The Blues

Saturdays 10:00 p.m.-midnight

The Blues on WPSU-FM is in service to the preservation of American history, the history of music, and the strength of humankind.

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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.

 

WPSU Blues Archive - November 30, 2019

Nov 30, 2019

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on November 30, 2019 and hosted by Adam McMillan. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Betty Harris, Billy Strange, GA Twenty, Stephan Grossman, Lazy Lester, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Leadbelly, Mary Ann Williams, Aretha Franklin, Smily Louis, Ken Schwartz and the Palace of Sin, and more.

In the second hour, hear Phil Cook, Bobby Blue Bland, The Chatham Singers, J.B. Lenore, Gurf Morlix, Harry Nilsson, Elizabeth King, O.V.  Wright, Steve Mann, Solomon Burke, Joanne Shaw Taylor, 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. 

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on August 31, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Al King, Bob Dylan & The Band, Bill Morrissey, The Black Keys, Rory Gallagher, Big Bill Broonzy, Willie Nelson, Etta James, Dave Van Ronk, Lead Belly, Muddy Waters, Hank Williams Jr., Pat Donahue, and more.

In the second hour, hear  Doc Watson, R.L. Burnside, J.J. Cale, Maddie May Thomas, Susan Tedeschi, Sly & The Family Stone, James Cotton, B.B.King, Buddy Moss, The Yardbirds, Big Momma Thorton, and more.

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on August 24, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel.  

In the first hour, hear tracks from Bob Brozman, Chet Atkins & Merle Travis, The North Mississippi All Stars, R.L. Burnside, Frank Zappa, Sheila Wilcoxson, John Hammond, Charles Brown, Robert Johnson, J.J. Cale, Canned Heat and more.

In the second hour, hear Hot Tuna, Howlin’ Wolf, Rev. Alec Bradford, Buddy Guy, Linnzi Zaorski, The Band, Forest City Joe, Lead Belly, Otis Spann, Lowell Fulson, and more. 

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on August 17, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Ry Cooder, Frank Zappa, Nina Simone, Louie Louie, Otis Redding, Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, Alabama Shakes, Otis Rush, The Black Keys, Gil Scott Heron, Maria Muldaur, The Four Blazes, and more.

In the second hour, hear Hazmat Modine, R.L. Burnside, Greg Brown, Rev. Horton Heat, Bob Dylan, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Josh White, Commander Cody, Little Feat, The White Stripes, Cory Harris, and more. 

WPSU Blues Archive - August 10, 2019

Aug 10, 2019

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on August 10, 2019 and hosted by Adam McMillan. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from John Hammond, Michael Bloomfield & Al Cooper, Barbara Pittman, Watermelon Slim, Jimmy Witherspoon, Betty Swan, J.B. Hotto & The Hawks, Guy Davis, Jackie Wilson, Larry Williams & Johnny Watson, and more.

WPSU Blues Archive - August 3, 2019

Aug 3, 2019

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on August 3, 2019 and hosted by Adam McMillan. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Richard “Groove” Holmes, Dr. John, Odetta, Little Bob & The Lollipops, Arron Neville, Art Neville, Amos Milburn, Mahalia Jackson, John Hammond, Big Joe Turner, Big Momma Thorton, and more.

In the second hour, hear Sunnyland Slim, Spider John Kerner, Tom Rush, The Neville Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pops Staples, The Teskey Brothers, Eric Clapton, The Meters, Charles Bradley, Lee Allen, Magic Sam, and more.  

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on July 27, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from David Bromberg, Frank Zappa, Chris Smither, Dave Van Ronk, Ry Cooder, Rory Block, Jimi Hendrix, Canned Heat, Etta James, Leonard Cohen, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Kerry Ley, J.J. Cale and more.

In the second hour, hear Rev. Gary Davis, Sally Spring, Robert McCoy, Otis Redding, Eugene Chadborne, Johnny Johnson, Greg Brown, Eric Clapton, The Boogie Kings, “Spider” John Koerner, Davell Crawford, and more. 

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on July 13, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, Pacific Gas & Electric, Taj Mahal, The Supersuckers, Siegel-Schwall Band, The Modern Lovers, Ry Cooder, The Felice Brothers, and more.

An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on June 29, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Taj Mahal, John Lennon, James Harman, Larry Garner, Big Joe Turner, Cary Bell, Rev. Gary Davis, Champion Jack Dupree, Bob Dylan, Last Chance Jug Band, Rory Brock, and more.  

In the second hour, hear Rich Gallagher, Canned Heat, Marcia Ball, John Hammond, Eric Bibb, Maria Muldaur, Buddy Guy, Buddy Scott, Roosevelt “Booba” Barnes, Eddie Taylor Jr., and more.