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Pinetop Perkins Tribute & Remembering Page Wilson

This week on Time for the Blues (4/24/11), John Porter and Henry Cook pay tribute to one of the true blues giants, Pinetop Perkins.  Pinetop passed away peacefully at home on March 21, 2011 at the tender age of 97.  We also remember our friend and colleague Page Wilson, a player and supporter of the blues. Page passed away in March as well.

Pinetop Perkins started playing blues in his teens and was a featured player on the radio in the 40's and even played with B.B King in the 50s.  But it was his stints with Muddy Waters' band in the 70's and the Legendary Blues Band in the 80s that really gave Pinetop a huge blues following.  You'll hear tunes from both those periods of Pineotop's career in the show, with Pinetop's solos shining through.  You can read Pintop's offical bio here.

Pinetop Perkins also had a prolific solo career with over 15 albums from 1976 to his last, the Grammy Award winning 2010 CD titled "Joined at the Hip" (pictured).  His long-time friend, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith joined him on this recording and it won the award for best Traditional Blues album. Good choice, as it certainly is a link to the heyday of South Side Chicago Blues.  We'll feature tracks from the CD including "Cut That Out" (check out the audio sample below).

For even more cool stuff with Pinetop Perkins, you can view the entire episode of Pinetop on Austin City Limits that aired on WCVE Public Television--just click on this link: pbs.org

John and I are also remembering our friend Page Wilson, who left us way too soon (the week before Pinetop passed away).  I was fortunate to be one of Page's producers for the Out o' the Blue Radio Review and also had the honor to engineer in-studio during both of Page's shows with the Richmond Symphony.  We'll reminisce a bit and play a couple of Page's tunes, including our favorite, "Richmond Blues" (just how DO you stand on the corner of Broad and Main?).  Page, we really miss you, buddy, but thanks for the music! To paraphrase the old Hank Williams' record offer on TV: "(Page) is gone, but his songs live on" -- Rightly so.

So grab a nap, take a chance and stay up late with us! Time for the Blues with John Porter and Henry Cook airs Sundays at 1 AM.

Got a favorite Pinetop Perkins album or Page Wilson story? Let us know about it...we'd love to give you a shout out on a future show!