Episode 1 – Blues Women – Singing About Men

December 2012

Women were recording blues songs years before the first males, mainly in the style that became known as “Classic blues.” Over the years this classic blues style has faded, and, as blues music generally has developed, so women have taken a bolder, broader approach to blues. Even so their music has been overshadowed by the many more male blues players.

This is our homage to some of those ladies who have been singing the blues – about men, since the 1920s and now into the 21st. Century.

Play List

Song Title Artist Album Record Label
One Good Man Saffire and the Uppity Blues Women Hot Flash Alligator
Put It Right Here or Keep It Out There Bessie Smith Empty Bed Blues CBS
Happy Valentine’s Day Shemekia Copeland Get The Blues Vol. 2 NARM
I’d Rather Go Blind  Etta James Tell Mama Cadet
He’s Mine All Mine Clara Smith Clara Smith Vol. 3 VJM Records
Full Time Lover Ann Peebles Deep Blue Rounder Blues
Finest Lovin’ Man Bonnie Raitt The Bonnie Raitt Collection Warner Brothers
Gas Man Blues Mae Glover Mississippi Moaners 1927 – 42 Yazoo
Me and My Chauffeur Blues Memphis Minnie In My Girlish Days Blues Encore
Loving You Is Killing Me Rita Chiarelli Breakfast At Midnight NorthernBlues Music
Don’t You Feel My Leg Maria Muldaur 30 Years Of Maria Muldaur – I’m A Woman Shout Factory
My Handy Man Ain’t Handy No More Alberta Hunter Amtrak Blues Columbia


Producer: David Sillery
Show host: Marie Eleniak
Technical production: Dieter Gade at SilkeSound Studio, Haines Junction, Yukon