Friday, March 03, 2006

mp3s by Blind Lemon Jefferson

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Blind Lemon Jefferson (September, 1893 – December, 1929) is another one of those prewar bluesmen that I consider a hero of the blues because he was so influential. He was one of the most popular blues singers of the 1920s. His style of playing was fast and intricate and he sang with a high pitch that you sometimes here modern bluesmen like BB King and others use. He had the most influence on the Texas blues sound, some say he is the founder of that sound. And another reason to appriciate his music in because he influnced Texas bluesmen such as Leadbelly and Lightin Hopkins.

If you want to go back to the roots of the music, and the Texas style blues you have to consider Blind Lemon Jefferson and his music.

"Blind Lemon Jefferson" in the Handbook of Texas Online

"Long Lonesome Blues" (2:54, 509kB) - 2742-1-Pm, Chicago, c. March 1926

"Match Box Blues" (2:54, 519kB) - 4446-4-Pm, c. April 1927

"Hot Dogs" (2:53, 508 kB) - 4578-3-Pm, c. June 1927

"See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" (2:50, 493 kB) - 20374-1-Pm, Chicago, c. February 1928

"That Crawlin' Baby Blues" (2:40, 461 kB) - 15671-Pm, 24 September, 1929

Blind Lemon Jefferson Grave Stone

Matchbox Blues
Song: Matchbox Blues
Album: Legends of the Blues, Vol. 1
Artist: Blind Lemon Jefferson

Black Snake Moan
Song: Black Snake Moan
Album: The Story of the Blues (Columbia)
Artist: Blind Lemon Jefferson

Shuckin' Sugar Blues
Song: Shuckin' Sugar Blues
Album: Milestone Classic Jazz: Blind Lemon Jefferson
Artist: Blind Lemon Jefferson

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