When you listen to Victoria Spivey’s vocals on “Dope Head Blues” you can’t help but get chills. Her voice, thick and sugary, is as satisfying as the finest slice of velvety chocolate cake. Her voice inflections lend the song an eerie effect which works well with the number, because it’s a song about the struggles, ravages, and paranoia that come with a drug habit. Spivey herself was a charismatic woman of her time and one who strategically kept her career alive during the ever changing turbulent economic seas of the early 20th century. Aside from recording countless songs from 1931-1936, she kept her career alive by working in musical films and stage shows during the late 1930’s and into the 1940’s. Finally in 1962 she launched Spivey records a low-budget label dedicated to blues music.
Victoria Spivey – “Dope Head Blues“ (play/download mp3)