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Slide into the Blues with Eddie Anthony's Gritty Tune 'Beaver Slide Rag'

Learn some blues basics with this vintage tune

When the first country-blues records were made in the early 1920s, the distinction between "country" and "blues" wasn't as clear-cut as it is today. Black string-band music was in the process of morphing from fiddle and banjo music that had been played in the 1800s (by both blacks and whites) into what we now recognize as "the blues." Many black banjo players took up the more modern-sounding guitar, with all its chordal possibilities, and eventually the fiddle was replaced by the less expensive (and much easier to play) harmonica. But for a brief period during the '20s and '30s, a few fiddlers stuck around for the ride into the early blues sounds that laid the groundwork for the rock 'n' roll explosion of the post-WWII era. Georgia fiddler Eddie Anthony was one such musician. He recorded about 50 sides with his musical partner, Peg Leg Howell, a guitarist who had started out on banjo.

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