Introduction To The Blues Part 1
Posted in Female Blues,Mix on 06.04.08

If you remember the brief lived blog “Workbook” that was linked from this blog (back when I still had links) or if you were the guy who wrote that blog, please contact me, regarding one of the mixes you posted a few years ago.

I started this mix a few years ago, and just got around to completing it yesterday when I found my list of songs while cleaning up my back up drive. Part One is devoted to my favorite type of blues, female blues. It’s meant to be an overview of the genre with a balance between obvious classics and personal favorites, much those “rough guide to..” series of mixes. The first two mixes in the series will be available to everyone, though as I break it down into sub-genres and styles and personal those will through donation only.

Please leave suggestions and comments about future mixes in the comment sections. Also if you want to contribute a mix one a sub genre of pre-war music (not just blues) send me an email and we can work those details out.

Coming Soon – The Gents


01. Hattie Hart – I Let My Daddy Do That (1934)
02. Gertrude ”Ma” Rainey – Black Eye Blues (1928)
03. Lucille Bogan – Shave ’em Dry (1935)
04. Victoria Spivey – Black Snake Blues (1926)
05. Viola McCoy – I Ain’t Gonna Marry, Ain’t Gonna Settle Down (1924)
06. Clara Smith – Death Letter Blues (1924)
07. Sara Martin – Death Sting Me Blues (1928)
08. Mamie Smith – Crazy Blues (1920)
09. Jessie Derrick – If You’ll Come Back To Hollywood (1926)
10. Bessie Smith – Cemetery Blues (1923)
11. Bessie Tucker – Got Cut All To Pieces (1928)
12. Arizona Dranes – My Soul Is A Witness For The Lord (1926)
13. Gladys Bentley – How Much Can I Stand (1928)
14. Louise Johnson – On the Wall (1930)
15. Memphis Minnie – Nothin’ In Ramblin’ (1940)
16. Sister Rosetta Tharpe – God Don’t Like It (1939)
17. Trixie Smith – You’ve Got To Beat Me To Keep Me (1925)
18. Ozella Jones – I Been a Bad, Bad Girl (Prisoner Blues) (1942)

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10 Comments so far
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By Vlad B on 06.05.08 8:47 am

Thanks a lot! Do you have info on the years each song was recorded?

By Pierre on 06.05.08 9:08 am

I don’t have any suggestions for you but thanks for posting this!

By Kate G on 06.05.08 12:11 pm

Fiona Apple owes a big debt of gratitude to Ozella Jones!

By Heuback on 06.07.08 6:38 am

This mix is terrific, and proof again that you should have an imprint.

By dixon on 06.08.08 1:48 pm

Great collection . . . but How Much Can I Stand is by Gladys Bentley, not Maggie Jones . . .

By peter patnaik on 06.09.08 11:28 pm

Thanks. Auto-tagging will be the death of me. the new zip with corrected file has been uploaded.

By eugene on 06.10.08 4:43 am

thanks for the post.

By Viola on 07.05.08 8:07 am


By Willie on 08.04.08 1:37 pm

A good fan of the blues is gonna praise the net

By KC on 06.06.10 4:56 am

Great mix! Thanks!

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