Head Rag Hop
Posted in 1920s,Honey,Piano Blues on 05.17.06

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of blues piano – and hopefully ya’ll won’t either. Romeo Nelson is only known a for a few things, one is for writing some of the dirtiest blues songs of the pre-war era the other is for this song Head Rag Hop. The dirty blues songs are fun of course, but this side shows what an incredible talent he was on the keys – it retains his quirky sense of humor intermixed with his outstanding piano playing.

Romeo Nelson – Head Rag Hop (1929)

Kid Stormy Weather
Posted in 1930s,Honey,Piano Blues on 05.10.06

I’m back from Nashville and I’m happy to report that the son and mom are doing very well and that the baby is incredibly cute. I’m an suggestion that they should name their kid “Kid Stomy Weather,” in tribute to the great lost piano blues player, but they didn’t take me up on it. Maybe when I have kids.

Kid Stormy Weather recorded two songs in 1935, but was a local legend around New Orleans for playing in the barrelhouse bars down there. He has this big loud voice that dominates the mix which should of been tamed, but his piano breakdowns are so quick and good it really makes up for anything else. He easily has the quickest hands I’ve heard in a pre-war piano track.

Kid Stormy Weather – Short Hair Blues (1935)

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)