Bessie Jackson – “Barbeque Bess”

A contemporary of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, Bessie Jackson was as bold with her lyrical humor and sexual innuendo as she was with her vocal instrument itself. She recorded this sizzlin’ slab of vaudeville blues in 1935 in Chicago, with her longtime accompanists the greats Josh White on guitar and Walter Roland on piano. The track more than stands the test of time, and you also can hear clearly how this group helped lay the groundwork for the rock and roll music that would follow in decades later.