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Blues in the Basement

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The blues served in a way that is educational, enlightening, honest to the culture and funny!

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Deconstructing Lonnie Johnson

March 1st, 2024

48:01

On this episode we are joined by special guest host, Steve Selvidge of The Hold Steady, as we take a turn at deconstructing the legendary Lonnie …

Farewell

February 22nd, 2024

0:39

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Zydeco and The Bayou Blues

February 16th, 2024

59:06

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, we are joined by rising zydeco star and Grammy Award winning artist, Terrance Simien. We discuss his soaring career and the rise of Zydeco and the Bayou Blues.

Lenny Williams Is Back!

February 2nd, 2024

56:12

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, we are joined by the great Lenny Williams. Join us as he talks about his return to the music industry and we listen to some of his newest and greatest hits.

Guitar Gods of Blues

January 19th, 2024

58:32

On this episode of Blues in the Basement, we are joined by guitarist T.O. Crivens as we celebrate some of the greatest guitarist in Blues history. Listen as we hear hits from artists like B.B. King, Muddy Waters and …

Blues in the Movies: The Graceless Age

January 5th, 2024

51:22

On this Blues In The Basement episode, we continue our dive into Blues In the Movies. Music artist John Murry and the creator of the Documentary The Graceless Age: The Ballad of John Murry, Sarah Share, join us to …

Blues in the Movies: The Blues Society

December 22nd, 2023

55:48

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, we are joined by Dr. Augusta Palmer, producer of the The Blues Society. The documentary takes a comprehensive dive into the history of Blues festivals in Memphis, TN and the …

Craig Brewer Talks Black Snake Moan

December 8th, 2023

1:04:09

On this episode of Blues In The Basement we are joined by special guest Craig Brewer as we take a deep dive into Blues' impact in film and TV and discuss the feature film, Black Snake Moan.

Battle of The Soulful Blues: Ray Charles vs. Otis Redding

November 24th, 2023

48:05

On this episode of Blues in The Basement, we are joined once again by special guest host Jared "JB" Boyd as we experience the Battle of The Soulful …

Blues Goes Pop

November 10th, 2023

48:15

On this episode of Blues In the Basement, Cooki B and Tonya are joined by special guest host, Jared "JB" Boyd as we take a look at Blues' impact on …

Battle of The Shirleys

October 27th, 2023

54:37

On this episode of Blues In the Basement, Cooki B and Tonya are joined by special guest host Marcus Malone, as we kick off a new season with a battle of two Blues legends; Shirley Brown vs. Shirley Murdock. We hear …

The Future of The Blues

June 1st, 2023

52:34

Kimberly Horton, Executive Director of the Blues Foundation,  joins Tonya and Ms. Cooki to talk about the future of the blues. Who's carrying the mantle? As someone who is boots on the ground when it comes to the blues, …

Cheating In The Next Room

May 18th, 2023

48:17

Was everybody cheating? Why is every other song about cheating or being heartbroken because of cheating? What's going on here! Cooki B. and Tonya …

Saturday Night To Sunday Morning

May 4th, 2023

45:48

We often refer to Southern cities as a "Saturday night- Sunday morning" kind of town. It's the kind of city where folks roll from the club house to …

New and Blue

April 20th, 2023

1:07:01

Cooki B and Tonya discuss new music and new artists in blues. Adia Victoria, Kingfish, GA 20, Amythyst Kiah...who's your new fave?

Al Green Is Blues

April 6th, 2023

40:35

Is he though? When you think of him it's more like Soul Brotha #1. But he does have a blues album literally called Al Green is Blues. Do we take him …

Southern Soul

March 23rd, 2023

54:59

There's a very thin line between Southern Soul and the blues. Southern Soul has managed to move the genre forward in unexpected ways, updating the …

Ladies Sing The Blues

March 20th, 2023

58:08

The Blues Sistas are in the building talking about well...sistas who sing the blues. From Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith to newer voices like Beth Hart and Ruthie Foster, we're talking about how the ladies have made …

A History of The Chitlin' Circuit w/Preston Lauterbach

February 23rd, 2023

47:02

Preston Lauterbach, music journalist and author of Beale Street Dynasty, is also the author of The Chitlin Circuit: And the Road to Rock 'n" Roll, 

Love Stories

February 9th, 2023

50:47

The blues has been more often than not about being "down bad." But there's some love in the mix! Maybe not ordinary or traditional love. But there IS love in the blues too. And your Blues Sistas are talking about it. …

Blues in the Basement LIVE from Suga Shack

January 26th, 2023

58:57

Blues is the Basement is back with Cooki B and new host, Ms. Tonya D! The season opened at Suga Shack in front of a live audience featuring a high energy BIG MEMPHIS performance and interview with Al Kapone/Al Kapeezy. …

Blues in the Basement is Back!

