Monday, February 27, 2017


“Have the blues before sunrise, with the tears standing in my eyes.” “Don’t never lose your temper when you’ve been drinking booze.” These two verses bookend Robert Nighthawk’s blues poetry extraordinaire and set the stage for this month’s Blue Monday offerings. We’ve got 12 dynamic records from all the genres coalescing in one grand celebration of resistance to the hardships of existence. If that sounds like poetry to your ears, stay with us as we mine the depths of experience and innocence as embodied in “the blues what am.” 
—“Little” Melvin Cowznofski, staff writer and series compilation     

Robert Nighthawk • Blues Before Sunrise • 1964

LP cover: American Music

Friday, February 24, 2017


This one jumps like mad! Papa Cairo and the boys give it everything they’ve got . . . knocked out barroom piano, a couple of wild steel solos, and relentlessly swinging fiddle. What a thrill it must have been to see this band in person. . . .

Papa Cairo & His Boys • Big Texas (French) • c. 1953

Get it: Acadian All Star Special

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017


Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell

Find it: Folk, Gospel & Blues: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Friday, February 17, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017


Blind Willie McTell • Wee Midnight Hours • 1949

Blind Willie McTell, vocal/guitar; Curley Weaver, vocal/guitar. Atlanta, c. August 1949

Find it: Pig ’n Whistle Red

Sunday, February 12, 2017


About time for a re-up on this one, originally heard here in July 2012. . . .

Thelonious Monk • Blue Monk • 1963

Get it: Monk’s Greatest Hits

Thelonious Monk, piano; Charlie Rouse, tenor sax; Pee Wee Russell, clarinet; Butch Warren, bass; Frankie Dunlop, drums. Live at Newport, 1963.