The Original Delta and Country Blues

Blind Dog's Blues (BDR-1031) January Sessions

Carl Martin - Let's Have A New Deal; Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell - Lifeboat Blues; Big Bill Broonzy - Big Bill Blues; Blind Willie McTell - Baby It Must Be Love; Tampa Red - Gin Headed Woman; Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - She's Gone; Blind Boy Fuller - If You See My Pigmeat; Lonnie Johnson - Falling Rain Blues; Memphis Jug Band - Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues; Blind Lemon Jefferson - Lock Step Blues; Bessie Tucker - Fryin' Pan Skillet Blues; Papa Charlie Jackson - Hot Papa Blues; William McCoy - Train Imitations And The Fox Chase; Cannon's Jug Stompers - Bugle Call Rag; Charlie Burse & His Memphis Mudcats - Magic Spell Blues; Leadbelly - On A Monday; The Hokum Boys - You Do It; Bo Carter - Lock The Lock; Walter Davis - Sweet Sixteen; Paul Geremia - Statesboro Blues; Robert Lee McCoy - Tough Luck; Sleepy John Estes - Special Agent; Blind Blake - Guitar Chimes (1929); Sonny Boy Williamson - New Early In The Morning; Mance Lipscomb - Buck Dance (Instrumental); Lottie Kimbrough And Winston Holmes - Red River Blues; Bill Gaither - Old Model 'A' Blues; Memphis Jug Band - Going Back To Memphis; Kid Prince Moore - Sally Long; Jesse James - Sweet Patuni; Reverend Gary Davis - I'll Do My Last Singing; Ma Rainey - Gone Daddy Blues; Julius Daniels - Can't Put The Bridle On That Mule This Morning (Take 1); Charley Patton - Mean Black Cat Blues; Luke Jordan - Pick Poor Robin Clean #2; Skip James - Devil Got My Woman; Buddy Moss - Married Man's Blues; Herve Duerson - Evening Chimes Waltz; Memphis Minnie - It Was You Baby; Big Bill Broonzy - You Know I Got A Reason (1936); Blind Willie McTell - Death Cell Blues; Tampa Red - Come And Go To That Land; Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - I'm In The Mood; Blind Boy Fuller - Homesick And Lonesome Blues; Lonnie Johnson - Blues Stay Away From Me; Memphis Jug Band - Memphis Boy Blues; Blind Lemon Jefferson - Stocking Feet Blues; Henry Townsend - My Home Ain't Here; Sylvester Weaver - Mixing Them Up In C; Little Hat Jones - Rolled From Side To Side Blue; Curley Weaver - Tricks Ain't Walking No More; Papa Charlie Jackson - Don't Break Down On Me; 

Julius Daniels - Ninety-Nine Year Blues, Pt. 1; Pink Anderson - He's In The Jailhouse Now; Kokomo Arnold - I'll Be Up Someday; Leadbelly - Worried Blues; Bo Carter - Trouble In Blues; Mississippi Sheiks - Tell Me What The Cats Fight About; J.T. "Funny Paper" Smith - Before Long; Texas Alexander - 98 Degree Blues; Chicken Wilson & Skeeter Hinton - Myrtle Avenue Stomp; Cannon's Jug Stompers - Viola Lee Blues; Robert Lee McCoy - I Have Spent My Bonus; Blind Blake - Diddie Wa Diddie; Geeshie Wiley - Skinny Legs Blues; John Lee Hooker - Boogie Woogie; Sleepy John Estes - Fire Department Blues; Barbecue Bob - Motherless Child Blues; Fred McMullen - Rolling Mama; Frank Stokes - Sweet Memphis Blues; Bumble Bee Slim - Rough Road Blues; Willie Baker - Crooked Woman Blues; Bill Gaither - Life Of Leroy Carr; Scrapper Blackwell - Hey Lawdy Mama; Mississippi John Hurt - Ain't No Tellin'; Cephas & Wiggins - Last Fair Deal; Jack Kelly & His South Memphis Jug Band - High Behind Blues; Jesse "Monkey Joe" Coleman - B.V.D. Blues; ...

