“Blues & the Beat” – every Thursday 1:00-3:45 EST (GMT -5)
COMING SOON…. you can enjoy and learn about blues & related American roots music on my “Blues & the Beat” radio program by joining the new website & becoming a member with access to the archives & give-aways!
MEMBERS SECTION WILL BE UPDATED OVER THE 2015 WINTER!!
NEXT SHOW (1/8/15):
- 1:00 – “Hot”
- 2:00 - Kim Wilson/Buddy Johnson
- 3:00 – New Releases/Reissues
Since 2004, Dennis Gruenling has hosted the Thursday edition of WFDU‘s weekday afternoon blues programming. His show “Blues & the Beat” is a cross-section of all styles of traditional blues with a mix of contemporary artists thrown in for good measure.
Any Thursday afternoon from 1:00-3:45 EST you can hear Dennis Gruenling include in his format everything from the legends of Chicago-style blues such as Muddy Waters, to the jump blues styles of artists like Louis Jordan, New Orleans blues from the likes of Fats Domino, and even some vocal group blues and traditional R&B from groups like The Moonglows or Sam & Dave. In addition to this, plenty of obscurities abound (of course all of this being from his personal collection), and the contemporary masters who keep these music styles alive are also featured regularly in the final portion of the program. Weaving into the mix of music will be facts and history, coming from years of study and a serious record-buying addiction.
Each of the first two hours of the “Blues & the Beat” program is formatted to cover a new theme or topic relating to the history of the blues, spotlighting a particular artist, label, or just a particular subject theme. Examples of themes from past shows are: “Rare Harmonica Recordings”, “Sun Records label”, “Train Blues”, “1956 Saxophone Recordings”, and “Boogie Woogie”. Current themes are listed in the column on the left of this page, and new themes are featured each week, so be sure to tune in!
Past “Guest DJ’s” on the show include Kim Wilson, Charlie Musselwhite, Rick Estrin, Little Charlie Baty, Peter Karp, Jason Ricci, Gina Sicilia, Chris Bergson, Arthur Neilson, John Nemeth, and more…
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