The Traditional Delta and Country Blues

Blind Dog's Blues (BDR-1003) December Sessions

Robert Petway - Catfish Blues; Johnny Shines - Little Wolf; Harlem Hamfats - It Was Red; Sonny Boy Williamson - Life Time Blues; Eddie Lang & Joe Venuti - A Handful Of Riffs; Sylvester Weaver - Bottleneck Blues; Virgil Childers - Red River Blues; Lightnin' Hopkins - Baby Please Don't Go; Ralph Willis - Trouble Don't Last; Marshall Owens - Texas Blues; Sister Rosetta Tharpe - The Devil Has Thrown Him Down; Casey Bill Weldon - Did You Mean What You Said; Frank Stokes - I'm Going Away Blues; Sampson Pittman - Welfare Blues; Sleepy John Estes - Jack And Jill Blues; Memphis Jug Band - Jim Strainer Blues; Taylor's Kentucky Boys - Gray Eagle; Sweet Papa Tadpole - Black Spider Blues; Mississippi Sheiks - Lonely One In This Town; Son House - My Black Mama, Part I; Funny Papa Smith (with Willie Lane) - Hungry Wolf Blues Part 2; Frank Tannehill - Door Bell Blues; Bumble Bee Slim - Running Bad Luck Blues; Blind Lemon Jefferson - Low Down Mojo Blues; Sonny Scott - Try Me Man Blues; Roosevelt Sykes - Don't Put The Lights Out; Lonnie Johnson - Working Man's Blues; John Jackson - Railroad Bill; Barbecue Bob - Untitled Song (1929); Blind Joe Reynolds - Nehi Blues; Ma Rainey - "Ma" Rainey's Black Bottom; Hambone Willie Newbern - She Could Toodle-Oo; Howlin' Wolf - Spoonful; Mance Lipscomb - Going Down Slow; Blind Roosevelt Graves - Guitar Boogie; Oscar Woods - Baton Rouge Rag; Sam Collins - Pork Chop Blues; Tommy McClennan - It's Hard To Be Lonesome; Cephas & Wiggins - Running And Hiding; Leroy Carr - I Ain't Got No Gal; Robert Johnson - Kindhearted Woman Blues; Charley Jordan - Chifferobe; Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - Too Much Competition; Big Bill Broonzy - Saturday Night Rub; Reverend Gary Davis - Lo' I Be With You Always; Texas Alexander - Last Stage Blues; Blind Willie McTell - Amazing Grace; Tampa Red - Voice Of The Blues; Blind Boy Fuller - Stingy Mama; Bo Carter - Rolling Blues; Lonnie Johnson - Racketeers Blues; John Jackson - Rattlesnakin' Daddy; Walter Davis - Travelin' This Lonesome Road; Big Joe Williams - Chain Gang Blues; Edith North Johnson - Eight Hours Woman; Ramblin' Thomas - LIttle Old Mamma Blues; Blind Joe Taggart - Just Beynd Jordan; Jim Jackson - What A Time (Take 1); Tommie Bradley - Window Pane Blues; Charlie Burse & The Memphis Mudcats - Hell's Highway; Leadbelly - Let It Shine On Me; Memphis Minnie - Reachin' Pete, Take A; Charley Patton - Prayer Of Death, Part 2; Kokomo Arnold - The Twelves (Dirty Dozens); Robert Lee McCoy - Mamie Lee; Papa Charlie Jackson - Coffee Pot Blues; Lead Belly - How Long; Blind Blake - Southern Rag; Eddie Lang & Joe Venuti - Red Velvet; Scrapper Blackwell - Be-Da-Da-Bum; The Hokum Boys - Put Your Mind On It; Sylvester Weaver - Can't Be Trusted Blues; Sonny Boy Williamson - Early In The Morning; Birmingham Jug Band - German Blues; Lottie Kimbrough And Winston Holmes - Goin' Away Blues; Casey Bill Weldon - Spider Blues; Lee Brown - Midnight Dream; Dixieland Jug Blowers - House Rent Rag; ...

