Memphis Minnie – Down By The Riverside
Memphis Minnie – Today Today Blues
Pickin’ The Blues, by Memphis Minnie (1929). Lizzie Douglas, more commonly known as Memphis Minnie, was one of the most accomplished blues guitarists early on. Check out her technique on this number, one of her first recorded efforts.
Sam Chatmon – Bumblebee Blues (1978)
Bumble Bee is among the most influential pre-WWII recorded blues songs. Whether Memphis Minnie (Lizzie Douglas Lawlers) and Kansas Joe McCoy wrote it or adapted it from an earlier tradition, their versions sparked a wave of recordings by the likes of Charley Patton and Bertha Lee Pate, Big Mama Thornton, Bo Carter, John Lee Hooker, Guitar Slim and many others. A notable feature of the song’s legacy is its gender ambiguity; it was sometimes sung from a female perspective, including by male performers, while in other cases, such as Bo Carter’s recordings, it was interpreted from a male point of view.