Seven Badass Blues Songs to Brighten Up Your Day

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There’s nothing like the blues.

If you get your cable through Time Warner you can listen to the blues all day — just turn to channel 631, where there lives a mighty fine radio station devoted to the genre.

Whoever programs this thing really knows what they’re doing. Golden oldies from dusty legends are mixed in with suprisingly solid material from beyond the year 2000, and it all makes for compelling listening.

The joint is jumpin’, as the blues men say. Here’s an inspired set list that went down just a little while ago. Among the revelations — there’s a guy named Lil’ Ed who fronts a monster band, Jimmy Witherspoon is the man, one-eyed men make excellent guitar players, and Shirley Brown’s “Poon Tang Man,” one of the the dirtiest blues titles yet, is a pretty sweet song.

No Rollin’ Blues – Jimmy Witherspoon Listen

So Long Baby – Big Maceo Listen

Poon Tang Man – Shirley Brown Listen

Lil’ Ed Williams – Check My Baby’s Oil Listen

All Night Long – Mike Morgan and the Crawl

I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom – Robert Johnson

You Lost Your One Good Thing – BB King

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