Hastings St.
Posted in 1920s,Honey,Piano Blues on 09.21.06

I’m heading out to Nashville to see my nephew this weekend and hopefully will be able to get some quality record shopping in while we aren’t babbling over how cute the baby is, though I mean, it might be the cutest baby ever. Even cuter than Suri.

Hastings Street should have made my shortlist for favorite blues songs. It has a great piano performance by Charlie Spand, whose might be my favorite piano player in the pre-war era. And then it has a great guitar performance by Blind Blake, what more can you want out of a blues side?

Charlie Spand with Blind Blake – Hastings St. (1929)


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By L. on 09.22.06 9:20 am

Ah, a great track. There is a reference to 139 Brady Street in the song so I went off to Google maps to see if it was still there. Sadly there appears to be no trace of Brady street in Detroit anymore. The only reference I can find to it is that there was an old baseball ground (now long gone) which had brady as one of it boundaries. The former site of the ground is overlooked by a hospital which I did find, but there is no trace of a Brady Street near it – I think it is under a freeway.

I wonder what did go on at 139 Brady.

(As a side note, it is quite fun looking for blues places in Google maps : Here’s where the southern cross the dog http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Moorhead,+Mississippi+38761&spn=0.078757,0.189171&t=k&hl=en

You can zoom in closer if you use local.live

More info :



By OldNick on 09.22.06 11:16 am

One of the all time great piano-guitar duets! On top of that dig those insider comments in the conversation. More please.

By FrumpyBB on 09.23.06 5:17 pm

I´ve always loved this particular boogie!

By Jaffa on 02.08.07 6:10 pm

Have always loved that one !
Incidentally, I hear it’s 16(sixty)9 Brady – just a detail and thus possibly half a mile further down the block…

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