Every day I gots da blues

The inimitable Billie:

Ma Rainey from the 1920s (wish the quality were better):

& on a happier note…how can anyone stay depressed when somebody plays music like this:

Banjo makes me grin.  It is an underappreciated instrument, just like guitar used to be.

Who could hate this:

Or this:

Somehow, the Very Old blues led me to the feel-good Bluegrass.  I hope this diary will do the same for you.


  1. here’s hoping that you don’t share this malady.

    But if you do, I hope you will enjoy the clips.

  2. or with bluegrass, but a personal favorite:

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