One of the most accomplished rag and blues guitarists of all time was Jacksonville’s Arthur ‘Blind’ Blake. His career was based in Chicago in the 1920’s. Between 1926 and 1932 he recorded nearly 80 sides for Paramount Records before fading into obscurity soon afterwards. Unlike many blind blues performers, Blake played up-tempo dance orientated music. His effortless sounding improvisations and polished technique attracted many imitators but no equals.

Here is Blind Blake with West Coast Blues (1926)