Classic Piano Blues from Smithsonian Folkways

Classic Piano Blues from Smithsonian Folkways

Various Artists SFW40196

Storyville nightclubs, Beale Street juke joints, gambling houses, barrelhouse bars in the lumber and turpentine camps of East Texas—these were the places African American piano bluesmen called home. Born of ragtime and hard times, the piano blues migrated with its players from the deep South to the urban North. Classic Piano Blues revisits raucous boogie-woogie and blues legends Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Champion Jack Dupree, Speckled Red, Meade "Lux" Lewis, Lead Belly, Little Brother Montgomery, Roosevelt Sykes, James P. Johnson, and more, in 20 tracks drawn from the well of the Folkways Collections. Extensive notes, 32-page booklet, 64 minutes.

Year Released 2008
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2008 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) African American Music; Blues

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101 Dedication to Pete Johnson Memphis Slim 3:12
102 Early in the Morning Booker T. Laury 3:06
103 How Long Blues Speckled Red 3:20
104 Yellow Dog Blues James P. Johnson and Katherine Handy Lewis 2:56
105 Key to the Highway Jazz Gillum, Memphis Slim 2:54
106 Medium Blues Meade "Lux" Lewis 2:51
107 Black Wolf Blues Champion Jack Dupree 2:57
108 Dices Blues Big Chief Ellis 4:54
109 Big Fat Woman Lead Belly 1:10
110 Harlem Parlor Blues Sammy Price 2:51
111 Little Drops of Water Henry Brown & Edith Johnson 3:03
112 Pinetop's Boogie Woogie Little Brother Montgomery 4:08
113 Pinetop's Boogie Woogie Speckled Red 3:26
114 Wish Me Well Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon 2:14
115 All My Money's Gone Henry Townsend 2:53
116 You're My Man Victoria Spivey 4:33
117 On My Way to See Moe Asch Champion Jack Dupree 4:21
118 Sweet Old Chicago Roosevelt Sykes 2:56
119 No Special Rider Blues Little Brother Montgomery 3:29
120 Hesitation Blues James P. Johnson 3:05
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