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Blues City is a 10-part, regional exploration of the blues hosted by Gary Pitts. Each week visits a different city or region. We'll explore all eras, beginning at the turn of the 20th century moving all the way up to today. And we'll move through all types of blues, from delta, country blues, Chicago and urban, blues rock, and even the British blues.
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Here's the itinerary:
February 12, 2012 - Come to Memphis, the launching pad for music of the Delta, listening to artists from WC Handy to BB King.
February 19, 2012 - It's a first taste of sweet home Chicago from the early years to the musical rivalry of the 50s.
February 26,2012 - It's a layover in the Windy City with legendary guitarists like Buddy Guy and Magic Sam, to more contemporary voices like Koko Taylor and Mavis Staples.
March 4, 2012 - Going to Missouri: in St. Louis with Jelly Roll Anderson and Albert King; and then KC for the likes of Sonny Kenner and Brody Buster.
March 11, 2012 - Heading to Arkansas, home legendary blues artists like Big Bill Broonzy and Sonny Boy Williamson, and the King Biscuit Time radio blues show.
March 18, 2012 - Time for Texas with Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker, and even ZZ Top.
March 25, 2012 - Surf's up for the Blues as we tool out to southern California for Jesse Fuller and Peewee Crayton, as well as a few surprises.
April 1, 2012 - Now for the Big Apple where the blues men of the south recorded in the 1900's.
April 8, 2012 - Taking a ride across the Pond for British Blues by Cream, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin.
April 15, 2012 - Return to the Delta for Robert Johnson, Son House, Charlie Patton and Lead Bell.