Black is Black (But Blue Too)

From ‘One Black Rat’ to ‘Black Snake Moan’ , we have mixed 19 ‘Blues‘ tunes around the theme of ‘Black‘. It has Snooky Pryor, Roosevelt Sykes, Brownie McGhee, John Lee Hooker and many more.

IMAGE : Blue is the new Black… Photo by Abe and Liina Novy

Bricks In My Pillow: For all his influence Robert Nighthawk remains a mostly neglected and mysterious figure. One reason was that he recorded very sporadically which saw only about a dozen scattered sessions from the 1930’s up until his death in 1967.

John Koerner : For 50 years, John Koerner has explored the ranges of traditional American song, as a solo artist and with a variety of partners. All of his 1960’s recordings are reissued on CD: Blues, Rags and Hollers; Lots More Blues Rags and Hollers; and The Return of Koerner, Ray & Glover, (cornerstones of the blues revivalist era, recorded with Dave Ray and Tony Glover)

Washington Free Weekly : And somehow, it doesn’t seem wrong that Bussard’s own work—produced by jokingly named groups such as Jolly Joe’s Jug Band, the Tennessee Mess Arounders, and the Possum Holler Boys—is as exhaustively documented on Fonotone Records as that of genuine backwoods relics such as the Adcock Family and Joe Birchfield.

Music Maker : John Dee Holeman was born in Orange County, North Carolina in 1929. He is a storyteller, dancer and a blues artist. He played with musicians who learned directly from Blind Boy Fuller. He possesses an expressive blues voice and is a wonderful guitarist incorporating both Piedmont and Texas guitar styles.

Arhoolie Productions : Dr. Ross, “The Harmonica Boss,” was one of the truly original personalities on the postwar Blues scene. A one-man band, playing the guitar left-handed with a harmonica on a rack around his neck, Dr. Ross produced some of the most hypnotic, John Lee Hooker-like boogie rhythms ever to come out of the Mississippi Delta

University of Missouri-Kansas City : Dapper and strikingly handsome with playful green eyes, trumpeter Buck Clayton first rose to national fame as the lead soloist with the first great Count Basie band that roared out of Kansas City in late fall 1936. Ironically, while Clayton’s understated, bell-like sound is associated with the hard swinging Kansas City style, he actually spent little time in Kansas City. : The digits on Mr. Eaglin’s right hand flailed at seemingly impossible angles as he finger-picked and strummed a guitar’s strings. A set by the so-called “Human Jukebox” could range from Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” to Bad Company’s “Ready for Love.”

Robert Lockwood : Robert Lockwood Jr. was born March 27, 1915 in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, a farming hamlet about 25 miles west of Helena. 1915 was remarkable because several other monumental blues artists were born within a 100-mile radius that year; notably Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Little Walter Jacobs, Memphis Slim, Johnny Shines, and Honeyboy Edwards.

PLAYLIST : John Dee Holeman – One Black Rat (3.27) . John Lee Hooker – Crawlin’ Black Spider (2.46) . Koerner, Ray & Glover – Black Dog (2.13) . Earl Hooker – Sweet Black Angel (2.33) . Jolly Joe’s Jug Band – Black Cat Blues (3.57) . Doctor Ross – My Black Name Is Ringing (4.35) . Robert Lockwood – Black Spider Blues (3.00) . Buck Clayton Swing Band – Black Sheep Blues (7.37) . Snooky Pryor – Coal Black Mare (3.27) . Brownie McGhee – I’m a Black Woman’s Man (2.48) . Ethel Waters – Black and blue (3.01) . Robert Nighthawk – Sweet Black Angel (3.04) . Janis Joplin – Long Black Train Blues (2.32) . Roosevelt Sykes – Jet Black Snake (3.19) . Lightnin’ Hopkins – Black Cadillac (3.42) . Snooks Eaglin – Black Night (3.28) . Memphis Minnie – Black Rat Swing (2.59) . Blind Lemon Jefferson – Black Snake Moan (2.56) . Muddy Waters – Black Night (3.18) .


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