Lt. James Europe’s 369th Infantry Band

Memphis Blues: Beale Street

Episode 1

Episode date - June 16, 2023

How Music Changed

    When musicologists cover the blues, they often do so by looking at specific geographic areas. They do this because the blues took on different tones and styles in different locales, so at its very beginning, this geographic method makes sense, but as time passed, location grew less relevant.

    After all, people aren’t like plants. We move around, and to make a decent living, most musicians move around a lot more than most. Certain cities became ‘destination spots’ for musicians because they offered a healthy number of venues, a receptive audience, and places to record their work. For a while, Memphis was the destination city for blues musicians. For that reason, we will cover Memphis not only as an indigenous site for musicians born and raised there, but as a destination spot for musicians who were attracted by the features it offered.

    As usual, we’ll start at the beginning, but we don’t need to hold a strict timeline either. We’ll also try to feature a specific Memphis-based artists with each show.

    Featured Tracks:

    Memphis Blues – Lt. James Europe’s 369th Infantry Band

    K.C. Moan – The Memphis Jug Band

    Bob Lee Junior Blues – Memphis Jug Band

    Memphis Shakedown – Memphis Jug Band

    Overseas Stomp – Memphis Jug Band

    Stealin’ Stealin’ – Memphis Jug Band

    On the Road Again – Memphis Jug Band

    Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer – Bessie Smith

    Booted – Roscoe Gordon

    Just a Little Bit – Roscoe Gordon

    That’s No Way to Get Along – Robert Wilkins

    Prodigal Son – The Rolling Stones


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