Welcome to PD Productions ... Go deep with us and discover the 'Roots of the Blues' ...  
Featured artist - Elmore James
Backtracking Special - The legendary Delta Lady's
The lady sings the Blues - Ethel Waters - Supper Time
Prison Work songs - Go down old Hannah
Blues Shack - Uncle Bud Walker - Look here mama blues
Backtracking - Every Friday we have the blues
Feature extra - W C Handy
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Scheduled this week: Week beginning: Sunday 29th May 2022

 
'The Doc' taught me how to 'feel' the blues. In his words, 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 'Roots of the Blues'
Back as far as the 1920's and beyond. These are the artists from the earliest days of the blues. Our production is about respect and the privilege of bringing these legendary artists 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.

Find out more about 'Backtracking'.
Download 'Backtracking' here.
How 'Backtracking' began

The Gospel Blues Train Listen as the Lady sings the Blues
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' - Click here.
Diamond Teeth Mary - Walking Blues
Featuring the legendary lady artists back as far as the turn of the 20th century, the earliest era of the blues.
 
Featured artist ... Zydeco Blues

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Elmore James (January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963) was an American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and bandleader. He was affectionately known as ‘King of the slide guitar’ He began playing the simplest blues at the age of 12, using a one-string instrument called a, diddley bow strung on a shack wall. As a teenager he performed at events using the names Cleanhead and Joe Willie James. He made his debut as a session leader in August with the classic ‘Dust My Broom’, a hit in 1952. As a result, his backing musicians became known as the Broomdusters.


Appalachian blues
The "mountain cousin" of Delta blues, Appalachian blues is a distinctive blend of European and African styles and sounds born at the cultural crossroads of railroad camps, mines, and rural settlements.
Brownie McGhee - Pawn shop blues
   
 
Gib Guilbeau - Happy Cajun man
Zydeco is a Blues music genre that evolved in southwest Louisiana by French Creole speakers. It blends blues, rhythm and blues, and music indigenous to the 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 . Download this weeks track.
   
Swamp Blues
Swamp 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. Its most successful artists included Slim Harpo and Lightnin' Slim, who enjoyed national rhythm and blues hits within this genre.
Left hand Charlie - Honey Bee
   
Prison work songs (Field hollers)
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, if they aren't the blues, the blues don't exist. Download here
Tangle eye blues
   
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.
Mooch Richardson - T & T Blues
Backtracking - Special Production   W C Handy
 
This is where we showcase one of the legendary Blues artists or genre's from our archives going far, far back in time and tell you a little about them. 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 would have approved.
This time featuring: ... Appalachian Blues

Is it possible to talk about and play the music of the earliest blues and to refer to this music as the 'Roots of the Blues' or 'Back to where it all began' without paying our respects to the legendary W C Handy, the 'Father of the blues'. His music isn't everyone's cup of tea, but do take the time to find out a little about this great man and his band.
Find out a little about W C Handy

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