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.
Long before Tears for Fears offered that advice in the ’80s or flower-power acts gave it in the ’60s, McClintock sang it with the hope it might bear fruit.
The popular ‘artistic aide’ helped plenty of Paramount artists loosen up for sessions, including Harum Scarum, for its raucus recording of ‘Alabama Scratch.’
Plenty of blues artists back in the 1930s used an alias when recording. Unlike those trying to make more money or outrun the law, Blind Joe Taggart had another motive to record ‘14th Street Blues’ as Blind Percy.