January 19th, 2023

2:13

It's a new season with a new co-host! Ms. Cooki B returns to Blues in the Basement with singer and music lover Tonya Dyson. We know no one can fill The Pilot's - Malvin Massey - shoes but we can keep the music, his …

Barbecue Blues

September 29th, 2022

54:00

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin talk about Barbecue on Blues In The Basement. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode on the KUDZUKIAN app and kudzukian.com. …

A Deep Dive Into Bobby Rush

September 22nd, 2022

1:02:02

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin take a deep dive into the legendary Bobby Rush. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode on the KUDZUKIAN app and kudzukian.com. …

Piedmont Blues

September 14th, 2022

59:37

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin give you the Piedmont Blues as we hear from artists like Guy Davis and Joe White. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode on the …

West Coast Blues

May 9th, 2022

55:21

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin highlight West Coast Blues as we hear from artists like T-Bone Walker and Floyd Dixon. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode on …

Muddy Waters and The Legendary Blues Band

April 28th, 2022

59:17

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin celebrate the great Muddy Waters. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode on the KUDZUKIAN app and kudzukian.com.

Jump Blues and The Shouters

April 22nd, 2022

57:36

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin celebrate Jump Blues and The Shouters as we hear from artists like Big Joe Turner, Walter Brown and more. Make sure to tune into this …

Blues Shouters

April 14th, 2022

57:41

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin celebrate the Blues Shouters as we hear from artists like Eddie Mack, Sonny Parker and more. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode …

Boogie Woogie Piano

April 9th, 2022

1:00:29

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin get you on your feet with Blues hits that make you want to move, as we hear from artists like Pete Johnson, Piano Red and more. Make sure …

Music For Running

March 18th, 2022

58:52

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin give you some high energy Blues, as we hear from artists like John Lee …

Blues From 1968

March 10th, 2022

58:53

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin take you back to 1968, as we hear from artists like Buddy Guy, B.B. King and more. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode on the …

Detroit Blues

March 4th, 2022

58:53

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin highlight legendary Detroit Blues, as we hear from artists like Alberta Adams, Bobby Murray and more. Make sure to tune into this brand new …

Blues From Brazil

February 21st, 2022

1:00:59

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin highlight great Blues from Brazil, as we hear from artists like Amleto Barboni, Andre Christovum and more. Make sure to tune into this brand …

Anti-Valentines

February 16th, 2022

54:07

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin got the Blues on Valentines Day, as we hear from artists like B.B. King, Bessie Smith and more. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode …

Women Guitarists

February 7th, 2022

55:00

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin celebrate amazing women Blues guitarists, as we hear from artists like Memphis Minnie, Samantha Fish and more. Make sure to tune into this …

Blues Duets

January 26th, 2022

51:27

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin highlight amazing Blues Duets, as we hear from artists like Buddy Guy, B.B. King and more. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode on the …

Blues Sidemen

January 14th, 2022

57:12

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin celebrate Blues artists who stole the show as sidemen, as we hear from …

European Blues

January 12th, 2022

1:00:09

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin honor great Blues music from Europe as we hear from artists and groups like Kyla Brox, Big Yuyu and more. Make sure to tune into this brand new …

The Most Famous Blues Songs of All Time

December 27th, 2021

58:28

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin give you the most famous Blues songs of all time as we hear from greats like B.B. King, Muddy Waters and more. Make sure to tune into this brand …

Thanksgiving Blues

December 27th, 2021

1:00:35

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin celebrate Thanksgiving on Blues In The Basement with these Thanksgiving themed hits as we hear from artists like Fats Waller, B.B. King and more. …

Christmas Blues

December 27th, 2021

42:36

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cooki B and Malvin celebrate Christmas on Blues In The Basement as we hear from artists Charles Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon and more. Make sure to tune into this …

Sounds of the Chitlin’ Circuit

December 24th, 2021

56:55

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin celebrate the historic sounds of the Chitlin' Circuit as we hear from artists like Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush and more. Make sure to tune into this …

Memphis Blues Ladies ft. Chick Rodgers

December 21st, 2021

1:01:05

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin are joined by the amazing Chick Rodgers as we highlight the best Blues women artists from Memphis. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode on …

Blues Harmonica Masters

December 21st, 2021

1:00:00

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin introduce you to the Blues Harmonica Masters, as we hear from artists like James Cotton, Junior Wells and more. Make sure to tune into this brand …

Louis Jordan and The Start of R&B

December 21st, 2021

57:57

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin celebrate Louis Jordan and the start of R&B. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode on the Kudzukian app and kudzukian.com.

