This Weekend on The BluesMobile: California Honeydrops

Hour 1: California Honeydrops

Elwood is joined by Lech Wierzynski, the lead singer and front man for good time band, the California Honeydrops. They got their start playing for tips at subway stations in Oakland, California. Other bands from the Oakland music scene will be heard, Fantastic Negrito, HowellDevine, and Quinn DeVeaux. Also some influences on the Honeydrops: Ray Charles and the Staples Singers. Elwood caps things off with new music from Mavis Staples.


Hour 2: Mother’s Day Soul Sisters with C.C. Rider

C.C. Rider brings us the female perspective for this Mother’s Day edition of the program. Present-day queens of the blues will be played: Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Shemekia Copeland… Plus the women who gave us the blues in the first place: Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Big Mama Thornton…. C.C. winds up with some blues women of tomorrow, Rhiannon Giddens, Valerie June, and Beth Hart.

AIR DATES: May 7-8, 2016

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