Instrumental

Bill Brown and His Brownies – “Hot Lips”

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Hot Lips, baby! Bill Brown and his Brownies really put something together on this side, recorded for the Brunswick label […]

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Tiny Parham And His Musicians – “Washboard Wiggles”

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Born in Canada in 1900, keyboardist and composer Hartzel “Tiny” Parham grew up mostly in Kansas City. As a young […]

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Syd Valentine’s Patent Leather Kids – “Rock And Gravel”

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This uptempo instrumental romp from Syd Valentine’s Patent Leather Kids features some expert piano, banjo, and trumpet work. The players […]

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Clifford Hayes’ Louisville Stompers – “Dance Hall Shuffle”

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Another important figure in early Jug Music, Clifford Hayes was born in 1895 in Glasgow, Kentucky. Hayes played fiddle with […]

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Harvey Brooks Quality Four – “Frankie And Johnny”

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Named after the Quality Cafe in Los Angeles, Harvey Brooks Quality Four was one of several bands formed by pianist […]

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

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th Born in Philadelphia in 1897, Bobby Leecan was an influential steel string guitarist whose style embraced blues, vaudeville, jug […]

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Paddy Killoran – “Sligo Maid’s Lament”

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Sligo is a form of lively folk music which takes its name from the county and town of Sligo on […]

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

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Guitarist Napoleon “Nap” Hayes and mandolinist Matthew Prater recorded this instrumental gem in Memphis, Tennessee in February of 1928. “Easy […]

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Dutch Coleman and Red Whitehead – “Dad’s Gettin’ Fuzzy”

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Here’s some blistering harmonica boogie from “blues harp” masters Dutch Coleman and Red Whitehead. Expertly shaping the tone with their […]

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Taylor’s Kentucky Boys – “Forked Deer”

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Country blues fiddle pioneer Jim Booker recorded with Taylor’s Kentucky Boys, as well as his own Booker Orchestra. This track […]

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The Charleston 7 – “Toodles”

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This great performance of the instrumental Roaring 20’s romp, “Toodles,” by Edison Recording Artist, the Charleston 7, stands the test […]

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Alonzo Yancey – “Everybody’s Rag”

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Ragtime is known as “the music that got lost” – mostly because jazz stole its thunder and captured the public’s […]

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John Philip Sousa Band – “The Stars and Stripes Forever”

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Here is John Philip Sousa’s greatest march, staple of Independence Day celebrations across the USA and one of the most […]

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