Willie Dixon was one of the most prolific blues songwriters of all time, having penned over 500 songs in his career. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters recorded many of them, and several of Willie's songs have been transformed into rock and roll classics by artists such as Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and Cream.
On Friday March 7th, from 6-9 pm, Blues Friday host Dale Zimmerman presents “The Songs of Willie Dixon.” Tune in and enjoy rare and brilliant performances of some of the best blues music ever written.
Paul Kage, avid kayaker and cyclist of Wausau, is the winner of the Dagger Zydeco Kayak offered in WXPR’s Fall Drawing. Our thanks to Mitch Mode of Mel’s Trading Post for donating this enticing grand prize.
Paul called in his pledge on late Blues Friday. He was cycling home from second-shift work thinking the show might end before he arrived home. So he stopped in a park and made the winning pledge from his cell phone.
Direct from Memphis, Eric Scrappie Hughes or the "Boss of Beale Street" as he's known, brought his deep river blues to the Northwoods August 24th. Floating down the Wisconsin River took on a real Delta feel with Scrappie's authentic delivery of original compositions and blues classics.
From "The Ballad of Weevil Point Willie" to "Tested Positive for the Blues," Scrappie's musical storytelling and artistry are a pleasure to share with WXPR listeners on Blues Friday and live at the WXPR Blues Cruise.
For anyone loving the blues, the Boulder Junction Blues Breakdown became the place to be Saturday July 13th in the Northwoods. Great talent, variety, organization, and community participation made for a delightful day.
WXPR is pleased to have been one of the many sponsors supporting live blues and community powered events. Our congratulations to the organizers of this inaugural Boulder Junction blues celebration with hopes for many more to come.
The annual WXPR Blues Cruise down the Wisconsin River leaves the dock, Saturday, August 24th, at 1:00pm. We’re thrilled to welcome back Eric “Scrappie” Hughes.“Scrappie” Hughes is a delta blues man direct from Memphis. He’s a fixture every week on Beale Street, playing world-famous clubs like BB King’s and The Rum Boogie Café. Tickets are $25.00. The ticket price includes a picnic lunch on the boat.