Steve Cushing’s book Pioneers of the Blues Revival is a treasure trove for blues fans who want to learn the stories behind such roots music giants as Mississippi John Hurt, Son House and Bukka White.
As host of the award-winning syndicated public radio staple Blues before Sunrise, Cushing interviewed many of the prominent white researchers, collectors, music label entrepreneurs and other enthusiasts whose advocacy spearheaded the blues’ crossover into the mainstream starting in the 1960s.
Many of these men who advocated for these then-unknown blues artists provided rare firsthand accounts of the men who made the music and efforts which brought the artform to record.
In this audio clip, Cushing chats with Chris Strachwitz, founder of Arhoolie Records. Strachwitz talks about his adventures with legendary Sonny Boy Williamson II. Some of the language in this colorful encounter would be labeled NSFW.