Monthly Archives: November, 2013

Piano Kid Edwards, some notes & transcriptions

Posted in - Biography & Discography & Transcriptions on November 26th 2013 2 Comments

Along with Black Bob, another mysterious & underrated barrelhouse pianist from the 1930s was Piano Kid Edwards, realname unknown. We have no infos about him, but we are lucky enough to have his only four sides recorded for Paramount. He recorded them in a single session for Paramount label on December, 1930 in …

Texas Piano Blues – 1920’s & 1930’s by Jeff Harris

Posted in - Biography on November 8th 2013 0 Comments

Piano blues seems to have gotten overshadowed by the emphasis on the guitar. Today the piano blues tradition is in steep decline. As Paul Oliver observed: “Texas was as rich in piano blues as Mississippi was in guitar blues …A cursory glance through the discographies will emphasize the fact that a remarkable number …

House Rent Scuffle – Early Chicago Piano

Posted in - Biography on November 8th 2013 0 Comments

During the period of today’s recordings , there was a mass migration of blacks from the southern states looking for regular employment and the chance to start a new life. Thousands headed to Chicago. They, together with the emerging school of pianists, took jobs as taxi drivers, hotel porters, dish washers and other …