The Blues Time Machine

The Blues Time Machine

Jon Klapel

KPLU All Blues host John Kessler has expanded "The Blues Time Machine," which has been a popular segment on his weekend blues shows. The weekly series tracks one great blues song through history - from its earliest recording to its latest and sometimes, with some surprising interpretations. "The Blues Time Machine" airs on KPLU on Fridays at 12:10 p.m. during the "Blue Plate Special," and on All Blues Saturdays and Sundays at 8 and 11 p.m.

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Cars make great musical metaphors, and theyve inspired some famous blues songs like Cadillac Boogie, Maybelline and Mustang Sally. K.C. Douglas came out with Mercury Boogie in 1949, a song that would go on to be a widely covered blues standard, known as Mercury Blues. Ford purchased the rights to the song for advertising (Crazy Bout a Ford Truck), and it was a #2 hit for country singer Alan Jackson in 1993. K.C. Douglas was born in Mississippi and as a young man in the 1930s performed with the

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