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The roots of the blues from Mississippi Delta, Memphis, Saint Louis, Chicago ... Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, B.B. King, Robert Johnson, Elmore James, T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, and more ...

Otis Spann - Spann's Stomp; Betty James - I'm A Little Mixed Up; Big Bill Broonzy - Oh Babe (Don't Do Me That Way); Leadbelly - By And By When The Morning Comes; Napoleon Strickland - Shake 'Em Down; Vann 'Piano Man' Walls - Blue Sender; Esther Phillips - Just Like A Fish; Scrapper Blackwell - A Blues; Lightnin' Hopkins - I've Been A Bad Man; Blind Blake - Hot Potatoes; Ray Charles - Confession Blues; Jimi Hendrix - Red House; Sonny Terry - Go Tell Aunt Rhody; Son House - Dry Spell Blues Part II; David 'Honeyboy' Edwards - Blues Worry Me All The Time; Chuck Berry - Every Day I Have The Blues; T-Bone Walker - Stormy Monday Blues; Casey Bill Weldon - Two Timin' Woman; Buddy Woods with The Wampus Cats - Muscat Hill Blues; Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup - That's Why I'm Lonesome; Muddy Waters - I Can't Be Satisfied (Clean); B.B. King - Mean Ole Frisco; Memphis Jug Band - Fishin' In The Dark; Bumble Bee Slim - Farewell Mistreater Blues; ...


Oscar Woods & Black Ace - Bear Cat Mama From Horner's Corners; Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials - Check My Baby's Oil; Big John Wrencher - Maxwell Street Alley Blues; Charlie 'Specks' McFadden - Groceries On The Shelf (Piggly Wiggly); Jim Thompkins - Bedside Blues; Henry Thomas - Cottonfield Blues; Texas Johnny Brown - The Blues Rock; Howlin' Wolf - All My Life; Peetie Wheatstraw - C And A Train Blues (Cp-1112); Bukka White - Special Steam Line; William Harris - Kansas City Blues; Freddie King - You Don't Have To Go; Mississippi John Hurt - Ain't No Tellin'; Texas Alexander - Lonesome Blues; Furry Lewis - Kassie Jones, Part 2; George Carter - Weeping Willow Blues; The Black Ace - The Black Ace; Koko Taylor - 29 Ways; Lonnie Johnson - Savoy Blues; Skip James - How Long 'Buck'; Leroy Carr - The New How Long How Long Blues; John Lee Hooker - Same Old Blues Again; Jimmy Rogers - Little Store Blues (with Little Walter); Delta Big Four - I'll Be Here;  ... and more blues.

Bo Carter

Armenter Chatmon, b. March 21, 1893 in Bolton, MS, d. September 21, 1964 in Memphis, TN, known as Bo Carter, was an early blues musician. One of Henderson Chatmon's many musical sons, Bo Carter was a performing, and occasionally a recording, member of the 30s string band the Mississippi Sheiks, alongside Walter Vincson and his brothers Sam Chatmon and Lonnie Chatmon. He played on guitar and violin, but it was as a solo singer and guitarist that he was best known on record. A talented and original player whose steel guitar provided him with an instantly recognizable sound, he was the first to record the standard 'Corrine Corrina' (in 1928), and could compose sensitive, introspective songs such as 'Sorry Feeling Blues'. However, both his guitar talents and his sensitivity were underemployed on record, where he recorded many tracks with titles such as 'Banana In Your Fruit Basket' and 'Please Warm My Weiner' with stereotyped accompaniments. Blindness and changing fashions ended his career in the early 40s, and he died in poverty.


Bo Carter Biography by Jim O'Neal

Bo Carter (Armenter "Bo" Chatmon) had an unequaled capacity for creating sexual metaphors in his songs, specializing in such ribald imagery as "Banana in Your Fruit Basket," "Pin in Your Cushion," and "Your Biscuits Are Big Enough for Me." One of the most popular bluesmen of the '30s, he recorded enough material for several reissue albums, and he was quite an original guitar picker, or else three of those albums wouldn't have been released by Yazoo. (Carter employed a number of different keys and tunings on his records, most of which were solo vocal and guitar performances.) Carter's facility extended beyond the risqué business to more serious blues themes, and he was also the first to record the standard "Corrine Corrina" (1928). Bo and his brothers Lonnie and Sam Chatmon also recorded as members of the Mississippi Sheiks with singer/guitarist Walter Vinson.

Blind Dog's Blues on June 6th


Memphis Minnie - Black Widow Stinger; Reverend Gary Davis - I Am The True Vine; Mance Lipscomb - Freddie; Baby Boy Warren with Sonny Boy Williamson - Bring Me My Machine Gun; Luther Allison - Please Send Me Someone To Love; John Jackson - Death Don't Have No Mercy; Charley Lincoln - Mojoe Blues; Joe Calicott - Traveling Mama Blues; Elmore James - Sunnyland; Son House - County Farm Blues; Turner Parish - Heart-Breaker Blues; Walter Vincson - Sheiks Special; Leroy Carr - That's All Right For You; Jimmy Yancey - Old Quaker Blues; Eddie Boyd - Hard Time Gettin' Started; Bull City Red (Washington) - Mississippi River; Texas Alexander - Polo Blues; Big Bill Broonzy - My Gal Is Gone; Bobby 'Blue' Bland - I'm Too Far Gone (To Turn Around); Little Johnny Taylor - Open House At My House; Fletcher & Foster - Charlotte Hot Step; Ma Rainey - Four Day Honorary Scat 1; Buddy Moss - Some Lonesome Day (14065-Tk.1); Big Walter Price - Gamblin Woman; ...


Blind Lemon Jefferson - One Dime Blues; Bumble Bee Slim - You Can't Take It Baby; J.T. 'Funny Paper' Smith - Bantam Rooster Blues; Lonnie Johnson - Toothache Blues, Pts 1 & 2; John Lee Hooker - I'm In The Mood; Elmore James - The Sky Is Falling; Kid Coley - War Dream Blues; Julius Daniels - Can'T Put The Bridle On That Mule This Morning (Take 1); Shorty Bob Parker - Rain And Snow; Albert Collins - Frosty; Ruth Brown - Lucky Lips; Jazzbo Tommy Settlers - You Don't Mean Me No Good; Irene Scruggs - My Back To The Wall; Leadbelly - Rock Island Line; Edith North Johnson & Henry Brown - Nickel's Worth Of Liver; Mickey Baker - Midnight Midnight; Ben Ferguson - Please Don't Holler, Mama; Oscar Woods & Black Ace - You Gonna Need My Help Someday; Johnny Temple - Let's Get Together; Sonny Boy Williamson - Better Cut That Out; The Ronnie Hawkins Band - Neighbour, Neighbour; R.L. Burnside - Meet Me In The Bottom; Memphis Minnie - Out In The Cold; Two Gospel Keys - I Don't Want To Go Down There Part 2; ... and more blues.

I Ain't No Sinner Now by Blind Joe Taggart

I Ain't No Sinner Now - Blind Joe Taggart.
Spanish tuning.

