The Blue Boys (Hayes and Prater) – “Easy Winner” | Public Domain 4U

The Blue Boys (Hayes and Prater) – “Easy Winner”

by | Apr 4, 2014 | Free Listen

Guitarist Napoleon “Nap” Hayes and mandolinist Matthew Prater recorded this instrumental gem in Memphis, Tennessee in February of 1928. “Easy Winner” combined elements of ragtime and blues into a string band format, borrowing freely from Scott Joplin’s most famous piece, “The Entertainer.” Though biographical information about Hayes and Prater is scarce, we do know they performed as the Blue Boys and also as the Johnson Boys, leaving behind a handful of brilliant instrumental recordings on the Document Records label for us to enjoy.

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