Speckled Red – The Dirty Dozens
Delmark DE 601
Compact Disc (1996)
Speckled Red (Rufus Perryman) was a member of the first generation of blues pianists to record. His rugged blues and boogies have all the robust quality the good time blues should have. He played in taverns and whorehouses where life was lived at a fevered pitch and, tho there’s the occasional trace of sentimentality…
However, be warned: the tracks The Dirtier the Dozens and The Dirtiest Dozens contain lyrics which, while common in the brothels where they originated, are not for air play or children, and explicit language abounds on these two tracks. But if you’re looking for a memorable blues listening experience, this is it!