Po Monkey's Juke Joint in Clarksdale, MS. Picture source: Wikipedia.
The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 65

Jook Joint

Today's playlist comes from a CD set from about 2005, titled Jook Joint. And that title inspired me to tell some more about the small, informal cafes in ramshackle dwellings that once were numerous in the rural communities in the Deep South. The juke joint served African American rural workers and blues singers travelled from one to another to earn some money for the day.

Most of these places have vanished and the few remaining attract tourists in rental cars and blues pilgrims rather than impoverished cotton pickers washing their troubles away with a bottle of moonshine. The delta blues sang of the hardships of Southern African American field labourers in the after-slavery Jim Crow society, and it's a good thing these days are gone forever. And I'll keep on playing African American music from the thirties to the fifties, not for nostalgia for a time that wasn't better, but simply because it's such great music.



  1. Joe 'Papoose' Fritz - Lady Bear Boogie
  2. John Lee Hooker - I Tried Hard
  3. Luther Stoneham - January 11 1949
  4. Little Milton Anderson - Mistreated Baby Blues
  5. Lightnin' Hopkins - Shiny Moon
  6. Lazy Slim Jim - Wine Head Baby
  7. Leroy Dallas - Jump Little Children
  8. Alma The Lollipop Mama Mondy - Streetwalkin' Daddy
  9. Joyce Jackson - Body Rockin Daddy
  10. Smokey Hogg - She's Always On My Mind
  11. Lightnin' Slim - I Can't Be Successful
  12. L.C. Williams - Baby Child
  13. Earl Hooker - Sweet Angel
  14. Schoolboy Cleve - Strange Letter Blues
  15. Coy Hot Shot Love - Harpin' On It
  16. Tommy Lee Thompson - Packin' Up My Blues
  17. Lil' Son Jackson - Groundhog Blues
  18. Manzie Harris - Long Long Time


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Earl Hooker - On The Hook
  • Goree Carter - Bull Corn
  • Lafayette Thomas - Deep South Guitar Blues
  • Lazy Lester - Lester's Stomp