REFRAIN: Lord, I ain't no sinner now
Lord, I ain't no sinner now
Lord, I've been introduced to the Father and the Son
Oh Lord, I ain't, oh Lord, no sinner now

Just crying holy unto the Lord
Just crying holy unto the Lord
Please don't let this harvest pass
Good Lord, and lose, my Lord, your soul at last

REFRAIN: Lord, I ain't no sinner now
Lord, I ain't no sinner now
Lord, I've been introduced to the Father and the Son
My Lord, I ain't, Lord, Lord, no sinner now

Let's go down to Jordan's stream
Let's go down to Jordan's stream
Let's go down to Jordan's stream
Good Lord, and then, my Lord, be baptized

REFRAIN: Lord, I ain't no sinner now
Lord, I ain't no sinner now
Lord, I've been introduced to the Father and the Son
My Lord, I ain't, Lord, Lord, no sinner now

Can't you hear my Lord's command?
Can't you hear my Lord's command?
Can't you hear my Lord's command?
He said, and then, my Lord, be baptized

REFRAIN: Lord, I ain't no sinner now
Lord, I ain't no sinner now
Lord, I've been introduced to the Father and the Son
My Lord, I ain't, Lord, Lord, no sinner now

Turtle dove done loosed his wings
Turtle dove done loosed his wings
Turtle dove done loosed his wings
And gone on Zion, the elders sing

REFRAIN: Lord, I ain't no sinner now
Lord, I ain't no sinner now
Lord, I've been introduced to the Father and the Son
My Lord, I ain't, Lord, Lord, your sinner now

Blind Dog's Blues on May 28th


Marie Adams - I'm Gonna Latch On; John Lee Hooker - My Baby Don't Love Me; Mary Harris - No Christmas Blues; Watermelon Slim & The Workers - Dad In The Distance; Freddie King - Wake Up This Morning; Roosevelt Sykes - Nightime Is The Rightime No. 2; Will Ludford - I Won't Survive; Reverend Gary Davis - Twelve Gates To The City; Howlin' Wolf - My Mind Is Ramblin'; Big Walter Price - Pack Fair And Square; Big Joe Williams - I Done Stopped Hollering; Jimi Hendrix - Georgia Blues; Chris Rea - Easy Rider; Bessie Jones - You Better Mind; Professor Longhair - Tipitina; Elmore James - Shake Your Money Maker; Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup - Some Day; Blind Willie Johnson - Motherless Children; Wily Bo Walker - I Want to Know (NY Funk Mix); Mama Yancey - How Long Blues; B.B. King - Every Day I Have The Blues; Whispering Smith - Hound Dog Twist; Tampa Red & Georgia Tom - Things 'Bout Comin' My Way; Al Stone - Blind Dog; ...


Sonny Boy Williamson - Better Cut That Out; Leroy Carr - Blues Before Sunrise (Take 1); Ole Sonny Boy - You Better Change; Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup - If You Have Ever Been To Georgia; Silas Hogan with Sylvester Buckley - Lonesome La La; Alex Dolgov - I'm Coming Back To You; Big Bill Broonzy - Long Tall Mama; Junior Kimbrough - Nobody But You; Big Joe Williams - Don't Leave Me Here; Willie Nix - Truckin' Little Woman; The King Brothers - Bigg Legged Woman; Roosevelt Scott - Suitcase Blues; Freddie King - Dust My Broom; Jimmy Witherspoon - Trouble In Mind; Memphis Minnie - Bumble Bee; Elmore James - Talk To Me Baby; Monica Dupont - A Bigger Place; Jimmy Yancey - Old Quaker Blues; Amos Milburn - Chicken Shack Boogie; Magic Sam - All Your Love; B.B. King - Sweet Sixteen (part 1); RoHarpo the Bluesman - I Can't Trust You; Casey Bill Weldon - Guitar Swing (Take 4); Cornell Dupree - Okie Dokie Stomp; ... and more blues.

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1935-1937) by Charley Jordan

Label: Document Records.
Release Date: August 15, 1992.
Recording Time: 68 minutes.
Release Info: Compilation Studio Recording.
Recording Date: October 31, 1935 - November 2, 1937.

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

This volume is somewhat less compelling than the other two in the series, if only because even the producers themselves acknowledge that eight of the 23 songs here, credited to "The Two Charlies," probably don't feature the St. Louis-based Charley Jordan at all, but another artist of the same name, while four others, credited to Leroy Henderson, may feature Jordan. On other songs, Jordan sings duets with Verdi Lee and Mary Harris (possibly also Verdi Lee working under a pseudonym), and those are great tracks, to be recommended without reservation, except perhaps for the fact that the guitar is a bit muted on these numbers, compared with Jordan's solo stuff. "Signifying at You" is a great piece of female-sung blues, raw, angry, defiant and funny. The Two Charlies tracks, featuring a Charley Jordan working with a guitarist/singer named Charlie Manson, are fine acoustic blues, all good songs (especially "Don't Put Your Dirty Hands On Me") and even better guitar duets, including the surprisingly dissonant "Pork Chop Blues," but they sound much more like Atlanta blues than St. Louis material -- their inclusion here adds nothing to the St. Louis Charley Jordan's reputation, but they make an enjoyable interlude. - Review by Bruce Eder.

Informative notes by Chris Smith. Detailed discography.

Charley Jordan was not the strongest of blues singers but his voice is not off-putting, in fact it has quite an unusual characteristic which one easily brings to mind when one returns to any of his records. The strengths of his recordings are in his guitar playing and his song writing. Steffan Grossman wrote; "The often whimsical songs recorded belie the violent world that he apparently lived". He was shot in 1928 during his bootlegging activities leaving him with a bullet lodged in his spine and having to use crutches. There's a wry, gentle humour in Jordan's songs, a child-like delight in playing with words and imagery. His melodies, too, often evince a naive charm. Jordan's guitar picking masterfully combines an airy delicacy with punchy dynamics he may have gathered from such Mississippians as Big Joe Williams. Paul Oliver has praised Jordan's "uncorrupted country style of blues guitar with an effortless, light technique". Chris Smith observes in Jordan "an extraordinary sense of rhythm. The steady pulse that underlies his playing and singing is often a long way removed from the accenting of the guitar part." - Document Records (DOCD 5099).

Personnel: Charley Jordan (as by Charlie Jordan), vocals / guitar; Peetie Wheatstraw, piano. Verdi Lee And Charlie Jordan, vocals duet on 2, 3/or Verdi Lee, vocals on 4; accompanied by Peetie Wheatstraw, piano; Charley Jordan, guitar. Mary Harris (probably a pseudonym for Verdi Lee), vocals; accompanied by Peetie Wheatstraw, piano; Charley Jordan, guitar. The Two Charlies: Charley Jordan, vocals / guitar on 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14; Charlie Manson, vocals / guitar on 7, 8, 11, 12, 13. Charlie Manson, vocals / guitar. Uncle Skipper: Charley Jordan, vocals / guitar; Peetie Wheatstraw, piano; unknown, stand-up bass. Leroy Henderson, vocals; accompanied by Peetie Wheatstraw, piano; Casey Bill Weldon, guitar; possibly Charley Jordan or probably Teddy Darby, 2nd guitar.

Credits: Charley Jordan - guitar, primary artist, vocals.
With contributions by: Peetie Wheatstraw - piano; Verdi Lee - vocals; Charlie Manson - guitar; Leroy Henderson - vocals; Casey Bill Weldon - slide guitar.

