Saturday, May 12, 2007

Fabulous Graphics for Great Music

This was the first in a series of calendars that are being released each year, depicting rare and, in a lot of cases, never before seen advertisements for blues musicians in the 1920s. Beginning in 2004, when Blues Images acquired a large number of old blues ads that had been fished out of a dumpster by two reporters back in the 1980s, they decided to use the images in calendars that were to be produced over the course of a few years.

The cover of the calendar has a full-figure photo of Charley Patton on the cover that was a part of the acquisition. The way that he is holding his guitar has had some musicologists curious whether he actually played with his chord hand in this position. Quite a bit of speculation this could create...

In addition to the artwork, there is an added bonus CD with blues material on it. It includes three songs from 78s that were never released or were believed to have been lost forever:

Tommy Johnson-I Want Someone To Love Me
Blind Joe Reynolds-Cold Woman Blues
King Solomon Hill-Times Has Done Got Hard

Two additional volumes of calendars have been issued since this one. Keep an eye out for the 2007 calendar that has been announced on Blues Images' website!

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