Thursday, February 12, 2015

Classic Blues Artwork from the 1920's: 2015 Calendar (+CD)

I'm really late on this one, but I've been picking up these blues calendars for several years now and
am never disappointed with either the calendar of the fantastic CDs that are included. Great photos of classic early blues artwork, some good stories, and birth and death dates for many blues artists.

The CD includes such amazing tunes as Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe's original "When the Levee Breaks", cool gospel blues like "I Want to Live so God Can Use Me" (Son Bond and Hammie Nixon), ragtime like Blind Blake's "Dry Bone Shuffle" (with bones used as percussion), Charley Patton's "Spoonful" (very different than versions we know today), Cannon's Jug Stompers' take on "Walk Right In" that the Rooftop Singers had a hit with in the 60's, and lots more from artists like the Mississippi Shieks, Roosevelt Sykes, Tommy Johnson, and others who are lesser-known but still plenty amazing.

This is something that I look forward to every year. Love the artwork and the music is always high quality, and sometimes extremely rare. Well worth it!