Somethin' Gotta Be Arranged - A film portrait of Paul Geremia by Geoff Adams 

This year marks the 35th anniversary of "Somethin' Gotta Be Arranged," a film about Rhode Island country-blues guitarist Paul Geremia, created as a student project by Geoff Adams.

I recently interviewed Geoff about the film and it was the featured segment of the November 12, 2018, edition of Blue Monday, WFHB's long-running blues radio show. (Here is the film on YouTube: https://youtu.be/WPkw42L97Aw   ~18 minutes -- More links below.)

Before the interview, I played two brief audio clips from the film.  In…

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One Blues Indivisible, Invisible Man, and Invisible Theology 

M Cooper Harriss and I often have great discussions about the intersections of race and literature and music.  Many of those conversations are over beer and wine in pubs and living rooms, but we have been fortunate enough to capture some of them on the air -- often as part of my monthly DJ slot on WFHB’s  Blue Monday, the radio show devoted to contemporary and classic blues. Past on-air conversations were about Zora Neale Hurston and Bob Dylan. This time the impetus was Cooper's new book, Ralph Ellison's

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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 and then joined the Ma Rainey traveling show sometime in the early 1920s. 

After Mamie Smith’s (no relation) Crazy Blues  became a massive hit in 1920, talent scouts searched for more female blues artists and indeed they found some great ones: not only Rainey (“The Mother of the Blues”) but her amazing protégé, Bessie Smith…

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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. Reed was an active musician in the Chicago area and had many R&B -- and a few pop -- hit songs in the 1950s and 1960s.

Many peoples’ first encounter with Chicago blues -- any kind of blues -- is through songs Reed wrote and recorded. Many of these songs were in turn covered (in his life…

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Jason Fickel on WFHB's Blue Monday

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I'm the DJ on WFHB's long-running blues-music radio show, Blue Monday. I spin classic and contemporary blues tunes, 9-11pm eastern time. Ways to listen: wfhb.org/listen

This week's playlist:

Nina Simone / Blues on Purpose

Kim Wilson / Strollin'

Lowell Fulson / Pico

Duke Robillard / Rock Alley

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown / Pressure Cooker

The Fabulous Thunderbirds / In Orbit

The Staple Singers / Why (am I Treated So Bad)

Pops Staples / Down in Mississippi

Pops Staples / Gotta Serve Somebody

Jesse Mae Hemphill / Lord Help the Poor and Needy

Hayes McMullan / Hurry Sundown

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones / Don't Give No More Than You Can Take (feat. Little Charlie Baty)

Duke Robillard / Everybody Ain't Your Friend

Nora Jean Wallace / I've Been Watching You

B.B. & The Blues Shacks / True Love in Vain

Tampa Red / Let Me Play With Your Noodle (Remastered)

Muddy Waters / My Eyes (Keep Me in Trouble)

Nina Simone / Sugar In My Bowl

Ethel Waters / Blues in My Heart

Washboard Sam / I've Been Treated Wrong

Mildred Bailey / That Ain't Right

B.B. King / Ain't Nobody Home

B Willie Smith / Walkin' Blues

George Thorogood & The Destroyers / Crawling King Snake

The Allman Brothers Band / Can't Lose What You Never Had

Elmore James / My Bleeding Heart

Denise LaSalle / Your Husband Is Cheating On Us

Bobby "Blue" Bland / Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone

Brook Benton / Revenge

Paul Gayten / The Sweeper