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TC Chris

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Another blues program
« on: January 08, 2018, 09:28:26 PM »
Michigan's  premier broadcast blues show, the Sunday evening "Juke Joint" with host Robert Barclay on WCMU, has several annual programs.  One is the Elvis's Birthday show, which was on last night.  You can hear it online for the next two weeks by clicking here:

http://radio.wcmu.org/post/juke-joint-january-7-2018

So you ask, "Elvis?  Blues?"  And the answer is yeah, Elvis listened carefully to black blues musicians and borrowed lots of material from them.  This show includes his roots in both white rockabilly and black blues and R&B.  Robert often includes some gospel because Elvis loved to sing that too.  Some complain the Elvis stole the music from the black performers because he was white and white audiences would listen to him.  I prefer to think that he really liked the music and wanted to sing it.  It's more of  tribute than a theft. 

My only gripe is that there isn't enough from Elvis himself, but that's due to restrictions imposed by the streaming option--online shows cannot play more than two pieces by any performer in an hour without running into royalty problems.  Sometimes Robert can work around that when a featured musician is a sideman, not the named artist on a record.  But with Elvis, his name was always at the top.

And next week is the ML King birthday show, one that will be packed with Gospel. 

Chris Campbell

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Re: Another blues program
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2018, 05:35:17 PM »
Sounds mighty good!
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Re: Another blues program
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2018, 07:57:07 PM »
It was very good, and it's available online from WCMU for two weeks after the show.  If you listen, you can hear Robert Barclay, "The Duke of Juke," call out Chris in Traverse City a couple times during that show.  Robert loves correspondents. 

And remember--it's live every Sunday, 8-11 p.m.

Chris Campbell