Originally Posted by Violet Pixie
Bessie Smith. St Louis blues is brilliant.
Son House- John the Revelator is a classic.
Hank Williams- Ramblin' man. Take these chains from my heart, Lovesick blues.
Leadbelly- Boll Weevil, Howard of the Green corn, Where did you sleep last night?
Tennessee Ernie Ford- Sixteen tons.
Bessie Jackson- Ain't walkin no more.
Big Mama Thornton. Ball and chain. The same Ball and chain would help establish Janis Joplin.
Agree w/ much if this
Would also add an emphatic vote
-- Howlin' Wolf
-- Muddy Waters
-- Little Willie John
-- B.B. King
-- And yeah, John Lee Hooker, altho not everything on every album, I like 'Crawlin' King Snake' pretty hard tho, for some reason.
Also, totally agree that Bessie Smith is, in the words of Bonnie Raitt, "Just the baddest Thing That Ever Walked."