Listen: Episode 1334 – Cover Blues

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Whether you call them cover songs, tributes, or reinterpretations – we call them new versions of old songs – and that’s what you’ll hear in this episode of Full-Time Blues Radio. This episode is filled with 13 songs, all cover tunes, and all but one were released in 2013! There’s new versions of songs by Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, and many more!

Courtesy Blind Pig Records

In keeping with that theme, the featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” this week is a cover of Ray Charles by Blues legend Roosevelt Sykes. Roosevelt Sykes was a Bluesman known as The Honeydripper. he was active from the 1920’s until he passed away in 1983. He was known for performing Blues standards such as “44 Blues,” “Driving Wheel,” and an early version of “Night Time is the Right Time.”

Blind Pig Records has released a brand new Roosevelt Sykes album titled The Original Honeydripper. This album is a live recording from 1977 and features Roosevelt Sykes performing to an eager crowd. The album is available on compact disc, but is not available for digital download. Since that is the case, I’d encourage you to go out to your local independent record retailer and pick up a copy. If you’d rather get it online, though, you can purchase it directly from Blind Pig Records or on digital retail giants like Your purchase on Amazon does help this radio show, as we get a very small percentage when you purchase through this link.

1. Jazzy Jeff Baldori – She Moves Me – No Genre & The Blues
2. Rory Block – Candy Man – Avalon
3. Kara Grainger – C’mon In My Kitchen – Shiver & Sigh
4. Steve Howell & the Mighty Men – Future Blues – Yes, I Believe I Will
5. Billy Thompson Band – Ain’t No Sunshine – Friend
6. Bare Bones Boogie Band – Black Coffee – Tattered & Torn
7. Johnny Rawls – Nickel and a Nail – Remembering O.V.
8. Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters – Cherry Wine – Double Crossing Blues
9. Sugaray Rayford – When it Rains it Pours – Dangerous
10. Chris James & Patrick Rynn – I Feel So Good – Barrelhouse Stomp
11. Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones – Poison Ivy – What’s It Gonna Take
12. Macy Blackman & The Mighty Fines – I Like It Like That – I Didn’t Want To Do It
13. Roosevelt Sykes – What’d I Say – The Original Honeydripper

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