The Rhyme Report 30th March 2017

30 March 2017 Blues Music Chicago Blues Country Blues Delta Blues Jump Blues Nothin' But The Blues Rhyme Report

Greetings Gisters,

During the week, I received an email sent by a listener from Fortitude Valley in Brisbane:


Dear Gideon,

It’s great to hear all those Blues songs on the radio but I do have to pick you up on something. 

While I appreciate the effort both you and Alexa obviously put into your research is it too much to ask for a list of the songs you play be included in your Rhyme Reports? 


Barry Parade,

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Q. 4006


No, Barry, it is definitely not too much to ask.

From this week, a copy of the playlist will be featured – as requested – and my apologies go to anyone who felt they may have liked to revisit the titles of any of the tracks that were played after hearing them.

In the next edition of Nothin’ But The Blues we’ll be looking at the Blues of Age. Blues about being Young, Blues about being Old and Blues about that big grey area in-between. It’s hardly any consolation, much less succour for the soul – but if you’ve got the Blues, at any age, it should be of no particular surprise. The Blues will afflict you with equal opportunity, at any and all stages of your corporeal existence.

Or, you could look at it this way: If the Blues don’t care how old you are – then, why the hell should you?


Speaking of maturation, we’ll also be looking at a classic Blues by Blind Willie Johnson, through the prism of 8 decades of history and hear how it’s evolved and sonically transmogrified for a successive generation of Blues fans. You’ll hear of it’s significance relative to the story of humankind and how far it’s journey has taken it.

If you think that sounds deep, consider this: “Space Is Deep.”


Okay, I know. It’s a Blues show – and I’m being about as cryptic as The Times’ Crossword.

So you’ll be happy to hear that we’ll also have some Blues about Poultry.

Chooks, hens, chickens, roosters. Yep…Poultry Blues. Keepin’ it real. Down on the farm.

And yes, you are excused for asking, How do we fit all those mind-bending concepts into one tidy little hour of thoroughly entertaining Blues radio?


Arc up the digital wireless app this Saturday at noon (CST) and I swear, you’ll find out.

If you can’t make it then, check-in for the special encore edition, next Wednesday night at 7pm (CST).


Dig you later, agitator!

And as always, thanks for listening.

Gideon Rhyme  –  Cultural Detective




74  Years Young  –  Buddy Guy

Young  Man’s Blues  –  Mose Allison

Young Man Young Woman Blues  –  Eddie Kirkland

Young And Evil  –  Li’l Ronnie And The Grand Dukes

Old And Grey  –  Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup

Older Woman  –  Magic Slim & The Teardrops

Too Old To Rock ’n’ Roll  –  Dave Hole

Dark Was The Night (Cold Was The Ground) (excerpt)  –  Kronos Quartet

Dark Was The Night  –  Blind Willie Johnson

Dark As The Night Cold As The Ground  –  Little Axe

Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens  –  Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five

Little Red Hen  –  Taj Mahal

Shoot That Rooster  –  Fathead

The Middle Aged Blues Boogie  –  Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women


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