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John CraigPapaBluesSpanning the history of the blues with John Craig (Papa Blues) and Greg Leighton (The Blues Hound) swapping Mondays.
“Papa’s Blues’s” Papa is John Craig, who started collecting R&B 45s  during his high school years back in Pittsburgh, PA. His only “real” job was working for a few years for Mercury Records in Chicago, before free lancing graphic arts for the next 40 years.
 In 1972  John and Diane bought a farm near Rolling Ground the same day they looked at it,  and it was the best thing they ever did; other than raising a family,  which are now raising more families, that call him “Papa”.PlaylistButtonOrange
 After 40 years of working as a graphic artist, the opportunity to DJ has renewed his exploration of  R&B, DooWop, and especially the Blues.
 “Papa’s Blues” looks at the genre every which way John can think of. You will find Blues about Cars, Trains, Sex, Animals, Crime, and Holidays; and styles that feature odd instruments, and moaning, and talking, and Blues without words;
Blues by city….Blues by decade.
Blues down the river, and Blues up the highway.


PlaylistButtonOrangeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGreg Leighton, aka “the Blueshound” has enjoyed playing and learning about music most of his life. He started out singing in church and school, while learning to play the piano around the age of six. Thanks to the influence of his mother and father, who worked together as professional ballroom dance instructors at Arthur Murray Dance Studios in Minneapolis, Greg continued his love of music in theearly 60’s, began playing drums in his eighth grade year, and has continued to play until the present.Drumming with the Cheers Big Band for nearly 25 years, as well as a 5 piece quintet called the Time Travelers. Greg also enjoys playing guitar and occasional banjo, since getting out of high school forty years ago. He loves spending time at home with his lovely wife, Margot and their combined family of five children, including their hound dogs, Danny and Bella, and the cats, Chubs and Patches.Greg has worked as a Speech Therapist in the Driftless region between hospitals and schools for the last thirty one years. Today, he continues his work with children in the LaFarge school. “Music has been one of the most powerful mediums for communication between people that I’ve ever seen. Each day we continue to learn just how much we all love playing and singing songs together, “ Greg says. Although Greg loves a variety of music genres, “Blues” is still his favorite. He has enjoyed DJing as “the Blueshound” (named after Danny the hound) over the last three years on WDRT. In addition, if you tune in on Monday nights from 7-9 p.m. every other week, you will also certainly hear some great old Soul, Jazz, and Gospel, with a generous mix of “old and new blues” music dating back to the many regions of the great blues players and singers from the Delta, Louisiana, Texas, Memphis and Chicago, to name a few.



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