Skip, Duck, and the Grammy Awards: The Rise of the Bentonia Blues

Bentonia, Mississippi is a small town of just over 400 residents, about the same number it had in 1931. That year, the town’s most famous son went north to record for the Paramount Record Company. The railroad Nehemiah “Skip” James left on still runs through Bentonia, but the station is long gone. Still, not far … Continue reading “Skip, Duck, and the Grammy Awards: The Rise of the Bentonia Blues”

21 Current Blues Musicians to Know in 2021

At Document Records, our main focus is compiling and sharing historic recordings of traditional American music. These were the works of innovators, artists who helped music to grow and change into what would become the blues (and jazz, and gospel, and country). However, traditional American music didn’t begin or end with the artists represented by … Continue reading “21 Current Blues Musicians to Know in 2021”

‘You Got To Move’ A Reflection upon Rev. Gary Davis by Jonathan Oldstyle

You like the blues. That’s why you’re here, reading about Reverend Gary Davis. Maybe you like jazz as well, maybe classical music. If you want to read about someone who played jazz like Davis played the blues, you might be reading about Art Tatum. Classical, it would be Frederick Chopin. These are guys who challenged … Continue reading “‘You Got To Move’ A Reflection upon Rev. Gary Davis by Jonathan Oldstyle”

10 Famous Blues Musicians

(Written by Leonardo Pereira) 1. BIG BILL BROONZY (Lee Conley Bradley; 1903 – 1958) The city of Chicago is constantly associated with the blues and its electric reinvention, but one of its pioneers actually started as an acoustic country blues performer. According to some sources, William Lee Conley Broonzy was born in Arkansas in 1903. … Continue reading “10 Famous Blues Musicians”

If You Take Me Back – Document Shortcuts Volume 2. Blues Sampler – Full Album

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The Blues Revival Volume 1 1963-1969 – Full Album

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Bukka White Aberdeen Mississippi Blues – Full Album

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Little Brother Montgomery (1930-1936) – Full Album

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