S1:E8 // Shine That Ever Loving Light On Me
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Season 1, Episode 8 // Shine That Ever Loving Light On Me

Featured in this Episode:

Traditional - “Midnight Special” (:39)

Memphis Jug Band - “Stealin’, Stealin’” (13:30)

Etta Baker - “Railroad Bill” (26:13)

Big Bill Broonzy - “Glory of Love” (40:55)

Charley Pride - “Roll on Mississippi” (1:01:32)


When the light of the train hits the cell windows of inmates at Mississippi’s infamous Parchman Farm prison, they feel a release and comfort from their captors. Find out what made jug bands so popular in the 1930’s, and the Tennessee natives at the helm of that movement. Yet another fingerpicking legend, left in obscurity until later in life, though she still managed to inspire generations of guitar players. The Ambassador of the Blues left behind a life cloaked in mystery, but this Chicago legend by way of the South left a massive mark as he carried old styles of blues through the 1950’s. For far too long country music has cast aside its African American roots, but one musician blended the color lines and became one of the most decorated country musicians of the century.⁠

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"Shine A Light":

Dust to Digital

Source Credits:

#1: Vera | NAACP | WordsMusic&Stories  | Smithsonian Folkways | Songfacts

#2: Jugstore | Memphis Music HOF | UCSB Library | American Blues Scene | NPS

#3: Story by Glen C Herbert - The Bluegrass Situation | Music Maker | Blue Ridge Heritage Center | OurState.com

#4: Cultural Equity |  Broonzy.com | NPR | People’s World | MS Writers & Music

#5:  Story by Cody Uhls - Official Website |  NPR |  Rolling Stone |  Country Music Hall of Fame

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