Piano Blues

Memphis Slim – “I Just Landed In Your Town”

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John Len Chatman, better known as Memphis Slim, started his life in (you guessed it) Memphis, Tennessee before emigrating to […]

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Blind Blake – “Hookworm Blues”

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

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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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Cripple Clarence Lofton – “Monkey Man Blues”

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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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Ma Rainey – “Don’t Fish In My Sea”

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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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Blind Blake & Charlie Spand – “Hastings Street”

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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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Will Shade – “Better Leave That Stuff Alone”

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Jug music pioneer and Memphis blues great Will Shade created most of his over 100 recorded sides as leader of […]

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Bessie Jackson – “Barbeque Bess”

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A contemporary of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, Bessie Jackson was as bold with her lyrical humor and sexual innuendo […]

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Arthur Petties – “Out On Santa Fe Blues”

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Though Arthur Petties only released six tracks in his recording career, he left an indelible mark. This classic, “Out on […]

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Ida Cox – “Mojo Hand Blues”

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Ida Cox – also known as the “Uncrowned Queen of the Blues” – worked her way up through the early […]

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Bessie Smith – “I’m Wild About That Thing”

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You know I’m wild about this! Great recording, immaculate voice, all the elements that continue to feed my fascination with […]

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Charlie Spand – “Back To The Woods Blues”

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Charlie Spand’s notoriety stems from his genius in the boogie-woogie and barrelhouse style of piano. “Back to the Woods Blues” […]

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Helen Humes – “Song of the Wanderer”

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Helen Humes’ “Song of the Wanderer” is a fine anthem to wanderlust. Just the medicine to launch another day of […]

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