Various Artists: I Can’t Be Satisfied, Vol. 1 & 2

Various Artists, I Can’t Be Satisfied, Vol. 1 & 2 (Yazoo 2026; Yazoo 2027; 68:46)-These two CDs document important though overlooked contributions made by women blues singers of the 1920s. Separated into Town and Country volumes, these historical recordings also great period small jazz combos. Singers of the more sophisticated urban school include Ma Rainey, Sippie Wallace, Bertha “Chippie” Hill and Victoria Spivey. The more rural styles are represented by singers fronting jug bands, including Hattie Hart and Jennie Clayton as well as classic Delta blues women like Geeshie Wiley, Lottie Kimbrough and Ruby Glaze, the wife of Willie McTell.