Posted in Honey,Post-War,Soul on 05.05.06

I’ll be out of town until Monday or Tuesday because my Sister-In-Law has gone into labor, so I’ll be in Nashville playing the uncle role. Here is my favorite song – and a perfect introduction to this world.

Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come

By Request
Posted in 1920s,1930s,Country Blues,Honey on 05.04.06

I wasn’t going to update today, but I had some extra time, so here are a few requests I got from a reader the other day. Good mix of music, Walter Coleman and Walter Taylor, long-time Honey favorites are my picks of bunch, though Charlie Kylie’s Monkey Man Blues is really fantastic also. If you have any requests drop me a line at pkpatnaik at
Charlie Kyle – Monkey Man Blues (1928)
Walter Coleman – Smack That Thing (1936)
Walter Taylor – You Racsal, You (1931)
Pere Dickson – Get Away From My Window (1932)

Windy City
Posted in 1920s,Honey,Instrumental,Piano Blues on 05.03.06

First, I’d like to take back all the awful things I said about the Reds. I’m sorry. Though I’m still skeptical because we give up so many runs.

Arnold Wiley was a session player for most of his career, he backed Margaret Whitmore on “‘Taint A Cow In Texas” which was posted on Honey sometime ago. He also recorded with his brother as Wiley & Wiley, this track is a solo instrumental track that shows off his piano playing skills to their fullest while not being overly bogged with showing off his technical ability that it looses sight of being an enjoyable song.

Arnold Wiley – Windy City (1929)

Cairo Blues
Posted in 1920s,Country Blues,Honey on 05.02.06

Henry Spaulding was a country blues singer who played in St. Louis though he most likely was born in Illinois. His song Cairo Blues has really outlived his career as it was covered by almost every blues singer who stepped foot in St. Louis, most notably Charley Jordan and Henry Townsend. The song of course is a classic, wonderful guitar and somber vocals make you wish that Spaulding would have recorded a few more sessions.
Henry Spaulding – Cairo Blues (1929)

In My Backyard
Posted in 1930s,Honey,Meta,Work Song on 05.01.06

I stumbled upon a few nights ago and is a good way to search the Internet Archive without searching through thousands of Jam Band live shows. On the front page (as of this morning) are some great blues and bluegrass tracks.

Everything seems to be running smoothly on the new server. I still haven’t figured out how to password protect the directories, so that’s next on my list. Once that happens, the Stagolee archive will be returning because if I took the time to upload all those songs at 20 kbps they need to be downloaded.

I haven’t posted too many work songs in the almost 2 (!!) years I’ve been running this site, which is pretty unfortunate, but take this song as my apology. Recorded by Alan Lomax in 1934 at the Darrington State Farm in Texas. This features Lightnin’ Washington leading a group of convicts in Black Gal a version of Nine Pound Hammer though it’s more than twice removed from any traditional versions of that song.

Lightnin’ Washington and Group – Black Gal (1934)