“One Way Gal” was recorded in Chicago in 1928 by the legendary “barber bluesman,” William Moore. A 78 RPM vinyl copy of this lovely record is almost impossible to find, but you can enjoy this nice clean mp3. The lyrical twist in the song is hilarious, and Bill Moore’s voice and picking style delivers it perfectly. Like Blind Blake and other folk-blues greats of his time, Moore accompanied himself solo on acoustic guitar, dropping gems like this into a single microphone with no effects or post-production. A brilliant moment, captured forever.
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.