In the early 1960s Syd Barrett grafted Pink Anderson’s first name with another bluesman (Floyd Council), to form the name of Pink Floyd. Two decades before Barrett was born, Columbia Records recorded two 78’s with Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley in 1928. This upbeat number features a humorous back and forth chatter between Pink Anderson and Simmie Dooley, both playing guitar and singing verses. This is a great tune that deserves to be heard, and we’re lucky to have a nice clean MP3 of it, too.
Blues is a popular music genre which originated in the southern United States around the end of the 19th century. While most of these blues artists were male, one notable exception was Ma Rainey. She is known as the mother of the blues. Listen to “Slave to the Blues” and you will understand why.
What a lovely track by this classy classic performer. Lottie Kimbrough brings a message that rings true through the ages, with humor and a voice of gold.
“Cocaine” by Dick Justice is a lighthearted account of the effects that drug addiction can have on life. Originally written and recorded by Luke Jordan in 1927, Justice re-made his own version of the song blending a little folk with some blues and speeding up the tempo.
Blind Willie Johnson, Texas blues man and virtuoso of the “bottleneck” or slide guitar, was born in Marlin, Texas, about 1902, and blinded at age seven. Johnson’s unique voice and his original compositions influenced musicians throughout the South, especially Texas bluesmen.