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Join us as we explore the rich and fascinating history of animal symbolism in the blues. Ever since the very first recordings, from the 1920s, blues artists have used metaphors and images from the animal kingdom to illustrate their songs. We'll hear a few of our favorites, plus, some all time classics from Blind Lemon Jefferson, Tampa Red, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, Robert Nighthawk, and (of course!) The Howlin' Wolf. It’s animal symbolism in the blues — on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Robert Petway, whose “Catfish Blues” has become a beloved Mississippi Delta classic. Illustration by William Stout.

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