House of the Rising Sun, by Leadbelly (1944).
Blues Trip Me This Morning, by Tommy McClennan (1942). I’ve blogged a dozen songs now by the underrated McClennan and his friend and “sound-alike,” Robert Petway, since I heard them for the first time a little over a year ago. Tommy’s rough, raspy voice reminds me of Tom Waits. His guitar style, throwing in chord changes when the mood strikes him, recalls Robert Johnson. Honeyboy Edwards once described Tommy’s style in an interview: “He just play the blues. Play straight blues. There wasn’t nothin’ betwixt nothin’. Just straight go.” That’s a good description of McClennan’s music: just straight go!” For more, check these out: It’s Hard To Be Lonesome (2/28/12), Drop Down Mama (1/5/2012), along with the following tunes in 2011: You Can Mistreat Me Here (12/21), Whiskey-Head Woman (7/3), I’m A Guitar King (7/17), My Little Girl (9/12),Cotton Patch Blues (10/28), Travelin’ Highway Man (10/31), Mr. So And So (11/1), Crosscut Saw (11/2), and New Sugar Mama (11/20).
Alley Boogie, by Lucille Bogan. The more of these 80-year-old blues jams I dig up, the more I’m convinced that rock ‘n’ roll began many years before the generally accepted year of 1955.