New Releases For May 21, 2013

Various Artists
Classic Harmonica Blues

Various Artists - Classic Harmonica Blues

In the 1850s, clockmaker Matthias Hohner began making harmonicas in Germany. By the turn of the century, his market expanded to America where among countless others, African Americans claimed the instrument as their own.

Classic Harmonica Blues from Smithsonian Folkways brims with the creativity of soulful harmonica greats of the 20th century, including Sonny Terry, Doctor Ross, Eddie Burns, Phil Wiggins, and more. Culled from the historic Folkways Records collection and live performances at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, these recordings take us to the heart of the classic American blues tradition. 66 minutes, 36-page booklet.

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"Low Down Blues - Neal Pattman"


  1. 1. Theme Song - Doctor Ross, The Harmonica Boss
  2. 2. Heart In Sorrow - Sonny Terry And Brownie McGhee
  3. 3. Take Your Fingers Off It - Will Shade, Charlie Burse, And Gus Cannon
  4. 4. Nine Below Zero - Eddie Burns
  5. 5. Bye Bye Bird - Charlie Sayles
  6. 6. Gillum Blues - Jazz Gillum
  7. 7. Crow Jane Blues - Sonny Terry
  8. 8. Dog Days Of August - John Cephas And Phil Wiggins
  9. 9. Minglewood Blues - John Sebastian And The J Band (With Annie Raines)
  10. 10. Good Morning Little School Girl - Doctor Ross, The Harmonica Boss
  11. 11. Sweet Home Chicago - Phil Wiggins And The Robert Johnson Tribute Band
  12. 12. One Way Out - Eddie Burns
  13. 13. Boogie Baby - Sonny Terry And Brownie McGhee
  14. 14. Low Down Blues - Neal Pattman
  15. 15. Hooka Tooka - Chambers Brothers
  16. 16. Train Piece - Charlie Sayles
  17. 17. Chicago Breakdown - Doctor Ross, The Harmonica Boss
  18. 18. I Feel So Good - Warner Williams And Jay Summerour
  19. 19. Barbara Allen Blues - Roscoe Holcomb
  20. 20. Custard Pie - Sonny Terry And Unknown Washboard Band