Folkstreams.net 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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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).
Floyd Council was an American blues guitarist and singer who played blues in the East Coast / Piedmont style.
Black Ace is a Texas bluesman whose music unfortunately has gone largely unheard of and unappreciated. This is a rare clip of the man at home. Beautiful and articulate slide playing.
One of our guitar heroes, and one of the coolest rags ever to be played on guitar.
This is the classic John Lee Hooker tune, played by the man himself.
Blind Willie Johnson combined the passion of gospel music with the intensity of the blues unlike any other artist. His deep, gravelly vocals soared mightily over his haunted, burning slide guitar, creating a hard-hitting spiritual experience which remains unparalleled.