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For those who have donated – the full download for the St. James Infirmary is ready to be downloaded here. If you contributed, and haven’t donated, please send me an email and I’ll send you a password.
I’m working on a post for everyone else with each track being able to be donwloaded – but it is taking sometime to type in all those hyperlinks!
Update: link fixed.
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)
Download Mix Here
It’s taking me forever to ready this mix, but it’s finally done. I’ve picked my twenty five favorite blues songs of all time, most of them are pre-war though a few slip into the post war era. The most notable post-war recording is Son House’s Death Letter Blues recorded in 1965 which made the list over his 1941/1942 recordings with Lomax (a record I often call my favorite blues recording of all time) because it was this recording that got me into the blues more so than anything else. It’s so hard to limit your favorite records of all time to twenty five, so a few artists dear to my heart were left off: Rev. Gary Davis, Ida Cox, Elizabeth Cotten, The Gee’s Bend Singers, Blind Willie McTell, Tommy Johnson, Walter Davis, Blind John Davis all missed the cut and I’m sorry, but there’s gotta be room for another twenty five.
The mix is available for download here for donors. To donate click here.
My Favorite Twenty Five Tracklist (not in order or rank):
- Rev. Isaiah Shelton – The Liar
- Son House – Death Letter
- Blind Boy Fuler – Why Don’t My Baby Write To Me?
- Blind Blake – Dry Bone Shuffle
- im Clark – Fat Fanny Stomp
- Ruth Ladson – What Do You Bet?
- Bertha “Chippie” Hill – Pratt City Blues
- Doctor Clayton – False Love Blues
- Louise Johnson – All Night Long
- Lucille Bogan – They Ain’t Walking No More
- Sara Martin – Death Sting Me Blues
- J.T. “Funny Paper” Smith – Heart Bleeding Blues
- Blind Jessie Harris – Been In The Jailhouse 1
- harley Patton – You’re Gonna Need Somebody When You Die
- Blind Willie Johnson – It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine 1
- Geechie Wiley & Elvie Thomas – Motherless Child Blues
- Jessie Derrick – If You’ll Come Back To Hollywood
- Bessie Smith – Them “Has Been” Blues
- Sippie Wallace – Murder Is Going To Be My Crime
- John Henry Barbee – Six Weeks Old Blues
- Rev. F.W. McGee and His Congregation – Fifty Miles of Elbow Room
- Victoria Spivey – Down Hill Pull
- Charley Jordan – Keep It Clean
- William Harris – Bullfrog Blues
- Lonnie Johnson – Southland Is Alright With Me
Son House – Death Letter Blues