Best Blues Record Labels

December 21st, 2021

52:55

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin highlight Blues hits from the best Blues record labels as we hear from artists like Clarence Spady, Demetria Taylor and more. Make sure to tune …

It's A Memphis Thang: Memphis Blues Artists, Old and New

December 21st, 2021

49:12

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin take you on a journey through Memphis Blues as we highlight the best Blues artists from Memphis. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode on …

Famous Blues Kids of Famous Blues Dads

December 21st, 2021

59:14

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin highlight famous Blues kids of famous Blues dads as we hear from artists like John Lee Hooker Jr., Kenny Neal and more. Make sure to tune into …

Let's Go live!

October 3rd, 2021

55:53

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin, introduce some of the best Blues Live performances, as we hear from legends like B.B. King, Otis Rush and more. Make sure to tune into this brand …

Blues Without Words - The Instrumentals

October 3rd, 2021

59:10

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin, introduce the best Blues hits, with no words, as we hear from legends like B.B. King, Buddy Guy and more. Make sure to tune into this brand new …

And The Blues Goes On

October 3rd, 2021

1:00:20

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin, celebrate a new generation of Blues stars, as we hear from young phenoms like Ryan Perry, Melody Angel and more. Make sure to tune into this brand …

B.B. Kings' Greatest Collaborations

October 3rd, 2021

50:42

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin, hear B.B. Kings' greatest Collab's, as we hear from legends like Ray Charles, …

Traditional vs Urban Blues

October 3rd, 2021

57:37

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin, give you a great mix of traditional and urban Blues, as we hear from legends like B.B. King, Big Momma Thornton, and more. Make sure to tune into this …

Everybody Get's The Blues

October 3rd, 2021

49:37

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin, introduce you to some music superstars singing the Blues. as we hear from legends like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and more. Make sure to tune into …

Blues, Blues, and Mo' Blues

July 17th, 2021

57:18

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin, introduce you to an amazing collection of Blues hits, as we hear from greats …

Chicago Blues

July 8th, 2021

52:35

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Malvin, highlight some of the greatest Blues hits out of the Windy City. We hear from greats like Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, and more. Make sure to tune into …

Johnnie Taylor vs. Tyrone Davis

June 17th, 2021

58:01

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, our leader Leon Gray's last show, Leon and Cookie B highlight two legendary artists, Johnnie Taylor and Tyrone Davis. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode on the …

Betty Wright vs. Millie Jackson

June 10th, 2021

56:59

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Leon and Cookie B highlight two legendary artists, Betty Wright and Millie Jackson. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode on the Kudzukian app and kudzukian.com.

Southern Soul Party (Part 2)

June 3rd, 2021

57:23

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Leon and Cookie B take you down South again for a Southern Soul Party as we hear from legends B.B. King …

Southern Soul Party (Part 1)

May 27th, 2021

59:56

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Leon and Cookie B take you down South for a Southern Soul Party as we hear from artists like Ronnie …

The Benny Latimore Show

May 20th, 2021

59:59

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Leon is joined by the great Benny Latimore as we hear some of his greatest hits. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode on the Kudzukian app and kudzukian.com.  

The Blues Is Alright

May 13th, 2021

59:48

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon give you great Blues hits from some of the biggest names of all time, as we hear from legends like like B.B. King, The O'Jays, and more. Make sure to tune …

The Blues You Can Use (Part 2)

May 6th, 2021

56:16

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon give you great Blues hits from some of the greatest musical artists of all time, as we hear from greats like like Bobby Blue Bland, Andra Day, and more. Make …

Lenny's Back

April 29th, 2021

55:21

On this very special episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon are joined by the great Lenny Williams! Make sure to tune into this brand new episode on the Kudzukian app and kudzukian.com.  

