The Traditional Delta and Country Blues

Blind Dog's Blues (BD-0913), Sept. 17-18

Son House - Pearline; Casey Bill Weldon - Oh, Red! (Arnett Nelson A. H. Hot Four); Muddy Waters - You Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone; Papa Charlie Jackson - Let's Get Along; Barbecue Bob - It's Just Too Bad; Skip James - Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues; Peetie Wheatstraw - Cake Alley; Leroy Carr - Blues Before Sunrise; Prof Scratchy - Broke Down Engine; Taylor's Kentucky Boys - Soldier Joy; Jazz Gillum - Get Your Business Straight; Jaybird Coleman - Mill Log Blues; Blind Blake - Sweet Jivin' Mama; Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley - C.C. & O. Blues; Robert Pete Williams - What A Shape I'm In; Tommy McClennan - Deep Sea Blues; Furry Lewis - Billy Lyons And Stock O'Lee; Mississippi Fred Mcdowell - John Henry; Howard Armstrong - Howard's Rag; Bill Williams - When The Roses Bloom Again; J.B. Lenoir - Alabama; Big Al Calhoun - Buy Me An Airplane; Joseph Spence - Yellow Bird; The McCoy Brothers (Charlie & Joe McCoy) - Come Over and See Me; Reverend Gary Davis - Get Right Church; Sonny Boy Williamson - Blue Bird Blues; Ramblin' Thomas - No Job Blues; Buddy Moss - Going To Your Funeral In A Vee Eight Ford; Will Bennett - Railroad Bill; Walter Davis - Life Boat Blues; Bumble Bee Slim - Sail On Little Girl [No.3]; Casey Bill Weldon - Flood Water Blues, No. 2 (Take 2); Josh White - Black And Evil Blues; Mooch Richardson - Low Down Barrel House Blues Part 1; Robert Johnson - Love In Vain Blues; Peg Leg Howell And His Gang - Everythingg's Comin' My Way; Ma Rainey - Those Dogs Of Mine; Doug Quattlebaum - You Is One Black Rat; Bill Gaither - See My Grieve Blues; Sampson Pittman - I Been Down In The Circle Before; Mississippi John Hurt - Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor; Curley Weaver - Decatur Street 81; Sleepy John Estes - Mailman Blues; Lonnie Johnson - Sundown Blues; Texas Alexander - Double Crossing Blues; The Two Charlies - I Couldn't Stay Here; Macon Ed And Tampa Joe - Try That Thing; Blind Lemon Jefferson - Chock House Blues; Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - Mean Old Frisco Blues; Bill Jazz Gillum - My Old Lizzie; Memphis Minnie - Let's Go To Town; Big Bill Broonzy - Down In The Alley, Take 2; ... and more Delta & Country Blues.

Ishman Bracey

Ishman Bracey, b. January 9, 1901 in Byram, MS, d. February 12, 1970 in Jackson, MS, sometimes credited as Ishmon Bracey, Delta blues singer-guitarist, active 1920s - 1930s. Alongside his contemporary Tommy Johnson, Bracey was a highly influential bluesman in Jackson, Mississippi, and was one of the area's earliest figures to record blues material. Bracey's recordings included "Trouble Hearted Blues" and "Left Alone Blues", both of which appear on several compilation albums.

Bracey was born in the small town of Byram, Mississippi. Most sources give his birth year as 1901, but researchers Bob Eagle and Eric LeBlanc give 1899, based on 1900 census information. Bracey learned how to play the particular guitar style of bottlenecking from local blues musicians Rubin Lacey and Louis Cooper. He began his music career by performing at dances, juke joints, fish fries, and other rural events before relocating to Jackson in the late 1910s. Talent scout H. C. Speir approached Bracey while he was performing on Mill Street in 1927 with the intent of recording the musician for Victor Records. On February 4, 1928, Bracey completed his first two sides for the label, "Saturday Blues" and "Left Alone Blues", at the Memphis Auditorium with Papa Charlie McCoy providing the backup guitar lines. Bracey and McCoy returned to Memphis on August 31 to record seven additional songs. In most of his recordings, Bracey used distinctive variations on the usual three-line verse form of blues songs, and was one of the few Mississippi bluesmen who sang with a nasal tone without embellishment. Bracey returned to the studio in 1929 and early-1930 for Paramount Records, backed by the group the New Orleans Nehi Boys. The band featured Kid Ernest Michall on clarinet and Charles Taylor (who Bracey accompanied on four sides of his own) on piano, both unusual instruments to appear on Mississippi Delta blues recordings. Like his associate Tommy Johnson, Bracey's total discography is relatively limited with only 16 songs, and original copies of his 78-rpm records are among the most valued items sought by blues collectors. His compositions "Trouble Hearted Blues" and "Left Alone Blues" are his most recognized works. He was an associate of Johnson's, and the two performed regularly together on the medicine show circuit in the early 1930s. Bracey played the blues until 1951 when he was ordained as a Baptist minister. Although he would no longer partake in making blues music, Bracey still helped music historian Gayle Dean Wardlow in 1963 gather information on Delta blues musicians, most notably Skip James. Bracey died on February 12, 1970; he is buried in Willow Park Cemetery in Jackson.

