Monday, November 16, 2015

Blues Moon Radio show Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015: Guest John Sherrer

This week's Blues Moon Radio show features a couple of special events:

First, we're honored to have a special guest on this week's show (Tuesday, Nov. 17th), John Sherrer, Jr., of the Historic Columbia Foundation and author of Remembering Columbia, part of the Images of America Series from Arcadia Publishing.

He'll be sharing stories about the book and the iconic photographs in it.

Next, for you "foodies," (and aren't we all fans of food, after all?) we'll feature songs about food and eating, in preparation for Thanksgiving.

Tune back here later for more updates about the show and song listings.

Columbia Historic Foundation has some exciting events coming up:

Early Adventures | Our Native American Heritage

Nov. 19 | 10:30 – 11:30

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills

Join HC to learn about Native American heritage, listen to a Cherokee story, play a Navajo game, and learn about the art of oral storytelling. Early Adventures program introduces children from ages 3-5 to history through games, crafts and stories in monthly one-hour events.  Reservations are suggested.


Historic Holiday Tours

Nov. 20 – Jan. 3

Hampton Preston Mansion & Robert Mills House

Starting Friday, November 20, see a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion. Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Tours run through Jan. 3.


Happy Hour on Main: Jewish Merchants, Past and Present, in Columbia's Commercial District

Nov. 20 | 5:30 – 7:00

Michael's on Main | 1620 Main St.

This guided walking tour highlights Columbia's Jewish heritage and explores how Jewish merchants have shaped the downtown district. Drinks and appetizers at Michael's on Main and The Big Apple included with admission. 


Santa Signing Day

Nov. 21 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills

Visit the Gift Shop at Robert Mills for a one-day storewide sale of 30% off, including holiday d├ęcor and gift items! Our Victorian Santa will be available to sign free holiday greetings for the little ones and take photos.


7th Annual Bubbie's Brisket & Bakery
[note: Bubbie is a traditional Jewish nickname for Grandmother]

Nov. 22 | 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Beth Shalom Synagogue | 5827 N. Trenholm

Come enjoy homemade, kosher delectable foods prepared under Bubbie's direction right in the Beth Shalom kitchen. Historic Columbia will be on hand to collect stories and photos of your Bubbie! Staff will gave photo scanners and audio recorders so you can share memories, recipes, and stories of your grandmother. Images and stories may be included in the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative — a multi-discipline project that documents as well as provide access to and awareness of local Jewish history. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Blues Moon Radio playlist Tuesday Nov. 10, 2015

The musical powers that be did not work for me today - the show I planned did not transfer to disc, so we are pulling some old favorites for you this evening - should be spontaneous and fun!

Our playlist so far (refresh often for updates while the show is on air 6-8 p.m. 11/10/ 15):

Bernie Pearl / Tough Times
Steve Freund / Working Man
Walter Trout / Workin' Overtime
William Clarke / The Work Song
Howlin' Wolf - No Place to Go b/w You Otta Know b/w You'll Be Mine
Studebaker John and the Maxwell Street Kings / Wicked Soul
Tail Dragger / Don't Trust No Woman
Too Slim and the Taildraggers / Wash My Hands
Lurrie Bell / Bout the Break of Day
Chris James and Patrick Rynn / It Could Always Be Worse
Little G. Weevil / Advice
Duke Robillard / You're the One I Adore
Matt Walsh / One Look
The Paladins / One Step b/w One Love
Weepin Willie / Can't Go Wrong
Victoria Spivey / Down Hill Pull
Little Applewhite and Fieldstones / No Place to Go (aka How Many More Years)
Chris Layton, Little Jimmy King, Tommy Shannon / Something Inside of Me
Willie Dixon / Hootchie Cootchie Man
James Cotton / Straighten Up Baby
Mississippi John Hurt / Spike Driver's Blues
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Closing our show! Our artist of the Millennium, NEA Heritage Fellow, Drink Small:
Drink Small - Never Too Late to Do Right

Blues Moon Radio is brought to you by Papa Jazz Record Shoppe

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Blues Moon Radio hosts live Afri-centric band on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Blues Moon Radio show
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Blues Moon Radio is pleased to host a live Africentric band tonight live on the air.

