New Blues

The Complete Early Recordings of Skip James, 1930
Nehemiah Curtis "Skip" James, born 1902 in Yazoo City, Mississippi, and developed a three-finger picking style (like Mississippi John Hurt), and used an E-minor tuning he called "cross-note" tuning. He plays both guitar and piano on this disc on the Yazoo Label. The 1930 audio is noisy, but James' character and unique sound is not to be missed by Blues Fans.

Lightnin' Hopkins: The Gold Star Sessions, Vol. 2.
According to Blues Legend, ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, as a teenager, heard Lightnin' Hopkins play at a coffeehouse, and later remarked, "He doesn't even know when to change chords." Lightnin', standing behind Gibbons, said, "Lightnin' change when Lightnin' want to".

Koko Taylor: I Got What it Takes
This Electric Chicago Blues album was Taylor's first on Alligator Records, and features an upbeat, funk-tinged version of Ruth Brown's 'Mama, he treats your daughter mean'.