Blues Heritage: the first 50 years of blues, from the 1920s to the 1970s.

on air: 10 PM to 3 AM Saturdays on KCPB

listen on demand: Through the Blues Before Sunrise website.

Hosted by: Steve Cushing

As a musician himself bearing substantial credentials with Magic Slim and The Teardrops, the Lee Jackson band and Smokey Smothers and The Ice Cream Men, Steve Cushing numbers among his friends and closest associates fellow musicians to whom the blues is a vital, thriving music as well as a means of making a living.

Blues Before Sunrise, broadcast from Chicago’s public radio station 91.5FM WBEZ, has for more than two decades served an audience that includes loyal home listeners, musicians lounging on break, lovers in their living rooms, cab drivers and other service workers pulling the graveyard, and even teen airwave surfers discovering an entire musical world peopled by cats who were hip before them.  –Justin O’Brien