Monday, March 28, 2016

The Very Best of KPLU's "All Blues"

I promised y'all this list MONTHS ago. Here's 170 really great blues, soul and R&B songs I would NEVER have heard without KPLU-FM's "All Blues" show, airing every Saturday and Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight Pacific Time, streaming worldwide at
All these songs are recommended and well worth your trouble to track down -- or just visit and listen for awhile. You might discover even more stuff you'll like. (I may have missed a couple of greats, but this is the best I can do right now.)
By the way, KPLU's trying to raise $7 million by June 30 so they can stay a locally-programmed blues, jazz and news station. So if you've got a couple million dollars available to donate, it would go to a good cause. (Maybe they'd start running "All Blues" every night and make my work week a little easier....)
Here's the list, in no particular order:
Sonny Landreth -- Howlin' Moon, Walkin' Blues, Congo Square, The High Side, Zydeco Shuffle, Illinois Blues.
Eric Bibb -- Drinking Gourd.
Sue Foley -- Howlin' for My Darlin'.
Danielle Nicole -- Breaking Up Somebody's Home, You Only Need Me When You're Down.
Trampled Underfoot -- Bad Bad Feeling.
Lloyd Jones -- Trouble Monkey.
Aron Jones and The Way -- My Love Remains.
Kim Wilson -- Gotta Get Out.
James Cotton -- Cut You Loose.
Gene Taylor -- Mississippi Heavy Water Blues.
Screamin' Jay Hawkins -- I Put a Spell on You.
James Harmon -- If the Shoe Fits Wear It.
Professor Longhair -- Big Chief.
Tracy Nelson -- Down So Low.
Junior Wells -- Messin' With the Kid.
Otis Redding -- Shake (live), Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out, Hard to Handle.
Staples Singers -- You've Got to Earn It.
Ry Cooder -- Crow Black Chicken, The 13-Question Method, Fool for a Cigarette/Feeling Good.
Tangle Eye -- Oh Death, Work Song.
John Mooney -- Sacred Ground.
Cassandra Wilson and Wynton Marsalis -- Rosewood.
Paul Reddick -- One Way Trip.
Dave and Phil Alvin -- Mr. Kicks.
Tedeschi Trucks Band -- Anyhow, Made Up Mind, The Storm, Come See About Me.
Derek Trucks Band -- Wade in the Water, Down in the Flood, Crow Jane.
Joe Bonnamassa and Beth Hart -- I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know, Sinner's Prayer (live).
Joe Bonnamassa -- Drive, Jelly Roll Baker, Dust Bowl.
Aretha Franklin -- I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Dr. Feelgood, The Night Life, Try Matty's, Trouble in Mind, Rock Steady, The House That Jack Built, As Good to Me as I Am to You.
Dr. John -- Why Come it is?
Lowell George -- Two Trains.
Little Feat -- Candyman Blues, Fat Man in the Bathtub, Dixie Chicken.
Howlin' Wolf -- Sittin' on Top of the World, 300 Pounds of Joy.
B.B. King -- You Might Have Made Your Move Too Soon, Why I Sing the Blues, Understand, Days of Old (with Eric Clapton).
Slim Harpo -- Tina-Nina-Nu.
Joan Osborne -- Shake Your Hips.
Janis Joplin -- Kosmic Blues, Turtle Blues.
Heritage Blues Orchestra -- Sealine Woman.
Delbert McClinton -- B-Movie Boxcar Blues, One of the Fortunate Few, Better Off With the Blues.
Imelda May -- Johnny Got a Boom-Boom.
Etta James -- Losers Weepers, The Jealous Kind, Shaky Ground.
Earl King -- Trick Bag.
Elmore James -- Madison Blues, Stranger Blues.
Shamekia Copeland -- Lemon Pie, Devil's Hand, Never Goin' Back (KPLU live studio session available at, I Can't Let Go, Isn't That So?
Otis Grand -- Ham.
Ray Charles -- Mess Around, Lonely Avenue.
Ronnie Earl -- Ernie's Gospel Groove.
Boz Scaggs -- Cadillac Walk, Sick and Tired.
Marvin Gaye -- Can I Get a Witness?
Kari Lee -- Voodoo Woman.
Eric Clapton -- Tore Down.
Delta Deep -- Bang the Lid.
Susan Tedeschi -- You Got the Silver.
Ian Segal -- Now I Am the Blues, Swagger, The Revelator.
John Hammond -- Black Maria.
Euphoria -- Back Against the Wall.
Grady Champion -- On the South Side.
Johnny Winter -- Medicine Man.
Johnny "Guitar" Watson -- Gangster of Love.
Jimmy Thackery -- Mercury Blues.
Shaun Costello -- Don't Pass Me By.
Johnny A. -- Wichita Lineman, I Had to Laugh, Hip-Bone, Oh Yeah.
J.J. Cale -- Lies, Call Me the Breeze, Don't Wait.
John Mayall -- Room to Move.
Bob Dylan -- Maggie's Farm.
Ann Peebles -- Read Me My Rights.
Bo Diddley -- Mona, Can't Judge a Book by its Cover.
Irma Thomas -- The River is Waiting, I Think it's Going to Rain Today.
Irma Thomas, Tracy Nelson and Marcia Ball -- Sing It.
Marcia Ball -- That's Enough of That Stuff.
Geneva Magness -- You Were Never Mine, Bad Blood.
Duke Robillard -- Alimony Blues.
Tom Waits -- Emotional Weather Forecast, The Heart of Saturday Night.
Leo Kottke -- Busted Bicycle.
Buddy Guy -- Meet Me in Chicago.
Taj Mahal -- Fishin' Blues, Swat That Rabbit, Good Morning Miss Brown (live).
Keb' Mo' -- Suitcase.
Neville Brothers -- Hey Pocky Way, Bird on a Wire.
Bonnie Raitt -- Gypsy in Me, Two Lights in the Nighttime, Angel from Montgomery, Guilty, Hell to Pay (with Boz Scaggs).
Wild Magnolias -- Coochie Molly, Pocket Change, Party.
John Hiatt -- Riding With the King.
Alabama Shakes -- You Ain't Alone, Gimme All Your Love.
Coco Montoya -- Casting My Spell, Tumbleweed.
Lyle Lovett -- She's No Lady, My Baby Don't Tolerate.
O.V. Wright -- I'd Rather be Blind Crippled and Crazy.
Jimi Hendrix -- Little Wing, Midnight Lightning.
Stevie Ray Vaughn -- Little Wing.
John Cleary -- Viva La Money, Boneyard.
Nina Simone -- Funkier Than a Mosquita's Tweeter, Do I Move You? (live).
Daveena and the Vagabonds -- I Try to be Good.
Joe Tex -- The Love You Save, Show Me, I Want to do Everything for You.
ZZ Top -- Jesus Just Left Chicago.
Los Lobos -- That Train Don't Stop Here Anymore, I Walk Alone.
Allman Brothers -- Come and Go Blues, Southbound, You Don't Love Me, One Way Out, Don't Keep Me Wondering (live).
Walter "Wolfman" Washington -- Mary Ann.
The Five Blazes -- Mary Jo.
Rory Block -- Rock Island Line.
Lou Rawls -- All Around the World, Your Good Thing's About to End.
Little Willie John -- I'm Shakin'.
Lazy Lester -- I'm a Lover Not a Fighter.
Roy Rogers -- Slide of Hand.

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