"Othello's Delight"
Kendra Ford- vocalist
THE Dubber- lead guitar/vocals
Wallace Jefferson-bass guitar/vocals
Don Laurin- drums/percussion/vocals

Their music is all original and runs the Afro-Diasporic spectrum-with strong Blues roots. They incorporate elements of Samba/Bossa Negra, Yoruba Chant, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Afro-Cuban, Reggae and Afrobeat.

This live performance invitation came about when parts of the band played at the recent Rosewood Arts Festival, where I was thrilled to meet and talk with two talented artists who feature African instruments in their modern adaptations of roots music.

Their appearance promises to be a treat for our listeners, who have a unique opportunity to hear a modern bridge between African music and Blues - we are also so fortunate to be on WUSC-FM, a radio station that recognizes and celebrates roots music, and has the programming acumen to pair Bob Brinkmeyer's "The Source - the best in African Music" (4-6 p.m. Tuesdays) with Blues Moon Radio (6-8 p.m. Tuesdays for over 25 years).

The band members will chat a bit with your host, Clair DeLune, and play live on air (target time 6:30-7 p.m.).

But first, the show will kick off at 6 p.m. with a farewell to October's frightfulness via Rod Piazza's "Frankenbop," and we'll give our audience a chance to hear from artists playing on this Saturday's free Pecan Festival Blues stage musicians... featuring Laurence Luckyman Beall (pronounced Bell), Shrimp City Slim, Freddie Vanderford & Brandon Turner, the Blues Buckets and more. This free show in Florence, South Carolina is yet another fine cultural offering from tireless festival producer, Gary Erwin.

Next, we'll have fun exploring a mix of the old and new in Blues. By 8 p.m. you can be in your footie pajamas or getting all dressed up to go out on the town... up to you!

Here is the playlist we'll be selecting from:

Don't forget! "South Carolina Blues" is not just for SC music history fans... and it makes a great stocking stuffer!  Click the link to purchase, or visit a Barnes & Noble store in person ... or any one of the vendors who sell it (lists at the book page on FB): @South Carolina Blues.

For a signed copy, you may purchase directly. We welcome you to contact the author via e-mail at bluesmoonradio at gmail dot com.

Happy November!
Clair DeLune and RockyDawg, Blues Defender

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Blues Moon Radio and WUSC-FM's semi-annual fundraiser week: Oct 26-Nov.1 - Howl-o-ween Spooktacular

Boo! Did I scare you?

WUSC-FM's semi-annual fundraiser week: Oct 26-Nov.1

Blues Moon Radio's Howl-o-ween Spooktacular FUNdraiser:
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 6-8 p.m. ET/USA (-5 GMT)

As always, thanks for tuning in to WUSC's Blues Moon Radio show.
Each week, we bring you hundreds of dollars worth of great, obscure, unique, unusual, fabulous, collated, compiled and curated Blues music you are unlikely to hear anywhere else.

Twice a year we ask those who can donate to support our efforts to raise operational budget monies to keep us broadcasting and streaming over the air. Many of you do, and we appreciate that so much. My Blues Moon listeners have long been the backbone of the fundraisers with a large portion of the support coming from our generous, wonderful listeners - I cannot thank you enough.

This year, as a festive thank you to our regular and occasional donors, I've lined up a Moanin' Howlin' Black Cat Bone Spook-o-Ween show to delight and horrify you - we have some Voodoo, too... just for you!

Please call 803-576-9872 to pledge during the show; you may also pledge securely online at WUSC-FM: - please be sure to select WUSC as the target by following the sample photo on the right.

If you can, please post a note to the WUSC_FM page or the Blues Moon Radio page on Facebook that you listen to and support Blues Moon Radio, I'd appreciate it. There is a station designation, but no individual show designation marker, on the online donation page, so that's the only way you can show your support for my show (and others you enjoy) to keep them on the air.