Ishman Bracey Biography by by Uncle Dave Lewis

Ishman Bracey (certain 78 rpm record labels are incorrectly spelled "Ishmon," and this has carried over in some sources) was an early figure in Mississippi Delta blues and an associate of singer Tommy Johnson. Bracey learned guitar from "Mississippi" Ruben Lacy, and starting in the 1910s he played local dances, juke joints, fish fries and other local events in rural Mississippi. Bracey first recorded for Victor in Memphis in February, 1928 with Charlie McCoy on second guitar, and the two returned to Memphis for a second batch of records on August 31 of that year. Ishman Bracey finished out his recording career at Paramount with a group called the New Orleans Nehi Boys featuring Kid Ernest Michall on clarinet and Charles Taylor on piano. Bracey also accompanied Taylor on four selections of his own. As in the case of his close friend Tommy Johnson, Ishman Bracey's recording output is small; only 16 titles in all, although four of them are known in alternate takes. Two additional titles, "Low Down Blues" and "Run to Me at Night," were apparently issued by Paramount, but have never been found. Original copies of Ishman Bracey's 78-rpm records are among the most valued items sought by blues collectors.

Of Bracey's songs, "Trouble Hearted Blues" and "Left Alone Blues" are very highly regarded, but in general his work is quite consistent and listening to his small output in its complete form certainly has its rewards. After his recording career ended, Bracey continued to perform, again with Tommy Johnson, on the medicine-show circuit. After World War II Bracey "got religion," and wasn't even interested in discussing his career as a bluesman when rediscovered in the late '50s. However, he did provide advice to researchers that led to the rediscovery of Skip James, and it is worth noting that Ishman Bracey continued to perform sacred material in local churches up until the day he died.

Blind Dog's Blues (BD-0911), Sept. 15-16

William Harris - Bull Frog Blues; Sonny Boy Williamson - Christmas Morning Blues; Lonnie Johnson - Toothache Blues, Pts 1 & 2; Jaybird Coleman - Mill Log Blues; Little Hat Jones - Corpus Blues; Bumble Bee Slim - Yo Yo String Blues; The McCoy Brothers (Charlie & Joe McCoy) - Back Door; Blind Willie Johnson - Nobody's Fault But Mine; Mooch Richardson - Low Down Barrel House Blues Part 2; Floyd Country Ramblers - The Story Of Freda Bolt; Reverend Gary Davis - Lord I Feel Just Like Goin' On; Blind Teddy Darby - Pokino Blues; Papa Charlie Jackson - She Belongs To Me Blues; Buddy Moss - Talking About My Time; Walter Davis - Moonlight Is My Spread; Robert Johnson - Kindhearted Woman Blues (Alternate Take); Jack Kelly & His South Memphis Jug Band - R.F.C. Blues; Casey Bill Weldon - No Good Woman; Ma Rainey - Dead Drunk Blues; Charley Taylor - Heavy Suitcase Blues; Clara Burston - Good And Hot; Buddy Boy Hawkins - Jailhouse Fire Blues; Curley Weaver - Sweet Petunia; Robert Lee McCoy - My Friend Has Forsaken Me; Jesse Thomas - Texas Blues; Butch Cage & Willie B. Thomas - Called For You Yesterday; Garfield Akers - Cottonfield Blues, Part 2; Sleepy John Estes - Wadie Green Blues; Henry Townsend - Doctor, Oh Doctor; Kid Prince Moore - Pickin' Low Cotton Pt I; Elders McIntorsh And Edwards - The Flood Of 1927; Lonnie Johnson - Sweet Potato Blues; Rich & Welly Trice - Pack It Up And Go; Jim Jackson - Traveling Man; Charley Lincoln - Doodle Hole Blues; Blind Lemon Jefferson - That Black Snake Moan; Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - Blind Man Sees; Memphis Minnie - True Love; Big Bill Broonzy - In The Army Now; Blind Willie McTell - Razor Ball (1930); Tampa Red - Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders Here; Blind Boy Fuller - Break Of Day Blues; Bo Carter - Bo Carter's Advice; Mance Lipscomb - If I Miss The Train; Memphis Jug Band - Fourth Street Mess Around; Scrapper Blackwell - Hard Time Blues; Leadbelly - Alberta; Mary Harris - No Christmas Blues; Jesse "Monkey Joe" Coleman - Headache Blues; Robert Diggs - Drink, Drink, Drink; Big Joe Williams - Jivin' Woman; Guitar Slim & Jelly Belly - You're My Honey; ... and more Delta & Country Blues.

