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

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

This uptempo instrumental romp from Syd Valentine’s Patent Leather Kids features some expert piano, banjo, and trumpet work. The players perform solo and together in a tightly arrangement they called “Rock And Gravel.” Hailing from Indianpolis, Indiana, the group’s main personnel were Syd Valentine, James Helm and Paul George. When the trio played live however, Read more, Listen and learn

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Clifford Hayes’ Louisville Stompers – “Dance Hall Shuffle”

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

Another important figure in early Jug Music, Clifford Hayes was born in 1895 in Glasgow, Kentucky. Hayes played fiddle with the Earl McDonald Jug Band in nearby Louisville, the birthplace of Jug music. He later started his own band, and recorded with Sarah Martin and other notables. Jug music was a huge social and musical Read more, Listen and learn

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Harvey Brooks Quality Four – “Frankie And Johnny”

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

Named after the Quality Cafe in Los Angeles, Harvey Brooks Quality Four was one of several bands formed by pianist Harvey Brooks with clarinet and sax man, Paul Howard. Here is their instrumental version of the classic American murder ballad, “Frankie and Johnny.” This song has been recorded and released both vocally and instrumentally a Read more, Listen and learn

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

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

Born in Philadelphia in 1897, Bobby Leecan was an influential steel string guitarist whose style embraced blues, vaudeville, jug music and Dixieland jazz. Leecan recorded numerous sides for Victor and other early record labels, often with his collaborator, harmonica virtuoso Robert Cooksey. The uptempo instrumental “Washboard Cut Out” features washboard, guitar, banjo, cello, fiddle and Read more, Listen and learn

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

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

Guitarist Napoleon “Nap” Hayes and mandolinist Matthew Prater recorded this instrumental gem in Memphis, Tennessee in February of 1928. “Easy Winner” combined elements of ragtime and blues into a string band format, borrowing freely from Scott Joplin’s most famous piece, “The Entertainer.” Though biographical information about Hayes and Prater is scarce, we do know they Read more, Listen and learn

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

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

Here’s some blistering harmonica boogie from “blues harp” masters Dutch Coleman and Red Whitehead. Expertly shaping the tone with their breath and their mouths, this duo of innovators created a trance-inducing sound way back when, and lucky us, they recorded it. Pure instrumental music goodness with two guys jamming full-on and stompin’ they feet. Dutch Read more, Listen and learn

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Taylor’s Kentucky Boys – “Forked Deer”

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

Country blues fiddle pioneer Jim Booker recorded with Taylor’s Kentucky Boys, as well as his own Booker Orchestra. This track called “Forked Deer” showcases his nimble finger technique and energetic, highly melodic musical style. This was definitely dance music at the time of its creation, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself tapping your Read more, Listen and learn

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Alonzo Yancey – “Everybody’s Rag”

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Artists, MP3 Download, Songs | No Comments

Ragtime is known as “the music that got lost” – mostly because jazz stole its thunder and captured the public’s attention after 1917. Ragtime showcases brilliant pianists like Alonzo Yancey, the lesser known of the Yancey brothers. Alonzo, raised in Chicago, recorded “Everybody’s Rag” in 1943. He serves his piano straight up, and one can Read more, Listen and learn

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