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The old blues is a genre of music full of myths and legends. Born in the American South before the Second World War, it became popular thanks to technological advances which were supported by the market's economy. Discover the history of this genre with a selection of its masterpieces.

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Title Artist Album Duration

Sylvester Weaver, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Vintage Masters Inc. (P) 2011 Vintage Masters Inc.

Charley Patton, Composer, Author, Artist - Bertha Lee, Composer, Author, Artist - Charley Patton, Bertha Lee, MainArtist

Resurfaced Records Resurfaced Records

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Little Girl In Rome
Various Artists American Primitive, The Complete Recordings 00:02:37

Otto Virgial, Composer, Author, Artist, MainArtist

Resurfaced Records Resurfaced Records

Elizabeth Johnson, Composer, Author, Artist, MainArtist

Resurfaced Records Resurfaced Records

5
Last Kind Words Blues
Various Artists American Primitive, The Complete Recordings 00:03:02

Geeshie Wiley, Composer, Author, Artist, MainArtist

Resurfaced Records Resurfaced Records

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Shetland Pony Blues
Son House Walkin' Blues 00:03:32

Son House, Composer, Author, Artist, MainArtist

1942 Milestones Records 1942 Milestones Records

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Dark Was The Night - Cold Was The Ground
Blind Willie Johnson Praise God I'm Satisfied 00:03:20

Blind Willie Johnson, MainArtist

Shanachie Shanachie

8
Devil Got My Woman
Skip James Hard Time Killin' Floor 00:03:01

Skip James, MainArtist

Shanachie Shanachie

9
Traveling Rambler Blues
Kokomo Arnold Kokomo Arnold, Vol. 2 (1935 - 1936) 00:02:57

Kokomo Arnold, MainArtist - Madison Leisure Group, MusicPublisher

(C) 1991 Document Records (P) 1991 Document Records

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Traveling Riverside Blues (Album Version)
Robert Johnson The Complete Recordings 00:02:43

Don Law, Producer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Guitar - Robert Johnson, Lyricist - Robert Johnson, Performer - Robert Johnson, Vocal

Originally released 1937. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

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Unnamed Blues
Various Artists The Georgia Blues (1927-1933) 00:03:09

Barbecue Bob, MainArtist

Shanachie Ent. Corp. Shanachie Ent. Corp.

12
That'll Never Happen No More
Various Artists The Georgia Blues (1927-1933) 00:03:01

Blind Blake, MainArtist

Shanachie Ent. Corp. Shanachie Ent. Corp.

13
Rolling Mill Blues
Various Artists The Georgia Blues (1927-1933) 00:03:05

Peg Leg Howell, MainArtist

Shanachie Ent. Corp. Shanachie Ent. Corp.

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I Be's Troubled (The Historic 1941-42 Library of Congress Field Recordings)
Muddy Waters The Complete Plantation Recordings (Hd Remastered, Legendary Masters Series Edition, Doxy Collection) 00:03:04

Muddy Waters, Performer - McKinley Morganfield, Composer, Writer

Doxy Records Doxy Records

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Rock Island Line
Leadbelly The Essential Blue Archive: Diggin' My Potatoes 00:02:36

Huddie Ledbetter, Composer, Writer - Leadbelly, Vocals, MainArtist - ALAN LOMAX, Writer

© 2007 BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2007 BMG Rights Management GmbH

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Harmonica And Washboard Breakdown
Sonny Terry Harmonica And Washboard Breakdown 00:02:29

Sonny Terry, Primary

2017 Musicblues Rec 2017

17
Shake 'Em On Down (78rpm Version)
Bukka White The Complete Bukka White 00:02:59

Bukka White, Composer - Bukka White, Lyricist - Bukka White, Performer - Bukka White, Vocal - F. Driggs, Producer

Originally released 1937. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

John A. Lomax, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Yeager, Producer, Recording Producer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - ALAN LOMAX, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Producer - Unknown Artist, MainArtist - Phil Klum, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ruby Lomax, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2004 The Association for Cultural Equity, under exclusive license to Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

John A. Lomax, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Yeager, Producer, Recording Producer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - ALAN LOMAX, Producer, Recording Engineer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Producer - Phil Klum, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Washington Brown, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Austin Coleman, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ruby Lomax, Producer, Recording Producer - Sampson Brown, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2004 The Association for Cultural Equity, under exclusive license to Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

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The old blues is a genre of music full of myths and legends. Born in the American South before the Second World War, it became popular thanks to technological advances which were supported by the market's economy. Discover the history of this genre with a selection of its masterpieces.