Bukka White - Sic 'Em Dogs On; Bill Gaither - Fairy Tale Blues; Bill Jazz Gillum - Worried And Bothered; Memphis Jug Band - Sometimes I Think I Love You; Charley Patton - You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die; Furry Lewis - Good Looking Girl Blues; Mississippi Sheiks - Please Don't Wake It Up; Frank Hutchison - All Night Long; Josh White - High Brown Cheater; Sleepy John Estes - Liquor Store Blues; Ralph Willis - Somebody's Got To Go; Sister Rosetta Tharpe - When I Move To The Sky; J.D. Short - Snake Doctor Blues; Blind Pete & Partner - Booker; Harlem Hamfats - Move Your Hand; Kid Cole - Hard Hearted Mama Blues; Mobile Strugglers - Memphis Blues; Blind Lemon Jefferson - Bed Spring Blues; Arthur Weston - Decoration Day; Barbecue Bob - Darktown Gamblin', Part 1 (The Crap Game); Jaybird Coleman - Ah'm Sick And Tired Of Tellin' You (To Wiggle That Thing); Texas Sheiks - Under The Chicken Tree; Buddy Moss - Back To My Used To Be (Take 1); Bull City Red - Pick And Shovel Blues; John Jackson - John's Ragtime; Cliff Edwards - How Can You Look So Good?; South Memphis Jug Band - Doctor Medicine; Georgia White - New Dupree Blues; Ishman Bracey - Where My Shoes At? (Taylor & Bracey); Robert Johnson - From Four Till Late; Leroy Carr - Workhouse Blues; Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - I'm Gonna Dig Myself A Hole; Big Bill Broonzy - My Big Money (1937); Joe Pullum - Careful Drivin' Mama; Texas Alexander - Texas Troublesome Blues; Blind Willie McTell - I Got To Cross The River Jordan; Tampa Red - My Baby Said Yes; Blind Boy Fuller - Shake That Shimmy; Bo Carter - Five Dollar Bill; Lonnie Johnson - Don't Wear It Out; Walter Davis - I Can Tell By The Way You Smell; Lil' Son Jackson - Charley Cherry (Take 2); Big Al Calhoun - Tin Pan Alley; Reverend Gary Davis - Pure Religion; Big Joe Williams - She Are My Sunshine; Johnny Shines - Tell Me Mama; Mance Lipscomb - Long Way To Tipperary; Ramblin' Thomas - Hard Dallas Blues;  ... and more. - SEE RECENTLY PLAYED

Complete Recorded Works (1929-1931) by Clifford Gibson

Label: Document Records.
Release Date: 1991.
Recording Time: 68 minutes.
Release Info: Compilation Studio Recording.
Recording Date: June, 1929 - June 11, 1931.

Styles: St. Louis Country Blues, Acoustic Memphis Blues, Pre-War Country Blues, Regional Blues.

Document's 23-track collection Complete Recorded Works presents everything Clifford Gibson recorded between 1929-1931. Since Gibson was a fine guitarist but not an exceptional vocalist, this is primarily of interest only to diehard country-blues fans. And those casual fans who do want a taste of Gibson are better served by Yazoo's more concise collection, Beat You Doing It. ~ Thom Owens.

Document's Review (BDCD-6015): 
Informative booklet notes by Mike Rowe.
Detailed discography.

Cllifford Gibson's oeuvre had been committed to wax by 1929, his first year of recording, with eight sides for QRS around June and another twelve sides for Victor in November and December of that year. Called back in 1931 to his hometown of Louisville mainly as an accompanist to Roosevelt Sykes and R. T. Hanen (probably J. D. Short) and, surprisingly, on one take as an accompanist to the white hillbilly Singer Jimmie Rodgers and that was it – almost.

St. Louis's country blues men and women all appeared on record about the same time – Henry Spaulding, Mary Johnson, Alice Moore, Lawrence Casey, Henry Brown, Sylvester Palmer and Roosevelt Sykes all made their debut in 1929 while Walter Davis, Peetie Wheatstraw and Charley Jordan were only just behind them as recruits to the city's burgeoning blues activity. Arkansas and Mississippi supplied most of St. Louis's blues performers and Clifford Gibson from Kentucky was an oddity. An extremely accomplished guitarist Gibson showed the influence of Lonnie Johnson (Bad Luck Dice, and Levee Camp Moan for example) in much of his guitar work but brought his own talent for original lyrics. His songs show the usual preoccupation with mistreatment by women and his only other major theme was gambling to which he constantly refers in song (Bad Luck Dice of course, Hard Headed Blues and Levee Camp Moan). He can surprise with his lyrics such as "When I was society" and with attitude too. Beat You Doing It (presumably the same song Edith Johnson recorded soon after for Paramount) which suggests to the listener a boatful, probably sexual blues, is in fact quite the reverse: a thoughtful word of warning to "Don't never think your woman thinks too much of you, there's always some good man beat you doing what you trying to do." She Rolls It Slow is the only overt sexual blues he recorded and stylistically and possibly thematically owes a lot to Lonnie Johnson's success with such material. It was a change from his usual limited range of tunes from which melodically only Tired Of Being Mistreated stands out. It's no surprise that it's the only song by which he is remembered today through Henry Townsend who absorbed some of his style. There is little to gauge Gibson's popularity at the time but his memory is assured by his meticulous guitar picking and original lyrics while his musical eminence on St. Louis' blues scene was never in doubt.

NOTE: Clifford Gibson's 1960 recordings, made under the name of "Granpappy" Gibson for the Bobbin label can be found on Document DOCD-5619 'Rural Blues Vol 2 (1951-1962)'.

Credits: Clifford Gibson - composer, guitar, guitar (rhythm), primary artist, vocals; R.T. Hanen - accordion, vocals; Johnny Parth - compilation producer, producer; Jimmie Rodgers - composer, guest artist, guitar, guitar (rhythm), vocals; Mike Rowe - liner notes; Rudolf Staeger - executive producer; Rudi Steager - executive producer; Roosevelt Sykes - piano.

