Folk Alley Radio Show #240215

Folk Alley’s celebration of Black History Month continues this week by spotlighting legends including Robert Johnson, Nina Simone, Sleepy John Estes, Jesse Fuller, The Staple Singers, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Blind Willie Johnson, Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and artists they have influenced including Cassandra Wilson, Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’, Hot Tuna, Rhiannon Giddens, Guy Davis, Amythyst Kiah, Bonnie Raitt, and much more.


Hour One

Robert Johnson – Crossroads – Martin Scorsese Presents the Best of the Blues – UTV Records

Cassandra Wilson – Come On In My Kitchen – Blue Light ‘Til Dawn – Blue Note

Crooked Still – Last Fair Deal Gone Down – Hop High – Footprint

Nina Simone – I Wish I Knew What It Feels To Be Free – Silk & Soul – RCA/Victor

Ollabelle – See Line Woman – Riverside Battle Songs – Verve

Sleepy John Estes – Milk Cow Blues – I Ain’t Gonna Be Worried No More, 1929-1941 – Yazoo

Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ – Diving Duck Blues – TajMo – Concord Records

Jesse Fuller – Rockin’ Boogie (live) – Friends of Old Time Music – The Folk Arrival 1961-1965 – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Grateful Dead – Monkey and the Engineer – Reckoning – Arista

Hot Tuna – San Francisco Bay Blues – Live in Japan – Eagle Records

The Staple Singers – If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me) – Be What You Are – Stax

Rhiannon Giddens (with Bhi Bhiman) – Freedom Highway – Freedom Highway – Nonesuch

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee – Walk On – Absolutely the Best – Fuel 2000

Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi – Hooray, Hooray These Women Are Killing Me (in-studio) – Folk Alley Sessions – Folk Alley Exclusive Recording

Hour Two

Muddy Waters – Put Me In Your Lay Away Plan – Folk Singer – MCA/Chess

Levon Helm – You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had – Electric Dirt – Vanguard

Son House – Death Letter Blues – Martin Scorsese Presents the Best of the Blues – UTV Records

Amythyst Kiah – Grinnin’ in Your Face – Dig – Amythyst Kiah

Corey Harris – Preaching Blues – Fish Ain’t Bitin’ – Alligator

Blind Willie Johnson – God Moves On the Water – Praise God I’m Satisfied – Yazoo

Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi (compilation) – Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson – Alligator Records

Tom Waits (compilation) – The Soul of a Man – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson – Alligator Records

Rosanne Cash – Motherless Children – The List – Manhattan Records

Taj Mahal – You’re Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond (live) – The Real Thing – Columbia

Blind Willie McTell – Kill It Kid – Atlanta Twelve String – Atlantic

Dave Alvin – Delia – Public Domain – Hightone

Precious Bryant – Broke and Ain’t Got A Dime – Fool Me Good – Terminus

Mississippi Fred McDowell – You Gotta Move – The Very Best Of Mississippi Fred McDowell – Shout Factory

Bonnie Raitt – The Kokomo Medley – Philadelphia Folk Festival – Sliced Brd


Folk Alley’s weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and host Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from Folk Alley via Dropbox for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 67 stations nationally.

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