It’s hard not to like “Big Bill Broonzy Sings Folk Songs” as a new remastered vinyl reissue. Like the man himself, it
deserves much love.
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.
Making a wall calendar is pretty simple, right? Maybe if you’re talking about a run-of-the-mill calendar. But it’s different for the Blues Images calendar.
Longtime reader Bob Russell of of New Jersey has been part of Goldmine’s collecting family since the 1980s. He collects everything from guitars and amps to old discs — and he’ll even give you a sneak peek with his video tour.
Decades before there were burning bras, hyphenated last names or girl power in general, blues queen Ida Cox laid out a game plan for the ladies: Kick back with a drink, have a good time, and don’t take any crap from some sorry man.
The blues group hit its peak with a release on Okeh. But in 1932, The Sheiks produced a six-pack of records with Paramount that are very hard to find today.
The adage goes that “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Well, bluesman Charley Patton took that advice to heart when he put out his hit song, “Some Summer Day.”
As quickly as Hurt came onto the scene, he was gone, because his later records didn’t sell as well as “Frankie.”