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)

Walter Roland – “Jookit Jookit” (mp3)

Walter Roland – “Jookit Jookit” (mp3)

Walter Roland remains one of the blue’s most elusive and mysterious figures. Born in or around Birmingham AL, circa 1900. He first emerged on the city’s blues circuit during the 1920s already a skilled and versatile pianist whose repertoire ran the gamut from slow, gut-wrenching blues, to exuberant boogie-woogies. This mp3 is a testament to the boogie-woogie side of his playing.