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.
As ever, the blues calendar comes with a CD with the songs advertised in the art – this time with 12 bonus tracks, three being B-sides of songs in the ads.
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
By Bruce Sylvester For fans of early blues, one of the coolest wall calendars I’ve seen is Blues Images’ annual 12×24” offering. Each month’s illustration is a reprint of the original ad for a vintage 1920s-‘30s blues 78 RPM …
An 18-track CD and vintage ads are the stars of a 2009 calendar set.