Mississippi Bracey – “Stered Gal”

Today we have another great bluesman from the Mississippi Delta, crooning with pride about his lovely lady. Caldwell Mississippi Bracey was born in the Delta in the early 1900’s and recorded four sides with Okeh Records in 1930. Turn up his smooth voice, pour yourself a stiff drink and reminisce about your lost loves. Enjoy!

Mississippi Bracey – “Stered Gal (play/download)

Oscar “Buddy” Woods – “Don’t Sell It, Don’t Give It Away”

Oscar ‚ÄúBuddy‚Äù Woods was a musical genius. The original master collaborator, a member of the first mixed-race country blues group and¬†a pioneer of the lap-steel-bottleneck blues. “Don’t Sell it, Don’t Give it Away”¬†is considered¬†Woods’ signature tune ‚Äî an upbeat good old-fashioned break-up¬†song that makes you want to dance.¬†He achieves¬†equal parts blues-y lyrics¬†to catchy melody by¬†inserting instrumental solos between¬†his verses. Oscar Woods¬†composed music¬†through the end of the Harlem Renaissance and through Prohibition, which makes Woods unique¬†in that he achieved musical greatness during¬†a period in history that was hard on musical freedom.¬†

¬†Oscar” Buddy” Woods – “Don’t Sell It, Don’t Give It Away” (mp3)

Alonzo Yancey – “Everybody’s Rag” (mp3/video)

Alonzo Yancey – “Everybody’s Rag” (mp3)

Ragtime is known as the music “that came from the people and then got lost,” mostly because jazz stole its thunder as it captured the public’s attention after 1917. Essentially piano music, ragtime showcases the genius of skilled pianists including Alonzo Yancey. Not much is known about Yancey, except that he was the lesser known of the Yancey brothers and he was raised in Chicago. “Everybody’s Rag” recorded in 1943, exhibits the epitome of this mischievous genre which brings to mind classic silent films a la Charlie Chaplin. Yancey serves his piano straight up, as one can only imagine the skill it takes to move your fingers as fast as the melody requires.

Walter Roland – “Jookit Jookit” (mp3)

Walter Roland – “Jookit Jookit” (mp3)

Walter Roland remains one of the blue’s most elusive and mysterious figures. Born in or around Birmingham AL, circa 1900. He first emerged on the city’s blues circuit during the 1920s already a skilled and versatile pianist whose repertoire ran the gamut from slow, gut-wrenching blues, to exuberant boogie-woogies. This mp3 is a testament to the boogie-woogie side of his playing.

Bessie Smith – “He Treats Me Like A Dog” (mp3)

Bessie Smith – “He Treats Me Like A Dog” (mp3)

As the “Empress of the Blues,” Bessie Mae Smith’s strong vocals shines through in “He Treats Me Like a Dog.” With a history of poverty and other socioeconomic struggles, Bessie Smith was able to let go and express her pain threw song. “He Treats Me Like a Dog” showcases Smith’s ability to not only sing, but to put the listener through the same experiences for the time being. Both beautiful and defiant, Bessie Mae Smith’s crown as the “ Empress of the Blues” proves appropriate.

Scrapper Blackwell and Leroy Carr – “Alabama Woman Blues” (mp3)

Scrapper Blackwell and Leroy Carr – “Alabama Woman Blues” (mp3)

Scrapper Blackwell and Leroy Carr were a famous guitar and piano duo of the 1920s. It was Carr that convinced Blackwell, a withdrawn and reserved man, to start playing professionally. Blackwell was known for his song “Kokomo Blues,” which was redone later by legendary Robert Johnson as “Sweet Home Chicago.” I know you will enjoy this mp3.

Bessie Jackson – “Barbeque Bess”

Born Lucille Bogan, Bessie is heatin’ up the grill, here! A saucy, tantalizing mp3 that will surely get your mouth watering. Known for her sensuous style and sass, she made her mark in the 1920’s blues scene from the vaudeville stages and wound up at Paramount Records. Feared by a few, but mostly admired by many, Bessie Jackson is hotter than hot. What time did she say to stop by?

Bessie Jackson – “Barbeque Bess” (mp3)