Mississippi Sheiks, “Please Baby”

The Mississippi Sheiks from Bolton, Mississippi were well known throughout the Mississippi Delta. The father of the family had been a “musicianer” during times of black slavery, and his children carried on the musical spirit. Their most famous member was Armenter Chatmon – better known as Bo Carter – who managed a successful solo career as well as playing with the Sheiks, which may have contributed to their success. The band named themselves after Rudolph Valentino’s film The Sheik (1921). This Mp3 is carrying on the spirit of their music now.

Please Baby (mp3)

Joe Williams- “Stack O’ Dollars” (mp3)

Joe Williams – “Stack O’ Dollars” (mp3)

Joe Williams was one of a small number of black fiddlers from the historic ’20s and ’30s who were lucky enough to be documented on a recording – lucky for us that is. Like diamonds from a coal mine, these rare mp3s allow us a moment’s reflection on an era that would seem unbearable now.

Allen Brothers – “Jake Walk Blues” mp3

Allen Brothers – “Jake Walk Blues” (mp3)

If the Allen Brothers had a nick name for moonshine it would be called Jake. These boys have an mp3 to help you with your stagger and sway as you make your way down the lane. Brilliant kazoo work by these boys. I wonder…was the bartender named Jake? I think he was.

Cripple Clarence Lofton – “Monkey Man Blues” (mp3)

Cripple Clarence Lofton – “Monkey Man Blues” (mp3)

The Boogie Woogie King has finally made it to PD2ten! And not a second too late, either. Born in 1887 as Albert Clemens, with a limp, his first chosen art was, surprisingly, tap dancing. But later became well versed in the 12 bar boogie-woogie piano genre. He worked with Big Bill Broonzy, and was later to influence Erwin Helfner. And that aint no monkey business, either.

Ma Rainey – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (mp3)

Ma Rainey – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (mp3)

Ma Rainey confidently and stylistically earned the title: “Mother of the Blues.” A true innovator, Ma Rainey’s career started, peaked, and was finished before some of the great blues men in history were ever recorded. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is her most famous recording and doesn’t refer to her bottom. Black bottom is a dance. Uncle PD suggest you give it a try.