The Traditional Delta and Country Blues

Blind Dog's Blues (BDR-1073) February Sessions

Bo Carter - Arrangement For Me-Blues; Harlem Hamfats - Let's Get Drunk And Truck; Charlie "Specks" McFadden - Broken Down Blues; Buddy Moss - See What You Done Done; Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - Lookin' For My Baby; Bumble Bee Slim - I'm Needing Someone (Exactly Like You); Lowe Stokes & His North Georgians - Left All Alone Again Blues; Big Boy Teddy Edwards - If I Had A Girl Like You; Reverend Gary Davis - Baby, What You Going To Do; Henry Thomas - Shanty Blues; Jimmie Gordon - Plenty Trouble On Your Hand; Bill Gaither - A Short Cut To The Grave; Pink Anderson - The Titanic; Kokomo Arnold - Grandpa Got Drunk; Jaybird Coleman - I'm Gonna Cross The River Of Jordan; Kokomo Arnold - Monday Morning Blues; Warner Williams With Jay Summerour - Ain't Gonna Pick No More Cotton; Skip James - Oh Mary Don't You Weep; Springback James - Lonesome Love Blues; Lightnin' Hopkins - Bad Luck And Trouble; Lead Belly - Leaving Blues; Black Ace - Little Augie; Harlem Hamfats - Oh! Red; Jack Kelly & His South Memphis Jug Band - Highway No. 61 Blues No. 2; Mississippi John Hurt - Avalon Blues; Robert Pete Williams - Jessie James; Josh White - Homeless And Hungry Blues; Eddie Kelly's Washboard Band - Blues In The Rain; Casey Bill Weldon - Casey Blues; Memphis Minnie - You Dirty Mistreater; Big Bill Broonzy - Louise, Louise Blues, Take 2; Blind Willie McTell - B&O Blues No. 2 (1933); Tampa Red - Mean Mistreater Blues; Bo Carter - Spotted Sow Blues; Lonnie Johnson - Trouble Ain't Nothing But The Blues; Charley Patton - Hang It On The Wall; Peg Leg Howell - Chittlin' Supper; Sonny Terry - Train Whistle Blues; Memphis Slim - Sweet Root Man; Henry Townsend - Poor Man Blues; ...

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1929) by Charley Patton

Label: Document Records.
Release Date: 1990.
Recording Time: 60 minutes.
Release Info: Compilation Studio Recording.
Recording Date: June - December, 1929.

Styles: Acoustic Blues, Country Blues, Delta Blues, Pre-War Blues, Pre-War Country Blues, Pre-War Gospel Blues, Regional Blues, Slide Guitar Blues.

For completists, specialists and academics, Document's Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1929) is invaluable, offering an exhaustive overview of Charley Patton's early recordings. For less dedicated listeners, the disc is a mixed blessing. There are some absolutely wonderful, classic performances on the collection, but the long running time, exacting chronological sequencing, poor fidelity (all cuts are transferred from original acetates and 78s), and number of performances are hard to digest. The serious blues listener will find all these factors to be positive, but enthusiasts and casual listeners will find that the collection is of marginal interest for those very reasons. ~ Thom Owens

Personnel: Charley Patton - vocals, guitar; Henry Sims, violin.

Credits: Bob Broom - liner notes; Bob Groom - liner notes; Johnny Parth - compilation producer, producer; Charley Patton - composer, guitar, primary artist, vocals; Henry "Son" Sims - violin; Traditional - composer.

Tracks: 1) Mississippi Boweavil Blues; 2) Screamin’ And Hollerin’ The Blues; 3) Down The Dirt Road Blues; 4) Pony Blues; 5) Banty Rooster Blues; 6) It Won’t Be Long; 7) Pea Vine Blues; 8) Tom Rushen Blues; 9) A Spoonful Blues; 10) Shake It And Break It (But Don’t Let It Fall Mama); 11) Prayer Of Death – Part 1; 12) Prayer Of Death – Part 2; 13) Lord I’m Discouraged; 14) Lord I’m Discouraged (alt take); 15) I’m Goin’ Home; 16) Going To Move To Alabama; 17) Elder Greene Blues (Take 1); 18) Elder Greene Blues (Take 2); 19) Circle Round The Moon; 20) Devil Sent The Rain Blues; 21) Mean Black Cat Blues.

Rachel Blues by Yank Rachell

Rachel Blues - Yank Rachell, vocal and guitar in G position, standard tuning, Sonny Boy Williamson, harmonica, Elijah Jones, guitar in G position, standard tuning.

