How the mesmerizing “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” one of the earliest known blues songs, journeyed from 1920s Southern bluesmen into mainstream rock and roll.
I can tell that Jas Obrecht’s site is going to be a favorite for a while. I love how he drills down on something like a specific song. “Rolling and Tumbling” is one of the all time great delta blues dance tunes. I’m most familiar with Hambone Willie Newbern’s and Muddy Waters’s versions of the tune, but Obrecht traces the first version he is aware of to a 1928 recording by Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers. Newbern’s recording was in 1929, and of course Muddy’s version is a number of years older. This is definitely a must-have tune for a blues musician’s repertoire.