Monthly Archives: March 2008

The Kentucky Colonels – Live 1965-66

The Kentucky Colonels were the best young bluegrass band in America (or the world, for that matter) in 1965-66. Unfortunately, most of America (or the world) didn’t give a lick about bluegrass in 1965-66. Between Bob Dylan’s electrification of folk … Continue reading

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Memphis Sanctified Jug Bands 1928-1930

As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a secret theme the last few posts: guitar evangelists (Rev. Davis, Son House, Willie Johnson, Rosetta Tharpe), or similarly virtuosic religious music (Spence & co). They’re … Continue reading

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Blind Willie Johnson – The Complete Blind Willie Johnson

This is beautiful hair-raising music by one of the most influential roots musicians of the 20th century. He has indelibly changed many musicians (such as John Fahey, Bob Brozman, and Blind Willie McTell), who were floored upon first hearing him … Continue reading

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Reverend Gary Davis

“In Davis we encounter a complete musician, a composer aware of all musical details, exploring new possibilities. Davis has not been acclaimed as Robert Johnson, yet he alone brought many traditions to culmination through an artistry which surpassed nearly all … Continue reading

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Joseph Spence & The Pinder Family – The Spring of Sixty-Five

What’s crazier than Joseph Spence hammering away at his guitar and garbling verses in multiple layers of syncopation? His whole family doing it with him! Here is a picture of Joseph Spence with his sister, Edith Pinder, in the background, … Continue reading

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files deleted, re-posts

so, um gigasize really sucks. that’s what I’ve decided after they unexpectedly deleted all of my files. re-posts will come; if any of you have downloaded a file from here and notice it missing, you can help by reposting. and … Continue reading

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Son House – Revisited

“Ain’t no kind of blues excepting between a man and a woman.”— Son House There are certain figures in the history of American music whose names can only be spoken with reverence. Figures who have not only crafted a great … Continue reading

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