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9:47 pm Big Walter Horton: 'Little Boy Blue' 4/19/2014
9:37 pm Muddy Waters: 'LONG DISTANCE CALL' 4/19/2014
9:33 pm Elva Thomas & Geeshie Wiley: 'Motherless Child Blues' 4/19/2014
9:30 pm Elvie Thomas: 'Over To My House' 4/19/2014
9:27 pm Geeshie Wiley: 'Skinny Leg Blues' 4/19/2014
9:24 pm Geeshie Wiley: 'Last Kind Words Blues' 4/19/2014
9:12 pm All Night Long: 'Shake 'Em' 4/19/2014
9:08 pm All Night Long: 'Ain't Gonna Stop' 4/19/2014
9:03 pm All Night Long: 'Everybody's Jukin'' 4/19/2014
8:57 pm Ironing Board Sam: '(Come On) Let's Boogie' 4/19/2014
8:53 pm Leo Welch: 'Praise His Name' 4/19/2014
8:49 pm Cedell Davis: 'My Dog Won't Stay Home' 4/19/2014
8:44 pm Deak Harp: 'If You've Ever Been In Clarksdale' 4/19/2014
8:38 pm Rip Lee Pryor: 'Shake Your Boogie' 4/19/2014
8:34 pm Cadillac John Nolden: 'Sugar Mama' 4/19/2014
8:26 pm Reverend KM Williams: 'Feel Like Hollerin'' 4/19/2014
8:22 pm Jimmy "Duck" Holmes & Terry "Harmonica" Bean: 'She Moved Across The River' 4/19/2014
8:17 pm Bobby Rush: '2 Eyes Full of Tears' 4/19/2014
8:17 pm Charlie Patton: 'High Water Everywhere' 4/19/2014
8:14 pm Charlie Patton: 'Down The Dirt Road Blues' 4/19/2014
8:10 pm 5 Royales: 'Dedicated To The One I Love' 4/19/2014
8:07 pm 5 Royales: 'Laundromat Blues' 4/19/2014
8:04 pm 5 Royales: 'Monkey Hips & Rice' 4/19/2014
8:01 pm 5 Royales: 'Baby Don't Do It' 4/19/2014
8:00 pm Guitar Shorty: 'Easter Blues' 4/19/2014
8:00 pm Luther Randolph & Johnny Stiles: 'CROSSROADS' 4/19/2014
9:56 pm JJ Thames: 'Tell You What I Know' 4/5/2014
9:54 pm Tweed Funk: 'Knock On Wood' 4/5/2014
9:50 pm Joe Louis Walker: 'Hornet's Nest' 4/5/2014
9:47 pm HOLMES BROTHERS: 'You've Got To Lose' 4/5/2014

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John Brim Interview

03/7/14 7:32 PM | Art Schuna

john brim photo John Brim was born in Hopkinsville, KY in 1922 and moved to Chicago in 1947. He first recorded for the Detroit label Fortune in 1950 playing the guitar with his wife Grace on harmonica and taking on the vocals. Big Maceo Merriweather backed them on piano, but due to his stroke only did the left hand part. James Watkins was Big Maceo’s right hand man. He recorded for a number of labels in Chicago including Parrot, Chance, JOB and Chess. He’s probably best known for the song “Ice Cream” man recorded by Chess in 1953, but not released until 1969 on a compilation LP, Whose Muddy Shoes. This song has been covered by many others over the years. Art interviewed John Brim in November 2001 for his show. He was never happy about the quality of this phone interview and didn’t broadcast it until several years later when it was used it as part of a radio special. Brim died 2 years after this interview.

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Chinese Horses Get The Blues

01/24/14 11:30 AM | Sybil Augustine

chinese horse Art Schuna is planning to celebrate Chinese New Year on Two For The Blues January 25th with a whole show of blues songs about equines.

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Texas Johnny Brown

07/22/13 6:16 PM | Art Schuna

Texas-Johnny-Brown Houston bluesman Texas Johnny Brown died July 1, 2013 at age 85. He was born John Riley Brown in Choctaw County, Missisippi on February 22, 1928. He began in the music business as a member of the Aladdin Chickenshackers and made his first recordings for the Aladdin label backing Amos Milburn as a member of that band. He had a lengthy career and backed a number of artists in addition to Milburn including Ruth Brown, Joe Hinton, Lavelle White, Buddy Ace, Junior Parker and Bobby Blue Bland. He was a frequent studio musician for Duke and Peacock labels in the 1950s. Brown may be most noted for writing the Bobby Bland hit, “Two Steps From the Blues” which became the title song for Bland’s 1961 LP. He stepped away from the music business for a time from the 1960s to the early 1990s. Four of Brown’s recordings from 1949 appear on the Atlantic compilation Atlantic Blues Guitar. Brown finally released an album under his own name, Nothin’ But the Truth in 1996 on the Choctaw Creek label and followed this up with Blues Defender in 2002. Both of these albums are highly recommended if you can find them. I interviewed Texas Johnny Brown in 2002. Click on the title above to access the interview.

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Photos and audio from La Fête de Marquette 2013

07/15/13 11:19 AM | Daniella Echeverria

Fete de Marquette 2013 Photos by Ankur Malhotra (www.aneyeful.com) and Norm Stockwell. Links to streaming audio of each artist’s set that was broadcast live are below. Many thanks to our community supporters, whose generosity helps us bring you all this great music!!