Tracks: 1) Christmas Christmas Blues - Charley Jordan; 2) Christmas Tree Blues - Verdi Lee And Charlie Jordan; 3) Get It If You Can - Verdi Lee And Charlie Jordan; 4) Signifying At You - Verdi Lee And Charlie Jordan; 5) No Christmas Blues - Mary Harris (probably a pseudonym for Verdi Lee); 6) Happy New Year Blues - Mary Harris (probably a pseudonym for Verdi Lee); 7) I Couldn't Stay Here - The Two Charlies (Not the same Charley Jordan / Charlie Manson); 8) Bad Feeling Blues - The Two Charlies (Not the same Charley Jordan / Charlie Manson); 9) Got Your Water On - The Two Charlies (Not the same Charley Jordan / Charlie Manson); 10) Don't Put Your Dirty Hands On Me - The Two Charlies (Not the same Charley Jordan / Charlie Manson); 11) Pork Chop Blues - The Two Charlies (Not the same Charley Jordan / Charlie Manson); 12) Tired Feelin' Blues - The Two Charlies (Not the same Charley Jordan / Charlie Manson); 13) Low Moan Blues - The Two Charlies (Not the same Charley Jordan / Charlie Manson); 14) Hard Time Papa - The Two Charlies (Not the same Charley Jordan / Charlie Manson); 15) Nineteen Women Blues - Charlie Manson; 16) Twee Twee Twa - Uncle Skipper (Charlie Jordan); 17) Cutting My ABC's - Uncle Skipper (Charlie Jordan); 18) Chifferobe - Uncle Skipper (Charlie Jordan); 19) Look What A Shape I'm In (Bonus Blues) - Uncle Skipper (Charlie Jordan); 20) Deep Sea Diver - Leroy Henderson; 21) Good Scuffler Blues - Leroy Henderson; 22) Low Mellow Man Blues - Leroy Henderson; 23) Good Grinder Blues - Leroy Henderson.

Blind Dog's Blues on May 27th


Blind Arvella Gray - John Henry; Freddie King - The Stumble; Gladys Hill - Please Don't Touch My Bowl; Buddy Guy - Poor Man's Plea (with Junior Wells); Al Stone - 12 Personalities; John Lee Hooker - Same Old Blues Again; Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup - Anytime Is The Right Time; Baby Boy Warren with Sonny Boy Williamson - Santa Fe; Blind Lemon Jefferson - Chock House Blues; Sunnyland Slim - It's You Baby; Bessie Smith - Honeyman Blues; Son House - Death Letter Blues; Freddie Slack with The Will Bradley Trio - Down The Road A Piece; B.B. King - The Letter; Todd Rhodes - Your Mouth Got A Hole In It; Watermelon Slim & The Workers - Bubba's Blues; Little Milton - Room 244; Barbecue Bob - Spider And The Fly; T-Bone Walker - Party Girl; Skip James - Hard Time Killin' Floor; Amos Milburn - Down The Road Apiece; Shaun Murphy - Go Back To Your Used To Be; Otis Spann - Spann's Stomp; Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry - Rising Sun; 


Charles Brown - Driftin' Blues; Freddie King - High Rise; Brownie McGhee - Rainy Day; Whistler's Jug Band - Foldin' Bed; Blind Pete & Partner - Stagolee; Willie Dixon - Walking The Blues; Otis Rush - Reap What You Sow; Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson - Boogie Woogie Dream; Kilborn Alley - Argyles And A Do-Rag; Memphis Slim - Beer Drinking Woman (with Willie Dixon); Memphis Minnie - Nothing in Ramblin'; Oscar Woods - Evil Hearted Woman Blues; Little Walter - My Babe; Papa George - Walking Blues (Robert Johnson); Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley - C.C. & O. Blues; John Hammond Jr. - Shake For Me; Earl Hooker - Blues In D Natural; Tampa Red & Georgia Tom - It's Tight Like That; Isaac Scott - Help; Wily Bo Walker - Moon Over Indigo; Jimmy Rushing - Goin' To Chicago; Jenny Pope - Whiskey Drinkin' Blues; J.B. Hutto - Blues Do Me A Favor; Stevie Ray Vaughan - Flood Down In Texas; ... and more blues.

Baby Boy Warren

Robert Warren, b. August 13, 1919 in Lake Providence, LA, d. July 1, 1977 in Detroit, MI, blues singer and guitarist who was a leading figure on the Detroit blues scene in the 1950s. Warren was given the nickname "Baby Boy" by his older brothers when he was a child. He was one of twelve children. He married twice, in 1935 and in the early 1960s, and had seven children. On releases by Staff Records, Federal Records and Swing Time Records, he was credited as Johnny Williams.

Warren's chief influences were Little Buddy Doyle and Willie "61" Blackwell, especially in his approach to lyrics. He stated that another musician he particularly admired was Memphis Minnie, whom he knew in Memphis in the 1930s. The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings described him as having brought "a hip, literate humour to the blues lyric". He was born Robert Henry Warren in Lake Providence, Louisiana, in 1919, and at the age of three months moved with his parents to Memphis, Tennessee. He was interested in music from an early age, and was working occasionally as a musician from around 1931, when he dropped out of school, having learned to play guitar from two of his older brothers. In the 1930s, he worked in W. C. Handy Park, Memphis, with Howling Wolf, Robert Jr. Lockwood and Little Buddy Doyle and he appeared on the radio show King Biscuit Time, broadcast from Helena, Arkansas, with Sonny Boy Williamson around 1941. In 1942, he moved to Detroit, where he worked for General Motors while also performing as a musician. Warren's first recording sessions were in 1949 and 1950 in Detroit, with the five resulting singles being released on a number of labels. Tracks recorded at a 1954 session accompanied by Sonny Boy Williamson were released on Joe Von Battle's JVB label and by Excello Records. Further sessions the same year resulted in a single on the Blue Lake label, with Boogie Woogie Red on piano and Calvin Frazier on guitar, and a reworking of the Robert Johnson song "Stop Breakin' Down" for the Drummond label. Warren was mostly inactive in music in the 1960s but revived his career with performances at the Detroit Blues Festival in 1971 and the Ann Arbor Blues Festival in 1973 and with a tour of Europe with Boogie Woogie Red in 1972. From 1974 to 1976 he was also a featured performer, along with Willie D. Warren, with the Progressive Blues Band, a popular band that played in many of Detroit's blues venues. He suffered a fatal heart attack at his home on July 1, 1977, and was buried at Detroit Memorial Park Cemetery in Macomb County, Michigan.


Baby Boy Warren Biography by Bill Dahl

The denizens of Detroit's postwar blues scene never really received their due (except for John Lee Hooker, of course). Robert "Baby Boy" Warren compiled a sterling discography from 1949 to 1954 for a variety of Motor City firms without ever managing to transcend his local status along Hastings Street.

After honing his blues guitar approach in Memphis (where he was raised), Warren came to Detroit in 1942 to work for General Motors and gig on the side. The fruits of his first recording session in 1949 with pianist Charley Mills supporting him came out on several different logos: Prize, Staff, Gotham, even King's Federal subsidiary. A second date in 1950 that found him backed by pianist Boogie Woogie Red was split between Staff and Sampson; Swing Time snagged "I Got Lucky"/"Let's Renew Our Love" and pressed it for West Coast consumption.

One of his most memorable sessions took place in 1954, when wizened harpist Sonny Boy Williamson came to Detroit and backed Warren on "Sanafee" and "Chuc-A-Luck," which found their way to Nashville's Excello label. Joe Von Battle's JVB imprint unleashed Warren's "Hello Stranger" and "Baby Boy Blues" from the same date. That same year, a single for powerful Chicago deejay Al Benson's Blue Lake Records coupled "Mattie Mae" and "Santa Fe."

The 1970s brought Baby Boy Warren a taste of European touring, though nothing substantial, before he passed away in 1977.

