A sprightly, good-timey, catchy, humorous song — complete with some flyin’ fiddle, guitar and delicious two-part harmony — “Cracking Them Things” is arguably one of The Mississippi Sheiks’ greatest records. But it also is one of the group’s rarest, as no copies are known to exist.
Bluesman Charley Patton is unhappy with the ‘Mean Black Cat’ sniffing around his woman. And, as Paramount 12943 explains, he’s irate about her skills, too.
Forty years after Henry Thomas recorded “Bull Doze Blues,” Canned Heat duplicated the vocal, the chords and the pan-pipe solo for “Going Up The Country.”
Furry Lewis made a lot of savvy choices, including hanging on to his career outside of music, so we’re guessing his advice about the dangers of pretty girls is on target.
Rare blues recordings typically fetch several hundred to a few thousand dollars on the open market, perhaps more if they are exceedingly rare, in absolutely pristine condition or from a legendary artist. This copy of Paramount 12950 featuring Tommy Johnson had all of those factors in its favor.
Bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson heads out in search of the perfect peach, only to find three others have tumbled the fruit from his favored tree. Or, for those of you who aren’t farmers: His woman done him wrong.
Little is known about Walter ‘Buddy Boy’ Hawkins, but two things are certain: He knew how to work a guitar, and his vocals told the story beyond the lyrics.
The 11th installment of the Blues Images calendar features a 24-track CD and hard-to-find photographs of icons Henry Thomas, Furry Lewis and Bessie Smith.
Don’t get fooled by a glamorous vintage photo of a prim and proper Memphis Minnie. The Queen of The Blues was known to pack more than a powerful set of pipes.
Sure, Clifford Gibson sang the blues. But the real power of his music was evident when he let his incredibly long fingers did the talking.