Let's go down, Sonny Boy, I ain't gon' be here long
Let's go back, Sonny Boy, and we ain't gon' be here long
Now I got the blues for my baby, I want to go back home

Now, when I left my baby, she was standin' in her back door cryin
' When I left my baby, she was standin' in her back door cryin'
"I hate to see you leave me, I have to stay here by myself."

Babe, you's a rollin' stone, you done rolled me 'way from home
Babe, you's a rollin' stone, you done rolled me 'way from home
Babe, you done rolled me 'way, I'm gon' roll back home someday (Spoken during signature lick: Ah, today, yes, mama, Lord)


Romeo Nelson

Iromeio "Romeo" Nelson, b. March 12, 1902 in Springfield, TN, d. – May 17, 1974 in Chicago, boogie woogie pianist whose recordings from 1929 are regarded as some of the finest, and certainly the fastest, boogie woogie showpieces on record.

Born in Springfield, Tennessee, he moved to Chicago at the age of six. For most of his life he played piano at rent parties in the city, although he also lived in East St. Louis for a while in the early 1920s. In 1929 he made his only series of recordings for Vocalion Records. These included "Gettin' Dirty Just Shakin' That Thing", renowned for its raunchy "signifying" lyrics, and "Head Rag Hop", featuring talking by Tampa Red and Frankie Jaxon. "Head Rag Hop" also was released on the Brunswick Collector Series label, which read: "Head Rag Hop", Romeo Nelson, recorded September 1929. On the b-side of this 78 rpm record is "Wilkins Street Stomp", by Speckled Red. The record was part of a Brunswick album titled: Boogie Woogie Piano, Historic Recordings by Pioneer Piano Men. Also featured were: Montana Taylor, Speckled Red, and Cow Cow Davenport. Nelson died of renal failure in May 1974.

Starvation Farm Blues by Bob Campbell

Starvation Farm Blues - Bob Campbell, E position, standard tuning.


Say, I'm goin' to Detroit, find myself a job
Say, I'm goin' to Detroit, I'm gonna get myself a job
I'm tired of layin' around here, workin' on the starvation farm

Say, I'm goin' down and get me a job, workin' in Mr. Ford's place
I'm gonna get me a job, look-a-here, workin' in Mr. Ford's place
Say, that woman told me last night that you can not even stand Mr. Ford's way

Say, I got me a little old woman, five foot f'om the ground
I got me little bitty woman, five feet f'om the ground
She's five foot standin' and she's four feet lyrin' down

Say, I know my dog, baby, if I hear him bark
Said, I know my dog, babe, if I hear him bark
And I know my woman if I feel her in the dark

Say, you better stop your woman f'om smilin' in my face
You better stop your woman f'om smilin' in my face
Woman, if you keep on a-smilin', I'm sure gonna take your place

The Cornshucker's Frolic (Downhome Music And Entertainment From The American Countryside), Vol. 1 by Various Artists

Label: Yazoo Records.
Release Date: July 20, 1999.
Recording Time: 69 minutes.
Release Info: Studio Recording.
Recording Date: 1920s - 1930s.

Styles: Country, Folk Blues, Country Blues, Songster.

This lively collection of celebratory music by rural musicians from the 1920s and '30s is a dream for fans of vintage country music. With fiddling reels by the likes of Fiddlin' Powers, blues by Pigmeat Pete & Catjuice Charlie, and a host of other long lost greats. While not for every taste, this is a fun collection of rare recordings. ~ Tim Sheridan

Credits: Andrew Baker - performer, primary artist; Jim Baker - performer, primary artist; Andrew & Jim Baxter - primary artist; Binkley Brothers Dixie Clodhoppers - primary artist; Binkley Brothers' Clodhoppers - performer, primary artist; Calloway's West Virgini Mountaineers - primary artist; James Cole String Band - primary artist; Coon's Joy Boys - primary artist; Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers - primary artist; Evans & McClain - primary artist; Joe Evans - primary artist; Fiddlin' Powers & Family - primary artist; Freeny's Barn Dance Band - performer, primary artist; Winston Holmes - performer, primary artist; Judge Sturdy's Orchester - primary artist; Don Kent - liner notes; The Lewis Brothers - performer, primary artist; Bascom Lamar Lunsford - performer, primary artist; Arthur McClain - primary artist; William Sidney Mount - paintings; Richard Nevins - compilation producer, producer, remastering; Hambone Willie Newbern - performer, primary artist; Charlie Parker - performer, primary artist; Pigmeat Pete & Catjuice Charlie - primary artist; Fiddlin' Powers & Family - primary artist; Reeves White Conty Ramblers - primary artist; Red Headed Fiddlers - primary artist; Seven Foot Dilly & His Dilly Pickles - primary artist; Stoneman's Blue Ridge Cornshuckers - primary artist; Taylor's Kentucky Boys - performer, primary artist; Henry Thomas - composer, primary artist; Traditional - composer; Charlie Turner - performer, primary artist; Charles K. Wolfe - liner notes.