Blind Dog's Blues on May 26th


Bo Carter - The Country Farm Blues; Margie Day - Take Your False Teeth Out Daddy; Billie Holiday - The Blues Are Brewin'; Sweet Papa Tadpole - Your Baby Can't Get Enough; Tampa Red - What Is That Tastes Like Gravy; Memphis Jug Band - Cocaine Habit Blues; Aretha Franklin - Takin' Another Man's Place; Albert Collins - How Blue Can You Get; Luke Jordan - Pick Poor Robin Clean; Robert Johnson - Dead Shrimp Blues; Lightnin' Hopkins - Everybody's Down On Me; Muddy Waters - Hoochie Coochie Man; Ted Taylor - River's Invitation; Bull City Red - I Won't Be Dogged Around; Frank Stokes - Mr Crump Don't Like It; Houston Stackhouse - Big Fat Mama Blues; Little Milton - Room 244; Vera Hall - Black Woman; John Jackson - Louis Collins; Big Joe Williams - Baby Please Don't Go; Oscar Woods & Black Ace - Davis's Salty Dog; B.B. King - The Other Night Blues; Texas Johnny Brown - After Hours Blues; Blind Willie McTell - B And O Blues No.2; ...


Curley Weaver - Tricks Ain't Walking No More; Blind Boy Fuller - Homesick & Lonesome Blues; John Hammond Jr. - Shake For Me; Otis Spann - Marie; Ma Rainey - Tough Luck Blues; Papa Too Sweet - Big Fat Mama; Charlie McCoy - Last Time Blues; Freddie King - Hide Away; Howlin' Wolf - Spoonful; Memphis Jug Band - Everybody's Talking About Sadie Green; Willie Baker  - Weak-Minded Blues; The Two Charlies - Hard Time Papa; Sonny Boy Williamson - Whiskey Headed Blues; Elmore James - Baby, Please Set A Date; Bascom Lamar Lunsford - Swannanoa Tunnel; Blind Willie Johnson - Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed; Oscar Woods & Black Ace - Red Nightgown Blues; Big Joe Williams - Early Morning Blues (with Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee & Lightnin' Hopkins); Dinah Washington - Rich Man's Blues; John Lee Hooker - Black Man Blues; Blind Connie Williams - Trouble In Mind; Jazz Gillum - She Belongs To Me; Roosevelt Sykes - The Honey Dripper; Alberta Hunter - Fine And Mellow; ... and more blues.

Happy Blues by Tom Dickson

Happy Blues - Tom Dickson.
D position, standard tuning.

Just as happy, woman, as I can be
I'm just as happy, woman, as I can be
'Cause the woman I'm lovin's gone back to Kankakee

SOLO

Woman I'm lovin', done mistreated me
Honey, the woman I'm lovin' done mistreated me
Well, I love you, mama, but I'm gonna need your friend again

Treat me like someone you never seen
Well, you treat me like someone you never seen
Well, you treat me like someone you never seen

Blues ain't nothin', good man on your mind
Woman, the blues ain't nothin' but a good man on your mind
Well, they keep you worried, bothered all the time

When you see me with my head hung down
Well, it's when you see me with my head hung down
I ain't got the blues but another gal on my mind

I'm goin' away, baby, to see what you would do
I'm goin' away, baby, see what you would do
I've done all I could, can't get along with you

I went to the station, I looked up on the board
I went to the station, I looked up on the board
Well, my train ain't chere (sic), but it's somewhere on the road

Blind Dog's Blues on May 25th


Bobby Patterson - Right On Jody; Leadbelly - Line Em; Jaybird Coleman - Boll Weevil; Buddy Moss - Hard Road Blues; John Lee Williamson - Got The Bottle Up And Gone; Floyd Jones - Dark Road; Ben Curry - Adam And Eve In The Garden; Casey Bill Weldon - I Believe I'll Make A Change; Barbecue Bob - Unnamed Blues; Fenton Robinson - As The Years Go Passing By; Elmore James - Standing At The Crossroads; Bumble Bee Slim - Someday Things Will Be Breaking My Way; Charley Patton - I'm Goin' Home; Mot Willis - Knife Instrumental; Muddy Waters - You Need Love; Young John Watson - Thinkin'; Leroy Carr - Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child; Robert Johnson - I Don't Know When Death Is Gonna Call Me; Bessie Smith - Careless Love Blues; LaVern Baker - Gimme A Pigfoot; Little Walter - Key To The Highway; Dave Tippin and Lightnin' Washington - Johnny Won'cha Ramble; Carolina Twins - A Change In Business All Around; Oscar Woods & Black Ace - Black Ace; ...


Sonny Boy Williamson - Decoration Blues; Seasick Steve - Cheap; Josh White - Bed Springs Blues; Lightnin' Hopkins - Racetrack Blues; Rich & Welly Trice - Let Her Go God Bless Her; Robert Lockwood Jr. - Take A Little Walk With Me; Rockin' Sidney - My Toot-Toot; Napolean Strickland, Jimmie Buford & R.L. Boyce - When The Saints Go Marching In; Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup - Shout Sister Shout; Bumble Bee Slim - Hey Lawdy Mama; Albert Ammons - Shout For Joy; Memphis Minnie - Selling My Pork Chops; Buddy Moss - You Need A Woman; Blind Willie McTell - Kind Mama; The Delta Boys - Black Gal Swing; Buddy Guy - First Time I Met The Blues; Lonesome Sundown with Lazy Lester - Don't Say A Word; Jesse Fuller - Stranger Blues; Mississippi Fred McDowell - Tryin' To Make Heaven My Home; Blind Lemon Jefferson - Happy New Year Blues; Big Bill Broonzy - Long Tall Mama; Mississippi John Hurt - Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor; The Harlem Hamfats - You Got To Be Satisfied; Sonny Boy Williamson - Tell Me, Baby; ... and more blues.

The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of by Various Artists

Label: Yazoo Records.
Release Date: April 4, 2006.
Recording Time: 140 minutes.
Release Info: Studio Recording.

Styles: Acoustic Blues, Appalachian, Bluegrass-Gospel, Country Blues, Country Gospel, Delta Blues, Gospel, Jug Band, North American Traditions, Old-Timey, Pre-War Country Blues, Regional Blues, Southern Gospel, String Bands, Traditional Country.

For anyone who's collected 78-rpm records, enjoyed Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, or expressed interest in the great missing old-time and blues records of yesteryear, The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of will be the Holy Grail. Whereas it isn't unusual for Yazoo to place a rarity on a new collection by Blind Blake or Blind Lemon Jefferson, this two-disc collection -- all 46 cuts -- is a testament to rarities. Perhaps the best-known (to a general old-time/blues audience) performer here is Son House, and the collection includes recordings of "Mississippi County Farm Blues" and "Clarksdale Moan." Others might be familiar with Dock Boggs ("Old Rub Alcohol Blues"), Ken Maynard ("Sweet Betsey from Pike"), and the Memphis Jug Band ("Jim Strainer Blues"). Incredibly, several of these tracks were recorded as test pressings and never officially released, meaning that as far as the recording industry is concerned, they don't exist. It's probable that all of the fuss made over this collection of rarities will make little sense to folks who don't spend all of their spare money and time hunting down 78-rpm records, and there's a point here. If you don't know that a certain item is rare, you won't value it in the same way a collector might. In this sense, one CD filled with scratchy old recordings is as good as another. But even for those who might not understand why they should be excited by The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of, the collection nonetheless holds up as good old-time folk and blues, and expense-wise, Yazoo always offers lots of quality music for one's money. As an added bonus the cover art and inside cartoon has been put together by none other than Robert Crumb, a record collector and one-time string band performer himself. - Review by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

Notes: 3 fold DVD size case with 19 page booklet. Records used were from the collections of Richard Nevins, Pete Whelan, Frank Mere, Dave Freeman, Joe Bussard, Chris King, Mark Blaesing, John Coffee, John Tefteller, Richard Spottswood, Don Kent.

