Speechwriting: Corporate, Weddings, Retirement

5/15/08

120 Miles Away, and I Still Got the Blues

wglt bluesDelta Frank. He sounds a little like Dr. Demento or Rick Browne from PBS's Barbecue America. He loves the blues the way Rich Koz (Chicago's Svengoolie and host of Stooge-a-Palooza) loves the Three Stooges. He gets it as a fan, but talks about it like a historian.

Frank's just one reason I love WGLT. Blues. Lots of it. All of it. Moderns like Koko Taylor, but also the classics, including Robert Johnson (of course), Blind Willie McTell, Son House, Leadbelly, John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Pinetop Perkins and anyone else who is worth playing.

wglt bluesWGLT is the radio station hosted by my alma mater, Illinois State University. The school is a mix of Chicago-area kids, and cornfed country people. Smack between Chicago and St. Louis, both blues centers, it is not itself an urban community, or so country that a banjo gets whipped out for some bluegrass. It is more like a white-bread suburb. Who knew blues would thrive in a land of drunken fraternity parties and academic liberals?

I'm listening now: http://www.wglt.org/. I will listen again. Open the blues URL in Windows Media Player if you've got trouble. You want to listen to the blues, not have them (special thanks to WGLT's Travis Meadors for helping me with this).
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