Here’s legendary American singer Alberta Hunter’s vintage recording of “Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning.” Originally penned by Tom and Pearl Delaney, this classic was later a hit for Dinah Washington and Aretha Franklin. Alberta Hunter and her small, smart combo, put this song on the musical map forever in 1921, with this unforgettable take.
“Mistreatin’ Mama” has been covered by blues giants like Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, and Leadbelly, to name a few. Jaybird Coleman’s vintage take, preserved in all its monophonic glory, sounds as inspired and raw today as it did the day he recorded it in 1927. Remastered from the original 78 RPM vinyl, here’s Coleman, solo, alternating between harmonica and voice to bring the whole message home.
An American music institution, The Memphis Jug Band was active from the 1920’s all the way through the late 1950’s. Their repertoire over the years encompassed a wide variety of styles – folk, ballads, blues and jazz – and of course, jug music! “Stealin’ Stealin'” was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee in 1928, with bandleader Will Shade presiding on harmonica. A great track from the early stages of this storied band, from the vinyl 78RPM to your eardrums in hi-res mp3 format.