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Muddy Bottom Blues

Fridays, 8pm to 9pm and Saturdays, 3pm to 4pm

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.

Ents24

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #116 (August 11 at 8:00 p.m.; August 12 at 3:00 p.m.)

Founding Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman essentially retired from music after leaving the band in 1993, choosing to dedicate time to his family and his restaurant, Sticky Fingers. He returned to music in 1997 with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, a rotating old-time rock & roll, R&B, blues, and boogie collective of superstar musicians anchored by keyboardist Georgie Fame, guitarist Albert Lee, pianist Gary Brooker, and guitarist Terry Taylor.

Ernie Hawkins

Aug 4, 2017
SongSpace

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #115 (August 4 at 8:00 p.m.; August 5 at 3:00 p.m.)

For many years Ernie Hawkins has been playing concerts, clubs, blues and folk festivals, workshops, colleges, museums, parties, fist fights and millennium celebrations in the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe and at every stop in the road from A Prairie Home Companion to Antone's to the Madrid Jazz Festival. He has played with blues greats such as Son House, Mance Lipscomb, Fred McDowell, Jim Brewer, Rev. Gary Davis and many others. playing style

Dreamspider

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #114 (July 28 at 8:00 p.m.; July 29 at 3:00 p.m.)

Lyrically driven, the songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk.

Performing along with Platt, The Honeycutters are Matt Smith on pedal steel and Stratocaster, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums and harmony vocals, and Evan Martin on keys and Telecaster.

B.B. King Blues Club

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #113 (July 21 at 8:00 p.m. and July 22 at 3:00 p.m.)

Clayton Joseph Chenier was born September 28, 1957 - the son of the great King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier. C.J.'s father was the first Creole musician to win a Grammy Award.

Highline Ballroom

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #112 (July 14 at 8:00 p.m. and July 15 at 3:00 p.m.)

Formed in 2006, and drawing on the talents of then up-and-coming Nashvillians Andy Hall, Chris Eldridge, Chris Pandolfi, Jeremy Garrett, Jesse Cobb, and Travis Book, the Infamous Stringdusters managed to balance a fluency in old-timey bluegrass with indie jamgrass sensibilities.

Secret Sisters

Jul 7, 2017
Americana Music Show

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #111 (July 7 at 8:00 p.m. and July 8 at 3:00 p.m.)

Muscle Shoals, Alabama-based country-folk duo Secret Sisters formed in the late 2000’s around the talents of siblings Lydia and Laura Rogers.

Two Dollar Pistols

Jun 29, 2017
Yep Roc Records

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #110 (June 30 at 8:00 p.m. and July 1 at 3:00 p.m.)

Two Dollar Pistols

Since their formation in 1996, the Two Dollar Pistols, led by baritone singer John Howie, Jr., have gained the respect of country music fans worldwide through international touring and four critically acclaimed releases.

With a soulful honky-tonk country sound as their foundation, the Chapel Hill-based Pistols drive their music home with an energetic edge that leaves their audiences wanting more.

Dulcie Taylor

Jun 23, 2017
Dulcie Taylor

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #109 (June 23 at 8:00 p.m.)

Dulcie Taylor learned a hard music lesson at an early age – don’t leave your ukulele unattended in a porch chair at the beach. Some clueless teenager can sit on it and smash it to bits. The demise of her ukulele was a tough moment for ten-year-old Dulcie but that Christmas her Mother bought her a guitar and Taylor’s lifelong love of singing and songwriting began.

The Greencards

Jun 16, 2017
Allmusic

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #108 (June 16 at 8:00 p.m.)

Texas contemporary bluegrass trio the Greencards are aptly named. After coming to the realization that their English and Australian homelands were not so conducive to their uniquely American style of music, mandolin player Kim Warner, fiddler Eamon McLoughlin, and bass player Carol Young took their love of Ricky Skaggs and Bob Dylan, mixed it with a little Fairport Convention and David Bowie, and began hitting clubs in the Lone Star State.

Port Magazine

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #107 (June 9 at 8:00 p.m.)

After the passing of Robert Jr. Lockwood in 2006, David "Honeyboy" Edwards was generally regarded as the last of the Delta bluesmen who had actually played and traveled with Robert Johnson himself, and with Edwards' death in Chicago in August 2011 at age 96, that last link passed into history.

For much of his life, Edwards was something of an underappreciated figure, but not in his latter years -- his slashing, Delta-drenched guitar and gruff vocals were as authentic as Delta blues ever got.

Rod Picott

Jun 2, 2017
Mission Bar + Tapas

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #106 (June 2 at 8:00 p.m.)

Born in New Hampshire but raised in South Berkwick, ME, Rod Picott started his musical journey performing with a number of high-school and after-school rock and punk bands.

After graduation, Picott headed west for Boulder, CO, performing in various coffeehouses and perfecting his craft with the help of Steven Allen Davis. After this time, Picott headed to Nashville to try his luck on Music Row.

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.

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