Catherine Russell (born 1956) is a contemporary jazz and blues vocalist. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was Louis Armstrong's long-time musical director, and her mother, the late Carline Ray, who was a pioneering bassist/guitarist/volcalist who held degrees from both Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music and performed with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm during World War II. Ms.
Long John Hunter(born July 13, 1931) is an American Texas blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He has released seven albums in his own name, and in his later years found critical acknowledgement outside of his homeland. Hunter's best known tracks are "El Paso Rock" and "Alligators Around My Door", the latter of which Hunter co-wrote with Bruce Iglauer. John Thurman Hunter Jr. was born in Ringgold, Louisiana, United States.
Brother Frank and Father Jay had the good fortune of being paid a visit by New Orleans blues guitarist Joe Caruso. Listen to the fascinating stories that Joe tells from his days in the Big Easy. Joe also talks about his new CD. Also, check out two live in-studio preformances.
Albert “Sunnyland Slim” Luandew (September 5, 1906 – March 17, 1995) was A American blues pianst, who was born in the Mississippi Delta and later moved to Chicago, Illinois, to contribute to that cit’s post war scene as a center of blues music. Chicago's broadcaster and writer, Studs Terkel, said Sunnyland Slim was "a living piece of our folk history, gallantly and eloquently carrying on in the old tradition." Sunnyland Slim was born on a farm in Quitman County, near Vance, Mississippi (some sources erroneously give this date as 1907)
The date was October 26, 1996. The Saturday Blues was a fairly new show on WFIT. The Steve Thorpe Orchestra was also new to the area. A young Brother Frank and a young Father Jay sat down with Steve and several members of his band in the old Roberts Hall WFIT studio. The rest is history. Enjoy.
A special thanks to Linda Thorpe for discovering these missing tapes. Steve, we miss you.
Cephas & Wiggins was an American acoustic blues duo, composed of guitarist John Cephas (July 4, 1930– March 4, 2009)and harmonica player Phil Wiggins (born May 8, 1954).They were known for playing Piedmont blues. Both musicians were born in Washington D.C., although Cephas was older by some 25 years. They first met at a jam session at the Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife in 1975 or 1976, and played together in Wilbert "Big Chief" Ellis's band.
James Lewis Carter Ford (c. early 1920s – July 16, 2013) was an American blues musician, using the name T-Model Ford. Unable to remember his exact date of birth, he began his musical career in his early 70s, and continuously recorded for the Fat Possum label, then switched to Alive Naturalsound Records. His musical style combined the rawness of Delta blues with Chicago blues and juke joint blues styles.
Born January 27, 1930, Rosemark, Tennessee. Moved to Memphis 1948. Played with Billy 'Red' Love and other influential Delta musicians. First recording was Dry Up Baby (Modern 848). Entered Armed Services 1952, joined Johnny Ace Revue after discharge, having signed with Duke Records.
Christoffer "Kid" Andersen (born January 15, 1980) is a Norwegian blues guitarist. Andersen moved to the United States as a 21 year old in 2001, and became a figure on the West Coast blues scene. He played in Charlie Musselwhites band and got a Blues Music Award (formerly W.C. Handy Award) for best contemporary blues album for Charlie Musselwhite's Delta Hardware. When Little Charlie Baty retired from touring, Andersen took his place as guitarist in the Nightcats, and the new name of Rick Estrin & the Nightcats was formed.