The Blues, Reinvented

Listen to the blues, reinvented, for this New Sounds program. Hear chamber folk by Last Forever, some of America's oldest soul music in settings that combine spinet, harmonium, hammer dulcimer, violin, guitar, and banjo. Also, there are performances of classic blues by contemporary acts like North Carolina’s the Backsliders, New Orleans blues artist Chris Thomas King and others.

PROGRAM # 2879, Reinventing the Blues (First aired on Thurs., 12/18/08)





Paul Williams & Friends

In Memory of Robert Johnson

If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day, excerpt [1:30]

Black Sun #15017


Leftfield Holler

Write Me A Few Lines [3:00]

BS #6

Chris Thomas King

Dirty South Hip Hop Blues

Revelations [5:00]

21st Century Blues #2106 *


Leftfield Holler

Hard Time Killing Floor Blues [3:30]

See above.

Chris Thomas King

Dirty South Hip Hop Blues

Hard Time Killing Floor Blues [4:00]

See above.

Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser

With Enemies Like These, Who Needs Friends

Hard Time Killing Floor Blues [3:30]

SST #147
Out of print, but try

John Fahey

God, Time, and Causality

Portland Cement Factory/Requiem for Mississippi John Hurt [7:00]

Shanachie #97706 **
OR download from

Last Forever

Trainfare Home

Spike Driver Blues [3:00]

Nonesuch #79604 **

Various Artists: Hearn Gadbois

Tellus, Vol. 12


Tellus audio cassette magazine, #12

Dave Soldier String Quartet

Sequence Girls

Excerpts from “Three Delta Blues"; S. James: 20-20 [3:00] C. Patton: Moon Goin' Down [3:00]

Rift #13 LP only, available at
OR MP3s for download at

Elliot Sharp’s Terraplane

Music for Yellowman

Jungle Kids [2:00]

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