Bop 'N The Blues - Friday Nights 8pm-10pm
Bop 'n The Blues first aired on WQLN on May 19, 1995. Since then, every Friday night, the show boards the listener on the mythical Blue Train for a two-hour ride along the big-city boulevards and the back-country roads of the blues. Along the way, you'll hear the raw backwoods blues of Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, and John Lee Hooker contrasted with the polished urban sounds of LeRoy Carr, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Robert Cray. Our Blue Train also tracks gospel, rockabilly, doo wop, blues-based jazz, jump blues, swing, and even some plain old rock and roll from folks like Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Elvis Presley.
Cut to the basics--and completely contrary to your preconceptions of the blues--the show features joyous, danceable music to fuel your TGIF party!
I have hosted a variety of jazz and now blues programs on WQLN for the
last 26 years. I am an avid listener to WQLN and public radio. I wake
up to Morning Edition and go to sleep to On Point and Rob Hoff’s "Jazz Flight.".
Furthermore, I listen religiously to all the weekend jazz and blues
shows on WQLN and have done so for the last two decades. I feel that
WQLN has some of the best jazz and blues hosts and jazz and blues
programs in the United States.
Some worthwhile blues and roots recordings:
BB King "Live At The Regal" MCA
Lou Rawls "Live" Capitol
Harry Belafonte "Belafonte Sings The Blues" RCA
Jack McDuff "Live" Prestige
Elvis Presley "The Sun Sessions" Sun
Various "The Best Of Doo Wop Uptempo" Rhino
Various "Back To The Crossroads" Yazoo
Johnny Otis "Live At Monterey!" Epic
Various "Loud Fast & Out Of Control" Rhino
Jimmy Witherspoon "The 'Spoon Concerts" Fantasy
Various "Jump Blues Classics" Rhino
Chuck Berry "The Great 28" Chess