Personnel: Clifford Gibson - vocals, guitar; With contributions by Roosevelt Sykes - piano. R.T. Hanen (probably J.D. Short) - vocals. Jimmie Rodgers - vocals, guitar.

Tracks: 1) Beat You Doing It – Clifford Gibson; 2) Whiskey Moan Blues – Clifford Gibson; 3) Tired Of Being Mistreated, Part 1 – Clifford Gibson; 4) Tired Of Being Mistreated, Part 2 – Clifford Gibson; 5) Stop Your Rambling – Clifford Gibson; 6) Sunshine Moan – Clifford Gibson; 7) Ice And Snow Blues – Clifford Gibson; 8) Don't Put That Thing On Me – Clifford Gibson; 9) Drayman Blues – Clifford Gibson; 10) Old Time Rider – Clifford Gibson; 11) Bad Luck Dice – Clifford Gibson; 12) Levee Camp Moan – Clifford Gibson; 13) Hard Headed Blues – Clifford Gibson; 14) Blues Without A Dime – Clifford Gibson; 15) Keep Your Windows Pinned – Clifford Gibson; 16) Jive Me Blues – Clifford Gibson; 17) Brooklyn Blues (45th Street Blues) – Clifford Gibson; 18) Society Blues – Clifford Gibson; 19) She Rolls It Slow – Clifford Gibson; 20) Railroad Man Blues – Clifford Gibson; 21) She's Got Jordan River In Her Hips – R.T. Hanen; 22) Happy Days Blues – R.T. Hanen; 23) Let Me Be Your Sidetrack (take 2) – R.T. Hanen.

Gasoline Blues by Charley Jordan

Gasoline Blues - Charley Jordan, E position, standard tuning.

You can always tell, baby, when your woman gonna treat you mean
You can always tell, babe, when your woman gonna treat you mean
If you ask for a glass of water, she'll give you a glass of gasoline

Some of these women, they sure ought to be ashamed
Some of these women, they sure ought to be ashamed
They will go out and take money from a man walkin' with a walkin' cane

What makes you blow up, baby, every time I speak to you
What makes you blow up, baby, every time I speak to you
You make me think that you is full of gasoline too

I've got the trickiest woman that you ever seen
I've got the trickiest woman that you ever seen
Whenever she get mad, she blows up just like gasoline

Won't you let me tell you, pardner, what these gasoline women will do
Won't you let me tell you, pardner, what these gasoline women will do
They will stay out all night long then come home and blow up on you

Heyyy baby, you just full of gas as you can be
Baby baby, you just full o' gas as you can be
Because when you get drunk, you come home and blow up on me

Some of these gasoline women, I just can't understand
Some of these gasoline women, I just can't understand
They'll cook neckbones for their husband, they'll cook chicken for their man

Cat Iron

Cat Iron, real name William Carradine, b. c. 1896 in Garden City, LA, d. c. 1958 in Natchez, MS, blues singer and guitarist, active 1950s. 'Cat Iron' was not his actual nickname, but a mishearing of his surname by his "rediscoverer". During the folk and blues revival, "Cat Iron" was "discovered" and recorded in 1957 by Frederic Ramsey Jr.; the recordings were released in the United States in 1958 on the Folkways label, in the United Kingdom in 1969 on the XTRA label. His song, "Jimmy Bell" has been covered by many other musicians, first by Koerner, Ray & Glover on their 1963 album, Blues, Rags and Hollers, later by Stoney & Meatloaf, The Numbers Band, Peter Lang, The Sharks, Tom Doughty and Watermelon Slim. 

Cat Iron Biography by Mark A. Humphrey

In 1958, folklorist Frederic Ramsey, Jr. recorded someone named Cat-Iron in Buckner's Alley in Natchez, Mississippi. Ramsey whote a detailed poetic description of his discovery of Cat-Iron for The Saturday Review which, alas, offered no background on the artist. A biographic cipher, Cat-Iron's sole testament is "Cat-Iron Sings Blues and Hymns," described in the 1958 Folkways catalogue as "old-time Negro songs and guitar style."

Family Stirving by Ishman Bracey

Family Stirving - Ishmon Bracey, Guitar in Bb position, standard tuning, Charley Taylor, piano and Kid Ernest Mitchell, clarinet.

The room I live in has 'sturbance every morn
The room I live in has 'sturbance every morn
See, some low-down man has stole my gal and gone

Talkin' 'bout mercy, he don't know what mercy means
Talkin' 'bout mercy, he don't know what mercy means
He know anything about mercy, baby, he'd have mercy on me

I've got a long tall mama, little old mama, too
I've got a long tall mama, little old mama, too
I ain't gonna tell my long tall mama what my little old mama do

note: The odd title of the song is most likely supposed to be "Family 'Sturbance", as in disturbance.