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The Rough Guide to the Roots of the Blues

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Released: 28th Feb 2020



Released: 28th Feb 2020


Featuring the greatest names in early blues music including Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith, Charley Patton and Ma Rainey.

The perfect overview of the many different styles and key performers of early blues on one album. An incredibly diverse selection of tracks including bottleneck guitar, barrelhouse piano, classic songster tunes and vaudeville blues. An album which traces the development of blues music during its early recorded history of the 1920s. An unique insight into the first great wave of blues artists who remain an inspiration to this day.

The Rough Guide to the Roots of the Blues

  1. Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie - When The Levee Breaks
  2. Scrapper Blackwell - Kokomo Blues
  3. Ma Rainey - Stack O’Lee Blues
  4. Blind Blake - West Coast Blues
  5. Henry Thomas - Fishing Blues
  6. Memphis Jug Band - Stealin’, Stealin’
  7. Victoria Spivey - T.B. Blues
  8. Blind Lemon Jefferson - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
  9. Cow Cow Davenport - Cow Cow Blues
  10. Blind Willie Johnson - Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time
  11. Dick Justice - Brown Skin Blues
  12. Bo Weevil Jackson - Devil And My Brown Blues
  13. Mississippi John Hurt - Got The Blues, Can’t Be Satisfied
  14. Hambone Willie Newbern - Roll And Tumble Blues
  15. Clarence “Pinetop” Smith - Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie
  16. Texas Alexander - Section Gang Blues
  17. Blind Willie McTell - Statesboro Blues
  18. Speckled Red - The Dirty Dozen
  19. Charley Patton - Screamin’ And Hollerin’ The Blues
  20. Jimmie Rodgers - Blue Yodel No. 1 (T For Texas)
  21. Bessie Smith - St. Louis Blues
  22. Papa Charlie Jackson - All I Want Is A Spoonful
  23. Weaver And Beasley - Bottleneck Blues
  24. Tampa Red & Georgia Tom - It’s Tight Like That - No. 2
  25. Tommy Johnson - Canned Heat Blues