Ma Rainey confidently and stylistically earned the title: “Mother of the Blues.” A true innovator, Ma Rainey’s career started, peaked, and was finished before some of the great blues men in history were ever recorded. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is her most famous recording and doesn’t refer to her bottom. Black bottom is a dance. Uncle PD suggest you give it a try.
East Texas Serenaders – “Mineola Rag” mp3
The East Texas Serenaders saw the great depression come and go, and survived it intact to continue on and make more records in better times. There’s some excellent bio info here. Give this tune a listen to hear why these serenaders uplifted so many in their day.