Beale Street Caravan

Wednesday Nights - 11:00 pm
  • Hosted by Pat Mitchell-Worley and Kevin Cubbins

Each week, Beale Street Caravan brings the Sounds of Memphis to an international public radio audience. Live, concert performances from contemporary masters of blues, soul, and rock n roll traditions. The program is hosted by Pat Mitchell-Worley and Kevin Cubbins, with feature segments from industry insiders such as Jerry Wexler, Bob Porter, and Robert Gordon.  

Hear Beale Street Caravan every Wednesday night at 11:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

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This week we feature St Paul and The Broken Bones in a performance at the 2017 Mighty Mississippi Music Festival, and Dr. Barbara Ching begins a new series exploring the connection between country music and the blues.

Beale Street Caravan can be heard Wednesday nights at 11 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Listen on the go - download the FREE KRCB App from iTunes & Google Play!

Also joining us will be BSC contributor, Jim Spake, exploring the legendary sidemen from the early years of rock and roll that played rock’s original lead instrument in a series called "Crazy About a Saxophone."

Beale Street Caravan can be heard Wednesday nights at 11 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Listen on the go - download the FREE KRCB App from iTunes & Google Play!

To blues lovers around the globe, The Juke Joint Duo -- Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm -- embodied the spirit of North Mississippi Hill Country Blues. This week we feature a rare reunion show that we hosted here in Memphis, as well as an in-depth interview with Cedric Burnside and the continuation of Dr. Barbara Ching’s series exploring the connection between country music and the blues.

This week on the Caravan we have Members Only: A Tribute to Bobby Blue Bland. Produced by Memphis musician Rodd Bland, son of the late blues icon, the tribute is held at B. B. King’s Blues Club on Beale Street during Blues Music Awards weekend. Special guests include Sugaray Rayford, Mike Ledbetter, Ashton Riker, Andy Duncanson, John Nemeth, and Tom Wurth.

BSC contributor Jim Spake also returns to continue his series, “Crazy About the Saxophone” on the legendary sidemen that played rock’s original lead instrument.

This week we feature Fat Possum recording artist, Liz Brasher, who recently moved to Memphis and is celebrating the release of her latest album, Outcast. Pat Mitchell sits down with Liz for an in-depth interview, and we continue our series with Dr. Barbara Ching exploring the connection between country music and the blues.

Archived recordings and interviews from the Beale Street Caravan vault, remembering Blues legend Little Milton.

Beale Street Caravan can be heard Wednesday nights at 11 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Listen on the go - download the FREE KRCB App from iTunes & Google Play!

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This week on BSC we go back in the archives with Grammy winner and blues legend Bobby Rush in a performance at the 2017 grand reopening of the legendary Club Paradise in Memphis, TN. We also continue our series with BSC contributor Preston Lauterbach discussing the Chitlin’ Circuit and The Road to Rock n Roll.

Bluesman Leo “Bud” Welch passed away December 19, 2017 at the age of 85. Born in 1932 in Sabougla, Mississippi, Welch spent his entire life in the Hill Country of North Mississippi. We are rebroadcasting this episode, originally aired in 2016, in tribute to our friend, Bud. As a bonus, this episode also contains a feature of Cadillac John Nolden.

In early 1970, Booker T Jones was on sabbatical in California having grown disillusioned with the confines of Stax Records and Memphis, when he heard The Beatles’ latest effort, Abbey Road. So moved was he by the Beatles’ genius and daring, that he sat down and drafted his own Memphis-style tribute to the group. The album, released later that same year, is titled McLemore Avenue, after the street where Stax’s studio and headquarters were located.

This week we feature a hometown performance by the North Mississippi Allstars – Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson – at the Levitt Shell in Midtown, Memphis. Their roots run deep here; we talk about how they are woven into fabric of Memphis music culture, including their history with the Beale Street Caravan program! Also on the episode, BSC contributor Robert Gordon returns to continue his series on the History of Hi Records.

Reverend John Wilkins in a performance at the Country Blues Festival, recorded live at the Levitt Shell in midtown Memphis, TN. BSC contributor Robert Gordon returns to continue his series on the History of Hi Records.

Beale Street Caravan can be heard Wednesday nights at 11 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Listen on the go - download the FREE KRCB App from iTunes & Google Play!

