Blues » Early Acoustic Blues » Pre-War Blues

Prewar Blues is country-blues recorded before World War II. Prewar blues is entirely acoustic, but there are variations to the style -- it could be acoustic guitars, piano blues, solo singers, string bands, or jug bands. The primary unifying factors are that the music is all acoustic, is usually a folk song, and was recorded prior to World War II.

Pre-War Blues Artists Highlights

Mississippi John Hurt
Mississippi John Hurt
Bessie Smith
Bessie Smith
Lonnie Johnson
Lonnie Johnson
Son House
Son House
Leroy Carr
Leroy Carr
Charley Patton
Charley Patton

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Pre-War Blues Album Highlights

Steppin' on the Blues
Lonnie Johnson
Steppin' on the Blues
Good Time Tonight
Big Bill Broonzy
Good Time Tonight
Founder of the Delta Blues [Yazoo]
Charley Patton
Founder of the Delta Blues ...
King of the Delta Blues: The Complete Recordings [Columbia/Legacy]
Robert Johnson
King of the Delta Blues: ...
The Young Big Bill Broonzy (1928-1935)
Big Bill Broonzy
The Young Big Bill Broonzy ...
Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings
Mississippi John Hurt
Avalon Blues: The Complete ...

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Pre-War Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Sweet Potato Blues Lonnie Johnson
I Can't Be Satisfied Big Bill Broonzy
Pony Blues Charley Patton
Walking Blues Robert Johnson
Hip Shakin' Strut Big Bill Broonzy
Frankie Mississippi John Hurt
Prison Bound Blues Leroy Carr
Matchbox Blues Blind Lemon Jefferson
New Shake 'Em on Down Joshua Altheimer / George Barnes / Big Bill Broonzy
Sweet Home Chicago Robert Johnson

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