EPISODE 1: CRAWLING KING SNAKE
John Lee Hooker 1912 – 2001 was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The son of a sharecropper, he rose to prominence performing an electric guitar-style adaptation of Delta blues. Hooker often incorporated other elements, including talking blues and early North Mississippi Hill country blues.
EPISODE 2: CAN’T BE SATISFIED
Muddy Waters 1913 – 1983 grew up on Stovall Plantation near Clarksdale, Mississippi, and by age 17 was playing the guitar and the harmonica, emulating local blues artists Son House and Robert Johnson. He was recorded in Mississippi by Alan Lomax in 1941. In 1943, he moved to Chicago to become a full-time, professional musician. In 1946, Muddy Waters eventually recorded his first record for Columbia Records and then for Aristocrat Records.
In 1948 Waters got his first taste of major success when he recorded the single “I Can’t Be Satisfied.”
EPISODE 3: WISH I WAS IN HEAVEN
The most well known version of this traditional is the rendition from
R. L. Burnside 1926 – 2005. An American blues singer, songwriter
and guitarist who lived in and around Holly Springs, Mississippi.
He played music for much of his life, but did not receive much
attention until the early 1990s. In the latter half of the 1990s,
Burnside repeatedly recorded with Jon Spencer, garnering
crossover appeal and introducing his music to a new
fanbase within the underground garage rock scene.
EPISODE 4: WITH MY MAKER
Eric Bibb is an American blues songwriter. He moved to Europe in 1970 and currently resides in Sweden. He immersed himself in pre-war blues and the newly discovered world music scene, while he continued to write and perform. Good Stuff was released in 1997 on Opus 3 and the American label Earthbeat. Most of his songs consists of a continues hypnotic groove which he manages to play steady but intense.