John Prine in 10 Songs

by © Robert Baird

Much beloved in life and now mourned and celebrated after an untimely death, urban troubadour, master storyteller and folksy yet sophisticated ruminator on all things human, John Prine will always be one of the music world's greatest losses to the COVID-19 pandemic, passing in Nashville on April 7, 2020 at age 73.

"The Oldest Baby in the World" from Aimless Love (1984, Oh Boy)
Fed up with the machinations of the music business, anxious to take control of his own music and career, Prine and his manager, the late Al Bunetta, formed Oh Boy Records in Nashville in the early 1980s. The first album, recorded when money was tight, was Aimless Love, which was also his first collection of new material in four years. Not surprisingly given that length of time, there were some gems in this collection, headlined by yet another amusing yet slightly sad tale, this one co-written with the great and sadly late Donnie Fritts. Set to a slow tempo with a steel guitar crying in the background, this is an affectionate musing on an older woman who "would if she could/ And she should but nobody will," and who still holds out hope for love with Prine generously recognizing that "youth is a costume/ And the beauty within lies unfurled."

"The Sins of Memphisto" from The Missing Years (1991, Oh Boy)
Timing, often the key to life, is also the principle behind the success of 1991's The Missing Years. After five years of silence, Prine and manager Al Bunetta decided that a band record would be a healthy change, and along with producer Howie Epstein collected an all-star group including Albert Lee, Mike Campbell, Tom Petty, Phil Everly, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, all of whom had by then come to respect Prine's incredible body of songwriting. As far as recognition among your peers goes, this is the pinnacle of Prine's career. Happily, he had a batch of new songs—single efforts and co-writes—strong enough to showcase all this instrumental firepower and in the end win him his first Grammy Award. The sound is the most produced of Prine's career, with a more aggressive mix and larger overall sonic image. Mischievous is a word that has long been applied to the image of Prine that emerges from his songs. Here he begins with the chorus—a new device he was enamored with at that point in his career—before talking his way through verses which when read on a page are more of a word jumble than a coherent story. Listen closely and it slowly begins to sink in that instead of any grandiose voodoo yarn about making the same mistakes over and over again, this is just Prine having fun—a conclusion supported by Esmeralda's post-coital whispering in the Hunchback's ear, "Exactly-odo, Quasimodo."

"Lake Marie" from Lost Dogs + Mixed Blessings (1995, Oh Boy)
Among Prine aficionados there will always be a debate over whether Prine was better solo or fronting a band and here on the second of the early 1990s albums produced by Tom Petty's bassist Howie Epstein a convincing case was made for collaborators. With a large all-star ensemble that included Epstein, another Heartbreaker—keyboardist Benmont Tench, string virtuoso John Jorgenson, Marianne Faithful on background vocals and many more, Prine cut another strong band album headlined by this impassioned tale that like so many Prine originals mixes very specific autobiography, in this case a failing marriage, with the naming story of two lakes in Northern Illinois, but adds as a twist a double murder in a forest preserve. As incongruous as that all sounds, it works, thanks to a lilting, repeated chorus hook of "Standing by peaceful waters/ Whoa wah oh wah oh." When stuck for words Prine could always come up with a wordless interpolation to save the day. The song—with Prine talking the verses and singing the choruses—wrapped with this stanza: 

 
"You know what blood looks like in a black and white video?
Shadows. Shadows! That's what it looks like
All the love we shared between her and me was slammed
Slammed up against the banks of old Lake Marie; Marie."

As impressionistic, draw-your-own-conclusion endings go, this is a masterful mingling.

"In Spite of Ourselves" from In Spite of Ourselves (1999, Oh Boy)
Miraculously, neck and throat cancer did not take away John Prine's voice though it did lower its range, steal away much of its former elasticity, and add a coarse tone that the canny singer-songwriter immediately learned to use to add extra gravity to many of the treasures in his catalog. To offset these rough vocal edges, he wisely recorded a pair of duet albums with female singers, one focused on country music classics—For Better, or Worse—and his first release after surgery and radiation In Spite of Ourselves recorded before, during and after surgery. Not surprisingly, Prine's idiosyncratic voice was simpatico with another singer whose warbling can also be an acquired taste: Iris DeMent. Here Prine pulls out the stops on his gifts for the high/low art of rhyming such, uh, common pursuits as "sniffin' undies," "drinking beer like oxygen" and being a "wacked out weirdo and a love bug junkie." There probably isn't a better example of why Prine has fans of all ages, genders, education and income brackets than this hilarious and ultimately very endearing love story.

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