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Lonnie Coleman’s Atlanta Recording Old Rock Island Blues

Lonnie Coleman Atlanta Recording Old Rock Island Blues

Atlanta Bluesman Lonnie Coleman Recorded two songs for Columbia records in 1929. One of the songs is “Old Rock Island Blues”, a traditional blues song containing some fine rhythmic Banjo and soulful vocals.

Atlanta Blues

I found this song today as part of a great record called The Atlanta Blues released by Folkways Records in 1966. It includes a lot of great songs in the piedmont, georgia rag, and Jug band style. All very soulful and recorded in the late 20s or early 30s.  Featured artist like Barbecue Bob, Blind Willie Mc Tell and Peg Leg Howell are worth listening.

Sounds like: Blind Willy McTell | Bukka White | Reverend Gary Davis | Mississippi John Hurt

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Country blues and Ragtime : Jug band The Dumpy Jug Bumpers

The Dumpy Jug Bumpers from The River Signal on Vimeo.

Country blues and Ragtime : Jug band The Dumpy Jug Bumpers

On their website you will read that: “The Dumpy Jug Bumpers are a string band that brings back the reckless sounds of country blues, ragtime, and jug band music from the era of shellac 78’s”. These Minnesota musicians continu the legacy of artist in the tradition of ragtime and jug bands. But above all The Dumpy Jug Bumpers  show you the fun these guys get from playing ragtime and blues from the pre-war era. 

Street corner Blues from the 20s and 30s

I bet that the The Dumpy Jug Bumpers would do the same thing a hundred years ago like they do now.  The view of a waterfront with a fishingboat. the Jug Bumpers sit in it and bring the fine melodic tunes of the “Milwaukee Blues” which is a very cheerful song.  There is no better way to play some blues I think. That is what the Jug Bumpers do best!

The Jug Bumpers started playing in the Twin Cities and surrounding area in 2012, they tell us on their website. In the next few years they have seen a whole lot of barns, pubs, juke joints and festivals.

Recently the Dumpy Jug Bumpers released their full length debut album  Dumpin’ at the Savoy Which contains song from the 1920s and 1930s blues scene.

Sounds Like: The Mississippi Sheiks | The Dallas String Band | The Memphis Jug Band | Tampa Red

Photo Credit: Screenshot from the Dumpy Jug Bumpers video for the Riverboat sessions. Credit to the Dumpy Jug Bumpers and the original videographer of the video. 

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Song Of the Day: Tampa Red & Georgia Tom – Its Tight Like That

Song Of the Day: Tampa Red & Georgia Tom – Its Tight Like That


The music of Tampa Red is timeless and everytime I’m amazed how great the composition of Tampa’s songs are. For the recording of “It’s Tight Like That” Red worked together with Georgia born blues and gospel musician Georgia Tom.

‘ It’s Tight Like That’  is a Jam between Tampa and Georgia Tom. The catchy vocals and guitar really make this song spin through your head.

Collaboration between Tampa Red and Georgia Tom

Georgia Tom born as Thomas Andrew Dorsey was known as “the father of black gospel music”, he studied music in Chicago and after he became an agent for Paramount Records he soon put together a band for Ma Rainey. By that time Tampa Red also lived in Chicago and was hired to accompany Ma Rainey. Through that collaboration Tanmpa met Georgia Tom. They began recording in early 1928. “It’s Tight Like That was one of their first collaborations. Eventually Tom and Tampa would record over 90 sides. Together they became known as ‘ the Hokum Boys’.

Gertrude “Ma” Rainey-Black Eye Blues

Photo Credit: Jack Delano [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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