Acoustic Blues Sampler

  • Track Count 23
  • Total Length 1:35:09
Sample this playlist
  1. 1 Key To The Highway Mance Lipscomb 03:16
  2. 2 Mean Old Twister Lightnin' Hopkins 05:04
  3. 3 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out Ramblin' Jack Elliott 02:42
  4. 4 Louis Collins Mississippi John Hurt 04:35
  5. 5 Fred's Worried Life Blues "Mississippi" Fred McDowell 04:19
  6. 6 Driftin' And Driftin' Bukka White 07:08
  7. 7 Jelly Roll Baker Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee 04:31
  8. 8 Blues And Trouble Muddy Waters 04:56
  9. 9 Cherry Ball Blues Skip James 03:55
  10. 10 Vernita Blues Sleepy John Estes & Yank Rachell 04:13
  11. 11 Let The Good Times Roll Sam Chatmon 03:30
  12. 12 Stagger Lee Taj Mahal 04:17
  13. 13 If You Want To Be Rich Jean-Bosco Mwenda 02:33
  14. 14 Good Time Charlie "Spider" John Koerner 02:26
  15. 15 Honey Babe Blues Bernie Pearl & Alice Gunn 02:21
  16. 16 Spoonful John Hammond 04:45
  17. 17 Virginia Woman Turley Richards 03:16
  18. 18 Vigilante Man Ry Cooder 05:06
  19. 19 Steamroller Blues James Taylor 03:07
  20. 20 She Wouldn't Say Quit Leon Redbone 05:20
  21. 21 Out On The Western Plain Rory Gallagher 05:14
  22. 22 Unemployed / I Don't Know Where I'm Goin', But I'm Goin' Nowhere In A Hurry Blues Steve Goodman 05:05
  23. 23 Golfin' Blues Loudon Wainwright III 03:30
Playlist Description

As an experiment, ask a few people you know to name 5 blues guitarists. I would imagine that you would get pretty similar responses across the board - BB King, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan. A relatively boring experiment, sure, but interesting to note that probably no one you ask would name a predominantly acoustic guitarist. Granted, there are arguments for the recency effect and for public exposure having a lot to do with why that group comes to mind first, but the point is that most of us picture the blues being played electrically and loudly. As we've been listening to concerts from the Ash Grove catalog we've gotten a taste of what the blues were like before their amplification, played by the guitarists that inspired the generation that is so well-remembered today. This playlist features some tunes by the originals like Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, and Sam Chatmon. Musicians who heard these guys at the Ash Grove, like Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder, are represented, as are others who were able to play like the originals, like John Hammond (the III, though most know him as "Junior") and Rory Gallagher. Tracks from Loudon Wainwright III and Steve Goodman provide examples of acoustic blues being used for comedic irony, while indie artists The Felice Brothers and Justin Townes Earle capture the spirit of the originals without imitating them directly.