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Weenie Garage Sale / Re: Big Country Blues CD Sale
« Last post by Johnm on April 12, 2024, 04:54:02 PM »
Hi all,
Please don't make any offers at this time. I have a couple of complex offers pending and will post here when they're all sorted out. Thanks.
All best,
Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Robert Curtis Smith Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on April 11, 2024, 11:18:18 AM »
Hi all,
Robert Curtis Smith recorded "Lonely Widower" once again accompanying himself out of E position in standard tuning. The rendition is a cover of L. C. Greeen's "The Sun Was Shining" and very faithfully captures the rhythmically complex signature lick of that song and the way the time flips coming out of the signature lick into the vocal. I don't know of another song in the entire blues genre that has timing and phrasing like this one. Both Green and Smith sing "little" rather than "lonely". Here is "Lonely Widower":


I'm gon' tell y'all something, better take my advice
Don't go out and get drunk now, then go home and mistreat your wife, the sun is
Shining, you throwed all of your money 'way, 'cause that'll
Cause you to be, now, poor little widower today

'Cause I made a little money, when I were livin' in town
I spent all of my money, that mean she put me down, the sun is
Shining, and I throwed all of my money 'way, Yeah, that what
Caused me to be, now, poor little widower today

And I, love my baby, better than I love myself
Yes, I love that woman, she lovin' someone else, yay now
And I throwed all of money 'way, yeah, and that
Cause me to be, now, poor little widower today

I said now, bye-bye, baby, if you call that gone
Yes, I may be worried, but I -- worry long, the sun is
Shining, and I throwed all of my money 'way, yeah, and that
Caused me to be, now, poor little widower today


All best,
I know this is a very old thread, but I was working on Big Road Blues and was a little curious about the notes and the tuning. I thought it was played in drop-D tuning, but he is also hitting some open strings on the downbeat, between the low octave strings. Most people I've seen play this leave out the chords completely. The open B string is fairly clear, but the other notes not so much. I tuned the G string up to A and it approximates the sound as close as I can get it, but that seems an odd tuning (DADABE). My version is on my Youtube channel @tommuck6226.

Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Robert Curtis Smith Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on April 10, 2024, 07:37:58 AM »
Thanks for the help, Blues Vintage. I took the last two suggestions, but he does sing "said" in the first verse--you can hear the "d" at the end of it.
Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Robert Curtis Smith Lyrics
« Last post by Blues Vintage on April 09, 2024, 06:48:42 PM »
I thought he sang "over town" instead of "overtime" on first listen but it's probably "overtime"

1.3 Well now, if you said -say- you'll be there, they'll roll-'em- up your credit card overtime

3.2 Yeah, -now- the girls in Texas,

4.2 -Baby and I-/-Maybe I- make me some money
Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Robert Curtis Smith Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on April 09, 2024, 11:51:22 AM »
Hi all,
Robert Curtis Smith accompanied himself out of E position in standard tuning for "Going Back To Texas". There are a couple of places I'm not at all sure I heard the lyrics correctly, and I'd appreciate corroboration or correction. Here is "Going Back To Texas":


Well now, I'm goin' back to Texas, get all  of my womens in line
Well, I'm goin' back to Texas, get all of my womens in line
Well now, if you said you'll be there, they'll roll up your credit card overtime

When I first went to Texas, didn't have no shoes on my feet
When I first went to Texas, I didn't have no shoes on my feet
Yeah, little girl take me downtown, and I thought that was mighty sweet


Girls in Texas, they really know their way around
Yeah, now the girls in Texas, they really know their way around
Well, if you say you'll be yours, she'll roll up your credit card overtime

Well now, if I make me some money, gonna make Texas be my home
Baby and I make me some money, I'm gon' make Texas be my home
I'm gon' make all these Mississippi women, make them leave me alone


Edited 4/10 to pick up corrections from Blues Vintage and Johnm

All best,

Weenie Garage Sale / Big Country Blues CD Sale
« Last post by Johnm on April 08, 2024, 02:27:37 PM »
Hi all,
I am looking to sell a bunch of Country Blues CDs to purchasers in the United States, both anthology box sets and single CDs or 2-CD sets.

