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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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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Mississippi John Hurt – “Avalon Blues”

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

“Avalon Blues” was the last song recorded by Mississippi John Hurt in the 1920’s. Named for Hurt’s hometown of Avalon, Mississippi, this song provided clues that folk musicologist Tom Hoskins used to locate the legendary bluesman in the early 1960’s. That meeting led to Hurt’s appearance at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival, which re-launched his Read more, Listen and learn

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Big Joe Williams – “Stack O’ Dollars”

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

Mississippi blues legend Big Joe Williams testifies on the real value of a Stack O’ Dollars, on this astonishing early Delta blues recording. Williams’ unique 9-string steel guitar rhythm, alongside a haunting fiddle lead, provides the perfect accompaniment to his searing vocal. Joe Williams continued to tour and perform for decades after recording this and Read more, Listen and learn

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Bertha Lee with Charley Patton – “Mind Reader Blues”

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | 2 Comments

Recorded shortly before Charley Patton’s death, “Mind Reader Blues” is a song he performed with his common-law wife, Bertha Lee. In her magnificent voice, Lee scolds Patton for his womanizing even as he lovingly accompanies her on guitar. The lyrics are auto-biographical: “I remember a day when I were livin’ at Lula town, I remember Read more, Listen and learn

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Kansas Joe McCoy – “Pile Driver Blues”

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | One Comment

Kansas Joe McCoy and his wife Memphis Minnie were stars in the Memphis and Chicago blues music scenes. Together they recorded the hit “Bumble Bee” in 1929 for Columbia Records, and a stack of other great vinyl 78 sides. “Pile Driver Blues” features Kansas Joe singing over their trademark lead and rhythm guitar interplay. Jimi Read more, Listen and learn

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

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

Walter “Buddy Boy” Hawkins is one of those great pre-war blues artists for whom it is hard to find biographical info. What is known is that he recorded several sides for Paramount in the late 1920’s, capturing his sublime vocal and guitar style for posterity. “Snatch It Back Blues” tells of a life of train-hopping Read more, Listen and learn

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Son House – “Clarksdale Moan”

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

Son House was discovered and promoted as a young man by reigning Delta Blues king, Charley Patton. House’s style would greatly influence Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, and later Bonnie Raitt, John Hammond, Jr. and The White Stripes. Released in 1930, the 78 RPM vinyl of “Clarksdale Moan” was long considered a “Holy Grail” of Read more, Listen and learn

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