Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Fifteen months after Roosevelt Sykes recorded “44 Blues” Little Brother Montgomery made the trip to Paramount’s Grafton, Wisconsin studios to record his original “Vicksburg Blues.” Between the recording of Sykes’ “44” and Little Brother’s “Vicksburg,” there were three more versions of “44” recorded, one by Sykes’ mentor Lee Green, another version by Sykes under the pseudonym of Willie Kelly, as well as a version by James Wiggins featuring Leroy Garnett on piano. Today, we feature Little Brother’s initial recording of “Vicksburg Blues” from his very first recording session in September 1930; he recorded two more versions of “Vicksburg” half a decade later in New Orleans.

Little Brother Montgomery • Vicksburg Blues • 1930

Coming soon, Howlin’ Wolf and Roosevelt Sykes bring the story forward a couple of decades.

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