Author Archives rss A National Preserve of Documentary Films about American Roots Cultures is an incredible archive, or as they call it a ‘national preserve’ of impossible to find documentary films about American folk music and roots cultures. The films on their wonderful site were created by independent filmmakers beginning in the 60s who took advantage of the first portable cameras with a capacity synch sound. They […]

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Bob Log III

Utilizing super low tunings his slide playing sounds monstrous, the loose strings combined with his powerful finger picking let him snap and pluck and slide his dirty electric blues in a way that probably shouldn’t be possible.

Lightnin’ Hopkins

Sam ‘Lightning’ Hopkins was a very influential Texas Blues musician whose songs have inspired everyone from the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many points in between.

Stefan Grossman’s Country Blues Guitar Radio Show

The encyclopedia of the blues Stefan Grossman has once again given a great gift to the world of fingerstyle blues, and made available some radio shows which he recorded in the 70’s and early 80’s

Bumble Bee Slim – Rough, Rugged Blues

Bumblebee Slim was a highly prolific singer, songwriter and guitarist. He recorded over 150 songs for Parmount Records, Decca, Bluebird and Vocalion, accompanied frequently by such top notch musicians such as Big Bill Broonzy, Peetie Wheatstraw, Tampa Red, Memphis Minnie, and Washboard Sam.

Blind Willie McTell – Sending Up My Timber

This is Blind Willie McTell’s stunning rendition of the old Gospel song. The passion of his vocals is matched by what must be a host of angels helping his hands create miracles on his 12 string.

Bull doze Blues

This catchy song was written and recorded by Henry Thomas between 1927 and 1929 for Vocalion Records. Thomas played guitar and accompanied himself on quills (an instrument similar to a pan flute).

Charlie Patton

Charlie Patton became the epitome of the rough and tumble bluesman, his heavy drinking, smoking, womanizing and hell-raising became almost as legendary as his music. As the first blues star he would be booked in advance to play instead of rambling from town to town looking for gigs, and because of his reputation he’d always pack them in.

Floyd Council

Floyd Council was an American blues guitarist and singer who played blues in the East Coast / Piedmont style.