Early Christmas Blues and Jazz Songs. 12 Good Reasons to Discover them

If you thought that “Fairytale of New York” is the epitome of an alternative Christmas song, you need to think again! From dead drunk to death row, the earliest Christmas Blues Music blew the lid off the traditional music syrup can. The lyrics were edgy and the performers were pros. Even if “White Christmas” is more your thing, you can still learn to love these gritty festive gems.

Ramona Baker Reviews ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

Even with all the negative comments from serious historians, the most striking element of the film was the attention to detail with the costumes. Any costume historian could tell you that such bright and gaudy colors were appropriately exhibited in the film, and the hairstyles all seemed to match. To clothing historians and collectors it … Continue reading “Ramona Baker Reviews ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’”

Emma Johnson “Cold Weather Papa” It’s the Blues Jim but not as we know it

Last year when   we were preparing  a  free winter themed  E.P  as a  download for the holiday season , “Cold Weather Papa” by Emma Johnson seemed like a good choice . The track appears on our   CD DOCD-5654 Classic Blues & Vaudeville Singers Vol 5 1922 – 1930. Once we played it , however, … Continue reading “Emma Johnson “Cold Weather Papa” It’s the Blues Jim but not as we know it”