Five reasons why you should donate to support WUSC-FM:
  1. It is our fall fundraiser week! You can donate anytime, but now is when you get thank you goodies!
  2. WUSC’s mission is to bring you the best in music that you might never hear otherwise - we don't play Top 40, and work to bring you the best in genre radio from all the best artists.
  3. We need to raise $14,000 dollars this year - $6K this month! Frankly, I'm a little nervous about that. Please help!
  4. We are funded in part by the university, but we rely on community and listener support. Without you, our generous listeners, WUSC wouldn’t be able to keep bringing you the unique and wonderful array of music you have grown to love for nearly 75 years - for most of you... just PART of those 75 years - and more than 25 with Blues Moon Radio (what? I'm only 26 years old myself!).
  5. WUSC and Blues Moon Radio are so appreciative of how generous our listener community is and always has been - we have special thank you items for your happiness and pleasure:

The thank you giveaways from the station include:
a. $25 – pen
b. $50 – pen and car decal
c. $75 – pen, decal, and key chain bottle opener
d. $100 – pen, decal, key chain bottle opener, pint glass

I'll add a small art print from my personal art collection for donations over $50 (but you must call in the pledge - otherwise I'll never know) and a poster of the cover of my new book, South Carolina Blues, for those who donate $100. Donations of $150+ receive both prints, AND they will be signed by me and "paw-tographed" by RockyDawg, Blues Defender, my co-author.

Thanks for your support!

Now that the money ugliness is out of the way, on to the fun part! Here are the spook-a-licious songs I'll be pulling from - because this is far too many for one show, donors may select a song they would love to hear!

But call me Tuesday at 803-576-WUSC (9872) and please give as generously as you can!

Other festivities:
Monday Oct 26th: Bake Sale on Greene Street in front of the Russell House 11-2
I will be at the bake sale from 12:45-1:45 with my famous (better than old Amos) chocolate chip cookies (before BMRadio, I used to bake desserts for restaurants - little-known fact there!), and will also have sale copies of South Carolina Blues - will sign personal and gift copies and donate my royalty payment to WUSC-FM from each copy sold. Cash or checks only. Books are $22. So are the cookies! Just kidding... (I'll let the station price the cookies).
Tuesday Oct 27th: Dance Party at Breakers 9- Percentage of all sales goes to WUSC

Wednesday Oct 28th: Maddio’s Percent Night 6-9 - mention WUSC so we get the credit, please.
Instagram and twitter posts mentioning Maddio’s will be shared
Friday Oct 30th: Live Music and Costume Competition at El Burrito 5:30 – 10
Cover charge 5$
Bar in the back
1st and 2nd Prize gift Certificates from Hip Wa Zee

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

At last! Long-awaited first history of South Carolina Blues is published!

Announcing the release of "South Carolina Blues," by Clair DeLune from Arcadia Publishing.

The history of South Carolina blues is a long, deep—and sometimes painful—story. However, it is a narrative with aspects as compelling as the music itself. Geographical differences in America led to variations in the styles of music that developed from African rhythms. The wet, marshy landscape and hot, muggy weather of the Carolina Lowcountry combined to cultivate not only rice, but a Gullah-based style of South Carolina blues. In drier climates, toward the Midlands and the Upstate, the combination of European influences led to the emergence of Piedmont blues, which in turn spawned country music as well as bluegrass. Those same Gullah roots resulted in four major dance crazes, starting with the Charleston.

In this book, music history professor and blues radio host Clair DeLune dusts off neglected nuggets of history, drawing on archival photographs and rarely seen memorabilia from a generation of musicians’ personal collections. Readers will learn not only new information about some famous players who left their musical mark on history, but even more about the not-so-famous ones, as well as modern masters who carry on the rhythms of their predecessors and are truly keeping South Carolina blues alive.

Blues Moon Radio show Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

NOTE: Station was shuttered because of Columbia S.C.'s "Thousand Year Flood." #SCFlood and pray for South Carolina... thank you all...

Tuesday evening's show will be drawn from this playlist, with a sprinkle (no, not rain... not rain!) of offerings we didn't have time to air in recent weeks.

Look for Eddie Turner's tune this week - he's featured in the Columbia Blues Festival Oct. 24!