Max Spiegel

Blues Host

Max is a Song Collector & Community Cultivator, Web & Social Media Pioneer, Public Radio Producer & Host and Musician. He also scores and soundtracks films for Alpaca Pictures. Their latest full length feature film 99% Sure picked up a win at New Hope Film Fest and their last short Bird Watching won Best Picture (and 5 other awards) at the 2011 Philly 48 Hour Film Fest! Max also sings a lot of monkey songs and not just because he is raising 3 monkeys of his own.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on January 18, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Roosevelt Sykes, The Black Keys, Gregory Porter, R.L. Burnside, Cephas & Wiggins, Nina Simone, Ed Young & Emma Ramsey, Memphis Slim, and more.

In the second hour, hear Ruth Brown, Chris Smither, Bob Brozman, Roy Bookbinder, Dave Van Ronk, Etta James, High Tide Harris, Maria Muldaur, The Cowboy Junkies, and more.

 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on January 11, 202 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from The Morning 40 Federation, The Black Keys, The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Muppets, John Lee Hooker, David Bromberg, John Hammond, Canned Heat, Cephas & Wiggins, Doc & Merle Watson, and more.

In the second hour, hear Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Omar Coleman, Big Bill Bronzy, Leo Kottke, Jack White, Sonny Terry, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bob Dylan, Rev. Gary Davis, and more.

  

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on January 4, 202 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Keb’ Mo’, Rev. Gary Davis, The Black Keys, Lead Belly, Moreland Arbuckle & Floyd, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Chris Smither, Jessie Fuller, and more.

In the second hour, hear Hot Tuna, Saffire - The Uppity Blues Woman, John Butler Trio, Ray Charles & Bonnie Raitt, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Otis Taylor, Mean Gene Kelton & The Die Hards, Etta James, Gary U.S. Bonds, and more. 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on December 28, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Taj Mahal, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Alabama Shakes, Jimi Hendrix, Blind Willie McTell, Dave Van Ronk, Merle Travis, Elvin Bishop, Leon Redbone, and more.

In the second hour, hear The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Word, Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Gregg Allman, The Beatles, Rev. Gary Davis, Doc & Merle Watson, Leadbelly, Champion Jack Dupree, and more.

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on December 21, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. In the first hour, hear tracks from Gil Scott Heron, Big Bill Broonzy, The White Stripes, Rev. Gary Davis, Merle Travis, Dave Van Ronk, Cory Harris, Page & Plant, Ralph McTell, The Blind Pig Blues Band, Ray Charles, and more. In the second hour, hear Harry Nilsson, Ani Difranco & Maceo Parker, Otis Redding, Hank Williams III, Muddy Waters, John Hammond, Furry Lewis,  Blind Willie McTell, and more.

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on December 14, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

This week’s broadcast includes in-studio guest Ken Swartz of Ken Swartz and The Palace of Sin. Swartz started playing with his band after hurricane Katrina, playing night clubs in NOLA. Max and WPSU Blues host Adam McMillan interview Swartz about his music, playing tracks from the band’s albums as well as other artist's blues tracks.

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on December 7, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Cody Chesnutt, The Alabama Shakes, Ry Cooder, Aretha Franklin, Mose Allison, Nina Simone, Jeff Tweedy, The Band with Paul Butterfield, Doc Watson, and more.

In the second hour, hear Rory Block, Dr. John, Keb’ Mo’, The Cowboy Junkies, Tommie Johnson, Jefferson Airplane, Leadbelly, Duke Robillard, Sunnyland Slim, and more.

 

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on November 23, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Sunnyland Slim, Nina Simone, Leo Kottke, Golden Gate Quartet, The Black Keys, Uncle Tupelo, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Alice Gerrard & Hazel Dickens, The Four Blazes, and more.

In the second hour, hear Leadbelly, Canned Heat, John Prine, Jonathan Franklin Hawkins, Chris Smither, The Band, Slim Harpo, Greg Brown, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, and more. 

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on November 16 , 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Parliament, Etta James, Ry Cooder, Peggy Seeger, Teresa Carter & The Rhythm Tramps, The White Stripes, Bob Dylan, Son House, Boozoo Chavis, Alabama Shakes, Paul Gayten, and more.

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on November 9 , 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from The Missing Persons Soup Kitchen Gospel Quartet, Doc Watson, Rev. Horton Heat, Junior Wells & The Aces, The Yardbirds, Memphis Slim, Mary Flower, Seth Walker, T. Bone Walker Quintet, Diunna Greenleaf & The Blue Mercy Band, and more.

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on November 2 , 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Catfish Keith, Andre Williams, John Hiatt, The Black Keys, Muddy Waters, Bob Brozman, B.B. King, Rev. Gary Davis, The Yardbirds, and more.

In the second hour, hear Chris Cain, Champion Jack Dupree, The Siegel-Schwall Band, Cory Harris, Led Zeppelin, Taj Mahall, Little Feat, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Cash, and more.

 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on October 26 , 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on October 19 , 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Lou Reed, Dr. John, Doc Watson, Gil Scott Heron, Frank Zappa, Paul Simon, Jethro Tull, The Grateful Dead, Loudon Wainwright III, Albert King, and more.

In the second hour hear The Who, J.J. Cale, Big Guitar Red, Shamika Copeland, Canned Heat, Thomas Dorsey, The Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stones, Little Walter and more. 

 

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on October 12 , 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Mel Torme, Dorothy Love Coates, Frank Zappa, John Lee Hooker, Otis Spann, B.B. King, The Band, and more.

In the second hour, hear Freddie King, Canned Heat, Rev. Alex Bradford, Vic Chesnutt, Keb' Mo’, Rev. Gary Davis, J.J. Cale, Jimmy Rogers, Guy Davis, and more. 

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on September 28 , 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Taj Mahal and Gregg Allman, The White Stripes, Leo Kotkee, Mike Gordon, The Blues Brothers with Ray Charles, R.L. Burnside, Professor Longhair, B.B. King, Canned Heat, The Siegel-Schwall Band, and more.

In the second hour, hear Etta James, Harmonica Fats, Mississippi John Hurt, Louis Armstrong and His Hot 5, Cat Stevens, Doc & Merle Watson, J.J. Cale, Albert Collins, Dave Riley, Johnnie Johnson, and more. 

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on September 21, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from The North Mississippi All Stars, Rev. Gary Davis with Sonny Terry, Victoria Williams, The Black Keys, John Lee Hooker, Bob Dylan, Bo Diddly, Muddy Waters, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Van Morrison, Chet Atkins, The Band, and more.

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on September 14, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Otis Rush, Rev. Gary Davis, Michele Lancaster & Sweet Honey In The Rock, The Black Keys, The Persuasions, The White Stripes, Luther Dixon & The Rising Stars, Bob Dylan, Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville, Joseph Spence, John Lee Hooker, and more.

In the second hour, hear The Jimmy Rogers All Stars, Josh White, Mac Arnold, Buddy Guy, Chris Smither, Blind Boy Fuller, Lowell Fulson, and more.

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on September 7, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Ry Cooder, Cephas and Wiggins, Taj Mahal, Tuck & Patti, Super Tramp, Bob Brozman, Lonnie Donegan, C.B. and The Axe Gang, and more.

In the second hour, hear Muddy Waters, Woodbrain, Julie Lee, Frank Zappa, Seth Walker, Little Milton, Mark Hummel, Robert Wilkins, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and more.