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The Devil's Music

Series 2 Episode 3

Alexis Korner discovers that Blues music expresses a deep symbolic message. (1979)

First transmitted in 1979 Alexis Korner discovers that in the origins of Blues music lies a deep symbolic message of a shared cultural experience in the African American community.

First transmitted in 1979, Alexis Korner looks back at the historical origins of Blues music. He discovers that although there are subtle undertones of protest against African American oppression, these are not direct. The deeper significance of the Blues lies in its deep symbolic message of togetherness and acknowledgement of a shared experience.

The Devil's Music

Series 2 Episode 4

Alexis Korner looks at contemporary Chicago Blues music. (1979)

First transmitted in 1979, the last of four programmes exploring American Blues music. Alexis Korner focuses on contemporary Chicago Blues.

First transmitted in 1979, the last of four programmes exploring American Blues music. Alexis Korner focuses on electric Blues and Rhythm and Blues - the form that has generally become know as Chicago Blues.

Singer Kaz Hawkins takes a trip to Memphis , Tennessee for a special show.

Kaz Hawkins takes a trip to Memphis, Tennessee for a special show featuring music about and by artists from that famous musical city, including Rufus Thomas, Albert King and Elvis.

Eps 3/10

Singer Kaz Hawkins takes a trip to Memphis , Tennessee for a special show featuring music about and by artists from that famous musical city. Artists covered include Rufus Thomas, Albert King and Elvis and Kaz’s Label of Love is Sun Records.

Mark Lamarr explores the life of blues woman Memphis Minnie.

Mark Lamarr explores the life of blues woman Memphis Minnie, known for her guitar skills, her rowdy ways and the song When the Levee Breaks.

Mark Lamarr looks at the little-known story of Memphis Minnie, known for her guitar skills, her rowdy ways and the song 'When the Levee Breaks' a musical celebration of a key moment in Blues history.

'Levee', later made famous by Led Zeppelin and Dylan, was released in 1929, long before guitars found amplification, in reference (like many blues songs of the time), to the great Mississippi flood of 1927.

The flood was a huge factor in the Migration of African Americans into what would become the great RnB and Blues towns of Detroit, Memphis & Chicago. When the Levee Breaks is its most famous telling.

Neither born in Memphis nor called Minnie, the musician who wrote and recorded it travelled that now well worn blues journey both physically and musically in the first wave of blues musicians emerging from the Delta in the late 20s.

When the Levee Breaks was one of over two hundred songs written by Minnie during her lifetime, many are blues classics. Though her story has been largely ignored when compared to Robert Johnson, Leadbelly and other Blues artists of the time.

In a journey that starts along the banks of the Mississippi in a post Katrina New Orleans and ends in the promised land of the Blues, Chicago, Mark Lamarr explores her story, the flood itself and the development of the Blues that emerged around the Great Migration.

Producer: Rob Alexander

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

Blind Lemon Jefferson is this week’s profiled artist from Cerys' guest David Freeman.

Blind Lemon Jefferson is this week’s profiled artist courtesy of writer and broadcaster David Freeman. Plus, a Rolling Stones rarity and brand new music from across the UK.

Blind Lemon Jefferson is this week’s profiled artist courtesy of writer and broadcaster David Freeman. Plus, a Rolling Stones rarity and brand new music from across the UK.

Plus, Cerys digs into her collection to play blues of all hues. From cutting edge contemporary sounds to scratchy old vinyl from the past, whether it’s from Memphis, Mali, or Manchester, no stone is left unturned in the search for the best of the blues. With live guest sessions and interviews, alongside blues voices from the archives.

Kaz Hawkins digs deep into the wonderful world of blues music.

Singer Kaz Hawkins digs deep into the wonderful world of blues music with tracks from Seasick Steve, Howlin’ Wolf and Joe Bonamassa.

Eps 1/10

Singer Kaz Hawkins returns for a new series that digs deep into the wonderful world of blues music with tracks from Seasick Steve, Howlin’ Wolf and Joe Bonamassa. The featured classic album is Rory Gallagher and Live In Europe.

The blues guitar hero sits in for Cerys to share an hour of his favourite British blues

The blues guitar hero sits in for Cerys to share an hour of the British blues that shaped him as a musician.

The US blues guitar hero sits in for Cerys to share an hour of the British blues that shaped him as a musician. One of the world's top guitarists, Bonamassa started young and famously toured with B.B King at the age of 12. He's since gone on to garner Grammy nominations and to top the blues charts with almost every album he releases.

The Devil's Music

Series 2 Episode 2

Alexis Korner delves further into the soulful world of traditional Blues music. (1979)

First transmitted in 1979. Blues music was often sung by travelling singers on the American music circuit. Performers such as Laura Dukes captivated on-the-road audiences.

First transmitted in 1979. Blues music was also often sung by travelling singers on the American music circuit. Performers such as Laura Dukes captivated on-the-road audiences, and similar Blues performers were also frequently featured in travelling minstrel shows. Alexis Korner continues in his exploration into the soulful world of American Blues music, discovering that Blues songs were often based on the singers' home town.

The Devil's Music

Series 2 Episode 1

Alexis Korner delves into the world of American Blues music. (1979)

First transmitted in 1979, Alexis Korner delves into the soulful world of black American Blues music. Exploring its origins and reviewing unique footage of acclaimed Blues artists.

First transmitted in 1979, Alexis Korner delves into the soulful world of traditional black American Blues music. Exploring its origins and reviewing unique footage of acclaimed Blues artists including Sonny Blake, Sam Chatmon, Houston Stackhouse and Booker White.

Cerys digs deep into her collection to play blues of all hues, from old to new.

Cerys digs into her collection to play blues of all hues. From cutting edge contemporary sounds to scratchy old vinyl from the past, whether it’s from Memphis, Mali, or Manchester, no stone is left unturned in the search for the best of the blues. With live guest sessions and interviews, alongside blues voices from the archives.

Cerys returns to her normal schedule 9pm-10pm playing blues of all hues from old to new.

Cerys returns to her normal schedule 9pm to 10pm, she digs into her collection to play blues of all hues from old to new.

Cerys returns to her normal schedule 9pm to 10pm, she digs into her collection to play blues of all hues from old to new. With live music and conversation from Giacomo Smith and Lewis Durham.

From cutting edge contemporary sounds to scratchy old vinyl from the past, whether it’s from Memphis, Mali, or Manchester, no stone is left unturned in the search for the best of the blues. With live guest sessions and interviews, alongside blues voices from the archives.

Kaz Hawkins returns with a new series looking at the ever-changing world of blues music.

Singer Kaz Hawkins returns with a new series looking at the ever-changing world of blues music. This week she has tracks from the Allman Brothers, BB King and Nina Simone.

Eps 2/10

Singer Kaz Hawkins returns with a new series looking at the ever-changing world of blues music. This week she has tracks from the Allman Brothers, BB King and Nina Simone. Muddy Waters Live At Newport is this week’s classic blues album.

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