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Blues

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

by publicdomain4u October 30, 2014
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King David’s Jug Band was a popular attraction in Cincinnati, Ohio’s West End in the early 20’th century. Named for […]

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Blind Blake – “Hookworm Blues”

by publicdomain4u September 29, 2014
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The “King Of Ragtime Guitar,” Blind Blake makes his 6-string sing on this swinging uptempo blues rag, “Hookworm Blues,” which […]

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Peg Leg Howell – “Peg Leg Stomp”

by publicdomain4u September 7, 2014
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Born on a farm in Eatonton, Georgia in March of 1888, Joshua Barnes Howell taught himself to play guitar at […]

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

by publicdomain4u June 22, 2014
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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”

by publicdomain4u June 16, 2014
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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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The Mississippi Sheiks – “Please Baby”

by publicdomain4u April 23, 2014
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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”

by publicdomain4u April 1, 2014
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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?”

by publicdomain4u February 26, 2014
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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”

by publicdomain4u December 31, 2013
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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”

by publicdomain4u November 27, 2013
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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”

by publicdomain4u November 4, 2013
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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)”

by publicdomain4u October 14, 2013
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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”

by publicdomain4u September 4, 2013
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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”

by publicdomain4u August 12, 2013
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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”

by publicdomain4u July 23, 2013
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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”

by publicdomain4u June 19, 2013
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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

by publicdomain4u June 10, 2013
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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”

by publicdomain4u April 17, 2013
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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”

by publicdomain4u April 9, 2013
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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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