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Why not take a listen to the ‘How Blues Evolved’ radio show?  

Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday on Iowa’s Code Zero Radio 

USA CDT, 9pm UK, 10pm Europe

Our ‘How Blues Evolved’ tri-weekly radio series continues, with the last ten episodes now available on the Code Zero Radio link below. Each podcast lasts between ten and 15 minutes and features some great early blues and some more modern stuff. To help your selection, why not browse the menu below?

Lester Melrose, the father of Chicago Blues, Part 1
The origin of Chicago blues part one. Hear a young Louis Armstrong playing the slide whistle in 1923; King Oliver and Jelly Roll MortonTampa Red and Georgia Tom, the original Hokum Boys; and Tampa’s magnum opus, “When Things Go Wrong”.  

Lester Melrose,  the father of Chicago Blues story continues with Part 2 

The Lester Melrose Story continues in Chicago with the development of Tampa Red’s classic When Things Go Wrong. Big Bill Broonzy sings some numbers including the famous Key To The Highway.

Lester Melrose, the father of Chicago Blues story continues with Part 3 

The blues piano of Memphis Slim features in two podcasts

Hear how Big Bill Broonzy’s lyrics were paraphrased during Barack Obama’s presidential benediction in part three of the Lester Melrose Story. Big Joe Williams, and Van Morrison’s Them, perform different versions of Baby Please Don’t Go, Sonny Boy Williamson blows his harp and Memphis Slim brings us Grinder Man Blues. (So that’s where Nick Cave got his recent band name Grinderman.)

Lester Melrose’s Chicago Blues Part 4
The final part of our look at early Chicago blues. Part four of the Lester Melrose Story features Memphis Minnie, Tommy McClennan, Albert King backed by Booker T and the MGs, Champion Jack Dupree and the magic percussion of Washboard Sam.

Lester Melrose, the father of Chicago Blues story concludes with Part 5
We discover the groundbreaking electric blues-rock guitarwork of the little-known Lee Cooper on Washboard Sam’s Diggin’ My Potatoes. This final part of the Lester Melrose story also includes Lonnie Johnson and Big Boy Crudup.
Smoking hot: the guitar of Albert King

Tracing The Darktown Strutters’ Ball
We trace one pop standard from its debut in 1917 through Fats Domino to a hardcore rock & roll version from Australia in 1976.

The four Kings of the electric blues guitar 
Albert King, B.B. King, Freddie King and who else? Hear some fantastic electric blues guitar and meet the fourth and original King of the blues guitar. Link here: 

Spoonful … in spoonfuls, including Cream
Sex and drugs and rock & roll in spoonfuls. We trace the origin and journey of the title “Spoonful” through the years.

Just added: Evolution of Slide Guitar and First Boogie Woogie piano release. Go to all ten broadcasts on the Code Zero Radio link below and then scroll down to the bottom of the page:

And if you’re in the mood for some great unsigned rock, head over to CodeZero Radio here:

The ‘How Blues Evolved’ radio podcasts are broadcast on Code Zero Radio every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday: 3pm US CDT, 9pm UK, 10pm Europe.