Flashback

John Tefteller’s World’s Rarest Records uses time travel to take us back to the old American bluesmen

Blind Willie Johnson: God Moves On Water

“God Moves On the Water” was recorded by Blind Willie Johnson for Columbia Records in New Orleans when representatives from the great label of the North went on a field expedition throughout Louisiana to try and find regional talent. It’s safe to say they hit the jackpot with the blind singing songwriting preaching Texan.

Whatever Chocolate Brown wants, Chocolate Brown gets

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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.