Joining the ranks of Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder is Lemon Jefferson, a man with a challenging disability and amazing talent. Although Blind Lemon Jefferson was one of the most popular blues guitarists and singers originating from Texas, he was not known as an influential figure to the younger blues musicians of his generation. He nevertheless made a huge impact in the music scene and gained notoriety among such greats as: BB King, T-Bone Walker and Robert Johnson to name a few. When listening to Jefferson’s Matchbox Blues, you immediately get a sense for his energetic musical passion; if you listen closely you can hear the precise stroke of his guitar strum and his hypnotic wail.
Blind Lemon Jefferson “Match Box Blues“ (play/download mp3)
You can hear Blind Lemon Jefferson wailing from the jailhouse miles away. Now why would they lock up a blind man and keep him away from the woman he loves? He’s singin’ about it in this number…
Blind Lemon Jefferson – “Lock Step Blues” mp3
She got wings wings like the devil and flies like an angel… That is some kind of women to be lamenting about. But Blind Lemon makes you see through his eyes for the duration of this song. Which is a peculiar sight to behold, if ya think about it… Found at
Blind Lemon Jefferson – “Piney Woods Money Mama” mp3
Lord have mercy, listen to that voice. That effortless laid back pickin’ style. If I could have one wish it would be to go back in time and hear by Blind Lemon Jefferson sing “Southern Woman Blues” live and in person. Heck, if I could do, I might even stay there. This music heals the soul.
Blind Lemon Jefferson – “Southern Woman Blues” mp3
Here is Blind Lemon talking about another poor boy dead and gone. Back in the day when I’m sure he saw that a lot. All he’s asking? Well.. just listen…
Blind Lemon Jefferson – “See That My Grave is Kept Clean” mp3
When you lose someone close, it breaks your heart, I know. But singing a song about it when it involves losing a family member to the state? Blind Lemon Jefferson is just that strong enough to do just that…listen up now…
Blind Lemon Jefferson – “Lectric Chair Blues” mp3
Here you’ll find an early blueprint for what would eventually become the rock and roll rhythm section. The piano covers the top and the bottom, and the vocal sits on top of that bass part like a cat on a fence on a hot summer night. And what a vocal! Blind Lemon Jefferson had power and grace. These days the children singing with auto tuners and digital editing, why, they should all set a spell and listen to grandaddy wail.
Blind Lemon Jefferson – “How Long How Long” mp3
Too much time spent in the fast lane? Blind Lemon is saying that eventually women will get tired of that and leave you with just one shoulder to cry on. The shoulder on the side of the highway…
Blind Lemon Jefferson – “Easy Rider Blues” mp3
Not all of Blind Lemon Jefferson’s brilliant recordings have survived the years so well. They often have decades of wear and tear in the grooves, pulled from the original 78 RPM side or reel to reel tape into the digital realm in the nick of time, saving what’s left of these audio treasures from oblivion. There’s hiss and pop on this, but that doesn’t obscure the magnificent art shining just beneath. “Broke and Hungry Blues” is a timeless masterpiece.
Blind Lemon Jefferson – “Broke and Hungry Blues” mp3
If a snake had feelings I bet it would ring out like that first moan you hear from Blind Lemon. You don’t even have to know what he’s talking about. When Blind Lemon puts it like that, he’s goin on ’bout some woman.
Blind Lemon Jefferson – “Black Snake Moan” mp3