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.
Unicorns. Honest politicians. Jaydee Short’s missing Paramount records. There are no guarantees that any of these exist, but John Tefteller is holding out hope. Well, for the records, anyway. (And maybe the unicorns.)
Discover the legendary bluesman who played hard, died young and left behind a myth and a mystery almost as big as his musical legacy.
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.