frank stokes' dream
the memphis blues 1927-1931
a medicine show & house party favourite, stokes was remembered as a consummate entertainer who drew on songs from the 19th & 20th centuries with equal facility.
frank stokes & partner dan sane recorded as the beale street sheiks, a memphis answer to the musical chatmon family string band, the mississippi sheiks. according to local tradition, stokes was already playing the streets of memphis by the turn of the century, about the same time the blues began to flourish.