A Fund Raiser for Blues Unlimited Radio

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Raised by 46 people in 5 months

For almost a decade, Blues Unlimited Radio  has been delighting and entertaining listeners each and every week with our unique blend of legendary performers, rare vinyl, beloved standards, and crazy good music. We often hear from our listeners that there's no radio show out there quite like it.

Blues Unlimited is more than "just" a radio show, however. Our tightly focused themes continually delight and entertain our listeners by digging into little known histories, captivating stories, and forgotten blues heroes of the past.

Right now, we're pleased to announce that a major new undertaking — a series of three volumes compiling the complete Blues Unlimited radio show transcripts — are in the works. Volume 1 is now finished, and is awaiting funding to be professionally converted into an eBook format.

Because each volume is rather lengthy and time consuming to convert (volume 1 is almost 600 pages, and each additional volume is expected to be around the same), the cost is going to be more than what we expected.

Your support will go directly towards funding the eBook conversions, and we hope to have the funding in place for volume 1 by the first of March, if possible. Volumes 2 and 3 are scheduled to be completed soon after Volume 1 is on the market.

Listeners tell us repeatedly how much they love Blues Unlimited, and that no matter what, we should keep doing what we're doing. Your help at this critical juncture will help ensure our future, and make sure that we keep spreading the gospel of the blues to our fans and listeners all over the globe.

For a suggested donation of $20, we will send you a pre-publication PDF of Volume 1. Anyone donating $50 or more will be personally thanked in an upcoming episode of Blues Unlimited. (please make sure you send us your email address so we can send you the PDF - there's a contact form on our main website, near the bottom, if needed).


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Dear Friends,

I’ve been meaning to send one final note to all you amazing folks who pitched in, dug deep, and helped out during these last few months. It’s been an amazing feeling to see the bulk of my life’s work get published in eBook format.... and it’s all thanks to your help that it happened. Some of you were thanked personally.... I know there’s a few folks I missed.... but please know this -- every time a donation came in, no matter large or small... it touched me deeply to the bottom of my heart, and I am filled with gratitude beyond any measure you could possibly imagine.

Many of you are owed a BIG “thank you” on a future episode of Blues Unlimited - and I promise that you will NOT be forgotten! These days, it takes a bit longer to crank out brand new episodes, but... we hope the wait is worth it (and I will say this -- we’ve got some pretty exciting stuff lined up for you!)

So again -- I am humbled and awed by all your generous help and support. Thank you for helping make these dreams come true.

Yours in good blues and great radio!

Steve Franz
aka Sleepy Boy Hawkins.
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Volume 3 of "Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts" was officially released yesterday. Today, it's the #2 New Release at Amazon in Music Reference! Thanks to all who contributed and donated to make this possible!!!
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Hey folks! The Elmore eBook conversion is HAPPENING NOW!

Thanks to a private donation that came in this morning, and a little wiggle room left on my first credit card in 10 years, I was able to scrounge up enough to pay the invoice and get the conversion team started on making the eBook version of the Elmore bio a reality. IF YOU WANT TO DONATE AND BE THANKED IN PRINT, it’s not too late. I have till Friday to get the new acknowledgements page into the team. Anyone who donates $10 or more, you will be personally thanked in the eBook version!
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I want to thank all the contributors who made this possible! I am grateful and extremely blessed to have so many wonderful people who care so deeply about the work I do on Blues Unlimited Radio.

And... here’s something exciting to consider... if you have a few extra bucks to spare... our next (and final project) is to raise just a little bit more so that the one and only Elmore James bio can be made into an eBook. It’s true. We already have a price quote, and need a little help to make it a reality. As before, donate $50 and you will get personally thanked on an upcoming episode of Blues Unlimited!

And now.... on with the exciting news!

Announcing “The Complete Radio Show Transcripts Volume 3,” to be released on May 24th, 2019.

“Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts, Volume 3,” by Steve Franz, will be released on May 24, 2019. It is available for pre-order now in the Amazon Kindle Store at https://tinyurl.com/y4pwwr2f and from Barnes & Noble at https://tinyurl.com/y5mvhxjb

For nearly a decade, Blues Unlimited Radio has been delighting, entertaining, and engaging listeners each and every week with its unique blend of legendary performers, rare vinyl, beloved standards, and crazy good music. Listeners often say that there’s no radio show out there quite like it.

Blues Unlimited is more than “just” a radio show, however. Our tightly focused themes continually draw in listeners from every corner of the globe, by digging into little known histories, captivating stories, and forgotten blues heroes of the past.

Blues Unlimited Radio started as a dream more than 35 years ago, and is the brainchild of ethnomusicologist, historian, author, and independent radio producer Steve Franz (“The Amazing Secret History of Elmore James”). “Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts” gathers together for the first time the complete written scripts of this critically acclaimed program. The last of three installments, Volume 3 covers episodes #269 through #333, and contains complete discographical details on every song from each episode as well. As a bonus, also included are all the scripts from "This Week in Blues History," a fun series of short audio essays that aim the spotlight on important recordings, artists, and events from the golden era of the blues.

Named in honor of the groundbreaking British periodical, launched by Simon Napier and Mike Leadbitter in 1963, “Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts” is designed to be an important resource for fans, students, aficionados, authors, musicians, researchers, blues lovers, and scholars — or those who simply want to follow along as they listen to the program — as we celebrate and explore one of the great American musical art forms.
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