Folk Blues

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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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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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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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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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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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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Charley Patton – “High Water Everywhere Parts 1 & 2″

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The “Father Of The Delta Blues,” Charley Patton lived from around 1887 to April 28, 1934. His performances and recorded […]

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Jimmy Davis – “She’s A Hum Dum Dinger”

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She’s A Hum Dum Dinger from Dingersville. What more do you need to know about my baby? Oh my Lord […]

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King Solomon Hill – “Times Has Done Got Hard”

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Everyone wanted to know who King Solomon Hill was. Who laid down such amazing tracks as this one. After much […]

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Will Batts – “Cadillac Baby”

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Will Batts’ starts his “Cadillac Baby” with the last line from Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “Booger Rooger Blues” — “Somebody learned […]

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Gus Cannon – “Madison Street Rag”

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You can trace much of American popular music back to the blues. This is most obviously evident in Rock n’ […]

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William Moore – “One Way Gal”

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“One Way Gal” was recorded in Chicago in 1928 by the legendary “barber bluesman,” William Moore. A 78 RPM vinyl […]

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Jaybird Coleman – “Mistreatin’ Mama”

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“Mistreatin’ Mama” has been covered by blues giants like Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, and Leadbelly, to name a few. […]

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Charley Patton – “Poor Me”

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It is impossible to overstate the importance of Charley Patton’s music and its lasting influence. Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, John […]

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Ma Rainey – “Stack O’ Lee Blues”

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Here is Ma Rainey’s 1926 recording of the iconic American classic, “Stack O’Lee Blues.” This song has been recorded and re-interpreted […]

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Skip James – “Cherry Ball Blues”

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Skip James’ recordings are instantly recognizable as much for his peculiar guitar style as for his utterly unique voice. He […]

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