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Bobby Blue Bland Interview

12/14/12 12:27 PM | Art Schuna

bobby blue bland Bobby Blue Bland was booked into a club in Madison called Luther’s Blues in 2004. It was a great performance space with seating designed to give good sight lines from anywhere. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to interview one of the truly great blues vocalists of our time.

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Bo Diddley Interview

11/27/12 5:43 PM | Art Schuna

bo diddley     I interviewed Bo Diddley in 2006 prior to a concert appearance here in Madison. He had a lot to say about his career and the music industry. Not all of it good. Click on the title above to hear the interview.

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My Philosophy of Record Collecting

10/22/12 6:52 PM | Art Schuna

snoopy cartoon   Gee I must feel low pretty often… What better way to get cheer up than to buy a few blues records? I remember when I was in college, many years ago, I’d usually stop by the local record store after an exam and buy a few records. Art

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Henry Gray Interview

10/21/12 7:38 PM | Art Schuna

P7210203-2   I first interviewed Henry Gray by phone on June 30, 2004 to help promote his performance at the Folklore Village on July 23 and the Dodgeville Blues Festival on July 24 that year and that’s the interview that is linked to this page. After doing the phone interview I decided I’d like to do a second interview to get enough material for publication. Andy Cornett, who managed and played bass in Henry Gray & The Cats band, arranged for me to meed Henry in his hotel before their appearance at the festival. Henry was the headliner and didn’t go on stage until that night. It was decided I should meet Henry at his hotel around 1 PM. I had my list of questions and a small tape recorded, I drove to Henry’s hotel with a friend of mine Dave Sear, who’s also a blues fanatic. We met Henry at his room and he answered the door in his underwear. I’m used to seeing Henry only his dapper stage performance dress similar to the picture on the left. It was a little startling seeing him in his state of undress but I quickly overcame that after we started the interview with Henry reclining in his bed and Dave and I in chairs next to him. About half way through the interview, Andy Cornett walks in and says “You’re pretty casual” to Henry. I finished the interview and it was published in Blues and Rhythm in issue 198 in April 2005. I have managed to get to several of Henry’s performances at the Chicago Blues Festival after this and every time I’ve seen him I think back to that July day in Dodgeville. Click on the title above to go to the audio interview.

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Dick Waterman Interview

10/13/12 2:43 PM | Art Schuna

dick waterman     Dick Waterman is an author, photographer and blues music promoter. He began in the music business by promoting local blues shows in the Boston area in 1963. The following year he joined Nick Perls and Phil Spero on a journey to Mississippi that was to change his life. The trio were in search of Son House, a bluesman who was only known as a performer on a few Paramount label 78s that were recorded in Grafton, WI in the early 1930s. Based on a tip by Bukka White, they traveled South only to find that he was no longer there. They eventually found him living in Rochester, New York. Before long, Dick founded Avalon Productions to manage Son House and a number of other blues artists including Mississippi John Hurt and Skip James. Avalon promoted other artists including Bukka White, Arthur Crudup, J.B. Hutto, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and Luther Allison. He also managed Bonnie Raitt early in her career. Dick photographed his artists and others over the years and this led to a later career as a professional photographer. A number of his photos were featured on the Blues Hall of Fame wall, which featured photos of all inductees at the time at Luther’s Blues club here in Madison when they were in business. His work may be seen at www.dickwaterman.com. His book, Between Midnight And Day: The Last Unpublished Blues Archive has about 100 of his photos together with recollections of the artists portrayed. I feel fortunate to own 3 of Dick’s photos. Dick also assisted in writing the book B.B. King Treasures . He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000. Dick is an incredible story teller and has many stories to tell about his career and the artists with whom he worked. About half of this interview is about the discovery and return of Son House as a performer. Perhaps one of the greatest rediscoveries in the blues revival era. I use excerpts of my interviews with music to create radio specials. Dick had so many stories I needed to do 2 shows to do justice to his interview. Click on the title above to access the interview.  

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Henry Townsend Interview

10/13/12 2:37 PM | Art Schuna

henry townsend   Henry Townsend was born October 27, 1909 in Shelby, Mississippi and grew up in Cairo, Illinois. He moved to St. Louis when he was young and this was his home for most of his life. He began performing and recording with Walter Davis on piano. He first recorded music in 1929 for the Paramount label in Grafton, Wisconsin and recorded in 9 decades of his career. In 1999 University of Illinois Press published his autobiography “A Blues Life As Told To Bill Greensmith”. He was equally adept with a guitar and the piano, but later in life as his fingers became less nimble, he preferred the piano. He died in 1996, hours after receiving an award on Grafton’s Paramount Plaza Walk of Fame. He postumously won his first Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album in the 2008 Grammy Awards for his recording “Last of the Great Mississippi Bluesmen: Live In Dallas” released by the Blue Shoes Project in 2007. This recording also featured Honeyboy Edwards, Robert Junior Lockwood and Pinetop Perkins, all of whom, sadly, are no longer with us. I had the good fortune of being able to attend a number of performances by Henry Townsend as he was frequently invited to the Chicago Blues Festival. I phoned Henry at his home in St. Louis in 2003 for this interview. Click on the title above to access the interview.

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Two for the Blues
Two for the Blues
Blues
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G Man, Dave Leucinger, Art Schuna, Various Hosts
Blues from the 1920s to the present with a little zydeco and southern soul added to the mix, hosted by Art Schuna and Dave Leucinger. Since 1999, the show has done special features on blues artists including interviews discussing their careers and music. Unfortunately, we can't give you the music without violating copyright acts but we can give you the interviews.
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