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This week's playlist:

• The Cat (5:21) by Johnny Charles from Stratified (2010); available from the Blues Leaf Records page at CD Universe and the iTunes Music Store. Visit for more information.

• Great Big Baby (4:36) and Highway Time (4:19) by Anni Piper, from Chasin Tail (2010); available from the Blues Leaf Records page at CD Universe and the iTMS. Visit for more information.

• Just Because (3:55) and Up & In (2:58) by Bob Margolin, from Up & In (1997); available from Alligator Records and the iTMS. Visit for more information.

• Reform School Girl (3:53) and Reel Rock Party (3:10) by Nick Curran And The Lowlifes, from Reform School Girl (2010); available from and the iTMS. Visit this page at and this MySpace page for more information.

• I-94 Blues (5:18) and Fallin' Down (4:24) by the Cash Box Kings, from I-94 Blues (2010); available from CD Baby and the iTMS. Visit both, their Facebook page and MySpace page for more information.

• My Baby Blues (2:54) by The Delta Jets, from Bake Sale, Volume Five (2010); available from the Great Northern Blues Society. Visit the band's MySpace, Facebook and ReverbNation pages for more information.

Mentioned during this show: Joined At The Hip (iTunes link), the new album by Pinetop Perkins and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith.

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Primary sources of information about the blues: The Blues Foundation and the Delta Blues Museum; be sure to download and listen to the DBM's top-notch (and free) podcast, the Uncensored History of the Blues;, the online home of Blues Revue magazine;, the online home of Big City Blues magazine; and

Recommended reading: No Depression may have stopped publishing as an ink-on-paper magazine, but their website is as active as ever, and is a don't-miss-it source for news and reviews of blues and other subgenres of American roots music. Today's Chicago Blues (Amazon link) by Karen Hanson, an excellent guide to all things blues in present-day Chicago. Karen also blogs about the blues at Today's Chicago Blues.

For things to do in Chicago: The Local Tourist and The Chicago Reader.

Two wonderful non-traditional online sources of Chicago news: Gapers Block and the Chicagoist.

(Something noteworthy being done by a hard working and very talented friend of mine: Flamenco Chicago)

(The music you hear on Murphy's Saloon comes to you courtesy of the artists and their labels. One of the following may have provided assistance as an intermediary: IODA PROMONET, AirplayDirect,, the Podsafe Music Network, or, )