Posts in the Category: Biography

About Black Bob from Charlie West and Big Joe Duskin

Posted in - Biography & Historical on June 21st 2016 0 Comments Charley West and Black Bob

Black Bob sightings are rare birds, so I decided to publish two Black Bob testimoniancies from musicians like Charlie West and Big Joe Duskin.

Let’s start with an interview to Charlie West, first published on “Blues World #44” in 1972 by my friend Bob Eagle.

“I met Charlie West in a club …

The Hokum Boys

Posted in - Biography & Transcriptions on April 17th 2014 0 Comments Gamblers Blues

“Hokum”, as musical term, seems to have come into being (or onto record labels, at least) in the late ‘20s, with recordings by Tampa Red’s Hokum Jug Band, and “Hokum Blues” by the Dallas String Band. From 1929 to 1931 it was something of a craze, with name artists in their own right …

Blues Piano Ghost Notes : Piano Kid Edwards & Black Bob

Posted in - Biography on April 4th 2014 2 Comments

There are some ghost and some blues piano ghost notes in the history of blues music. Musicians of whom nothing or almost nothing is known, but who have left their legacies in just a few 78s. Hidden by their pseudonyms and behind their 88’s , they have scored some of the highest moments …

Buster Pickens

Posted in - Biography on March 15th 2014 0 Comments

Blind Lemon Jefferson famously sang that “the blues came to Texas loping like a mule” but a better metaphor might have been the freight train. It was the railroad that linked the far flung Texas towns where the bluesman, particularly the piano players, plied their trade. In one of the greatest train blues, …

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 …

What About Black Bob ?

Posted in - Biography on August 12th 2013 0 Comments

Out of all the enigmas that one might encounter while wandering around the Blues Universe, chief amongst them is, “Who, exactly, was Black Bob?” As it turns out, that’s a good question — and we’ll cut to the chase here — the answer is that no one is really certain.

In a …

Clarence Jones The Sultan of Syncopation

Posted in - Biography on July 9th 2013 0 Comments

Clarence Jones The Sultan of Syncopation
by Alex van der Tuuk

Pianist, songwriter, orchestra leader and piano teacher Clarence M. Jones (1889-1949) had a prolific career, which started in the first decade of the 20th century, but began to eclipse in the 1910s and 1920s, after he had left his hometown of Wilmington, Ohio and …

The Music Of Black Bob Hudson

Posted in - Biography on June 8th 2013 0 Comments

The Music of Black Bob Hudson, legendary Chicago pianist during the 30’s, and his amazing piano style, analyzed and discussed by English pianist James Goodwin, a great musician and a good friend.
Black Bob Hudson was a prolific sideman musician, working with major artists like Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Washboard Sam and Tampa Red. …