Saturday, January 5th, 2008 ... 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. ... KZSU, 90.1 FM

(Return to playlists.)

Taking the morning shift for the Blues Marathon, a midnight-to-midnight, all-blues stretch shared by 7 DJs and fronted by Byrd of Paradise. Luckily, our blues library is extensive and includes lots of compilations that make it easy to find the old, old stuff that you don't want to neglect.

Shows outside my comfort zone are always a learning experience, particularly after the first couple of hours, when I've settled in and gotten time to sample more of the music. This one was no exception. I got into the music of Joe Turner and had the wherewithal to get a Zydeco set together. Great experience, and thanks to Byrd for letting me do this shift, which I think he'd been planning to take himself.

Horizontal lines denote microphone breaks.

The Lonnie Brooks Blues Band -- "Cold, Lonely Nights" -- V/A: Living Chicago Blues, Vol. II (Alligator, 1991; compilation orig. released 1978)

Slim Harpo -- "Baby Scratch My Back" -- V/A: Tuesday's Just As Bad (K-Tel, 1991; orig recorded 1950? 1960?)

Lonnie Brooks -- "Things I Used To Do" -- Sweet Home Chicago (Evidence, 1992) Odetta -- "Joshua" -- Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues (Empire Musicwerks, 2005; orig. released 1956) Tad Benoit -- "Train I Ride" -- Preachin' the Blues: The Music of Mississippi Fred McDowell (Telarc, 2002)

Otis Clay -- "Nickel and a Nail" -- Respect Yourself (Blind Pig, 2005)

Benjie Porecki --"Last Train to Aalter" -- Servin' It Up (Severn, 1998) Charlie Musselwhite -- "Tennessee Woman" -- The Blues Never Die (Vanguard, 1994; track orig. released c.1964)

Lynne Jordan -- "I'm Shakin'" -- V/A: Women of Blue Chicago (Delmark, 1996)

Bobby Bland -- "Stormy Monday Blues" -- V/A: Tuesday's Just As Bad (K-Tel, 1991; track orig released 1973) * Ike Turner -- "Rockin' Blues" -- Risin' with the Blues (Zoho, 2006) Detroit Count -- "Hastings Street Opera, part 1" -- V/A: Hastings Street Blues (St. George, 2001; recorded c.1954) Professor Longhair -- "Tipitina" -- Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge (Bearsville, 1991; recorded 1971)

-- 7:00 a.m. --

Blind Willie McTell -- "The Razor Bell" -- Atlanta Twelve String (Atlantic, 1972; recorded c.1950)

The Hoodoo Kings -- "Mean and Evil Woman" -- The Hoodoo Kings (Telarc, 2001)

Steve Freund -- "'C' for Chicago" -- V/A: This Is the Blues Harmonica (Delmark, 2000; orig. released 1999)

Rusty Zinn -- "It Hurts Me" -- Sittin' and Waitin' (Black Top, 1996)

Lloyd Price -- "Too Late for Tears" -- Heavy Dreams (Specialty, 1993; orig. released 1953)

Boogie Woogie Red -- "Old Time Shuffle" -- V/A: Blue Ivory (Blind Pig, 1991; track orig released c.1977) Nathan Abshire -- "Crying Pinegrove Blues" -- V/A: Cajun Honky Tonk (Arhoolie, 1995; recorded c.1950) Chuck Smith -- "Tin Pan Alley" -- V/A: Detroit After Hours (Trix, 1995; album orig. released 1973)

Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, and Sonny Stitt -- "Martin Luther King Southside" -- Everyday I Have the Blues (Pablo, 1978)

-- 8:00 a.m. --

Joe Turner -- "Old Piney Brown's Gone" -- Tell Me Pretty Baby (Arhoolie, 1992; recorded c.1949)

Big Joe Turner -- "Poor Lover's Blues" -- Rhythm & Blues Years (Atlantic, 1986; recorded 1952)

Pete Johnson -- "627 Stomp" -- V/A: Le Hot Club de France Sampler (Milan, c.1990; recording c.1940?)

Joe Turner -- "Stoop Down Baby" -- The Midnight Special (Pablo, 2002; orig. released 1976)

Louisiana "Guitar" Red -- "Alabaman Blues" -- You Crazy Baby (Uptown Video, 1993)
Louisiana Red -- "Alabama Train" -- (Severn, 2002) * Corey Ledet -- "Going Back Home" -- Don't Shut Me Out (self-released, 2006) Clifton Chenier -- "Louisiana Stomp" -- V/A: Louisiana Swamp Blues (Capitol, 1996; recorded 1954) Boozoo Chavis -- "Worried Life Blues/Oh Bye Bye/Farewell" -- Live! at the Habibi Temple (Rounder, 1994)
    The great Boozoo, caught in a live setting. This was the closing song, a six-minute blues at a nice, slow, ground-out pace. "Oh Bye Bye" is a blip of fast happy playing that came after the applause for "Worried Life Blues," and the "Farewell" is one of the vocalists (Charles Chavis, I think) saying bye to the crowd.

* Anders Osborne -- "Oh Katrina" -- Coming Home (M.C., 2007)

* = Item in KZSU rotation
? = Item not in KZSU library

-- Go back to Memory Select playlists.
-- Bay Area free/improv music calendar: