The Monday Blues Podcast

Over 2015 and 2016, I co-hosted and produced a podcast with Dan Jones about blues music. You can listen to all of the episodes using the links below.

In the podcast, we told stories about some of the blues artists of the 20th century. Some have incredible stories – our episode on blind musicians shows just how resilient these people had to be in face of such hardship. In some episodes we told longer stories, for example how two concerts performed in New York in the 1930s paved the way for so-called ‘race music’ to become more acceptable in America. Our Mardi Gras special showcased the rich variety of music which comes out of the Crescent City and how it represents the cultural melting pot of the region. And our International Women’s Day special focussed on how the first real blues stars were women who had become somewhat forgotten over time.

We were also lucky enough to interview an artist we had both admired for some time. We met Son of Dave just before his gig at The Bodega in Nottingham and he was kind enough to talk to us about his career, from playing with Iggy Pop, to busking on the streets of London, to being left with a ‘sinking ship of a blues jam’ by Neil Young. You can listen to the two-part episode here (part 1) and here (part 2), and read our write-up of the interview here.

Series 1

Series 1 Episode 1: Hello

Series 1 Episode 2: 20% Alcohol

Series 1 Episode 3: Ripsnorter

Series 1 Episode 4: Avalon

Series 1 Episode 5: Christmas Special (part 1)

Series 1 Episode 5: Christmas Special (part 2)

Series 2

Series 2 Episode 1: New Orleans

Series 2 Episode 2: Famous Blues Covers

Series 2 Episode 3: From Spirituals to Swing

Series 2 Episode 4: Blind Musicians

Series 2 Episode 5: Ladies of the Blues

Series 3

Series 3 Episode 1: With Son Of Dave (part 1)

Series 3 Episode 1: With Son Of Dave (part 2)

Series 3 Episode 2: Harmonica Blues

Series 3 Episode 3: Summertime

Series 3 Episode 4: Goodbye