Soul In The Blues

April 22nd, 2021

59:31

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon give you a little bit of soul, as we hear from smooth Blues artists like Slim Harpo, …

The Blues Plate Special

April 15th, 2021

56:37

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon give you a taste of some great Blues hits, as we hear from iconic Blues artists like Bobby Blue Bland, Johnnie Taylor, and more. Make sure to tune into this …

The Blues You Can Use

April 8th, 2021

57:53

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon give you great Blues hits from some of the greatest musical artists of all time, as we hear from legends like like Tina Turner, The O'Jays, and more. Make …

The Blues, Yesterday and Today

April 1st, 2021

58:32

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon give you a great mix of old school and new school Blues as we hear from stars like like …

Crank Up The Blues

March 25th, 2021

56:27

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon give you some great Blues hits that'll make you want to crank up the volume, as we hear …

Blues Crossovers

March 18th, 2021

56:17

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon introduce you to some of the best blues songs from artists of a different genre, as we hear from legends like Aretha Franklin, Al Green, and more. Make sure to …

Blues Buffet Part 2

March 11th, 2021

57:45

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon continue to give you a taste of some Blues greats, as we hear from legends like The Staple Singers, Bobby Blue Bland, and more. Make sure to tune …

Blues Buffet Part 1

March 11th, 2021

56:31

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon gives you a taste of some Blues greats, as we hear from legends like Nat King …

Blues In The Mix

March 4th, 2021

57:39

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon takes you on a journey through the different genres of Blues. as we hear from greats like Shirley Brown, Johnnie Taylor, and more. Make sure to tune …

The Live Blues Performances

March 4th, 2021

1:17:26

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon gives you some of the top live Blues performances of all time as we hear from greats like Aretha Franklin, Bobby Rush, and more. Make sure to tune …

History Is The Blues

February 25th, 2021

58:25

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon gives you some insight into the impacts Blues has had on history as we hear from greats like B.B. King, Etta James, and many more. Make sure to tune …

More Blues Hitz

February 25th, 2021

57:42

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon gives you some more blues hitz as we hear from artists like Womack & Womack, The Love Doctor, and more. Make sure to tune into this brand new …

Back To The Old School

February 19th, 2021

54:52

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon takes you back to the old days as we hear from legends like Bobby Rush, Al Green, …

Southern Soul

February 19th, 2021

58:15

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon takes you on a tour of the Southern soul as we hear from great artists like …

Jam Session

February 12th, 2021

1:07:17

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon takes you on a fun Blues jam session as we hear from legends like Ray Charles, Albert King, and many more. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode …

The New Season

February 12th, 2021

49:40

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon kick off season 4 as we hear from legends like Koko Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, and many more. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode on the …

Top Blues' Songs of All Time (Part 2)

February 4th, 2021

1:01:48

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon continue to enjoy some of the greatest Blues' songs of all time. We hear from greats like Koko Taylor, Albert King, and many more. Make sure to tune into …

Top Blues' Songs of All Time (Part 1)

February 4th, 2021

51:15

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon enjoy some of the greatest Blues' songs of all time. We hear from greats like Etta James, B.B. King, and many more. Make sure to tune into this brand new …

One or Two Word Song Titles

February 3rd, 2021

1:00:21

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon continue the launch of season 3 with One or Two Word Song Titles. We dive into some of the greatest hits that needed only a word or two to become legendary. …

Women of The Blues

February 3rd, 2021

58:10

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon continue the launch of season 3 with Women of The Blues. We hear from music icons Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and many more. Make sure to tune into this …

Rufus Is Coming

February 3rd, 2021

59:04

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon continue the launch of season 3 with Rufus is Coming. We hear a great collection of hits …

Chitlin' Circuit Jamz

January 29th, 2021

1:00:14

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon celebrate some of the greatest hits performed at the Chitlin' Circuit. We hear from greats like Johnny Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, and many more. Make sure …

Blue Eyed Blues

January 29th, 2021

57:48

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon highlights the diversity of Blues. We hear from great artists like Elton John, Jonny Lang, and many more. Make sure to tune into this brand new episode on …

New Years Eve

December 31st, 2020

56:18

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon leads us into the new year with some of the greatest Blues' holiday songs of all …

Tis The Season (Part 2)

December 31st, 2020

50:28

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon continue to feel the holiday spirit with some of the greatest Blues' holiday songs of …

Tis The Season (Part 1)

December 31st, 2020

1:01:15

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon feel the holiday spirit with some of the greatest Blues' holiday songs of all time. We …

Christmas Eve

December 25th, 2020

52:57

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon feel the holiday spirit with some of the greatest Blues' Christmas hits of all time. We …

Classic Men of The Blues

December 16th, 2020

55:45

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, Cookie B and Leon continue the launch of season 3 with Classic Men of The Blues. We hear from legends like Bobby Rush, Johnny Taylor, and many more. Make sure to tune into …

The Challenge of The Sexes

December 16th, 2020

52:02

On this episode of Blues In The Basement, new hosts Cookie B and Leon kick off season 3 with the Challenge of the Sexes. We hear some of the best blues songs of all time from some of the top men and women blues artists …

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