  * Single CDs sell for $3.00 with a minimum purchase of 5 CDs
  * Cost of postage and packaging is $5.00 per 5 CDs purchased, sent USPS Media Mail
  * JSP sets cost $10.00 for 4-disc sets, $12.00 for 5-disc sets
  * The Charlie Patton Revenant set is $250.00. It is out-of-print and currently sells on Amazon for $323.00. I’ll pay postage on it and send it USPS Priority Mail.
   * The Shanachie Rev. Davis set is $20.00, postpaid and sent USPS Media Mail.
   * I will pay postage on single orders of 15 or more single CDs, or 4 or more JSP sets.

Send me a personal message at the Weenie site or send me an email at telling me what you’d like to purchase and we’ll settle on the availability of the CDs and the amount I am to be paid. I will edit the inventory list and remove any CDs as they are sold.
All best,

Revenant Box Set
1) Screaming’ and Hollerin’ the Blues by the Masked Marvel (Amazing out-of-print 7-disc re-issue set with Charlie Pattons sides plus many more early Delta Blues musicians, essays, all lyrics transcribed, a copy of john Fahey’s Charlie Patton book, etc. etc. The greatest re-issue set ever done.)

Shanachie CDs
1) Rev. Gary Davis—Demons and Angels, The Ultimate Collection (3 CDs, 36 page booklet with biography and photos) 

JSP Box Sets
1) New York Blues, 1945-1956 (Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry, Carolina Slim, Alec Seward, Leroy Dallas, et al 4 CDs, 113 tracks)
2) Memphis Shakedown—More Jug Band Classics (Jack Kelly, Charlie Burse, Noah Lewis, Memphis Minnie, et al, 4 CDs, 98 tracks)
3) I’ve Got The Blues, But I’m Too Damn Mean To Cry—Protest in Early Blues and Gospel, (Numerous artists, 4 CDs, 103 tracks)
4) Ain’t Times Hard—Political and Social Comment In the Blues (Numerous artists, 4 CDs, 100 tracks)
5) Mississippi Blues—Another Journey, 1926-1959 (Numerous artists, 4 CDs, 100 tracks)
6) Dr. Ross—The Memphis Cuts, 1953-1956 (2 CDs, 55 tracks)
7) Sleepy John Estes—also Yank Rachell, Brownsville Son Bonds, Charlie Pickett (4 CDs, 104 tracks)
8) Masters of Memphis Blues (Stokes & Sane, Furry Lewis, Allen Shaw, Robert Wilkins, Gus Cannon, Frank Stokes, Little Buddy Doyle, 4 CDs, 101 tracks)
9) Blind Willie McTell—The Classic Years, 1927-1940 (4 CDs, 84 tracks)
10) The Paramount Masters (Numerous artists, 4 CDs, 100 tracks)
11) Big Joe Williams and the Stars of Mississippi Blues (Tommy McClennan, Robert Petway, Willie Lofton, Honeyboy Edwards, 5 CDs, 126 tracks)
12) Blind Lemon Jefferson—The Complete 94 Classic Sides Remastered (4 CDs)
13) Blind Blake—All the Published Sides (5 CDs, 110 tracks)
14) Detroit Blues—Blues From the Motor City, 1938-1954 (John Lee Hooker, Big Maceo, John Brim, Eddie Kirkland, et al, 4 CDs, 96 tracks)   

Document CDs
1) Charley Jordan, Vol. 1
2) Charley Jordan, Vol. 2
3) Rev. Gary Davis—Manchester Free Trade Hall, 1964
4) Gene Campbell
5) Blind Teddy Darby
6) Texas Alexander, Vol. 1
7) Texas Alexander, Vol. 2
8) Texas Alexander, Vol. 3
9) Blind Roosevelt Graves
10) Clifford Gibson
11) Robert Nighthawk—Prowling With The Nighthawk
12) Papa Charlie Jackson, Vol. 1
13) Papa Charlie Jackson, Vol. 2
14) Ed Bell
15) Leecan & Cooksey, Vol. 1
16) Leecan & Cooksey, Vol. 2
17) Charlie Lincoln and Willie Baker
18) Buddy Moss, Vol. 1
19) Buddy Moss, Vol. 2
20) