Lemon Henry Jefferson died during one of the worst Chicago winters on record, but his music lives on with quite the electric spirit.
It’s The Latest! It’s The Greatest! C’mon along and do the “Beale Street Breakdown” with Jed Davenport and his Beale Street Jug Band!
American blues musician Gus Cannon died broke and alone on the streets of Memphis, but at one time his band, Cannon’s Jug Stompers, were the premiere jug band around.
It’s hard not to like “Big Bill Broonzy Sings Folk Songs” as a new remastered vinyl reissue. Like the man himself, it
deserves much love.
On “Texas Easy Street Blues,” the itinerant hobo Thomas wants to head back to his native Texas and just sit and watch the world go by.
In 1930, Blind Blake was one of Paramount’s biggest-selling artists in a career that started in 1926. But since it was during The Great Depression, record sales — along with everything else — plummeted, so he picked up plenty of side gigs, including one with Chocolate Brown.
As much as ‘Big Ten-Inch Record (Of The Blues)’ seems custom-made for the elevator-riding, hey-diddle-diddling, down-on-a-muffin Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, it was actually Bull Moose Jackson who first shocked listeners in 1952 with a performance of this double-entendre laden song written by Fred Weismantel.
She was billed as “Sanctified Singer with Guitar.” And, man, she’s one hard-rockin’ mother. Well, Mother McCollum, that is. McCollum’s soulful vocals and nimble guitar picking are the highlights this rare and rockin’ little record paying homage to the Lord.
Armed with bawdy songs and a six-stringed guitar masquerading in a banjo’s body, Papa Charlie Jackson found it easy to catch the attention of his listeners.
Is it talent or is it studio technology? In the case of Bessie Smith’s recording of ‘Blue Spirit Blues’ on the Columbia label, the answer is a bit of both.