Ida Cox, “Fore Day Creep”

Fore day creep means to sneak around at night and cheat. Blues legends Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson turned infidelity into a full-time job. Every woman in the post-war blues circuit knew this, but no one put their foot down on 78 with as much style as Ida Cox. “Fore Day Creep” was recorded in Chicago along with 3 other sides in the summer of 1927. A bluesy piano number, Ida Cox announces in “Fore Day Creep” that she will make her man sleep with a bull dog because she knows he’s a genuine fore day creep. Enjoy this swinging number with your partners, ideally during the day.

Ida Cox, “Fore Day Creep (play/download mp3)

Ma Rainey “Slow Driving Moan”

Ma Rainey was also known as the “Mother of Blues,” and was among the first professional blues singers to hail from Columbus, Georgia. “Slow Driving Moan” starts off with easy sounds from the piano and trumpet all the while building up a stage for Ma Rainey’s signature vocals. Known for her ‘moaning’ style of singing, “Slow Driving Moan” illustrates this divine talent remarkably. With her powerful vocal abilities, Rainey’s performance in this number surely brings back the late 1920s for every listener to experience in a three minute time span. Ma Rainey’s legacy stays alive with each listen. Enjoy!

Ma Rainey “Slow Driving Moan (play/download mp3)

Ida Cox “Mojo Hand Blues”

Ida Cox was perhaps one of the most successful blues women of the early twentieth-century. She was known as the ‘Uncrowned Queen of the Blues’. Not only did she work her way through the early blues circuit to become a headliner, but she also reached a different level of fame by becoming a successful vaudeville performer. With her elegant voice and strong vocals you get a sense for her strength, “Mojo Hand Blues” is a love song about loving and keeping a man, but whereas other singers might allude to being unworthy, Ida makes sure to let us know that a gal like her “is mighty hard to find.”   

Ida Cox – “Mojo Hand Blues (play/download mp3)

Robert Lockwood Jr. “I’m Gonna Train My Baby”

Feminists and those in favor of powerful women, please ignore the mildly offensive and somewhat laughable title by the talented Robert Lockwood Jr. While he would have a difficult time training his lady friends in our current culture, the way he sings the blues is timeless. With a cadence like a train chuggin’ down the tracks, vocals layering over each other, he winds through “Gonna Train My Baby‚” so eloquently that we almost forget the words. Robert Lockwood Jr. was a pioneer by being one of the first in his cadre of bluesmen, to play the electric guitar in the later 1930s. He peppered jazz into his blues, and shamelessly sang all around the Delta and later, Chicago.

Robert Lockwood Jr. – “I’m Gonna Train My Baby” (download mp3)

Spare Ribs & Chopsticks by Nick Moss & The Flip Tops

Nick Moss & The Flip Tops-Spare Ribs Chopsticks (live)

Dayumb. These cats can PLAY! Wicked roadhouse shakin’ blues rock jammin’ at a high level. Enjoy w/ BBQ and a fine lager.

Nick Moss & The Flip Tops
“Spare Ribs & Chopsticks” (mp3)
from “Live At Chan’s – Combo Platter No. 2”
(Blue Bella Records)

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Bobby Jones, keepin’ it real. No, I mean real!

Bobby Jones – “Get It Over Baby”

There’s nothing like a good old school style recording of a tight blues band led by a soulful, veteran singer. As the label proudly explains, this whole album was “recorded live to 2” analog multitrack tape with vintage equipment and very little overdubs, and then mixed to ½” tape by real human beings.” It’s nice to know that such records are not a lost art. The phrase “keeping it real” has been repeated so often now as to become a cliché. Bobby Jones and his crew don’t need to say that. They just live it.

Bobby Jones
“Get It Over Baby” (mp3)
from “Comin’ Back Hard”

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