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Born in Philadelphia in 1897, Bobby Leecan was an influential steel string guitarist whose style embraced blues, vaudeville, jug music and Dixieland jazz. Leecan recorded numerous sides for Victor and other early record labels, often with his collaborator, harmonica virtuoso Robert Cooksey. The uptempo instrumental “Washboard Cut Out” features washboard, guitar, banjo, cello, fiddle and harmonica, all as lead and rhythm instruments in a tightly arranged romp. It’s an impressive feat of combo playing and we are thrilled to share this digital transfer of the original release from Electrola Records.

Bobby Leecan’s Need More Band – “Washboard Cut Out” (play/download mp3)

Bessie Smith – “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

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To say Bessie Smith was a superstar in her time is no overstatement. She had no less than fifteen chart-topping […]

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Big Bill Broonzy – “How You Want It Done”

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In his long career, Big Bill Broonzy wrote and copyrighted over 300 songs. Many were original, some were adaptations of […]

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Paddy Killoran – “Sligo Maid’s Lament”

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Sligo is a form of lively folk music which takes its name from the county and town of Sligo on […]

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Akins Birmingham Boys – “I Walked And Walked”

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This is one fine early example of amply motivated walking in song, from a group called Akins Birmingham Boys. Little […]

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The Mississippi Sheiks – “Please Baby”

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The Mississippi Sheiks from Bolton, Mississippi were a popular band in their time, and their recorded songs have been covered […]

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Ephraim Woodie & The Henpecked Husbands – “Last Gold Dollar”

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“Last Gold Dollar” is the first of several sides Ephraim Woodie and the Henpecked Husbands recorded for the Columbia label […]

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The Blue Boys (Hayes and Prater) – “Easy Winner”

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Guitarist Napoleon “Nap” Hayes and mandolinist Matthew Prater recorded this instrumental gem in Memphis, Tennessee in February of 1928. “Easy […]

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Ed Meeker – “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”

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Opening day of the baseball season always makes me think of Ed Meeker and his classic song “Take Me Out […]

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Dutch Coleman and Red Whitehead – “Dad’s Gettin’ Fuzzy”

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Here’s some blistering harmonica boogie from “blues harp” masters Dutch Coleman and Red Whitehead. Expertly shaping the tone with their […]

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Asa Martin – “She Ain’t Built That Way”

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Old Time Music legend Asa Martin delivers a tongue-in-cheek tune about the perplexing ways of women. As Martin straight-faces these […]

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Tommie Bradley and James Cole – “Where You Been So Long?”

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Guitarist Tommie Bradley and fiddler James Cole recorded “Where You Been So Long?” in Richmond, Indiana. Their music, a unique […]

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Billy Murray – “When Old Bill Bailey Plays the Ukulele”

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Here’s another classic Ukulele gem from the “Under The Ukulele Moon” collection, lovingly compiled by Happy Puppy Records. Accompanied by […]

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Mississippi John Hurt – “Avalon Blues”

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“Avalon Blues” was the last song recorded by Mississippi John Hurt in the 1920′s. Named for Hurt’s hometown of Avalon, […]

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Cliff Edwards – “A Song Of Old Hawaii”

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Here’s a lovely ode to Hawaii, performed by American popular music and early radio legend Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, accompanying […]

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Al Dollar & His 10 Cent Band w/ Billy Murray – “Popeye the Sailor Man”

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After his debut appearance in a comic strip by E. C. Segar, Popeye the Sailor became a beloved star of: […]

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Big Joe Williams – “Stack O’ Dollars”

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Mississippi blues legend Big Joe Williams testifies on the real value of a Stack O’ Dollars, on this astonishing early […]

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The Dixon Brothers – “Intoxicated Rat”

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South Carolina brothers Dorsey and Howard Dixon worked for many years in Carolina textile mills, and some of their original […]

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Cripple Clarence Lofton – “Monkey Man Blues”

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Born Albert Clemens in Kingsport, Tennessee in March of 1887, Cripple Clarence Lofton was a key figure in the Chicago […]

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