December 2nd, 2013
Format: Calendar + CD
Publisher: Blues Images
Release date: October 15, 2013
John Tefteller’s annual Classic Blues calendar for 2014 features more amazing artwork from the 1920s, some of which rivals R. Crumb in originality. Each month of the calendar is also illustrated with rare photographs of blues musicians, birth and death dates, brief biographies, and sample song lyrics.
The accompanying CD includes the 12 songs that are featured in the January to December artwork, plus 12 bonus tracks. Personal favorites include Charlie Patton’s “Mean Black Cat Blues,” Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “Long Lonesome Blues,” and ‘Papa’ Charlie Jackson’s “Let’s Get Along.” All of the selections on the CD were transferred from the original 78 rpm records and remastered by Richard Nevine. Between the calendar and the CD, you have two products that will satisfy any blues fan on your holiday shopping list.
The complete contents of the CD includes: Bull Doze Blues • Henry Thomas; Good Looking Girl Blues • Furry Lewis; Mean Black Cat • Charley Patton; Crackin’ Them Things • Mississippi Sheiks; Miss Emma Liza • Blind Blake; Rattlesnake Groan • Luella Miller; Your Enemies Cannot Harm You (But Watch Your Close Friend) • Reverend E. W. Clayborn; Long, Lonesome Blues • Blind Lemon Jefferson; She’s A Long, Tall, Disconnected Mama • Washboard Walter; Blue Spirit Blues • Bessie Smith; Let’s Get Along • Papa Charlie Jackson; Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane • Mother McCollum; He’s The Joy Of My Salvation • Blind Gussie Nesbitt; God Is Worried At Your Wicked Ways • Blind Gussie Nesbitt; Bedside Blues • Jim Thompkins; Ghost Woman Blues • George Carter; Weeping Willow • George Carter; Fourteenth Street Blues • Blind Percy; Coal River Blues • Blind Percy; Overall Cheater Blues • Washboard Walter; When You Dream Of Muddy Water • Tenderfoot Edwards; Up On The Hill Blues • Tenderfoot Edwards; Dissatisfied Blues • Blind Blake; Magnolia Blues • Charley Patton.
Classic Blues Artwork from the 1920’s, vol. 11 is available at select music and book stores, from Blues Images, or Amazon.
Editor’s note: The producer of this annual calendar, John Tefteller, is also a renowned record collector who recently won an Ebay auction for a super rare blues 78 rpm record by the legendary Tommy Johnson. His winning bid of $37,100.00 is the highest price ever paid for a single 78 rpm blues record. Read the full story here.
Title: Blues Halls and Juke Joints
Publisher: Blues Centric
Release date: 2014
The Blues Halls and Juke Joints 2014 calendar is part travel guide, part history. Featuring a photograph for each month of famous blues venues across the country, from BB’s Jazz Blues and Soups in Saint Louis to Rosa’s Lounge in Chicago, every image showcases the rich history of the creation and evolution of blues music, and how it continues to thrive to the present day. Also included are over 150 blues-related events: births, deaths, festivals, album releases and more. This calendar is a must-have for the blues lover wanting to be kept in the know about everything related to the blues across the country, and will inspire you to visit to many of these unique juke joints, from the Mississippi Delta and beyond.
The first 250 calendars are individually hand-numbered, so for those collectors in mind, ordering sooner is better than later!
Reviewed by Ian Hallagan