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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on May 23, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from David Bromberg, The Temptations, The Black Keys, Taj Mahal, Ken Schwartz & The Palace of Sin, Blind Willie McTell, Little Feat, Dave Van Ronk, Rhiannon Giddings & The Silk Road Ensemble, Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley, Rodriguez, Jorma Kaukonen, and more.

In the second hour, hear The Dixie Hummingbirds, Leon Redone, Mississippi John Hurt, Cory Harris, Bob Dylan, Brownie McGhee, Peter Green, Ray Charles, Rev. Gary Davis, and more. 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on May 23, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from The Black Keys, Howlin’ Wolf, Percy Sledge, ZZ Top, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Robert Johnson, Frank Zappa, Bob Brozman,  B.B. King, Bo Diddly, The White Stripes, Richard Thompson, and more.

In the second hour, hear Mississippi John Hurt, Roger Miller, R.L. Burnside, Bob Dylan, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Leadbelly, Ry Cooder, Keller Williams, and more. 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show (from home edition) as aired on May 16, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from The Blues Brothers, Merle Travis, Hazmat Modine, Professor Longhair, Ray Charles & The Blues Brothers, Rev. Gary Davis, Lowell Fulson, The Black Keys, John Lee Hooker, Loudon Wainwright III, Canned Heat, Otis Spann, The Siegel-Schwall Band, and more.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show (from home edition) as aired on May 9, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Jackson Browne, The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, The Black Keys, The Allman Brothers Band, Ry Cooder, North Mississippi All Stars, Leo Kottke, Chris Smither, Little Jack White, Chris Robinson, Cephas & Wiggins, Pyeng Threadgill, and more.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show (at home edition) as aired on May 2, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Ry Cooder, Cody ChesnuTT, R.L. Burnside, Dan Auerbach, Rev. Gary Davis, Devil in A Woodpile, Nina Simone, The Black Keys, Ron Levy’s Wild Kingdom, The Mobile Strugglers, James Brown, John Hammond, and more.

In the second hour, hear Blind Blake, Jimmy Rogers, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Gillian Welch, Sly and The Family Stone, The White Stripes, Dr. John with Maria Muldaur, and more. 

 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show (at home edition)  as aired on April 25, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Dave Van Ronk, The Black Keys, R.L. Burnside, Hazmat Modine, Bob Dylan & The Band, Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham, Idris Mohammed, Jimmy Rogers, John Lee Hooker Jr., Johnny Cash, and more.

In the second hour, hear Howlin’ Wolf, Mary Flower, Mississippi John Hurt, Buckwheat Zydeco, Alvin Youngblood Hart,  Buckka White, Greg Brown, Leonard Cohen, Wyclef Jean, Etta James, Elvis Presley, and more. 

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

In the first hour, hear tracks from The Temptations, The White Stripes, Galactic, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Brownie McGhee, Rory Gallagher, Mississippi Heat, J.J. Cale, Sleepy John Estes, The Allman Brothers Band, Alabama Shakes, Leadbelly, and more.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on April 11, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from G-Love & The Special Sauce, Bukka White, Woodbrain, The Yardbirds, Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Black Keys, Cory Harris, Albert King, Afrissippi, and more.

In the second hour, hear Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, Alabama Shakes, The North Mississippi All Stars, Robert Johnson, John Hammond, Big Momma Thorton, Muddy Waters, Big Bill Bronzy, Mahalia Jackson, Blackfoot and more. 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on April 4, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Rev. Horton Heat, Mavis Staples, The Taj Mahal Trio, Canned Heat, Jack White, B.B. King, Bobby Blue Band, Johnny Cash, Bruce Coburn, and more.

In the second hour, hear The John Butler Trio, Dan Pickett, John Lennon, Roosevelt Sykes, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Richard Ray Ferrell, Townes Van Zandt, Merle Travis, Champion Jack Dupree, Lead Belly, Sleepy John Estes, and more. 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on March 28, 2020 and hosted by Craig Johnson, sitting in for Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Lyle Lovett, B.B. King, Kenny Neal, Paul Butterfield, Robert Cray, Brian Setzer, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles with Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Neal, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Joe Cocker, Etta James and more.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on March 21, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Hazmat Modine, Dr. John, Mavis Staples, Leo Kottke, Rev. Gary Davis, Alabama Shakes, Dan Auerbach, The White Stripes, Frank Zappa, Wanda Jackson, Bukka White, Jesse Fuller, and more.

In the second hour, hear Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Fuller, Eric Bibb, Koko Taylor, Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Johnny Cash, Keb’Mo’, Robert Johnson, and more. 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on February 29, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Ken Schwartz, Sam Cooke, Sleepy John Estes, Robert Johnson, Clifton Chenier, John Lee Hooker, The Allman Brothers, Cephas & Wiggins, Charlie Patton, and more.

In the second hour, hear Clarence ‘Gatemouth' Brown, Rev. Gary Davis, Ken’ Mo’, R.J.Boyce, Josh White, Johnny Shines, Dave Van Ronk, Otis Rush, Junior Kimbrough, The Band, and more.

Underground cartoonist R. Crumb and Penn State Professor Jerry Zolten sitting in the WPSU studio
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Robert Crumb is best known as an underground cartoonist, whose work, including Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural, remains controversial. But Crumb is also a collector and celebrator of old blues records. Jerry Zolten is a professor of communication arts and sciences and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona. His work includes the book “Great God A’Mighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music.” WPSU's Anne Danahy spoke with Crumb and Zolten about their love of old blues music and records.