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Classic Piano Blues from Smithsonian Folkways CD

Classic Piano Blues from Smithsonian Folkways CD

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Storyville nightclubs, Beale Street juke joints, gambling houses, barrelhouse bars in the lumber and turpentine camps of East Texasâthese 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.

Tracks
1. Dedication to Pete Johnson - 3:12 Memphis Slim
2. Early in the Morning - 3:06 Booker T. Laury
3. How Long Blues - 3:20 Speckled Red
4. Yellow Dog Blues - 2:56 James P. Johnson and Katherine Handy Lewis
5. Key to the Highway - 2:54 Jazz Gillum, Memphis Slim
6. Medium Blues - 2:51 Meade "Lux" Lewis
7. Black Wolf Blues - 2:57 Champion Jack Dupree
8. Dices Blues - 4:54 Big Chief Ellis
9. Big Fat Woman - 1:10 Lead Belly
10. Harlem Parlor Blues - 2:51 Sammy Price
11. Little Drops of Water - 3:03 Henry Brown w/ Edith North Johnson
12. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - 4:08 Little Brother Montgomery
13. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - 3:26 Speckled Red
14. Wish Me Well - 2:14 Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon
15. All My Money's Gone - 2:53 Henry Townsend
16. You're My Man - 4:33 Victoria Spivey
17. On My Way to See Moe Asch - 4:21 Champion Jack Dupree
18. Sweet Old Chicago - 2:56 Roosevelt Sykes
19. No Special Rider Blues - 3:29 Little Brother Montgomery
20. Hesitation Blues - 3:05 James P. Johnson

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