East Coast Blues In The Thirties (1934-1939) by Various Artists

Label: Story Of Blues.
Release Date: October 1, 1991.
Recording Date: July 30, 1934 & October, 1939.

Styles: East Coast Blues, Regional Blues, Pre-War Country Blues.

Four long-forgotten singer-guitarists have all of their recordings reissued on this interesting CD. Bob Campbell is heard on four numbers, Tampa Kid (who does his best to emulate Tampa Red), and Poor Bill (who might be William White) are heard on two songs apiece, and Sam Montgomery made it into the studio enough to cut eight sides. Other than Montgomery (who is joined by a second guitarist on four of his eight selections), all of the performances are unaccompanied solos with vocals. The music is surprisingly good considering that virtually nothing is known about the four performers. Serious blues collectors will want this music, which hints at the great musical treasures that were never -- or just barely -- documented. ~ Scott Yanow

Credits: Bob Campbell - guitar, performer, primary artist, vocals; Charley Jordan - guitar; Charles Manson - guitar; Sam Montgomery - composer, guitar, performer, primary artist, vocals; Kid Prince Moore - guitar; Paul Oliver - photography; Rudi Steager - executive producer; Tampa Kid - guitar, performer, primary artist, vocals; William "Poor Bill" White - guitar, vocals; Big Joe Williams - composer.

Notes: Discographical details from Blues And Gospel Records 1902-1943 by John Godrich and Robert Dixon (third edition, Storyville 1982). Considering the extreme rarity of the original 78s, condition is generally better than might be hoped, but it must be borne in mind that only one or two copies are known to exist of some titles.

Tracks: 1) Dice's Blues - Bob Campbell; 2) Shotgun Blues - Bob Campbell; 3) Starvation Farm Blues - Bob Campbell; 4) Worried All The Time - Bob Campbell; 5) Keep On Trying - Tampa Kid; 6) Baby Please Don't Go - Tampa Kid; 7) Way Up On The Mountain - Poor Bill; 8) A Hundred Women - Poor Bill; 9) King Of Knave - Sam Montgomery; 10) King Of Knave No. 2 - Sam Montgomery; 11) Blue Devil Blues - Sam Montgomery; 12) Mercy Mercy Blues - Sam Montgomery; 13) Low In Mind Blues - Sam Montgomery; 14) Baby Please Don't Go - Sam Montgomery; 15) I'm Through With You - Sam Montgomery; 16) Honey Dripper - Sam Montgomery.

Notes: 1) 15483-1 New York City, July 30, 1934; 2) 15484-2 New York City, July 30, 1934; 3) 15503-2 New York City, August 1, 1934; 4) 15515-1 New York City, August 2, 1934; 5) 90878-A Chicago, September 22, 1936; 6) 90879-A Chicago, September 22, 1936; 7) 1037-1 New York City, c. October, 1939; 8) 1038-1 New York City, c. October, 1939; 9) 18962-2 New York City, April 8, 1936; 10) 18963-1 New York City, April 8, 1936; 11) 18966- New York City, April 8, 1936; 12) 18968-2 New York City, April 8, 1936; 13) 18991-1 New York City, April 10, 1936; 14) 18994-1 New York City, April 10, 1936; 15) 19001-2 New York City, April 11, 1936; 16) 19002-2 New York City, April 11, 1936.

Lake Michigan Blues by Yank Rachell

Lake Michigan Blues - Yank Rachell, Yank Rachel, mandolin and vocal, Sonny Boy Williamson, harmonica, Elijah Jones, guitar in Spanish tuning.


Says, I went to Lake Michigan, stood on the banks and cried
Well, I went to Lake Michigan, stood on the banks and cried
Says, I want to see my babe over yonder, but it was so long and deep and wide

Then I hung my head, baby, and I slowly walked away
Then I hung my head, baby, and I slowly walked away
I say, "That's all right, Lake Michigan, I hope you'll go dry someday."