Tailor Made Lover by Papa Charlie Jackson

Tailor Made Lover - Papa Charlie Jackson, A position, standard tuning.


Men standing 'round hollerin', they can't find no work to do
Men standing around hollerin', they can't find no work to do
I've got so many jobs, 'til I don't believe I'll ever get through

I'm a tailor-made lover, guarantee every piece to fit
I'm a tailor-made lover, guarantee every piece to fit
I've done a whole lot of lovin', haven't had no fault found yet


My loving's made to order, my shops runs over with trade
My loving's made to order, my shops runs over with trade
I can just look at your gal, and tell how she wants her lovin' made

A long, tall mama, you can just love her plain and flat
A long, tall mama, you can just love her plain and flat
But a cute little brownskin, you really got to make it tight like that

Blind Dog's Blues on September 14th

The Beale Street Sheiks (Stokes & Sane) - It's A Good Thing; Smith Casey - Jack O' Diamonds; Willie Blackwell - Four O'Clock Flower Blues; Memphis Jug Band - I'Ll See You In The Spring When The Birds Begin To Song; Robert Petway - Catfish Blues; Frank Stokes - Bedtime Blues; Big Bill Broonzy - Guitar Rag Blues; Blind Willie McTell - My Baby's Gone; Mississippi John Hurt - Frankie; Leadbelly - My Friend Blind Lemon; Julius Daniels - My Mama Was A Sailor; Barbecue Bob - She Shook Her Gin; Skip James - What Am I Gonna Do Blues; Charley Jordan - My "Lovin' Good" Blues; Lightnin' Hopkins - Sad News From Korea; Furry Lewis - Hurry Furry Blues; Ernie Hawkins - Slow Drag; Joseph Spence - Jump In The Line; Bessie Smith - Lonesome Desert Blues; Jaybird Coleman - I'm Gonna Cross The River Of Jordan; Luke Jordan - Church Bells Blues #1; Roosevelt Scott - Suitcase Blues; Blind Blake - Hookworm Blues; Walter Taylor - Broadcasting Blues; Earl McDonald's Original Louisville Jug Band - She's In The Graveyard Now; Frank Stokes - Blues In "D"; Tampa Red & Big Maceo - Let's Try Again; Mississippi Fred McDowell - Louise; ... and more Delta & Country Blues.

Piano Blues, Vol. 2, The Thirties (1930-1939) by Various Artists

Label: Story of Blues.
Release Date: January, 1992.
Recording Time: 56 minutes.
Release Info: Studio Recording.
Recording Date: May 13, 1930 - September 29, 1939.

Styles: Piano Blues, Avant-Garde Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Soul Jazz.

Much of this music, which was leased in the early '90s by Da Music from the Document label, has since been reissued by Document in more comprehensive sets. However, these performances, which emphasize blues pianists (even if most of the leaders are actually singers) are mostly well worth hearing in any format. Included on this CD are the complete (and rather slim) output of Judson Brown, Pigmeat Terry, Harry "Freddie" Shayne, Jesse James, Frank Busby, and James Carter; all of them only led one two-song session apiece, aside from James (who recorded four songs) and Brown (who only made a single side). In addition, there are four numbers by singer Bob Robinson's Bob-Cats and one number by Albert Clemens, who is probably Cripple Clarence Lofton. There are quite a few interesting and rare performances on this CD, which is becoming pretty scarce itself. - Review by Scott Yanow.

Credits: Big Bill Broonzy - guitar; Judson Brown - performer, piano, primary artist, vocals; James Carter - accordion, performer, primary artist, vocals; Albert Clemens - performer, piano, primary artist, vocals; Bill Gaither - guitar; Honey Hill - piano; Jesse James - performer, piano, primary artist, vocals; Mr. Sheiks - trumpet; Sam (Sammy) Price - piano; Bob Robinson - performer, primary artist, trumpet, vocals; Freddie Shayne - composer, piano, vocals; Pigmeat Terry - vocals.

Tracks: 1) You Don't Know My Mind Blues - Judson Brown; 2) Moaning The Blues - Pigmeat Terry; 3) Black Sheep Blues - Pigmeat Terry; 4) Original Mr. Freddie Blues - Harry 'Freddie' Shayne; 5) Lonesome Man Blues - Harry 'Freddie' Shayne; 6) Down In The Alley - Bob Robinson; 7) Makin' A Fool Out Of Me - Bob Robinson; 8) Can Use It Myself - Bob Robinson; 9) She's A Mellow Thing - Bob Robinson; 10) Policy Blues - Albert Clemens; 11) Sweet Patuni - Jesse James; 12) Southern Casey Jones - Jesse James; 13) Lonesome Day Blues - Jesse James; 14) Highway 61 - Jesse James; 15) 'Leven Light City - Frank Busby; 16) Prisoner Bound - Frank Busby; 17) Death Letter Blues - James Carter; 18) Death Cell Blues - James Carter.