BitchTapes: Vintage Blues


The blues are loved around the world because it inhabits a deep level of passion, sexiness, self expression (or self deprecation) and honesty that flows from the mouths of its singers and permeates any room with thick emotional truth. The blues is about human flaws, sadness and at times, finds the humor and irony of the rough spell of life.
On this mixtape of vintage Blues, we have a track from Empress of the Blues Bessie Smith. Alongside her, we've got “Doctor Doctor Blues,” is a story of Memphis Minnie being cut off from drinking and smoking and Big Mama Thornton's “Willie Mae's Blues,” which is full of woe for a lost lover.  I threw in Etta James singing her version of “Purple Rain” for some fun and good measure. You might want to use this BitchTape as an elixir to whatever ails you… or you'll catch the blues in what would otherwise be a pleasant day!

Vintage Blues from BitchTapes on 8tracks Radio.

Track list: 
Bertha Hill - Trouble In Mind
Bessie Smith - Do Your Duty 
Big Mama Thornton - Willie Mae's Blues
Edith Wilson - Dixie Blues
Etta James-Purple Rain
Eva Taylor- Barefoot Blues
Gladys Bentley - Wild Geese Blues
Josie Miles - Mad Mamas Blues
Koko taylor - Wang Dang Doodle
Memphis Minnie - Doctor Doctor Blues
Rosa Henderson-Midnight Blues
Sara Martin Her Jug Band - Im Gonna Be A Lovin Old Soul
Virginia Liston - Titanic Blues


Related Reading: Got the World in a Jug — The Legacy of The Blueswoman Transcends Genre

by Jordannah Elizabeth
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Jordannah Elizabeth is a musician, arts and culture journalist, editor of The Deli Magazine San Francisco, and author of the upcoming book, Don’t Lose Track Vol 1: 40 Articles, Essays and Q&As By Jordannah Elizabeth, on Zero Books.

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Thanks for posting this -

Thanks for posting this - it's the perfect blend for those late spring/early summer nights!

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