Say, the moon got gloomy, Lord, the clouds begin to rise
Said, the moon got gloomy and the clouds begin to rise
I want to cross Lake Michigan, see my gal on the other side

And I fell down on my knees, babe, prayed, "What shall I do?"
Fell down on my knees and I prayed, "What shall I do?"
Says, I hope someday my baby want to cross Lake Michigan, too

Steve James

Steve James, b. July 15, 1950 in New York City, NY, folk blues musician. A multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, James operates in the fields of acoustic and folk blues. Without the benefit of promotion from a major record label, James has secured his fan base from consistent touring.

James plays a National steel guitar, mandolin, and the banjo, having become fixated, as an adolescent, on blues music. As a teenager in New York City, James listened to his father's record collection, which included recordings from Lead Belly, Josh White, and Meade "Lux" Lewis. Following relocation to Tennessee, he met both Sam McGee and Furry Lewis. In 1977, he moved to San Antonio, Texas, and played along with various musicians including Bo Diddley, John P. Hammond and Dave Van Ronk. James' earliest recordings were Two Track Mind (1993), American Primitive (1994), and Art & Grit (1996). Bob Brozman played some slide guitar on Art & Grit, and Danny Barnes has appeared on a number of James' recordings. In 2000 the Portland, Oregon based, Burnside Records label, issued Boom Chang. Three years later Burnside released, Fast Texas, where James was accompanied by Cindy Cashdollar on steel and dobro guitars; plus Ruthie Foster and Cyd Cassone on vocals. James' own songs appeared on Fast Texas, as well as covers of work from Hop Wilson, Milton Brown, and Little Hat Jones. Cashdollar and Alvin Youngblood Hart had previously guested on Boom Chang. James' playing has also appeared on recordings from James McMurtry and Ana Egge. He has released an instructional video and contributed to Acoustic Guitar. He continues to tour around the world and incorporates teaching sessions on guitar playing techniques. 

American Primitive by Steve James

Label: Antone's Records.
Release Date: May 23, 1994.
Recording Time: 47 minutes.
Release Info: Studio Recording.
Recording Date: Jan. - Feb. 1994.

Styles: Contemporary Blues, Folk Blues, Country Blues.

Notes: This album was made in Austin, Texas during January and February of 1994. The solo selections were recorded at Danny Barnes' Minner Bucket and mixed by Frank Campbell at Bismeaux Studio. The titles with band accompaniment were recorded and mixed at Arlyn Studios by Stuart Sullivan. Mastered at Terra Nova Digital Audio.

Utilizing a jug band of fellow Austinites Danny Barnes (tenor guitar and banjo) and Mark Rubin (stand-up bass and Sousaphone -- both of the Bad Livers) and harpist Gary Primich on some tracks, James sounds more mature here, evidenced by six originals (the John Hurt-esque "Talco Girl" is particularly nice) and one collaboration with bassist/songwriter Sarah Brown ("My Last Good Car") and effective rather than affected vocals. Stellar guitar throughout, with an added treat: James's blues mandolin on "Midnight Blues." ~ Dan Forte

Credits: Clifford Antone - executive producer; Danny Barnes - banjo, guitar, guitar (tenor), tenor banjo; Willie Brown - composer; Bumble Bee Slim - composer; Steve James - arranger, composer, guitar, mandolin, primary artist, producer, slide guitar, vocals; Uncle Dave Macon - composer; Memphis Minnie - composer; Will Van Overbeek - photography; Hank Penny - composer; Gary Primich - harmonica; Dick Reeves - art direction, design; Mark Rubin - bass, sousaphone; Bryan Simmons - art direction, design; Tampa Red - composer; Jerry Tubb - mastering.

Tracks: 1) Greasy Greens; 2) My Last Good Car; 3) Talco Girl; 4) Ragged and Dirty; 5) Banker's Blues; 6) Frankie Jean (That Trottin' Fool); 7) Hadacol Boogie; 8) Midnight Blues; 9) Boogie Woogie Dance; 10) All In, Down and Out Blues; 11) Grain Alcohol; 12) The Change; 13) Will and Testament Blues; 14) Guitar Medley.

Katy Crossing Blues by Texas Alexander

Katy Crossing Blues - Texas Alexander, Carl Davis and Willie Reed, guitars, in dropped D tuning.

