Various Artists

Dallas Alley Drag: Piano Blues, Rags & Stomps

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A collection of Texas piano sides recorded in the 1920s, this set documents the earliest recordings in that style. Forged in Dallas' "Deep Ellum" district, players like Whistlin' Alex Moore, Texas Billy Day, Billiken Johnson, and Bessie Tucker forged the style heard on these sides along with names from obscurity like Bobby Cadillac, Jack Ranger, Ida Mae Mack, and Hattie Hudson. Pulled from extremely rare 78s, the sound is rough in spots, but the music's worth every pop, click, and scratch that goes with it.

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