Blues

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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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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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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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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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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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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Son House – “My Black Mama (Part 1)”

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The lyrics and music that Son House put down in the 1920′s and early 30′s left an indelible mark on […]

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Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds – “Crazy Blues”

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How crazy is crazy blues? Well, has you ever been in love? If you has, then you knows! If you […]

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Kokomo Arnold – “Sissy Man Blues”

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Kokomo Arnold’s left-handed slide guitar playing and vocals, delivered with the same intensity and conviction as a sermon from a […]

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Ma Rainey – “Don’t Fish In My Sea”

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Here’s another great recording by the Mother Of The Blues, Ma Rainey, expertly accompanied by Thomas A. Dorsey on upright […]

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Bertha Lee with Charley Patton – “Mind Reader Blues”

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Recorded shortly before Charley Patton’s death, “Mind Reader Blues” is a song he performed with his common-law wife, Bertha Lee. […]

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1928 Classic Song Recorded by Dylan and Zeppelin

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This great song was written by Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy a year after the Great Mississippi Flood of […]

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Kansas Joe McCoy – “Pile Driver Blues”

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Kansas Joe McCoy and his wife Memphis Minnie were stars in the Memphis and Chicago blues music scenes. Together they […]

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Blind Blake & Charlie Spand – “Hastings Street”

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This collaboration between blues guitar master Blind Blake and ragtime piano master Charlie Spand is an absolute joy to listen […]

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Frank Stokes – “I’m Going Away Blues”

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Often hailed as the “Father of the Memphis blues” guitar style, Frank Stokes recorded dozens of 78 RPM sides for […]

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Bessie Smith – “Thinking Blues”

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The Empress Of The Blues, Bessie Smith got her start busking with her brother in Chattanooga as a young girl. […]

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Walter “Buddy Boy” Hawkins – “Snatch It Back Blues”

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Walter “Buddy Boy” Hawkins is one of those great pre-war blues artists for whom it is hard to find biographical […]

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Son House – “Clarksdale Moan”

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Son House was discovered and promoted as a young man by reigning Delta Blues king, Charley Patton. House’s style would […]

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Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie – “When The Levee Breaks”

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A peculiar detail about Chicago Blues legend Joe McCoy is that he had a lot of stage names. Best known […]

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