Marc Applegate


I am a carbon-based life form from the planet Earth who specializes in making noise. I have been audible since 1951. Early on I laughed, cried and gurgled, then, to the dismay of many; I spent several years talking until I stopped long enough to hear a better way of making noise from the Beatles. Since then I've made noise with guitar, bass and voice. Those noises supported me for many years and took me across the US and to Europe.

My politics are between Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs and my philosophies have been shaded by Alan Watts, Baba Ram Dass, and The Firesign Theater.

The last decade I've played early blues and rags and, due to limited demand for those, I've had time to make noise on KUNC and share my primary love-music. I like Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake, Hot Tuna, The Grateful Dead and kind people.

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Vocalist/guitarist Sue Foley was born in Ottawa, Canada, and lives in Austin, Texas, and she has made fans from North to South. Sadly few women have made it as blazing guitarists. Happily, Foley has managed to buck that sexist trend. Coupled with her powerful voice, her inspired guitar makes her a Blueswoman well worth hearing.

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Big Bill Broonzy was an amazing guitarist and competent vocalist who went from Country Blues in the 1920s, through a period in the 1930s and 40s of urbanizing his sound to appeal to working class African-Americans, to a return to a more acoustic and folkish style in the 1950s.

In that final guise he became a hero of the 50 sand 60s American Folk music revival and an international star.

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"It's a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady."

When it's B. B. King who says that maybe the rest of us should take note… as have Levon Helm, Dan Aykroyd and many others.

Alexis P. Suter was brought up by a mother who attended Julliard and sang with no less of giants than Mahalia Jackson, Harry Belafonte, Sister Rosetta Tharp, Mavis Staples and several more. She first sang in church, like so many who later became Blues stars, but for Suter it started when she was only 4.

If Lil Johnson  was recording today, her albums would carry a warning: Contains sexually suggestive material and parental discretion is advised. The same could be said about this story. But hey, it's about Blues music so you what do you expect?

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Swedish singer Louise Hoffsten mixes Blues/Rock, Blues, and Rhythm & Blues with occasional hints of Jazz. She even does some folk, a bit of acting and has hosted a children's radio show.

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The Blues? During the holidays? I certainly hope not. But remember, the Blues are therapeutic.

Merry Christmas.

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"Ellis unleashed a torrent of dazzling musicianship pitched somewhere between the exhilarating volatility of rock and roll and the melancholic passion of urban blues." -- Los Angeles Times

The paper was talking about Tinsley Ellis and they weren't alone in being impressed. I'm impressed and so was Rolling Stone.

"Feral blues guitar... non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor's edge... his eloquence dazzles... he achieves pyrotechnics that rival Beck and Clapton." -- Rolling Stone

Call him Lemon Henry Jefferson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Lemon Pledge or a dozen other parodies -- but definitely call him a Blues pioneer. When Jefferson passed away at age 36 he was called "Father of the Texas Blues."

For 30 years pianist and vocalist Rob Rio has delighted worldwide audiences with genuine boogie-woogie plus 1940s & 1950s inspired Jump Blues. When "hep cats" applied the term "chops" to mean virtuosity they must have been thinking of Rio.

Certainly Rob Rio is my definition of "chops." People around the World have shared my admiration, especially in Western Europe and the United States. His feeling and talent landed him in the Boogie-woogie Hall Of Fame in 2008.

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Piedmont style mainly mixes Ragtime, Gospel, string band reels, and ballads with touches of Country and even Rhythm and Blues. It is a much lighter style than the Delta Blues of Mississippi. Piedmont originated a century ago in the Appalachian foothills between Richmond, Virginia, and Atlanta, Georgia. There are musicologists who say it grew out of the country dance bands of the colonial era.

The duo of guitarist and vocalist John Cephas and harmonica player and vocalist Phil Wiggins were central in reacquainting people with Piedmont Blues in the 1980s and 1990s. Though far apart in years, the pair was a perfectly complimentary blend of both instruments and vocals.