I'm Just Going Down the Road to See Bessie Smith

 

Bessie Smith was the featured artist on my March 2, 2018, Blue Monday radio show on WFHB.  Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, about 1894, Bessie played on the street with her brother as a young person and then joined the Ma Rainey traveling show sometime in the early 1920s. 

 

 

Jimmy Reed and the Casa Linda Lowlife

 

The featured artist for my WFHB Blue Monday DJ slot on Monday, February, 12, 2018, was Jimmy Reed, the deeply influential Mississippi-Chicago bluesman, who was born in 1925 in the Delta and died in California in 1976. ...

My passion about Jimmy Reed's music was re-ignited last year when Hap Channell, a family friend in my hometown of Gunnison, Colorado, mentioned almost in passing that as a Dallas teenager he danced to Jimmy Reed, and – get this -- also remembers Reed making an appearance at his teen dance club! Wow! I had to follow up, so I arranged a time and recorded an interview this winter with Hap in the dining room of his historic home in Gunnison.

Here is my interview with Hap Channell in which he describes being a 1950s teenager in the Casa Linda area of Northeast Dallas and doing a dance called the Low Life. This is taken from the airing of the live radio show, WFHB’s Blue Monday: 

Jimmy Reed - Hap Channell and the Casa Linda Lowlife (MP3)