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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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

Texas State Historical Association

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #74 (August 12 at 8:00PM)

Henry "Ragtime Texas" Thomas, an early exponent of country blues, was born in Big Sandy, Texas, in 1874, one of nine children of former slaves who sharecropped on a cotton plantation in the northeastern part of the state. Thomas learned to hate cotton farming at an early age and left home as soon as he could, around 1890, to pursue a career as an itinerant songster.

Solomon Burke

Aug 5, 2016
Rubber City Review

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #73 (August 5 at 8:00PM)

While Solomon Burke never made a major impact upon the pop audience -- he never, in fact, had a Top 20 hit -- he was an important early soul pioneer.

All Dylan

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #72 (July 29 at 8:00PM)

John Prine is an acclaimed singer/songwriter who was born October 10, 1946, in Maywood, IL. Raised by parents firmly rooted in their rural Kentucky background, at age 14 Prine began learning to play the guitar from his older brother while taking inspiration from his grandfather, who had played with Merle Travis.

After a two-year tenure in the U.S. Army, Prine became a fixture on the Chicago folk music scene in the late '60s, befriending another young performer named Steve Goodman.

Rosie Flores

Jul 22, 2016
Credit: Cleveland

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #71 (July 22 at 8:00PM)

Alternative country meets the rockabilly revival meets California guitar virtuosity in the music of Rosie Flores. Since the late '70s, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Rosie Flores has been an important figure on the alternative country scene in both Austin, TX, and Los Angeles. She's a hard-working, independently minded artist who's well-respected for her gritty, energetic vocals and fiery guitar solos.

Jorma Kaukonen

Jul 14, 2016
Rolling Stone

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #70 (July 15 at 8:00PM)

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jorma Kaukonen was born and grew up in Washington, D.C., where he first turned to the guitar. Kaukonen lived in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1960s, playing backup to singer Janis Joplin in local clubs.

Aristocrat Records

Jul 7, 2016
45 Worlds

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #69 (July 8 at 8:00PM)

Aristocrat Records, sometimes billed as The Aristocrat of Records, was founded in April 1947 by Charles and Evelyn Aron, together with their partners Fred and Mildred Brount and Art Spiegel. Leonard Chess also invested in the young record company.

Leon Redbone

Jun 17, 2016
IMDB

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Program #68 (June 17 at 8:00PM)

While his gravelly baritone and omnipresent fedora, dark glasses, and Groucho Marx mustache made him one of the more distinct and recognizable characters in popular music, little is known about the neo-vaudeville crooner Leon Redbone.

Gram Parsons

Jun 10, 2016
Pinterest

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #67 (June 10 at 8:00PM)

Gram Parsons is the father of country-rock. With the International Submarine Band, the Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, the songwriter pioneered the concept of a rock band playing country music, and as a solo artist he moved even further into the country realm, blending the two genres to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other.

Missouri Life

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Program #66 (March 18 at 8:00PM)

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils were among the more popular of mid-1970s country-rock outfits, slotting in chronologically and stylistically between the Eagles and Firefall. As exponents of '70s country-rock, the group rode a wave of success for five years on A&M Records and survived in some form into the 1990s, with a following just large enough to justify occasional record releases in their later years.

Utah Phillips

Mar 5, 2016
Buzzfeed

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #65 (March 4 at 8:00PM)

Bruce “U. Utah” Phillips' political awareness was inherited from his parents who were union organizers in the 1930s. His mother worked for the C.I.O. before it merged with the A.F.L. As a youngster, Phillips was influenced by his exposure to the theater after his parents were divorced and his mother was remarried to the manager of the Hippodrome in Cleveland, one of the last of the old vaudeville houses.

Allmusic

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #64 (February 19 at 8:00PM)

On this program of Muddy Bottom Blues, blues harmonica legends are featured on songs where the harmonica is the central or primary instrument. The harmonica became a dominant force in the 1950’s, when it was amplified by Little Walter, Junior Wells and many other performers throughout the Midwest including Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis.

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