Mississippi Jook Band – “Skippy Whippy”

Even if you are not a music historian, as soon as you hear this piano pounding, guitar strummin’ song, you know you’re listening to the epitome of blues and boogie. The Graves brothers were accompanied by Cooney Vaughn on piano, creating the trio Mississippi Jook Band which recorded about four songs in all. The Graves Brothers were mostly blind, but that didn’t keep them from creating historical blues songs which have been commemorated in the Mississippi Blues Trail. A special treat in this 1938 recording of “Skippy Whippy” is that one of the brother’s Graves shouts out some calls half way through the song, energizing the trio’s finale!

Mississippi Jook Band – “Skippy Whippy” (play/download mp3)

Mississippi Jook Band – “Hittin’ The Bottle Stomp” mp3

Mississippi Jook Band – “Hittin’ The Bottle Stomp” (mp3)

Blind Roosevelt Graves’ and his brothers work under the moniker The Mississippi Jook Band made recordings that have been cited as among the earliest examples of rock and roll music. They made a number of 78 RPM sides for Paramount Records starting in 1929 and left a far bigger footprint on music and culture than they could have foreseen at the time. The high energy piece, “Hittin’ The Bottle Stomp” may have been conceived during the great depression, but it is anything but depressing. This is a crackling performance that stands the test of time. Enjoy.