Slide Guitar 101

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Wed, 10/06/2021 - 5:30am to 7:00am
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Slide Guitar 101: Songs featuring slide guitar

The roots of playing a guitar with a slide to mimic the human voice can be traced back to Africa. Mississippi delta blues singers used knives and glass bottlenecks to make their guitars sing and laugh and cry starting in the early 20th Century. I’ve loved slide guitar since hearing early Ry Cooder and Leo Kottke albums.

Slide Guitar 101 is a brief introduction to the early masters like Charley Patton, Robert Johnson and Mississippi Fred McDowell, and acolytes Bonnie Raitt, Tom Rush, David Bromberg, and Rory Block.  We’ll also hear from innovators Ellen McIlwaine and Harry Manx.

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Episode Playlist

  • Time
    5:30
    Artist
    Charley Patton
    Song
    Walkin' Blues
    Album
    Complete Recordings, CD D
    Label
    JSP Records
  • Time
    5:32
    Artist
    Robert Johnson
    Song
    Cross Road Blues
    Album
    The Complete Recordings
    Label
    Columbia
  • Time
    5:35
    Artist
    Mississippi Fred McDowell
    Song
    Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning
    Album
    Alan Lomax recording
    Label
  • Time
    5:38
    Artist
    Muddy Waters
    Song
    My Home Is in the Delta
    Album
    Folk Singer
    Label
    Chess
  • Time
    5:45
    Artist
    Rory Block
    Song
    If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
    Album
    The Lady and Mr. Johnson
    Label
    Ryko/WEA
  • Time
    5:47
    Artist
    David Bromberg
    Song
    Come on in My Kitchen
    Album
    How Late'll Ya Play Til
    Label
    Fantasy
  • Time
    5:51
    Artist
    Bonnie Raitt
    Song
    Kokomo Blues
    Album
    40 Years of the Philadelphia Folk Festival
    Label
    Sliced Bread
  • Time
    5:54
    Artist
    Keb Mo & Bonnie Raitt
    Song
    Every Morning
    Album
    Live at Red Rocks 8/29/06
    Label
  • Time
    6:00
    Artist
    Tom Rush
    Song
    Panama Limited
    Album
    Philadelphia Folk Festival 40th Anniversary (2001)
    Label
    Sliced Bread Records
  • Time
    6:08
    Artist
    Ry Cooder
    Song
    Vigilante Man
    Album
    Broadcast from the Plant
    Label
    All Access
  • Time
    6:15
    Artist
    Leo Kottke
    Song
    Louise
    Album
    Live in 1977
    Label
  • Time
    6:19
    Artist
    Norman Blake
    Song
    Down Home Summertime Blues
    Album
    Back Home in Sulphur Springs
    Label
    New Rounder
  • Time
    6:23
    Artist
    Mick Abrahams
    Song
    Winds Of Change
    Album
    Mick Abrahams
    Label
    Chrysalis
  • Time
    6:30
    Artist
    Mary Flower
    Song
    Can't Take It with You
    Album
    When My Bluebird Sings
    Label
    Bluesette Records
  • Time
    6:33
    Artist
    Ellen McIlwaine
    Song
    Save the World
    Album
    Mystic Bridge
    Label
    ellen mcilwaine music
  • Time
    6:36
    Artist
    Harry Manx
    Song
    Sittin' on Top of the World
    Album
    West Eats Meet
    Label
    Dog My Cat Records
  • Time
    6:40
    Artist
    Leonard Cohen
    Song
    Democracy
    Album
    Live in London
    Label
    Columbia
  • Time
    6:47
    Artist
    Robin and Linda WIlliams
    Song
    This October Light
    Album
    Deeper Water
    Label
    Red House Records
  • Time
    6:54
    Artist
    Ry Cooder
    Song
    Dark Is the Night
    Album
    Ry Cooder
    Label
    Warner Records
  • Time
    6:56
    Artist
    Leo Kottke
    Song
    Vaseline Machine Gun
    Album
    6- and 12-String Guitar
    Label
    Takoma Records

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