Blues

Tune in Friday at 6
4:11 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Blues Friday Host Dale Zimmerman presents “The Songs of Willie Dixon”

Willie Dixon at Harry Hopes in Cary, Illinois in 1979
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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.

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Perfect Day on the Wisconsin River
7:31 am
Sun August 25, 2013

WXPR Blues Cruise with Hughes

From left, Dale Zimmerman, Jeff Burke, Eric "Scrappie" Hughes and Craig Harrison. Dale and Jeff host Blues Friday on WXPR and you can hear Craig on Thursday's Northwoods Cafe.
Peg Arnold

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.     

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Live Blues in the Northwoods
12:00 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Boulder Junction Breaks Out The Blues

Aaron Williams of Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo
Peg Arnold

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.

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The Nick Moss Band

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Tickets On Sale
9:53 am
Tue June 25, 2013

WXPR Blues Cruise with Eric "Scrappie" Hughes

Eric Hughes

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.

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