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A Fund Raiser for Blues Unlimited Radio

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Raised by 37 people in 2 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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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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Announcing “Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts, Volume 2.” Now available in the Amazon Kindle Store at https://tinyurl.com/yy5kkgor and from Barnes & Noble at https://tinyurl.com/y64gdruh

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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 second of three installments, Volume 2 covers episodes #205 through #268, and contains complete discographical details on every song from each episode as well.

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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Good news! Volume 2 of "The Complete Radio Show Transcripts" has just been listed for sale at Amazon (Barnes & Noble coming along shortly; hopefully by tomorrow). Thank you to EVERY ONE who donated to help make this possible... with every dollar that has come in, I have been amazed, humbled, filled with gratitude, and awe. Really and honestly. And it's great to see these compendiums finally become a reality. It's an honor to do this work, and thanks to all of you who have made it possible. Now available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QZZY2F9/ref
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To all of our generous supporters!

Here’s a quick update on the fundraiser for “Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts.”

Volume 1 was completed last month and is for sale on Amazon - https://tinyurl.com/yxz6dnnu - and Barnes & Noble - http://tinyurl.com/yxedzv5x

Naturally, of course, any sales of the eBooks will help directly support Blues Unlimited Radio.

Although it’s been somewhat frustrating, I’m STILL waiting on the eBook team to complete the final corrections to Vol 2. It came back last week — again — but they had not made all the corrections I requested. I am hoping for later this week to receive the final version, but, I have no control over the timeline on this. All I can do is cross my fingers and hope for the best.

Vol 3 is done, but I’ve decided to wait on sending it off to the eBook team until Vol 2 comes back, and is really, for sure, finally ready to go and be listed for sale on Amazon and B&N.

BTW, Vol 3 will be the biggest one of the three, as I decided to include all the scripts for “This Week in Blues History” as well. As I’m fond of saying, “should be good!”

Thanks again for ALL your generous donations and support. You are making all of this possible, and I can’t thank you enough!!!

Yours in good blues and great radio,

Steve
aka Sleepy Boy Hawkins
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