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Classic Piano Blues from Smithsonian Folkways

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Classic Piano Blues from Smithsonian Folkways

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.

Track Listing

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