New York Blues

Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann was, perhaps, one of music’s great inventors…and, probably, one of 19th-century Germany’s worst neighbors.


Hail to the Chief!

Some guys really know how to make an entrance. And…some need a little bit of help.


The See See Rider Blues Girl

How do you know when you’ve pretty much nailed a song? Earning a nickname from it is usually a good indication


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Mule Skinner Blues

A muleskinner’s job was not quite as…grim as it sounds. Still...kinda grim ...

Swinging On A Star

What’s in a name? Well, quite a lot... if yours is Chester ...

Stack O’Lee

Love, Loss and Cold-Blooded Killers…It’s Murder Ballad Week.

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Old King Tut

Today’s Beat: the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb by Howard Carter and company, set to the music of “Old King Tut” by The Happiness Boys, recorded in 1923. http://soundbeat.org/episode/old-king-tut/ And just for fun…Steve Martin’s hilarious “King Tut” http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/king-tut/n8663

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Nonsense!

To prove his theory that his fellow Italians would like any English song, singer Adriano Celentano released this tune in 1972. It features nonsense lyrics meant to sound like American English…and it’s awesome.

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Rest in Peace, Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard was a bad kid. “Incorrigible”, to be precise: that’s how his mother described him, when she turned him over to the cops, beginning his first jail stint at the tender age of 11(!). He’d bounce in and out of jail, (including one escape), but wasn’t fully rehabilitated until, while an inmate at San […]

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