Blues Music

The following represents a sample of Blues music from the Folklife Collection.
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1. How Long - Mary McClain and Willie James (Download)

Recorded: May 23, 1992 by Jimmy Atkins (Florida Folklife Program)
1992 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T92-32)

Known by many as "Diamond Teeth Mary" for the jewels she placed in her teeth in the 1940s, McClain was a popular blues performer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is accompanied here by pianist Willie James.


2. Something's Got a Hold of Me - Ida Goodson (Download)

Recorded: August, 21 1980 by Doris Dyen (Florida Folklife Program)
West Florida Folklife Survey
Pensacola, Florida
(S 1576, reel T80-87)


3. That's Alright - Johnny Brown (Download)

Recorded: May, 10 1978 by Brenda McCallum, (Florida Folklife Program)
North Florida Folklife Project
St. Petersburg, Florida
(S 1576, reel T78-316)


4. Which Way Did My Baby Go - Moses Williams (Download)

Recorded: May, 29 1978 (Florida Folklife Program)
1978 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T80-36)


5. Give A Poor Dog A Bone - Mary McClain (Download)

With Willie James and friends.
Recorded: May, 28 1993 (Florida Folklife Program)
1993 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, tape D93-6)


6. One Dime Blues - Etta Baker (Download)

Recorded: May, 28 1994 (Florida Folklife Program)
1994 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, tape D94-28)


7. Kind Hearted Woman - Johnny Shines (Download)

Recorded: April, 16 1977 (Florida Folklife Program)
Portable Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T77-277)


08. Muley on the Mountain - Sung by a Local Singer, Booker T. Sapps, and Roger Matthews (AFS372B2) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Belle Glade (1935 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-236)


9. Judge Harsh Blues - Keith Brown (Download)

Recorded: May 26, 2000
2000 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, tape D00-8)


10. Illinois Blues - Tampa Blue (Download)

Recorded: May 26, 2001
2001 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, tape D01-12)