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Scott Ainslie on NPR-Radio Diaries: Robert Johnson & Pablo Casals!

“A Guitar, A Cello, and The Day That Changed Music” (Radio Diaries)

November 23, 1936 was a good day for recorded music. Two men – an ocean and more apart – sat before a microphone and began to play. One was Pablo Casals – a cello prodigy who had performed for the Queen of Spain. The other was the soon-to-be Delta Blues legend and guitarist Robert Johnson – a regular in the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta.

On this day, three-quarters of a century ago, Pablo Casals and Robert Johnson both made recordings that would change the course of music history.

Blues singer,guitarist, and historian Scott Ainslie, along with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Delta Blues musician David Honeyboy Edwards, and cellist Bernard Greenhouse talk with Radio Diaries’ Joe Richman about this one day, its recordings, and what followed from this remarkable coincidence.

Dust My Broom

cd cover: thunders mouth by Scott Ainslie(Robert Johnson)

I’m gonna get up in the mornin’ – I believe I’ll dust my broom.
I’m gonna get up in the mornin’ – I believe I’ll dust my broom.
Girlfriend, that man you been lovin’, tell him he can have my room. Continue Reading

Walkin’ Blues

cd cover: terraplane by scott ainslie(Robert Johnson)

I woke up this morning, feel around for my shoes
You know by that I got these ol’ walkin’ blues, I woke
Up this morning, feel around all for my shoes.
You know by that I got these ol’ walkin’ blues. Continue Reading

Travelin’ Riverside Blues

cd cover: Jealous of the Moon(Robert Johnson/King of Spades Music)

If your man gets personal, you want to have your fun. (2x)
Just come on back to Friar’s Point, mama, we can barrelhouse all night long.

I got women in Vicksburg, clean on into Tennessee. (2x)
But my Friar’s Point rider, now she hops all over me. Continue Reading

Terraplane Blues

cd cover: terraplane by scott ainslie(Robert Johnson)

And I feel so lonesome, you hear me when I moan.
And I feel so lonesome, you hear me when I moan.
Who been drivin’ my Terraplane, for you since I been gone? Continue Reading

Stones in My Passway

cd cover: Jealous of the Moon(Robert Johnson/King of Spades Music)

I’ve stones in my pathway, my road seems dark as night. (2x)
And these pains in my heart: they have taken my appetite.

I have a bird to whistle. I have a bird to sing. (2x)
And a woman that I’m loving, boys, but that don’t mean a thing. Continue Reading

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