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Coming soon: Gandy Dancers special.

Scheduled this week: Week beginning: Saturday 6th Aug 2022


A long time ago I learned how to 'feel' the blues. Simply, you can't play or sing the blues unless you can feel them .. the chords and lyrics mean nothing, unless they touch your soul and you feel them down to your fingers.

For around 8 years now we've been producing shows for radio stations around the world. We have a 'thing' about keeping the spirit, if you will, the roots of the blues alive. Fully licensed, we invite you to enjoy, and where we make them so available, download all or any of these productions.

Irrespective of size or location of your radio station, all of our productions are available to be uploaded to your station weekly, completely Free.

Thank you for visiting with us, do come back and see us again soon. We hope you have enjoyed the music and the links on our website. If you have a suggestion or a track you'd like featured do get in touch.
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Backtracking to the 1920's and beyond .... Back to the 'Roots of the Blues'. These are the artists from the earliest days of the blues. Our production is about respect, the privilege of bringing these legendary artists, together with the more obscure ones and their music to a worldwide audience.

All those years ago they left us a legacy of music that must never be allowed to fade into the mists of time – at PD Productions, they never will. .... Welcome aboard the ‘Blue Time Machine’ as we go back to where it all began -You're very welcome.
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Gospel Blues TrainGospel blues Train Gospel blues are a form of blues-based gospel music that has been around since the inception of blues music. It combines evangelistic lyrics with blues instrumentation, often with a blues guitar accompaniment. Possibly fair to say, led by The Reverend Gary Davis. Listen out for the 'Gospel Blues' Track' on the 'Backtracking' production, join the early 21st century gospel revival to the glory of God. Get on board the Gospel Blues Train' -
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't it rain
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Listen as the lady sings the blues
Lady Blues - 01 Lady Blues - 02 Lady Blues - 03 Lady Blues - 04
Clara Smith - Struggling woman blues
Featuring the legendary lady artists back as far as the turn of the 20th century, the earliest era of the blues,Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Ida Cox and that's just from our 'Backtracking' collection. We also celebrate artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Randy Crawford and so many more as the 'Lady sings the blues ...
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Lady Blues - 05
Featured Artist of the week
Elijah Douglas Quattlebaum (January 22, 1929 – March 1, 1996), better known as Doug Quattlebaum, was an American Piedmont blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He recorded one single in 1953, but was offered another recording opportunity following his employment as an ice cream salesman. He cut three tracks ‘Don't Be Funny, Baby’, ‘Lizzie Lou’, and ‘Foolin' Me’. The first two were released as a single; ‘Foolin' Me’ was not released until many years later. The recording was not a success, and Quattlebaum fell into obscurity, then in 1961, he was rediscovered playing pop and blues songs through the public address system in his ice cream van.
Doug Quattlebaum - Don't be funny baby
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Zydeco-ImageZydeco .. evolved in southwest Louisiana by French Creole speakers which blends blues, rhythm and blues, and music indigenous to the Louisiana Creoles and the Native American people of Louisiana. Although it is distinct in origin from the Cajun music of Louisiana, the two forms influenced each other, forming a complex of genres native to the region.
C J Chenier - Zydeghost Listen / Download

Appalachian Blues Trail .. Appalachian Blues Trail .. The 'mountain cousin' of the Delta blues. Appalachian blues carries the stamp of a distinctive regional blend of European and African styles and sounds born from the cultural crossroads of railroad camps, the mines and rural settlements. . Perhaps there are even elements of the 'Gandy dancers' music in there. The music of blues artists such as Pink Anderson, Lesley Riddle, Etta Baker, John Jackson and many more shine bright, claiming Appalachia as a key cradle of acoustic blues.
Pink Anderson
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Swamp blues or gator blues is a type of Louisiana blues that developed in the Black communities of Southwest Louisiana in the 1950s. It incorporates influences from other genres, particularly zydeco and Cajun. Swamp blues has a laid-back, slow tempo, and generally is a more rhythmic variation of Louisiana blues.
Blue Charlie
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Prison work songs, field hollers, call and response stems from the oral tradition of African music. These songs were performed in this instance by prisoners as they worked in the fields, on the roads, in the ditches and during worship or at other gatherings for entertainment. Listen to these songs, blues borne out of untold suffering, despair and depravation, if they aren't the blues, the blues don't exist ..
We need another witness - 1934
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The Blues Shack ... What if we were to say that back in the 20's / 30's there were blues artists with names like 'Little Hat Jones', 'Funny Papa Smith', 'Papa Egg Shell' ... Would you believe me? - Join us in the 'Blues Shack' as we introduce you to some of the most obscure Blues artists, long forgotten.
Carl Martin - Crow Jane
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Backtracking - Special Production ... A smack on the wrist for those blighters at PD Productions as we slip this special in. For our very good 'Blue Jazz' friends, this one is especially for you. Chill, relax with 57 minutes of the coolest blue Jazz around.

We'd be delighted if you were to tell us about your favourite artist from as far back as you'd like to go .. and we'll see what we can do ... We can only hope the great man, W C Handy would have approved.
Jazz in Shades of Blue Special
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Railroad Blues ... Have you ever wondered why there are so many Blues songs about trains and the railroad? Well, the railroad was a means of escaping the harsh realities of life; it was a way of heading for the promised Land. Look no further than Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s 1939 classic, ‘This Train’ and the several other covers of that song. It’s about time we took a look back at all things train.
Blind Sammie Listen / Download

Jazz in Shades of Blue - Chill with us as we stream the deepest, bluest Jazz. Blue Jazz has a very special feel, it can easily make you sing or cry as a very personal memory comes flooding back. So here we go, featuring artists so fine such as Ella, Billie, Randy and so many more. The hardest part is, how to choose.
Blue in Green
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Mississippi blues... Hill country blues (also known North Mississippi blues) is a regional style of country blues. It is characterised by a strong emphasis on rhythm and percussion, steady guitar riffs, few chord changes, unconventional song structures, and heavy emphasis on the groove.
Willie Nix - Lonesome bedroom blues
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