Good recorded music from pre-1950s


#1

can’t stand jazz. big band stuff is annoying. any proto-rock n roll or rhythm and blues shit i should know about?


#2

i quite enjoy 20s/30s/40s blues singers, the earlier stuff particularly is often quite fuzzy which i like (like the original lo-fi music) and lends it a particularly haunting quality.

Leadbelly is an obvious one:

as is Robert Johnson:

Blind Willie Johnson i find particularly incredible

think Dylan covered this one on his first album:

a lot of this stuff is covered, adapted or directly referenced by the liked of Dylan, Nick Cave, Led Zeppelin etc.


#3

Woody Guthrie too of course


#4

Sounds like you’re after some boogie woogie shizzle


#5

Jimmie Rodgers maybe?


#6

if you don’t know I’d highly recommend Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music.


#7

Another blind willie


#8

Barbecue Bob

Peg leg Howell

Scrapper Blackwell


#9

blues singers have the best names


#10

Anything by Howlin’ Wolf


#11

Random gems like this are great:


#12

I enjoy the acoustic blues sounds of Mississippi John Hurt. Don’t have any particular recommendations but he didn’t record that many tunes.


#13

Just adding to the blues camp - John Lee Hooker. He was a bit later but got going in the forties I believe.


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