Monday, January 12, 2015

Blues Moon Radio rises again on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.

Blues Moon Radio rises again on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.

We're back! After a semester break the Blues Moon will take the airwaves Tuesday at 6 p.m. with a fabulous lineup!

Tune in at and follow the links to listen - or locally (Midlands area of SC) connect via your radio or HD player at 90.5 FM and HD-1 Columbia.

This week's show will feature a number of topical and historical themes, plus some rare vinyl.

Drink Small, The Blues Doctor,
 to be interviewed on Blues Moon Radio Jan 13, 2015

Featured birthdays:
Eddy the Chief Clearwater (80)
Elvis (would have been 80)  - we'll feature three artists who were major early influences on his career.
Drink Small (upcoming birthday on Jan 28 - will be 82!)

Drink Small, the Blues Doctor on his upcoming appearances and the "unearthing" of his first Blues CD, which he has not heard in nearly forty years: "I Love You Alberta" - he also has tee-shirts available as a fundraiser to help defray his rising medical bills... inquire at for details and to order.

"I Love You Alberta" tee-shirts available in long or short sleeves (black) -
all proceeds go to Drink Small
Playlists are below - we're glad you can join us for the second semester of our 25th year on the air - as one of the longest-running Blues/Roots shows in the nation. We thank you, WUSC-FM and Papa Jazz Record Shoppe in Columbia SC for the support. We could not have done it without you.

Drink Small's "I Love You Alberta" will be played, and so will Emery Glen's "Two Ways to Texas." We've been looking for a copy of that song for some time and found it ... wishful it could have been on the original 78, but that was out of our radio budget. However, we have a cut of it and will treat listeners to this very old song by a not-well-known roots musician.

Je Suis Charlie:
Based upon the large human toll in France this week from engaging in freedom of expression, we at Blues Moon Radio located an array of Blues songs about France, or with Charlie in the title as a show of support for free speech, free expression and in hope there will be peace on earth someday. Our hearts go out.

The Hangman's Noose:
Before the horrors of this week, we found a song by Almeda Riddle (in unplayable condition for radio, alas) about a young girl about to be hanged. Research shows that there is a multitude of these songs (95 or so) that lament the then "new" social condition of a young girl leaving the protection of the parental home without benefit of the protection of a spouse. The moral of the story is only true love of her husband (or love) can save her. Looking further, we unearthed some earlier versions, including "Gallis Pole" (gallows pole) by Lead Belly, which was adapted into Gallows Pole by Led Zeppelin. The version by Zeppelin is embellished differently and has a twist in the outcome (pun intended). We'll play some other hangman noose stories including one by S.C.'s own Josh White, "Strange Fruit," which is one of the most haunting songs in existence. We cannot learn how to behave humanely if we do not look upon the inhumanity that has occurred through history - otherwise we are doomed to repeat it.

Be good to each other and yourselves. It's the best and the least anyone should do as payment for their ticket to live on this wonderful planet.

We send light and love,
Clair DeLune and RockyDawg, Blues Defender


Doc Jones said...

Thank you Clair. I wish I had known of your show sooner, I have enjoyed every edition. Your commitment to, and appreciation of, Roots Music is very apparent in your programming. If I didn't know how much they paid you, I would have to say it was an act of love!
Thank you again for your perspective and sharing your rescorces.

Blues Moon Radio with Clair DeLune said...

Thanks, Doc Jones... very kind and much appreciated! Clair DeLune