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Route 66 Blues Express

From August 2009, John featured two versions of "Mother Earth": the original Memphis Slim recording from 1950 to open the show, and Tracy Nelson's 1970s version with her band Mother Earth to close things out. In between, Solomon Burke, Toni Lynn Washington, Back Door Slam, and more.

From July 2009, John Darkhorse features Delta blues, both original (Robert Johnson, Son House, Sonny Boy Williamson, Mississippi Fred McDowell) and more recent (J.J. Grey & Mofro, the Tar Box Ramblers, R.L. Burnside, etc.).

This week, a show from July 2009 featuring Paul Butterfield, Jimi Hendrix playing "Voodoo Chile" from "Electric Ladyland," Roy Buchanan, Billy Wurtz, Robert Cray, Ana Popovic, Watermelon Slim, Koko Taylor, and more.

First broadcast over the July 4th weekend in 2009, this show features tracks by Ray Charles, Magic Sam, Taj Mahal, Joe Louis Walker, Eric Clapton, Big James Montgomery, Saffire--The Uppity Blues Women, and more.

From an episode first aired May 30, 2009, John Darkhorse features a scorching early Boz Skaggs/Duane Allman collaboration on "Loan Me a Dime." Also, both Muddy Waters and his son "Big Bill" Morganfield; Freddie King; Luther Allison; King Clarentz; the Mannish Boys; and more.

From a show first aired in August 2009, John goes all the way back to 1928 for a track by Blind Willie McTell. Also: an early incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band ("The Hour Glass"); Jeff Beck; Lil' Ed; Muddy Waters; Susan Tedeschi; Johnnie Johnson; Abandoned Cadillac; and more.

Starting this week the program reverts to a TWO-HOUR format (11pm-1am). On this "Best of" show from August 2009, John Darkhorse revisits bluesy music from the original Woodstock Festival in hour one, and features Smoot Mahooti, Steve Smith & the Sneakers, Tommy Castro, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and more in hour two.

This week, a show first aired in December 2009 featuring an early (1960) track by Johnny and Edgar Winter; Freddie King; Tripwire; Michael Hill's Blues Mob; Lonnie Mack; E.G. Kight; J.D. Simo; Hamilton Loomis; and Trampled Under Foot.

A little Christmas-in-August this week, with a show that first aired Dec.15, 2009. No standard Xmas carols in this one--in fact, many of the songs really aren't holiday-related at all!

From shows first airing in the spring of 2009, this week's show features classic car songs including Jackie Brenston's original "Rocket 88" and Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues." Also John Long, Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women; CHarlie Musselwhite, and more.

Artists this week include Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, Sonny Boy Williamson, Zora Young, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Albert King, Popa Chubby, Michael Burks, and of course a helping of Don Shipps and Muddy Waters.

From Nov.28, 2009, John Darkhorse features Louis Jordan, Paul Butterfield, Little Milton, Dave Hole, Tripwire, Son Seals, Granny's Bathwater, Sweet Suzi, Eli Cook, Biscuit Miller, and more.

In this episode (1st aired Nov. 21, 2009) Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Hopkins, Fleetwood Mac with Otis Spann, and Shuggie Otis are featured in the "Vintage" section. "Road Trip" brings us Steve Smith and the Sneakers from here in Springfield; also Mike Bloomfield, Pinetop Perkins, Muddy Waters, and Albert Collins. The final two segments feature Don Shipps, Luther Allison, Ten Years After, J.J.Grey & Mofro, Texas Slim, Robert Cray, John Long, Tas Cru, and Alberta Hunter.

Just for fun this week, we replay a Halloween edition of "Route 666 Ghouls Express" from 1999 (Bleh! Bleh!), including readings from Poe by Christopher Walken and Iggy Pop, and music from Howlin Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor, and Robert Johnson. Also; an interview with Tinsley Ellis.

For this episode, first aired Oct.17, 2009, John Darkhorse pulled out some Delta blues, as well as music by Reba Russell, Jeff Healey, Hubert Sumlin, Johnnie Johnson and more.

On this show first aired Oct.10, 2009, John pays tribute to the then-recently deceased Benny Mahan. Beginning the show is a load of Delta blues from the Blind Rev.Gary Davis, Son House and other legends.

("Best of," first aired Oct.3, 2009) Tonight John Darkhorse features cuts by Big Maceo, Tampa Red, Ray Charles, Steve Smith & the Sneakers, Hound Dog Taylor, Larry Garner, Renee Austin, and more.

(First broadcast Sept.12, 2009) John Darkhorse features Champion Jack Dupree, Taj Mahal, Tinsley Ellis, Peppermint Harris, Deanna Bogart, and local music from Underground Blues Division, the Front Porch Swingers, and Dan Smith & City Streets.

From a show first aired September 6, 2009, John Darkhorse interviews J.P. Soars, Kenny Neal, Tab Benoit and Ronnie Baker Brooks, all of whom are represented in the music tonight as well.

John Darkhorse's LAST NEW SHOW (ever? Hard to tell with him!) for KSMU, as he leaves Springfield for the desert southwest this weekend. Including: a long interview/in-studio performance by Norman Jackson and Randy Flood.

It's long-jams week on "Route 66," with extended cuts by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Albert King, Canned Heat, Gov't Mule, John Lee Hooker, and more. Also, blues cuts by the Doors and Jeff Beck.

"Uncle John" Darkhorse explores 1960s-era psychedelic blues; live tracks by Tommy Castro, Deborah Coleman, and Pinetop Perkins; and "cutting-edge" blues by the White Stripes, Victor Wainwright, Susan Tedeschi, Tab Benoit and more.

"Uncle John" Darkhorse previews brand-new CDs from Kelley Hunt (who's playing a CD release party set in Springfield this weekend) and The Soul of John Black. In the vintage segment John plays songs related to floods and deep water by Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, Rev.Gary Davis and more.

"Uncle John" Darkhorse celebrates Mother's Day with tracks from Sunnyland Slim, Sonny Boy Williamson, Keb' Mo, Grana Louise, Janiva Magness and more.