Charlie Spand, “Back To The Woods Blues”

Charlie Spand’s notoriety stems from his genius in the boogie-woogie and barrelhouse style of piano. The first few bars of “Back to the Woods Blues” illustrates what Spand was best at, skillfully moving those fingers over the piano keys to make blues tunes that can’t help but stir the heart. Ultimately, Charlie Spand is an elusive figure in blues history because no one knows much about his life, but what we are left with are 33 of the most wicked piano blues tracks to remember him by.       

Back To The Woods Blues (play/download mp3)

Blind Blake & Charlie Spand – “Hastings Street” mp3

Blind Blake, Charlie Spand – “Hastings Street” mp3

When the legendary Blind Blake and Charlie Spand teamed up for this exquisite recording in the 1920s, they could scarcely have guessed that their contribution would be enjoyed for almost 80 years, and how would you explain their song being ripped to mp3 and played through and I-Pod. Here is one helluva track for your enjoyment, from two masters of ragtime and blues whose influence continues to grow in the new millennium.