Bobby Leecan’s Need More Band – “Washboard Cut Out”

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

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 Read more, Listen and learn

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Akins Birmingham Boys – “I Walked And Walked”

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

This is one fine early example of amply motivated walking in song, from a group called Akins Birmingham Boys. Little biographical info is available online about these ukelele strummin’ and fiddlin’ singers, but we do know they recorded this and one other side for Columbia records, and the songs more than stand the test of Read more, Listen and learn

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The Mississippi Sheiks – “Please Baby”

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

The Mississippi Sheiks from Bolton, Mississippi were a popular band in their time, and their recorded songs have been covered by an impressive list of artists that includes Howlin’ Wolf, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Harry Belafonte and Bob Dylan. Three of the Sheiks were brothers Lonnie, Sam, and Armenter Chatmon, the latter of whom Read more, Listen and learn

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

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

“Last Gold Dollar” is the first of several sides Ephraim Woodie and the Henpecked Husbands recorded for the Columbia label in 1929. Led by Ephraim Woodie’s affecting vocal, this North Carolina group featured Clay Reed on fiddle and multi-instrumentalist Edison Nuckolls on banjo. Original pressings of their records are rare and highly sought-after by collectors, Read more, Listen and learn

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

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

Guitarist Napoleon “Nap” Hayes and mandolinist Matthew Prater recorded this instrumental gem in Memphis, Tennessee in February of 1928. “Easy Winner” combined elements of ragtime and blues into a string band format, borrowing freely from Scott Joplin’s most famous piece, “The Entertainer.” Though biographical information about Hayes and Prater is scarce, we do know they Read more, Listen and learn

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