Artwork (Cover Art) by Robert Crumb.

Credits: Amedie Ardoin - primary artist; Ashley & Foster - primary artist; Andrew Baxter - primary artist; Jim Baxter - primary artist; Dock Boggs - primary artist; John Byrd - primary artist; Jaybird Coleman - primary artist; Crowder Brothers - primary artist; Sleepy John Estes - primary artist; Freeny's Barn Dance Band - primary artist; Georgia Pot Lickers - primary artist; Jack Gowdlock - primary artist; Blind Roosevelt Graves - primary artist; Uaroy Graves - primary artist; Grayson & Whitter - primary artist; Grayson County Railsplitters - primary artist; J.D. Harris - primary artist; William Harris - primary artist; Roy Harvey - primary artist; Osey Helton - primary artist; King Solomon Hill - primary artist; Roy Hobbs - primary artist; Son House - primary artist; Little Harvey Hull - primary artist; Tommy Johnson - primary artist; Jess Johnston & The West Virginia Ramblers - primary artist; Jab Jones - primary artist; Luke Jordon - primary artist; Kentucky Ramblers - primary artist; Lottie Kimbrough - primary artist; Asa Martin - primary artist; Ollis Martin - primary artist; Ken Maynard - primary artist; Kansas Joe McCoy - primary artist; Dennis McGee - primary artist; Memphis Jug Band - primary artist; Memphis Minnie - primary artist; Middle Georgia Singing Convention - primary artist; Richard Nevins - liner notes, producer, remastering; Chubby Parker - primary artist; Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers - primary artist; Yank Rachell - primary artist; Long "Cleve" Reed - primary artist; Bill Shepherd - primary artist; Hayes Shepherd - primary artist; Smith & Irvine - primary artist; Sweet Brothers - primary artist; Jesse Babyface Thomas - primary artist; Three Stripped Gears - primary artist; Wayne Ward - primary artist; Wilmer Watts & The Lonely Eagles - primary artist; Ed Webb - primary artist; Henry Whitter - primary artist; Reverend B.L. Wightman - primary artist; Geeshie Wiley - primary artist.

Tracks, Disc 1: 1) Croquet Habits - Freeny's Barn Dance Band; 2) Mississippi County Farm Blues - Son House; 3) Up Jumped the Rabbit - Georgia Pot Lickers; 4) I'm Going Back Home - Kansas Joe McCoy / Memphis Minnie; 5) Fightin' in the War with Spain - Wilmer Watts & The Lonely Eagles; 6) Old Timbrook Blues - John Byrd; 7) A Little Talk With Jesus - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers; 8) Slidin' Delta - Tommy Johnson; 9) Alabama Blues - Three Stripped Gears; 10) Rollin Dough Blues - Jack Gowdlock; 11) Ginseng Blues - Kentucky Ramblers; 12) Police and High Sheriff Come Ridin' Down - Ollis Martin; 13) John Hardy Blues - Roy Harvey / Jess Johnston & The West Virginia Ramblers; 14) The Down Home Boys/Original Stack O' Lee Blues - Little Harvey Hull / Long "Cleve" Reed; 15) Two Step de la Prairie Soileau - Amedie Ardoin / Dennis McGee; 16) Operator Blues - Andrew Baxter / Jim Baxter; 17) The Grey Eagle - J.D. Harris; 18) Jim Strainer Blues - Memphis Jug Band; 19) Ain't That Trouble in Mind - Grayson County Railsplitters; 20) Old Rub Alcohol Blues - Dock Boggs; 21) Mistreatin' Mama - Jaybird Coleman; 22) It's a Rough Road to Georgia - Henry Whitter; 23) Live the Life - Lottie Kimbrough / Reverend B.L. Wightman.

Tracks, Disc 2: 1) Sweet Mama - Sleepy John Estes / Jab Jones / Yank Rachell; 2) We All Love Mother - Crowder Brothers; 3) Clarksdale Moan - Son House; 4) Bull Dog Sal - Ashley & Foster; 5) Down in Texas Blues - Jesse Babyface Thomas; 6) Chicken Don't Roost Too High - Georgia Pot Lickers; 7) I'm Leavin Town (But I Sho' Don't Wanna Go) - William Harris; 8) Wild Cat Rag - Roy Hobbs / Asa Martin; 9) Whoopee Blues - King Solomon Hill; 10) Davey Crockett - Chubby Parker; 11) Skinny Legs Blues - Geeshie Wiley; 12) I'm Gonna Marry That Pretty Little Girl - Sweet Brothers; 13) I Shall Not Be Moved - Blind Roosevelt Graves / Uaroy Graves; 14) Lonesome Road Blues - Smith & Irvine; 15) If I Call You Mama - Luke Jordon; 16) My Mind Is to Marry - Grayson & Whitter; 17) Green River - Osey Helton; 18) Don't Speak to Me - Lottie Kimbrough; 19) Married Man's Blues - Wayne Ward; 20) Sweet Betsey from Pike - Ken Maynard; 21) Boll Weevil - Jaybird Coleman; 22) Bound Steel Blues - Bill Shepherd / Hayes Shepherd / Ed Webb; 23) Bells of Love - Middle Georgia Singing Convention.

Blind Dog's Blues on May 24th


Blind Lemon Jefferson - Where Shall I Be; Lottie Kimbrough and Winston Holmes - Red River Blues; Cornell Dupree - Okie Dokie Stomp; C.J. Chenier - My Baby Don't Wear No Shoes; Ishman Bracey - Heavy Suitcase Blues; Willie Ford - Nobody's Business; Fred McMullen - Rolling Mama; Aretha Franklin - Evil Gal Blues; Forrest Sykes - Tonky Boogie; David McCarn - Red Rose Rag; Ramblin' Thomas - No Job Blues; Son House - Pearline; Big Maybelle - I Cried For You; Sarah Vaughan - The Blues; Bo Carter - Shoo That Chicken; John Jackson - John Henry; Tarter & Gay - Unknown Blues; Bessie Jones - You Better Mind; Sonny Boy Williamson - Your Funeral And My Trial; Papa Charlie Jackson - Lexington Kentucky Blues; Bill Gaither - Too Late Too Late; Memphis Jug Band - I'll See You In The Spring When The Birds Begin To Song; B.B. King - You Upset Me Baby; Calvin Frazier - Boogie Woogie; ...


Buddy Moss - Jealous Hearted Man; Smith Casey - Jack O'Diamonds; Julius Daniels - Richmond Blues (Take 2); John Lee Williamson - Sugar Mama Blues; Otis Spann - Sometime I Wonder; Sleepy John Estes - Government Money; Macon Ed and Tampa Joe - Tantalizing Bootblack; Alfred Fields - '29 Blues; Whistler's Jug Band - Foldin' Bed; John Lee Hooker - Hard Times; Big Joe Williams - Ball Of Twine (feat. Lightnin' Hopkins); Oscar Woods & Black Ace - Home Wreckin' Blues; Blind Boy Fuller - Night Rambling Woman; Lowell Fulson - Blue Shadows; Skip James - Illinois Blues; Hambone Willie Newburn - Dreamy-Eyed Woman's Blues; Tommy McClennan - It's A Crying Pity; Hokum Boys - Caught Us Doing It; Jimmy Rushing - Goin' To Chicago; Billy Stewart - Billy's Blues, Part II; Blind Blake - Cold Hearted Mama Blues; Oscar Woods & Black Ace - Fence Breakin' Blues; J.T. 'Funny Paper' Smith - Howling Wolf Blues, No. 4; Pine Top Smith - Pine Top's Boogie Woogie; ... and more blues.