Tracks: 1) Little Rabbit and Rabbit Where's Your Mammy? - Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers; 2) Mississippi Square Dance, Pt. 2 - Freeny's Barn Dance Band; 3) Forty Drops - Andrew Baker / Jim Baker / Andrew & Jim Baxter; 4) Serenade in the Mountains, Pt. 2 - Stoneman's Blue Ridge Cornshuckers; 5) Kidder Cole - Bascom Lamar Lunsford; 6) Old Country Stomp - Henry Thomas; 7) Old Virginia Reel, Pt. 1 - Fiddlin' Powers & Family; 8) Old Virginia Reel, Pt. 2 - Fiddlin' Powers & Family; 9) Way Down in Arkansas - Hambone Willie Newbern; 10) Bull at the Wagon - The Lewis Brothers; 11) Fire on the Mountain - Red Headed Fiddlers; 12) Bill Cheatham - James Cole String Band; 13) Rabbit Chase - Charlie Parker; 14) Moselle - Judge Sturdy's Orchester; 15) Old Hen Cackle - Joe Evans / Arthur McClain / Evans & McClain; 16) Flying Engine - Reeves White Conty Ramblers; 17) I'll Rise When the Rooster Crows - Binkley Brothers Dixie Clodhoppers / Binkley Brothers' Clodhoppers; 18) Soldier's Joy - Taylor's Kentucky Boys; 19) Sand Mountain Drag - Seven Foot Dilly & His Dilly Pickles; 20) Kansas City Call - Winston Holmes / Charlie Turner; 21) On Our Turpentine Farm - Pigmeat Pete & Catjuice Charlie; 22) Husking Bee - Coon's Joy Boys; 23) The Cornshuckers Frolic - Calloway's West Virgini Mountaineers.

Blind Dog's Blues (BDR-1066) February Sessions

Peg Leg Howell And His Gang - Georgia Crawl; Walter Davis - Poor Grinder Blues; Jack Kelly & His South Memphis Jug Band - Country Woman; Mississippi Maulers - My Angeline; Sonny Boy Williamson - My Baby I've Been Your Slave; Texas Alexander - 98 Degree Blues; Kokomo Arnold - Old Black Cat Blues (Jinx Blues); Black Ace - I Am The Black Ace; Jimmie Gordon - Neck Bone Blues; Skip James - I'm So Glad; Lead Belly - My Friend Blind Lemon; Furry Lewis - When I Lay My Burden Down; Robert Pete Williams - Free Again; Leola Manning - He Cares For Me; Billy Boy Arnold - Cell No. 13 Blues; Charlie Burse And His Memphis Mudcats - Brand New Day Blues; Reverend Gary Davis - Meet Me At The Station; Howard Armstrong - Bogan's Secret (Spoken); Georgia Slim - Sweet Woman Blues; Josh White - There's A Man Goin' Around Taking Names; Bessie Smith - I've Got What It Takes (But It Breaks My Heart To Give It Away); Nap Hayes And Matthew Prater - Nothin' Doin'; Dykes Magic City Trio - Frankie; Nugrape Twins - Pray Children If You Want To Go To Heaven; Famous Hokum Boys - Eagle Riding Papa; Georgia White - There Ain't Gonna Be No Doggone Afterwhile; Cephas & Wiggins - Jelly Roll; Memphis Minnie - Where Is My Good Man; Big Bill Broonzy - Rustlin' Man (1935); Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - Baby I've Been Mistreated; Casey Bill Weldon - My Stove Won't Work; Blind Lemon Jefferson - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean; Blind Willie McTell - Travelin' Blues; Tampa Red - If I Let You Get Away With It (You'll Do It All The Time); Memphis Jug Band - You May Leave But This Will Bring You Back; Bo Carter - My Baby; Lonnie Johnson - I Love You, Mary Lou; ...