Chasing Ghosts: The Search For Answers On The Mississippi Blues Trail

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I was in the middle of nowhere. I drove an hour south of Memphis, down a maze of directions I had to hunt for online. I didn’t know if they were correct, but I had a mission in mind. It didn’t make any sense, but I just kept driving. I passed confederate flags waving proudly in front of ramshackle houses. I went up and down rolling hills that reminded me of southern Indiana by my alma mater. I crept by a sea of green on both sides of the road, with foliage covering every inch of the ground and creeping up the trunks of the trees. Then I turned on Kimbrough Chapel drive and felt a rush of excitement. It was like I found my place on a treasure map and the trunk full of gold was just ahead.

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Show #57: Slowhand

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Some people need no introduction, and that includes Eric Clapton, the man known as “slowhand.” Everyone talks about his mad guitar skills, but few realize that he’s been shredding his ax in more bands than anyone else. Maybe that’s why he’s the only dude to ever win three inductions into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Three times a charm or whatever they say. So sit back, relax, and listen to slowhand evolve through the ages of Rock awesomeness.

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Remembering The 27 Club

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Being in a club is usually pretty cool. It’s like that exclusive thing, and once you’re in, you’ve got it going on. Have you ever rolled up to a place, then the bouncer looks at a list and lets you in? Me neither.

The 27 Club, however, is a pretty crappy club to be a part of. It’s the collection of many amazing musicians that have all died at the age of 27. Being that I turn 27 today, I got to thinking about 10 musicians that left us way too damn early.

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Show #44: Just A Little Spoonful

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So I initially decided to do some more Blues traveling like we did on our third TRR show (throwback). I was going to start off with our Jam of the Week, Charley Patton, The King of the Delta Blues. My favorite song of his, and actually one of my all-time favorites, is “A Spoonful Blues.” I tossed in some great covers of that song, new iterations, alternate versions, and then the hour was up. So today is a special show where we jam out to…one song. I know it sounds crazy and lazy, but give this show a gander and try listening to “Spoonful” with an open mind.

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Jam of the Week: Charley Patton

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Artist: Charley Patton

Album: The Definitive Charley Patton

Genre: Delta Blues

Date: 1929-1934

Sound: The Father of the Delta Blues

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Show #3: Blues Traveling

I’m not sure if anyone was able to tune in today, but the show was a doozy. We traveled far and wide from 1927 all the way up to 2000 with some great Blues by some incredible artists and bands.

The show was called Blues Traveling and was part of the Rock History 101 series. The goal of the show was to show just how influential some of the early Bluesmen have been to not only the Blues genre, but to Rock music as a whole.

A lot of the classic songs that we know and love are in fact covers of Blues originals. Many of these originals have grown to be almost standards since they’ve been covered by so many people. Check it out:

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