Where were you, where were you, when that Katy whistle blow?
Where were you, where were you, when that Katy whistle blow?
Says, I was standin' at the crossin', wishin' to the Good Lord that I couldn't go

Lord, that Katy train is a low-down, triflin' old thing
Lord, that Katy train is a low-down, triflin' old thing
Lord, she taken my woman and she left me all in a strain

If I just can holler like that Katy can blow
If I just can holler like that Katy can blow
Then I would call my baby, baby, and I would not have to go

Hummed, during 8-bar solo: Uhh, ohh, mm, yeah, umm uhh
If I just can holler like that Katy can blow

I've got up this mornin', couldn't hardly put on my shoes
I've got up this mornin', couldn't hardly put on my shoes
I thought about that Katy and I couldn't get in my blues

The Georgia Crackers

Close harmony singing group that appeared in many B-movie Westerns.

A close harmony singing group sometimes also referred to as the Newman Brothers. It originally comprised Hank (b. Henry J. Newman, April 3, 1905, d. July 1978, Cochran, GA; guitar/string bass/vocals), Slim (b. Marion Alonzo Newman, June 18, 1910, d. October 1, 1982, Cochran, GA; guitar/vocals) and Bob (b. Robert Newman, October 16, 1915, d. October 8, 1979, Cochran, GA; songwriter/string bass/guitar/vocals). Hank worked first as a solo singer on WCOC Meridian, Mississippi, before joining KWKH Shreveport. After being joined by brother Slim and singing mainly popular ballads, they toured and worked on radio in several places, including WRDW Augusta and WTAM Cleveland, where they replaced Gid Tanner, when he decided to return to Georgia. In 1931, they settled in Columbus, Ohio, where they found sponsors for their daily programme on WAIU. (The station later changed to WHKC and eventually WTVN). Their popularity soon saw them appearing on several other stations in different States including WROW Atlanta, WBT Charlotte, WWVA Wheeling, and Reading, Pennsylvania. In 1934, at Charlotte, they recorded for Vocalion Records, the records being released as Hank And Slim. In 1935, Bob, who also wrote many of their songs, began playing bass with his brothers. Soon after other musicians saw the act become a band. Some others to play, during the late 30s, with the brothers include fiddlers Shorty Long, Clarence 'Curly' Herdman (1918-1968) and Winnie Waters, guitarist Jerry Langston and Hawaiian and Spanish guitarist Harold Snyder. Dressed in cowboy clothes, playing mainly in a western swing style and singing in the style of the Sons Of The Pioneers, they became known as the Georgia Crackers. In 1940, the band comprised the three Newmans, Waters and Snyder and were featured on WHKC Columbus and the Mutual Network radio. In 1941, they disbanded when Slim and Bob were drafted for military service. Hank moved to California, where he became the manager of film actor Smiley Burnette (He also played a small part in Red River Valley).

Too Hot For The Devil by Yank Rachell

Label: Flat Rock Records.
Release Date: August 25, 1998.
Recording Time: 43 minutes.
Release Info: Studio Recording.
Recording Location: CAS Productions, Indianapolis, IN.

Styles: Country Blues, Piedmont Blues, Regional Blues.

Acoustic Blues: One of the last Mandolin players who played the Blues so original. Old Style Blues with some talking and storys of events. A must for any Blues fan. Great down-home country blues featuring blues mandolin icon Yank Rachell.

Credits: Yank Rachell - composer, guitar, mandolin, primary artist, vocals; Al Stone - engineer, executive producer; Allen Stratyner - executive producer, harmonica; Christopher Webb - drums, guitar; Pat Webb - guitar, producer.

Tracks: 1) Bring It Back Home; 2) Too Hot For The Devil; 3) 38 Pistol; 4) Goin To St. Louis; 5) Decoration Day (Intro.); 6) Decoration Day; 7) Worried Blues; 8) Pat Webb Blues; 9) Yank and Allen; 10) Yank Rachell Boogie; 11) Wadie Green; 12) Roll Me Over Slow; 13) Leave Here Walkin; 14) Potato Diggin Man; 15) Blues For Allen Stratyner; 16) Yank talks About Sonny Boy Williamson Pat makes whiskey and women comment.