Posts in the Category: Transcriptions

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 …

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 …

Black Bob Hudson Transcriptions

Posted in - Biography & Transcriptions on May 6th 2013 0 Comments

Very little is known about Black Bob Hudson, except that he was a ragtime-influenced blues pianist who was active from the 1920s and 1930s, and worked with such renowned figures as Lil Johnson, Merline Johnson, and Memphis Minnie, as well as lesser-known artists such as singer Charley West (whose “Hobo Blues” features Hudson‘s …

Mecca Flat Blues Transcription and Lyrics

Posted in - Transcriptions on March 20th 2013 1 Comments

Mecca Flat Blues
(James Blythe and Alexander Robinson)

Talk about blues but I’ve got the meanest kind
Blue and disgusted, dissatisfied in mind
My Mecca flat man, he really don’t understand

Mecca flat woman must be a jazzin’ houn’
Mecca flat woman must be a jazzin’ houn’
Keep foolin’ with me and I’ll cut your jazzer down

Mecca flat woman stings like a …

Priscilla Stewart Biography and Transcriptions

Posted in - Biography & Transcriptions on January 17th 2013 0 Comments

Virtually nothing is known about Priscilla Stewart. An excellent second-level classic blues singer, Stewart recorded 25 performances during 1924-1928, all of which are on Document DOCD-5476. In the majority of the cases, she is accompanied by pianist Jimmy Blythe, who is in excellent form throughout. Altoist Stump Evans and cornetist Shirley Clay make …

Hersal Thomas Transcriptions

Posted in - Biography & Transcriptions on January 10th 2013 0 Comments

THOMAS, HERSAL (1906–1926). Child prodigy pianist, was born in Houston in September 9, 1906. Hersal was one of thirteen children of George and Fanny Thomas. George, Sr., was a deacon at Shiloh Baptist Church, where his children often sang in the choir and played the piano and organ. The Thomas family was …