The Leake County Revelers

The Leake County Revelers were a country music string band popular in the U.S. South in the 1920s and 1930s. The members were from in and around Sebastopol, Mississippi, led by fiddler Will Gilmer, with R. O. Mosley on mandolin and banjo-mandolin, Jim Wolverton on 5-string banjo, and Dallas Jones on guitar. The band was formed in 1926.

They made a series of 40 recordings for Okeh Records and Columbia Records from 1927 through 1930, most recorded in New Orleans, Louisiana and Jackson, Mississippi. Their biggest hit was "Wednesday Night Waltz" backed by "Goodnight Waltz", recorded in 1927; over 195,000 copies of this records were sold by 1931 and the 78 rpm disc remained in print continuously into the 1950s.


The Leake County Revelers Biography by Eugene Chadbourne

The Leake County Revelers was one of the most popular old-time string bands in Mississippi in the late '20s. The group was also among one of the earliest groups to make records in that state, hitting the jackpot with one of the first sides cut, the lovely "Wednesday Night Waltz." Like much of the blues and early country talent from Mississippi, the group was scouted out for recording by H.C. Speir, a man who is considered the Sam Phillips of Mississippi music in the '20s and '30s. Spier was involved quite early in the game of "talent broker," the job which would later become known in the record industry as artist and repertory development, or A&R man for short. He arranged a series of sessions for the Leake County Revelers that were released on Okeh and Columbia, and the string band's reputation spread quickly. They became known for tunes played in relaxed, slow tempos, which was exactly the opposite of all other string bands which highlighted rapid-fire breakdown numbers. The Leake County Revelers recorded some 44 different sides between 1927 and 1930. Besides the initial success, these recordings have also enjoyed several new additional lifetimes through reissue ventures on labels such as Document and County. Not only has the group's entire output been made available via several volumes on these labels, various tracks by the group have emerged on a smorgasbord of compilation sets, including anthologies focusing on yodelling, early American string bands, and early country music. The group was quite famous for its original waltzes and complex vocal harmony arrangements, again in direct contrast to what has seemed like a distinct lack of vocalizing by other Mississippi string bands. In this case, the difference may have had more to do with the commercial desires of the record labels than the repertoires of the groups, since instrumental repertoire was always one of the selling points of most string bands, especially the shenanigans of hellbent-for-leather fiddlers. The blend of Jim Wolverton's five-string banjo and R.C. Moseley small banjo-mandolin is one of the most recognizable aspects of the group's sound, highlighted on tracks such as the ragtime instrumental "Dry Town Blues." The group humorously reveals their love of slow tempos by titling a piece of stately, almost Baroque parlor music "Mississippi Breakdown," even though the piece is as far from a breakdown as Seattle is from Mississippi. The previously mentioned "Wednesday Night Waltz" was the band's biggest hit, as well as one of the first two records issued by the group, first pressed in 1927. The song has been covered by many other artists, particularly fiddlers, and has become a dance warhorse, sometimes appearing under the title of "Kitty Waltz." It was performed frequently by Curly Fox on the radio in the '30s and '40s, and was later recorded by Leroy Canaday. In the '30s, politician Huey Long hired the Leake County Revelers to play for his campaign, using the down-home music to reinforce his image as a grassroots populist. In the '90s, the group was nominated for the Mississippi Hall of Fame and has inspired such modern-day string band revival groups as the Old Hat String Band and the Hinds County Revelers.

Blind Dog's Blues on May 23th


Big Bill Broonzy - Big Bill Blues; Kid Prince Moore - Pickin' Low Cotton Pt I; Blind Blake - Doing A Stretch; Dinah Washington - Blow Top Blues (with Lionel Hampton); Lynn Hope - Blow Lynn Blow; Texas Alexander - 'Frisco Train Blues; Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup - Second Man Blues; Rob Cooper, Joe Pullum - West Dallas Drag; Tampa Red And Georgia Tom - Things 'Bout Coming My Way #2; Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe - My Wash Woman's Gone; Johnny Williams - Worried Man Blues; B.B. King - Rainin' All The Time; Reverend Gary Davis - Crucifixion; Sweet Papa Tadpole - Weep & Moan When I'm Gone; Lightnin' Wells - Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie; Bobby 'Blue' Bland - I Pity The Fool; Buster Brown - Fannie Mae; Smith Casey - Jack O' Diamonds; Helen Humes - Alligator Blues; Jim Jackson - My Monday Woman Blues (Take 1); Freddie King - Dust My Broom; Bo Diddley - I'm A Man; Harlem Hamfats - Live & Die For You; Bill Jazz Gillum - Good Old 51 Highway; ... 


Roosevelt Sykes - Three, Six And Nine; Mose Allison - V-8 Ford Blues; Sonny Boy Williamson - Don't Start Me To Talkin'; Ernie Hawkins - What You Gonna Do; Clifford Gibson - Tired Of Being Mistreated Part II; Furry Lewis - I'm Going To Brownsville; Magic Sam - All Of Your Love; J.B. Hutto - I Feel So Good; Charlie Burse & His Memphis Mudcats - I'm In Buddy's Wagon; Bo Carter - Mean Feeling Blues; Blind Willie McTell - Travelin' Blues; John Jackson - Railroad Bill; Buddy Guy - Broken Hearted Blues; Robert Pete Williams - Cows Love Music; Barbecue Bob - Black Skunk Blues; Blind Blake - Skeedle Loo Doo Blues; B.B. King - Blues At Sunrise; Koko Taylor - Something Inside Me; Pete Harris - Is You Mad At Me; Oscar Woods & Black Ace - Evil Hearted Woman Blues; Lonnie Johnson - Working Man's Blues; Pinetop Perkins - Little Angel Child; Canned Heat - Got My Mojo Working; Walter Davis - Red Cross Blues; ... and more blues.

Gas Man Blues by Mae Glover with John Byrd

Gas Man Blues - Mae Glover with John Byrd.
John Byrd, 12-string guitar out of G position, standard tuning.
NOTE: The song begins with a spoken intro followed by singing with occasional spoken comments. Singing and speaking for the two parties are labeled, respectively, Mae for Mae Glover and John for John Byrd.

SOUND OF KNOCKING
SPOKEN: Mae: Who is that?
John: Gasman, lady
Mae: Aw, pshaw, Mr. Gas Man, I ain't got no money today.
John: Very sorry, lady, but I have orders to cut your gas off today.
Mae: Not today, Mr. Gas Man, surely. How could you treat a poor gal so cruel?

SUNG: Mae: Mr. Gas Man, please don't turn my gas off today
John: Oh yes, pretty mama, got no money to pay

Mae: But the wind is blowing and the snow begins to fall (Spoken, Mae: Have a heart, man, have a heart)
John: Better git you a wood-chopper, to back up in your door

Mae: But Mr. Gas Man, this cold wind certainly will give me a chill
John: You better go to the doctor, get you a c.c. pill (Spoken, Mae: I ain't got no money, spoken, John: That's funny)

Mae: Mr. Gas Man, come into my parlor, I want to ask you to close the door
John: I've been in, pretty mama, and I won't be back no more (Spoken, Mae: If you come in this time, you'll come back some more)

Mae: Mr. Gas Man, will you please call 'round after dark?
John: If I call around, mama, will you let me park? (Spoken, Mae: If my kid man don't happen to be here, you may park)

Mae: Are you coming in, Mr. Gas Man? I want to tell you something right quick
John: Quit arguin', woman, Gas Man got nothin' that he wants fixed (Spoken, Mae: Now listen here, man)

Mae: I want to get you early at the Sunday toll
John: I can't help you woman, Gas Man got no jellyroll (Spoken, Mae: I know you ain't got no jellyroll, but your lovin' mama got all that jellyroll, and it's got sugar between it, too!)

