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Backtracking the Blues .... Back, where it all began. 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.. As we play their music from, often, over 100 years ago, we reflect that artists of today play and sing ABOUT the blues, but these people, were talking about their lives, they KNEW the blues. Their voices talk to us of their pain, we hear of their despair, their poverty, their deprivation - Going back to the 'Roots of the Blues'.
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  The lady sings the blues - Edith Wilson & Johnny Dunn’s Jazz Hounds – (1921) Listen / Download Find out more
Featured artist of the week - Charley Patton Listen / Download Artist profile
  Zydeco blues - Nathan Abshire Listen / Download Find out more
  Appalachian Blues Trail - Lesley riddle - Red River Blues Listen / Download Find out more
  Gospel Blues Train- Bukka White Listen / Download Find out more
  Blues on the Bayou - Tabby Thomas - Don't say a mumblin' word Listen / Download Find out more
  Prison work songs - Lightning Long John (1933) Listen / Download Find out more
  Blues shack - Willie Baker - Crooked woman Blues (1929) Listen / Download Find out more
  Myths and Legends of the Blues Listen / Download Research projects
  Swamp Pop (US) - with Rob and Dee - Every Sunday. Listen / Download Direct from the US
  Mississippi moaner - Willie Reynolds Listen / Download Find out more
  Sawmill Gravy Blues - Mississippi Blues (1929 to 1937) Listen / Download Find out more
  Railroad blues - Burnett & Rutherford; - Rambling reckless hobo Listen / Download Find out more
  Jazz in shades of Blue - Chet Baker - Almost blue Listen / Download Find out more
  Mississippi / Hill Country Blues - Mississippi Fred McDowell Listen / Download Find out more
  Spirituals, The blues connection / Georgia sea Island singers Listen / Download Find out more (PDF File
The Blues at 5 - with Alan Listen / Download With: ... Alan Hare

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The Lady Sings the Blues ... Featuring the legendary lady artists back as far as the turn of the 20th century, from the earliest era of the blues. These are the lady's that left us the 'Roots of the Blues' Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Ida Cox, just a taste of our 'Backtracking' collection. Join us as we celebrate legendary artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Randy Crawford and of course, when we talk about Blue Jazz, Billie Holiday. Who were these ladies? What is their story? So much to explore. The 'Ladies' most certainly do, Sing the blues.
Every Monday we have the Blues ... Join us and get the very best blues music: Check out Sonny Boy Primus and Papa Dee, every Monday night 8pm (UK) / 9pm (CET) Get the blues at this link every Monday: Click here  
Featured Artist of the week ... Every week on 'Backtracking' we feature one of the blues artists from so very long ago, if you missed this feature or you want to know whose coming next week well, no problem you'll find our featured artists right here. You know by now that the guys at PD Productions spend hours trawling through records and books of research to find those artists we just don't hear from anymore. So many left just a few recordings then disappeared. Like you we love the up to date blues artists, but we simply can't let those from all those years ago who left us such a legacy disappear and be forgotten.
Zydeco ... 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.
If you've got a question ... about the earliest Blues we can probably help. There's a good chance it'll be in our archive somewhere - Click this image and just ask.
Swamp Pop ... Direct from the US, with Bob and Dee. Although a fairly obscure genre, swamp pop maintains a large audience in its south Louisiana and southeast Texas homeland, and it has acquired a small but passionate cult following in the UK, and Northern Europe, we’re delighted to be streaming this great production: Check it out every week - Click here
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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.
Blues on the Bayou ... 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.
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 .. This has led us to exploring the connection between the spirituals of the 19 / early 20th century, blues, and the work songs.
The Blues Shack ... 'Little Hat Jones', 'Funny Papa Smith', 'Papa Egg Shell' ... They really did exist. Join us in the 'Blues Shack' as we introduce you to some of the most obscure Blues artists, long forgotten. So many of these wonderful artists have almost disappeared into the mists of time, but not quite. Going far back beyond our remit, we're now bringing them and their music back for us to remember, this is where the blues came from. Featuring the long-lost blues artists from so long ago. Artists we'd nearly forgotten.
Sawmill Gravy Blues ... The strange and mysterious artists who seem to have little background, that is, until we start digging, and then all kinds of facts and statistics begin to appear. One example was a fantastic artist rejoicing in the name of 'Lucille Brogan'. We thought it would be a good idea to research this lady and play a few of her recordings. Sadly, she was sub tagged as a 'Dirty Blues Artist' and we soon found out why. Without being too explicit, if we were to edit out the obscenities and profanities of her recordings we'd be left with about 5 seconds to play – No mind, fortunately, there are many others.
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.

Jazz in Shades of Blue ... Blue Jazz, derived its name from the blue notes of jazz and the blues themselves. 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 Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Randy Crawford, our own, the incomparable Cleo Laine and so many more.
Mississippi Blues ... or Hill Country Blues is one of the many regional styles of country blues, gosh, there are so many. 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. It has its own very distinctive style from other genres. Another of those so diverse genres of the Blues.
Mississippi Moaners ... The Mississippi Moaner was the name first used by American blues man Isaiah Nettles. Little is known about Isaiah, but he is best remembered for his recordings in 1935 when he recorded five sides for Vocation Records. Only one 78 from the session was ever officially released. The phrase has since been taken up by a number of blues artists
Gospel blues ... Train Gospel blues are a form of blues-based gospel music that has been around since the inception of blues music. 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'