Memphis Slim – “I Just Landed In Your Town”

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John Len Chatman, better known as Memphis Slim, started his life in (you guessed it) Memphis, Tennessee before emigrating to Paris, France in the 1960’s. He made over 500 recordings in his career, for Bluebird, Okeh, Miracle, and other original blues and folk labels, teaming up with Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Bill Broonzy, Willy Dixon Read more, Listen and learn

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Joseph and Cléoma Falcon – “Allons a Lafayette”

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

Joe and Cléoma Falcon’s “Allons a Lafayette” is probably the first commercial Cajun music recording ever released. The record is credited to Joseph Falcon, and in their day it was considered improper for a woman to perform in dancehalls. But this didn’t stop them. The couple performed extensively in southern Louisiana and Texas in the Read more, Listen and learn

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Jack Kelly & His South Memphis Jug Band – “Highway No. 61″

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

Several decades before Bob Dylan recorded his breakthrough “Highway 61 Revisited” album, the folk-blues song “Highway No. 61″ was interpreted by numerous blues singers including Charlie Pickett, Memphis Minnie and Joe McCoy, The Sparks Brothers and others. Jack Kelly & His South Memphis Jug Band recorded this classic version with fiddler Will Batts on vocal Read more, Listen and learn

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Syd Valentine’s Patent Leather Kids – “Rock And Gravel”

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

This uptempo instrumental romp from Syd Valentine’s Patent Leather Kids features some expert piano, banjo, and trumpet work. The players perform solo and together in a tightly arrangement they called “Rock And Gravel.” Hailing from Indianpolis, Indiana, the group’s main personnel were Syd Valentine, James Helm and Paul George. When the trio played live however, Read more, Listen and learn

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Clifford Hayes’ Louisville Stompers – “Dance Hall Shuffle”

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

Another important figure in early Jug Music, Clifford Hayes was born in 1895 in Glasgow, Kentucky. Hayes played fiddle with the Earl McDonald Jug Band in nearby Louisville, the birthplace of Jug music. He later started his own band, and recorded with Sarah Martin and other notables. Jug music was a huge social and musical Read more, Listen and learn

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King David’s Jug Band – “Sweet Potato Blues”

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

King David’s Jug Band was a popular attraction in Cincinnati, Ohio’s West End in the early 20’th century. Named for guitarist David Crockett, the group also featured Sam “Stovepipe” Jones on, well, just about everything. As a “one-man band” performing in speakeasies during prohibition and on the street, Jones played guitar, harmonica and kazoo (through Read more, Listen and learn

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Harvey Brooks Quality Four – “Frankie And Johnny”

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

Named after the Quality Cafe in Los Angeles, Harvey Brooks Quality Four was one of several bands formed by pianist Harvey Brooks with clarinet and sax man, Paul Howard. Here is their instrumental version of the classic American murder ballad, “Frankie and Johnny.” This song has been recorded and released both vocally and instrumentally a Read more, Listen and learn

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Blind Blake – “Hookworm Blues”

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

The “King Of Ragtime Guitar,” Blind Blake makes his 6-string sing on this swinging uptempo blues rag, “Hookworm Blues,” which also features the piano stylings of Alex Robinson. Blake’s vocal interlaces with the piano and guitar patterns to complete a whole much greater than the sum of its parts. This track really boogies, and it’s Read more, Listen and learn

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Dixieland Jug Blowers – “Boodle-Am Shake”

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

The Dixieland Jug Blowers fused the traditional Jug Band lineup of jug, banjo, guitar and fiddle, with jazz woodwinds, brass and piano. In fact the band was a combo of two separate groups run by jug player Earl McDonald and fiddler Clifford Hayes. Their musical innovations, immortalized on Victor Records, influenced other groups including the Read more, Listen and learn

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