Ragtime

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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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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Peg Leg Howell – “Peg Leg Stomp”

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Born on a farm in Eatonton, Georgia in March of 1888, Joshua Barnes Howell taught himself to play guitar at […]

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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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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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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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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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Scott Joplin – “The Entertainer”

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Only one of the greatest and most famous piano works of all time, here is Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” as […]

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Bessie Smith – “There’ll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight”

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A true American classic, “A Hot Time in the Old Town” is an American ragtime song penned by Theodore August […]

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Oscar “Buddy” Woods – “Don’t Sell It, Don’t Give It Away”

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Oscar “Buddy” Woods was a member of the first mixed-race country blues group, and a pioneer of lap-steel-bottleneck blues. He┬ácomposed […]

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