Justin Fox Burks

Join us as we celebrate Memphis/New Orleans restaurateur (and BSC community partner) Karen Carrier's 15th year bringing great music and food to Midtown. We have the best of both worlds as New Orleans and Memphis collide in today's show featuring The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians and Jack Oblivian. BSC contributor Robert Gordon returns to continue his series on the History of Hi Records.

This week on Beale Street Caravan we have southern roots artist, Shannon McNally. BSC Contributor Robert Gordon will be with us to talk about the History of Hi Records.

Beale Street Caravan can be heard Wednesday nights at 11 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Listen on the go - download the FREE KRCB App from iTunes & Google Play!

This week on Beale Street Caravan we have soul music legend and Fat Possum Records recording artist, Don Bryant. Plus, BSC Contributor Robert Gordon will be with us to talk about the History of Hi Records.

Beale Street Caravan airs Wednesday nights at 11 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!

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From the BSC vault, we'll hear an archived performance and interview with Rufus and Carla Thomas.

Beale Street Caravan airs Wednesday nights at 11 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!

  

We have a lot in store for you this week on BSC! First, we have The Bo-Keys performing in Studio A of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. We sit down and talk with Floyd Newman, a founding member of The Memphis Horns. Then we head to the Beale Street Music Fest and catch a set from BSC perennial, Reba Russell.

It's real-deal Memphis Blues... the kind of sophisticated blues and jazz sounds you would have heard floating from the windows of The Palace on Beale Street in the 40's and 50's. Keeping the flame burning bright is Memphis’ own Love Light Orchestra.

This week on the Caravan we have Members Only: A Tribute to Bobby Blue Bland. Produced by Memphis musician Rodd Bland, son of the late blues icon, the tribute is held at B. B. King’s Blues Club on Beale Street during Blues Music Awards weekend. Special guests include Sugar Ray Raiford, Mike Ledbetter, Ashton Riker, Andy Duncanson, John Nemeth, and Tom Wurth.

BSC contributor Jim Spake also returns to continue his series, “Crazy About the Saxophone”, on the legendary sidemen that played rock’s original lead instrument.

This week on the program we have Mellotron Variations. An instrumental project built around one of the most unique instruments ever conceived.

We’ll also hear from rock and roll veteran, and sideman to the stars, Hunt Sales.

BSC contributor Jim Spake is back with us to continue his series, "Crazy About a Saxophone"  on the legendary sidemen that played rock’s original lead instrument.

This week we feature highlights from Dale Watson’s 2018 Ameripolitan Music Awards, held in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tuesday night on Beale Street Caravan:  

Beale Street Caravan features Memphis’ own Motel Mirrors as they celebrate the release of their newest studio effort, “In The Meantime.”  

Beale Street Caravan contributor Barbara Ching returns to continue her series on the connections between country music and the blues.

This week we unlock the Beale Street Caravan vault to remember Blues legend, James Milton Campbell Jr. -- better known as Little Milton. You'll hear a mix of performances and interviews from our archives, plus Dr. Barbara Ching returns with her series exploring the connection between country music and the Blues. 

Hear Beale Street Caravan every Tuesday night at 11:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

This week on Beale Street Caravan: Paul Thorn 

Live performance from the Levitt Shell in Overton Park, Midtown Memphis. Interview with Paul and Dr. Barbara Ching continues exploring the connection between country music and the Blues. 

Hear Beale Street Caravan every Tuesday night at 11:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

On this week's episode, we bring highlights from The Blues Foundation's 38th annual Blues Music Awards right here in Memphis, TN. Plus an interview with Barbara Newman, President and CEO of The Blues Foundation

This week on Beale Street Caravan: highlights from the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic featuring Kenny Brown, The Rising Star Fife and Drum Corp, Blue Mother Tupelo, Garry Burnside, and Alvin Youngblood Hart. Interview with founder and Executive Director Sara Brown.

William Lee Ellis continues his series, Religion and The Blues

Over the past few seasons, BSC has brought our listeners a lot of Memphis music from a funky Midtown dive known as DKDC (Don't Know, Don't Care). On this week’s program we take a closer look at what makes a music spot special, how it fits in with the overall scene, and we talk with the owner, restaurateur Karen Carrier. Oh, and we also have killer performances from The Reigning Sound and Lucy Woodward!  

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The Reigning Sound