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Ended Feb 15, 2015
Blues Unlimited is an independently created weekly radio program that explores the wonderful world of the blues, and its history, heritage, and rich cultural traditions. Now in its fourth year, and with a back catalog of 130 episodes, ...

"Blues Unlimited" is an independently created weekly radio program that explores the wonderful world of the blues, and its history, heritage, and rich cultural traditions.

Now in its fourth year, and with a back catalog of 130 episodes, Blues Unlimited is in immediate need of funding to continue its planned production schedule for 2014.

In past programs, we've honored important record labels (such as Chess, Sun, Trumpet, Arhoolie, Bluebird, and many others); unsung guitar heroes; historic live concerts; classic, rare and hard to find vinyl; legendary artists such as Son House, Muddy Waters, and Arthur Crudup; harmonica blowers from Chicago, L.A., and Memphis; boogie woogie piano; slide guitar players from the Windy City; plus... our ever-popular “Rhythm Rockin’ Blues” series, periodic tributes to the Hammond B3, and the annual Gospel show, among others.

Blues Unlimited is now heard all over the world — thanks to our loyal podcast followers — and in a handful of markets around the U.S. as well. Although the support and feedback we receive is overwhelming, unfortunately, it's not enough to make this endeavor self-sustaining. That's where you come in.

Right now, "Blues Unlimited" is actively pursuing permanent funding and sponsorship — via grants, and/or ongoing production assistance from either a radio station or a corporate sponsor. However, that all takes time to secure and to get put in place. In the meantime, to bridge the temporary gap we are facing in our budget, "Blues Unlimited" is looking to our long-time fans and listeners for support.

In addition to help defraying ongoing production costs and website expenses, we’re also hoping to invest in much-needed reference materials and music acquisitions for already-planned, upcoming programs.

Although we hope it comes across as obvious to anyone who tunes in, we do this out of a deep, abiding love for the music, and the artists and musicians who’ve made it. With your help, “Blues Unlimited” will be able to continue sharing that love, as we forge ahead in 2014, and keep producing new episodes for the immediate, foreseeable future.

Thanks for your help.

Steve Franz, aka Sleepy Boy Hawkins.

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$125 USD
Blues Unlimited "Supporter"
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You will be thanked, by name, in an upcoming episode of "Blues Unlimited." If you prefer not to be named in person, you can also opt to do it "in honor" of another person or organization. (NOTE: if you have an unusual last name, please help us out by insuring that we know how to pronounce it properly!)
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$300 USD
Blues Unlimited "Underwriter"
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You will be thanked, by name in an upcoming episode, and will also get a one-of-a-kind T-shirt with the "Blues Unlimited" Logo on the front. It comes from a vintage poster for the Beale Street Music Festival, held in Memphis, May 1977, and is emblazoned with the distinct street signs for "Third and Beale," which some people claim is the musical crossroads of the Blues Universe.
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$500 USD
"Gold Star Member & Certified Blues Nut"
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You'll get the T-shirt, a thank you mention on an upcoming radio show, and your choice of: a signed, autographed copy of the Elmore James book, or, a randomly selected LP or 45 rpm record from our personal blues record collection!
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