Blind Lemon Jefferson “Match Box Blues”

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)

Blind Lemon Jefferson – “Piney Woods Money Mama” 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

Blind Lemon Jefferson – “Southern Woman Blues” 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

Blind Lemon Jefferson – “How Long How Long” 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

Blind Lemon Jefferson – “Broke and Hungry 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