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The Mix: The Mississippi Blues Project

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Mississippi-born harmonica player Big George Brock performs at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

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The Mississippi Blues Project, produced by WXPN in Philadelphia, is a yearlong endeavor that showcases the rich musical heritage of the Magnolia State. From R.L. Burnside, Willie Dixon and Cassandra Wilson to Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and the North Mississippi All Stars, the project features a comprehensive look at the history and future of Mississippi blues, with live concert videos, audio recordings, essays and photos.

Jonny Meister, of The Blues Show on WXPN, hosts this mix of music, designed to transport listeners to the smoky and storied juke joints where rough, earthy blues has been played for almost a century. The stream features music and interviews from numerous Mississippi blues musicians, as well as excerpts from the documentary film We Juke up in Here.

The Mississippi Blues Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project.

Songs In This Mix

  • Albert King, "Crosscut Saw"
  • Albert King, "Born Under A Bad Sign"
  • Albert King, "Laundromat Blues"
  • Anthony "Big A" Sherrod, "I'll Be There One Day"
  • Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, "I'm Gonna Dig Myself A Hole"
  • Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, "My Baby Left Me"
  • Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, "So Glad You're Mine"
  • Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, "That's All Right"
  • B.B. King, "Let The Good Times Roll"
  • B.B. King, "How Blue Can You Get"
  • B.B. King, "Why I Sing The Blues"
  • B.B. King, "Cat Fish Blues (Fishin' After Me)"
  • B.B. King, "The Thrill Is Gone"
  • B.B. King, "Bad Luck Soul"
  • Baby Face Leroy Trio (Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Leroy Foster), "Rollin' And Tumblin', Part 1"
  • Big George Brock, "I Got To Keep My Bedroom Door Locked"
  • Big George Brock, "Oh Baby"
  • Big George Brock, "M For Mississippi"
  • Big George Brock, "Down South"
  • Big Joe Williams, "Providence Help The Poor People"
  • Big Joe Williams, "Somebody's Been Borrowing That Stuff"
  • Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry, "Delta Women"
  • Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry, "Jook Nanny"
  • Bill Coday, "Country Back Hills Juke Joint"
  • Cassandra Wilson, "No More Blues"
  • Cedric Burnside Project, "Holly Springs"
  • Cedric Burnside Project, "The Way I Am"
  • Cedric Burnside Project, "The World Don't Owe You Nothing"
  • Charley Patton, "Down The Dirt Road Blues"
  • Denise LaSalle, "Eee Tee"
  • Denise LaSalle, "Your Husband Is Cheating On Us"
  • Duwayne Burnside, "Outskirts Of Town"
  • Eddie C. Campbell, "Call My Mama"
  • Elmore James, "The Sky Is Crying"
  • Elmore James, "Dust My Broom"
  • Elmore James, "Look On Yonder Wall"
  • Fenton Robinson, "From My Heart"
  • Fenton Robinson, "Say You're Leaving"
  • Forrest City Joe, Sonny Boy Rogers & Thomas Martin, "She Lived Her Life Too Fast"
  • Homemade Jamz Blues Band, "The Game"
  • Homemade Jamz Blues Band, "Nothing's Changed For The Po"
  • Howlin' Wolf, "Smokestack Lightnin'"
  • Howlin' Wolf, "Back Door Man"
  • Howlin' Wolf, "Spoonful"
  • Hubert Sumlin, "Hubert's Blues"
  • J.B. Lenoir, "Born Dead"
  • J.B. Lenoir, "Down In Mississippi"
  • J.B. Lenoir, "The Whale Has Swallowed Me"
  • James Cotton, "Boogie Thing"
  • Jelly Roll Kings, "Catfish Blues"
  • Jelly Roll Kings, "I Didn't Know"
  • Jessie Mae Hemphill, "She-Wolf"
  • Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, "All Night Long"
  • Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, "I'd Rather Be The Devil"
  • Jimmy Reed, "Baby What You Want Me To Do"
  • Jimmy Reed, "Big Boss Man"
  • Jimmy Reed, "Bright Lights Big City"
  • Jimmy Reed, "Honest I Do"
  • Jimmy Rogers, "Chicago Bound"
  • Jimmy Rogers, "That's All Right"
  • Jimmy Rogers, "You're The One"
  • John Primer, "Blues On Solid Ground"
  • John Primer, "Poor Man Blues"
  • Johnnie Temple, "Cherry Ball"
  • Johnnie Temple, "The Evil Devil Blues"
  • Johnnie Temple, "Louise Louise Blues"
  • Johnnie Temple, "Mama's Bad Luck Child"
  • Johnny Lee Moore & 12 Mississippi Penitentiary Convicts, "Eighteen Hammers"
  • Junior Kimbrough, "Junior Blues (All Night Long)"
  • Linsey Alexander, "Saving Robert Johnson"
  • Little Milton, "Casino Blues"
  • Mississippi Fred McDowell, "Kokomo Me Baby"
  • Mississippi Fred McDowell, "Baby Please Don't Go"
  • Mississippi John Hurt, "Candy Man"
  • Mud Morganfield, "Catfishing"
  • Mud Morganfield, "Health"
  • Muddy Waters, "I'm Ready"
  • Muddy Waters, "Rollin' Stone"
  • Muddy Waters, "Hoochie Coochie Man"
  • Muddy Waters, "Got My Mojo Working"
  • Muddy Waters, "You Need Love"
  • North Mississippi All Stars, "Shake 'Em On Down"
  • North Mississippi All Stars, "Goin' Down South"
  • North Mississippi All Stars, "Someday Baby"
  • Otha Turner & The Afrossippi Allstars, "Station Blues"
  • Otis Rush, "I Can't Quit You Baby"
  • Otis Spann, "Country Boy"
  • Otis Spann, "Meet Me In The Bottom"
  • Papa Lightfoot, "Goin' Down That Muddy Road"
  • Papa Lightfoot, "New Mean Old Train"
  • R.L. Burnside, "It's Bad You Know"
  • R.L. Burnside, "Rollin' Tumblin'"
  • R.L. Burnside, "Jumper On The Line"
  • Reverend Robert Wilkins, "Prodigal Son"
  • Rising Star Fife And Drum Band, "Shimme"
  • Robert Belfour, "Hill Stomp"
  • Robert Belfour, "Pushin' My Luck"
  • Robert Johnson, "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom"
  • Robert Johnson, "Sweet Home Chicago"
  • Robert Johnson, "From Four Until Late"
  • Robert Johnson, "Love In Vain"
  • Robert Jr. Lockwood, "Empty Life"
  • Robert Petway, "Catfish Blues"
  • Rosalie Hill, "Bullyin' Well"
  • Sunnyland Slim, "Levee Camp Moan"
  • Super Chikan, "Bad Ass Bass"
  • Super Chikan, "Fred's Dollar Store"
  • T-Model Ford, "I'm Goin Down"
  • Terry "Harmonica" Bean, "Bean's Boogie"
  • Terry "Harmonica" Bean, "I'm Going Down South"
  • Terry "Harmonica" Bean, "I'm A Bluesman"
  • Tommy Johnson, "Cool Drink Of Water Blues"
  • Tommy McClennan, "Cross Cut Saw Blues"
  • Vasti Jackson, "Casino In The Cottonfield"
  • Vera Hall, "The Wild Ox Moan"
  • Willie Brown, "Future Blues"
  • Willie Dixon, "I Ain't Superstitious"
  • Willie Dixon, "The Same Thing"
  • Willie Dixon, "Pie In The Sky"
  • Zac Harmon, "Country Boy"
  • Zac Harmon, "Running From The Devil"

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