, 2016
Clarion Ledger

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #75 (August 19 at 8:00PM)

Mississippi-based, Grammy Award winning songwriter/musician Grady Champion has been captivating audiences for more than two decades.

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