Nothin’ But The Blues: Ep.17



“Why You So Mean To Me?” –  Albert King

“Living With The Blues”  –  Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

“Shacked Up With The Blues”  –  The Tommy Shreve Band

“Living In The House Of Blues”  –  Luther Allison

“The Sky Is Crying”  –  Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble

“Cold Front Woman”  –  James Harman

“I Can’t Be Satisfied”  –  Muddy Waters

“Satisfied”  –  Guy Davis

“Trouble, Then Satisfaction”  –  Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five

“Mean Case Of The Blues”  –  Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater

“Mean Husband Blues” –  Guitar Shorty

“Mean Blues  –  Floyd Lee Band”

Have you checked out the Nothin’ But The Blues Video yet? It was fun watching it all come together as a project – and we hope you enjoy it as well.

Meanwhile, the shows keep piling up, now with the 17th edition of Nothin’ But The Blues.

If you check the comments section on any polarising story posted on the net you’ll see people exercising their right to be just, plain mean.

So it figures, that a certain number of people with the Blues – may have got them – as the direct result of someone being mean. We went looking for evidence in support of that theory – and found plenty of it.

Some people, it seems, can experience the Blues to such an extent, it feels as if they’re literally living with the Blues – like an unwelcome houseguest. Of course, depending on your perspective, the experience of living with the Blues can either be utterly debilitating or, strangely liberating.

Also in this edition, we’ll take shelter with the onset of some bad weather, with a sudden, heavy downpour, followed by an incoming cold front.

And protected from the elements, we’ll have time to reflect on the meaning of  satisfaction, in relation to the Blues. Turns out, it’s not unlike what the ‘carrot on a stick’ represents to the donkey. Satisfaction is something you hope for – but which always remains, just beyond reach. And where satisfaction is achieved, it comes at a cost.

And just how can we possibly fit all that meanness and bad weather into a single hour of satisfying Blues radio?

Press the Play button above – to find out.

As always, thanks for listening.

Gideon Rhyme  –  Cultural Detective


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