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.

Confessions of a Vinyl Addict – Part 4

From Hull to Nashville By Gary Atkinson   Given the critical slamming I gave those first Document CDs when writing for the blues magazine, I was more than a little surprised when the reviews editor rang to say that Johnny Parth had recommended me for a job. They wanted me to write some booklet notes, … Continue reading “Confessions of a Vinyl Addict – Part 4”

Confessions of a Vinyl Addict – Part 3

England, Vienna, Scotland. By Gary Atkinson Whilst working, as an Office Junior at the City Engineers department of Hull City Council, I was approached by two close work friends. ‘Do you like Rory Gallagher?’ Dave asked. ‘No,’ I gave as a reply to a question, which, in my music-elitist view, needed no consideration. ‘Why not!?’ … Continue reading “Confessions of a Vinyl Addict – Part 3”

Confessions Of A Vinyl Addict – Part 2

By Gary Atkinson “…Do you know what you’re getting yourself into?” The first albums that I bought were cheap, ‘budget range’ ones. The Marble Arch label was owned by Pye Nixa, which had licensed material from Chess records in the early 1960s. As a schoolboy in the late 1960s, I could just about afford these, … Continue reading “Confessions Of A Vinyl Addict – Part 2”

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”