Mae: Mr. Gas Man, you got that old hot bankroll over there in your pants, and I want some of it, too
John: I can't help you, pretty mama, the Gas Man don't take no chance (Spoken, Mae: It won't be a chance here, brother, I'm tellin' you.)

Schedule on May 22nd


Lead Belly - Leaving Blues; Buddy Moss - Too Dog Gone Jealous; Freeman Stowers - Sunrise On The Farm; Larry Johnson - Charley Stone; Lead Belly - C.C. Rider; Howard Armstrong - Louie Bluie (Spoken); Charlie Patton - Prayer Of Death Part 2; Gwen Johnson - A Trumpet Blows Away The Blues; Big Mac - Bad Affair; Sylvester Weaver - Soft Steel Pistol; Furry Lewis - Let Me Call You Sweetheart; Kokomo Arnold - Sundown Blues; Robert Nighthawk - My Sweet Lovin' Woman; Muddy Waters - Funky Butt; Reverend Gary Davis - Twelve Gates To The City; Charlie Campbell - Goin' Away Blues; Casey Bill Weldon - Did You Mean What You Said; Blind Boy Fuller - Black Bottom Blues; Howlin' Wolf - I Asked For Water; Mississippi John Hurt - Frankie; Casey Bill Weldon - Guitar Swing (Take 4); Tampa Red - I.C. Moan Blues; Mississippi Sheiks - Winter Time Blues; B.B. King - Everyday I Have The Blues; ... 


John Lee Hooker - I'm In The Mood; Sonny Boy Williamson - My Little Machine; The Tilters - Ee-Til-Ya-Dee; Peetie Wheatstraw - C And A Train Blues; Robert Johnson - Kindhearted Woman Blues (Alternate Take); J.B. Hutto - Pet Cream Man; Freddie King - Living On The Highway; Beale Street Sheiks - Half Cup Of Tea; Blind Willie McTell - East St. Louis; Papa Charlie Jackson - She Belongs To Me Blues; Ruth Brown - Oh What A Dream; Cow Cow Davenport - Cow Cow Blues; Mississippi Fred McDowell - Berta, Berta; Oscar Woods - Lone Wolf Blues; Will Bennett - Railroad Bill; Ma Rainey - Dead Drunk Blues; Big Joe Williams - Delta Blues; Bill 'Jazz' Gillum - Key To The Highway; Sonny Boy Williamson - Christmas Morning Blues; Reverend Gary Davis - Mean Old World; Leadbelly - My Friend Blind Lemon; Elmore James - Whose Muddy Shoes; Z.Z. Hill - Bump And Grind; Jim Jackson - I'm A Bad Bad Man; ... and more blues.

Harmonica Masters by Various Artists

Label: Yazoo Records.
Release Date: 1996.
Recording Time: 71 minutes.
Release Info: Studio Recording.

Styles: Country Blues, Harmonica Blues, Jug Band, Piedmont Blues, Pre-War Blues, Pre-War Country Blues, Regional Blues, Vaudeville Blues.

Continuing the label's exploration deep into the early vernacular music of the United States, Yazoo Records devotes this compilation to some of the finest harmonica players of the 1920s and 1930s. Harmonica Masters features performances by harp greats like DeFord Bailey, Noah Lewis, Jed Davenport, Jaybird Coleman, and 19 others. The smallest and therefore most portable of instruments, the harmonica took a place not unlike that of the violin in blues and jug band combos. As the musicians here demonstrate, it can also be a fine solo instrument. In the hands of an expert, the harmonic and melodic musical elements mesh so perfectly, it can sound as if they are occurring at the same time. In fact, they are being swapped at such a pace that the absence of neither is very noticeable at any given time. Alfred Lewis' fine playing is overshadowed only by his otherworldly falsetto on "Mississippi Swamp Moan." It takes on such a bizarre quality that it sounds more like an instrument than a voice and is matched beautifully with responsive harp lines. At the opposite extreme, "Touch Me Light Mama" is a wonderfully raw blues piece featuring George "Bullet" Williams' earthy baritone. Whatever Williams and his accompanist lack in technique, they make up for in the visceral quality of their unguarded performance. Gwen Foster's "Wilks County Blues" is an astonishing, vibrato-laden showcase of the musician's harmonica powers, reaching the upper registers of the instrument. On "Chickasaw Special," Noah Lewis expertly imitates the sounds of a train -- an example of a performance style probably introduced by Williams McCoy. From novelty to dance music to deep blues, from accompanist to soloist, Harmonica Masters demonstrates the fascinating tonal and musical possibilities of this underacknowledged instrument. - Review by Nathan Bush.

Credits: Ashley & Foster - performer, primary artist; Clarence Ashley - performer, primary artist; DeFord Bailey - performer, primary artist; Dr. Humphrey Bate and the Possum Hunters - primary artist; Bubbling Over Five - primary artist; Leroy Carr - composer; The Carver Boys - performer, primary artist; Nobel Carver - guitar; Robert Carver - guitar; Dutch Coleman - primary artist; Jaybird Coleman - composer, Harmonica, performer, primary artist; Robert Cooksey - performer, primary artist; The Crook Brothers - performer, primary artist; Herman Crook - harmonica; Lewis Crook - banjo; Matthew Crook - harmonica; Jed Davenport - harmonica, performer, primary artist; Sleepy John Estes - performer, primary artist; Gwen Foster - harmonica, performer, primary artist; Sam Harris - accompaniment; Salty Holmes - harmonica, performer, primary artist; Don Kent - liner notes, producer; Leecan & Cooksey - primary artist; Bobby Leecan - performer, primary artist; Alfred Lewis - composer, performer, primary artist; Noah Lewis - harmonica, performer, primary artist; Palmer McAbee - performer, primary artist; David McCarn - primary artist, Vocals; William McCoy - harmonica, performer, primary artist; Murphy Brothers Harp Band - primary artist; Richard Nevins - producer, remastering; Hammie Nixon - harmonica; Joan Pelosi - art direction; Six Cylinder Smith - guitar, performer, primary artist; Freeman Stowers - performer, primary artist; Traditional - composer; Robert Vosgien - digital mastering; Muddy Waters - composer; Red Whitehead - primary artist; Red Whitehead - performer, primary artist; G. Williams - composer; George "Bullet" Williams - harmonica, performer, primary artist; Kyle Wooten - harmonica, performer, primary artist.

Tracks: 1) Ice Water Blues - DeFord Bailey; 2) Lost Boy Blues - Palmer McAbee; 3) Mississippi Swamp Moan - Alfred Lewis; 4) Choking Blues - Kyle Wooten; 5) Chickasaw Special - Noah Lewis; 6) Pannsylvania Woman Blues - Six Cylinder Smith; 7) Take Your Foot Out of the Mud & Put It in the Sand - Dr. Humphrey Bate and the Possum Hunters; 8) Don't Mistreat Your Good Boy Friend - Bubbling Over Five; 9) The Downfall of Paris - Murphy Brothers Harp Band; 10) Touch Me Light Mama - George "Bullet" Williams; 11) Booneville Stomp - Dutch Coleman / Red Whitehead; 12) How Long Blues - Jed Davenport; 13) East Virginia Blues - Clarence Ashley / Ashley & Foster / Gwen Foster; 14) Goin' Cross the Sea - The Crook Brothers; 15) Just It - William McCoy; 16) Wilkes County Blues - Gwen Foster; 17) Man Trouble Blues - Jaybird Coleman; 18) I Want My Mama - Salty Holmes; 19) Gastonia Gallop - David McCarn; 20) Don't Let Your Head Hang Down - Leecan & Cooksey / Robert Cooksey / Bobby Leecan; 21) Sisco Harmonica Blues - The Carver Boys; 22) Down South Blues - Sleepy John Estes; 23) Medley of Blues - Freeman Stowers.

