Saturday, January 22, 2011

1/18/2011 Rag to Blues Progression

Eubie Blake - Charleston Rag (1917)

Jimmy Blythe - Mr. Freddie Blues (1924)

Thomas "Fats" Waller - Nobody but my Baby (1926)

Jimmy Yancey - Rollin' The Stone
Meade Lux Lewis - Honky Tonk Train Blues
Gus Cannon - Hollywood Rag
Papa Charlie Jackson - Drop That Sack
Papa Charlie Jackson - Hot Papa Blues

Reverend Gary Davis - Ragtime guitar Rag
Blind Blake - Georgia Bound
Blind Willie McTell - Southern Can Is Mine

Furry Lews - Take Your Time Rag
Big Bill Broonzy - Saturday Night Rag

Louise Johnson - On the Wall
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Willie Brown - Ragged & Dirty
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Son House - Dry Spell Blues Part 1

Lonnie Johnson - Flood Water Blues 

First Show: 1/10/2011

Starting off with Delta classics...

Charley Patton - Mississippi Boweavil Blues
Blind Lemon Jefferson - Black Snake Moan*
Tommy Johnson - Big Road Blues
Son House - Preachin' the Blues Pt. 1 & 2
Robert Johnson - Crossroads*
Leadbelly - Kansas City Papa
Skip James - Devil Got my Woman
Blind Willie McTell - Chainey
Blind Willie McTell - Murderer's Home Blues
Mississippi John Hurt - Nobody's Dirty Business
Josh White - Get on Home
LeRoy Carr - Blues Before Sunrise
Blind Boy Fuller - Working Man's Blues
Josh White - Blood Red River Blues
Jelly Roll Morton - Hesitation Blues
Blind Boy Fuller - Rag, Rag
Leadbelly - On Monday
* Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce (Cream) will go on to cover Johnson's song in their numerous performances. Listen to the difference:

(psst...on this show, we like the former better all the way!)

*Blind Lemon Jefferson gets some contemporary rep:
Samuel L. Jackson does a rendition of the song for the movie Black Snake Moan

Let's go back in time

It's 1932, Northeastern Mississippi. Suspenders and hats all the rage. Those fortunate are driving Oldsmobiles. Those less fortunate are walking the streets, passing local shops and bars. And some people are huddled around a radio, listening to this...