At the wild, searing fountainhead of Zydeco: the black accordionist and singer with white fiddler Dennis McGee, on Afro-Creole scorchers, waltzes, blues and breakdowns. Cajun’s Robert Johnson.
The seminal Memphis bluesmen Frank Stokes and Dan Sane, recording for Paramount in the late 1920s.
Thoroughly entertaining downhome blues, intricate ragtime, hokum and instrumental guitar stomps.
Babe Kyro Lemon Turner’s wonderful Texan take on Hawaiian steel — impassioned, singing, refined. From 1960 — though he started out in the late-twenties (with Smokey Hogg), and recorded in the thirties.
The essential, wildly original ragtime-style finger-picking of the Floridian blues god.
One of the very greatest blues guitarists of all time. These sides are from the Paramount Studios in Chicago, May 1928, featuring singer Bertha Henderson (also Daniel Brown and Elzadie Robinson).
Lovely recordings from the Gennett Studios in Indiana, several with accompaniments by the great, great barrelhouse pianist Charlie Spand, from Detroit. With all-time classics like Hastings Street.
The greatest gospel bluesman; one of the very greatest bottle-neck guitarists. Almost overwhelmingly intense and gripping.
Country blues and folk originating from the American Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and the First World War — humorous and tragic, sardonic and vivid, with some terrific fiddlin’ and pickin’.
Great, under-recorded Mississippi bluesman, a mate of Tommy Johnson, recording for Victor in 1928-9, with Charlie McCoy on second guitar.
Live radio and concert recordings plus the best of Broonzy’s 1950s Folkways recordings, including his classic Key To The Highway.
A song and two looped slide incantations by the English veteran of improv and blues, electronics, steel and Hawaiian slack-key.
A great audio companion to the Joe Bussard DVD. Stunning 78s — Charley Patton, Blind Willie Johnson, Son House, The Carter Family and the rest — all from his own collection.
Hillbilly and blues musicians facing up to catastrophe and darkness.