Schedule on May 21st


Muddy Waters - Mean Red Spider; Freddie King - I Love The Woman; Virgil Childers - Red River Blues; Pinetop Perkins - Little Angel Child; Sonny Boy Williamson - From The Bottom; Elmore James - Hawaiian Boogie No. 2; Blind Willie Mctell - On The Cooling Board; Jimmy Reed - Bright Lights, Big City; Wily Bo Walker - Jenny (traces In My Arms); Albert Collins - Frosty; Lillian Offitt - Miss You So; Buddy Guy - The First Time I Met The Blues; Junior Wells - Hoodoo Man Blues; Charlie & The Bluescats - Goodbye; Wynonie Harris - Destination Love; Tommy Johnson - Big Fat Mama Blues; Howlin' Wolf - Tail Dragger; Leadbelly - New York City; James Brown - Messing With The Blues; Monica Dupont - Checkin' Out; Aretha Franklin - Evil Gal Blues; Joe Turner - Stormy Monday Blues; Lightnin' Hopkins - Lonesome Dog; Joe Liggins - Goin' Back To L.A.; ...


Grady Lark - Lightning Does Strike Twice; John Lee Hooker - Big Fine Woman; Chris Rea - Dancing The Blues Away; Bumble Bee Slim - Squalling Panther Blues; Albert King - Crosscut Saw; James 'Yank' Rachel - Hobo Blues; RoHarpo The Bluesman - Give Me Your Hand; Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials - Check My Baby's Oil; B.B. King - Boogie Woogie Woman; Professor Longhair - Rockin With 'Fess; Blind Percy & His Blind Band - Fourteenth Street Blues; Shaun Murphy - Cry To Me; Bumble Bee Slim - Yo Yo String Blues; LaVern Baker - Gimme A Pigfoot; Howlin' Wolf - Goin' Down Slow; Otis Rush - Feel So Bad; Speckled Red - You Got To Fix It; Monica Dupont - Hurricane Betsy; Roosevelt Sykes - The Honey Dripper; Big Joe Williams - Somebody's Been Fooling #1; Jimmy Johnson - Poor Boy's Dream; Lonnie Brooks - Figure Head; Napolean Strickland, Jimmie Buford & R.L. Boyce - When The Saints Go Marching In; Kilborn Alley - 22nd Street; ... and more blues.

J.B. Lenoir

Atypical bluesman backed high-pitched vocals with a boogie-influenced sound tinged with traces of jazz.

b. March 5, 1929 in Monticello, MS, d. April 15, 1967 in Champaign, IL, blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the Chicago blues scene in the 1950s and 1960s. Christened with initials, Lenoir was taught to play the guitar by his father, Dewitt. Other acknowledged influences were Blind Lemon Jefferson, Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup and Lightnin' Hopkins, with the latter's single-string runs and verse tags becoming an integral part of the mature Lenoir style. He relocated to Chicago in 1949, and was befriended by ' Big' Bill Broonzy and Memphis Minnie. Having leased his first recordings to Chess Records in 1952, label owner Joe Brown issued Lenoir's first success, 'The Mojo Boogie', on JOB Records in 1953. A propulsive dance piece sung in a high, keening tenor, it typified an important element of Lenoir's repertoire. The second main element was exhibited the following year with the release on Parrot Records of 'Eisenhower Blues', an uncompromising comment upon economic hardship, which the singer laid at the President's door. Also released that year, 'Mama Talk To Your Daughter' was another light-hearted boogie that became his signature tune, its ebullience mirrored by Lenoir's penchant for wearing zebra-striped jackets on stage.

Subsequent records for Chess neglected the serious side of his writing, attempts at emulating previous successes taking preference over more sober themes such as 'We Can't Go On This Way' and 'Laid Off Blues'. Lenoir revealed that seriousness in an interview with Paul Oliver in 1960; this mood was in turn reflected in a series of recordings initiated by Willie Dixon and released to coincide with his appearance at the 1965 American Folk Blues Festival tour of Europe. Alabama Blues perfectly reconciled the two extremes of his style, remakes of 'The Mojo Boogie' and 'Talk To Your Daughter' tempering the stark reality of the title song, 'Born Dead' and 'Down In Mississippi', in which Lenoir, with both passion and dignity, evoked America's civil rights struggle of the time. The great benefit that might have accrued from what, in hindsight, was the masterwork of his career, was prevented by his tragic death in a car crash.


J.B. Lenoir Biography by Bill Dahl

Newcomers to his considerable legacy could be forgiven for questioning J.B. Lenoir's gender upon first hearing his rocking waxings. Lenoir's exceptionally high-pitched vocal range is a fooler, but it only adds to the singular appeal of his music. His politically charged "Eisenhower Blues" allegedly caused all sorts of nasty repercussions upon its 1954 emergence on Al Benson's Parrot logo (it was quickly pulled off the shelves and replaced with Lenoir's less controversially titled "Tax Paying Blues").

J.B. (that was his entire legal handle) fell under the spell of Blind Lemon Jefferson as a wee lad, thanks to his guitar-wielding dad. Lightnin' Hopkins and Arthur Crudup were also cited as early influences. Lenoir spent time in New Orleans before arriving in Chicago in the late '40s. Boogie grooves were integral to Lenoir's infectious routine from the get-go, although his first single for Chess in 1951, "Korea Blues," was another slice of topical commentary. From late 1951 to 1953, he waxed several dates for Joe Brown's JOB logo in the company of pianist Sunnyland Slim, drummer Alfred Wallace, and on the romping "The Mojo," saxophonist J.T. Brown.

Lenoir waxed his most enduring piece, the infectious (and often-covered) "Mama Talk to Your Daughter," in 1954 for Al Benson's Parrot label. Lenoir's 1954-1955 Parrot output and 1955-1958 Checker catalog contained a raft of terrific performances, including a humorously defiant "Don't Touch My Head" (detailing his brand-new process hairdo) and "Natural Man." Lenoir's sound was unique: saxes (usually Alex Atkins and Ernest Cotton) wailed in unison behind Lenoir's boogie-driven rhythm guitar as drummer Al Galvin pounded out a rudimentary backbeat everywhere but where it customarily lays. Somehow, it all fit together.

Scattered singles for Shad in 1958 and Vee-Jay two years later kept Lenoir's name in the public eye. His music was growing substantially by the time he hooked up with USA Records in 1963 (witness the 45's billing: J.B. Lenoir & his African Hunch Rhythm). Even more unusual were the two acoustic albums he cut for German blues promoter Horst Lippmann in 1965 and 1966. Alabama Blues! and Down in Mississippi were done in Chicago under Willie Dixon's supervision, Lenoir now free to elaborate on whatever troubled his mind ("Alabama March," "Vietnam Blues," "Shot on James Meredith").

Little did Lenoir know his time was quickly running out. By the time of his 1967 death, the guitarist had moved to downstate Champaign -- and that's where he died, probably as a delayed result of an auto accident he was involved in three weeks prior to his actual death.