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Max's Top Twenty Blues

There are so many, but here is an almost random attempt to list Max's 'Top Twenty' acoustic blues titles. They are in no particular order.

"When Your Way Gets Dark"   Charlie Patton (1929)

"Bed Spring Blues"  Blind Lemon Jefferson (1929)

"Mama T'ain't Long Fo' Day"  Blind Willie McTell (1927)

"My Wife Drove Me From My Door"  Charlie Lincoln (1927)

"Moanin' and Groanin' Blues"  Peg Leg Howell (1927)

"K. C. Moan"   Memphis Jug Band (1929)

"Ain's Gonna Be Your Dog No More"  Turner Parrish (1933)

"Viola Lee Blues"  Cannon's Jug Stompers (1928)

"They Ain't Walking No More"  Lucille Bogan (1930)

"Alabama Women Blues"  Leroy Carr (1930)

"Crazy Cryin' Blues"  Memphis Minnie (1931)

"Man Trouble Blues"  Jaybird Coleman (1927)

"Slow Mama Slow"  Sam Collins (1931)

"Whip It To A Jelly" Clara Smith (1926)

"Got Cut All To Pieces"  Bessie Tucker (1928)

"My Daddy Rocks Me"   Frankie 'Half-Pint' Jaxon

"Vicksburg Blues"  Little Brother Montgomery (1930)

"Think You Need A Shot"  Walter Davis (1936)

"Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues"  Skip James (1931)

"Come On In My Kitchen" Robert Johnson (1936)

There are so many more, such as Bo Carter, Blind Willie Johnson, Tommy McClennan, Jesse James Fuller, Mississippi Sheiks, etc. 

We would be interested in your own personal top twenty (or even top ten) 'best blues'. Please send your list on the Feedback Form and we will publish them here. Thanks.