Lemon Henry Jefferson died during one of the worst Chicago winters on record, but his music lives on with quite the electric spirit.
Blues Images’ annual calendar and CD present vintage blues tracks as well as their original ads. Noted bluesmen like Blind Lemon Jefferson and Blind Willie Johnson appear along with relatively unknown ones.
The 2015 package features Tommy Johnson’s rare 1929 “Ridin’ Horse”/”Alcohol and Jake Blues” (Paramount 12950), taken from a rare 78 a sharp-eyed buyer found at an estate sale — only one other copy was known to exist — and sold on eBay for $37,100.
“Return of the Stuff That Dreams of” presents two CDs of rustic American music from the 1920s and ’30s.
Blues Images’ 2013 wall calendar offers vintage illustrated ads for 1920s-30s blues recordings plus as CD of the songs whose ads on the calendar.
The coolest annual wall calendar I know of comes from the blues fanatics at Blues Images
An 18-track CD and vintage ads are the stars of a 2009 calendar set.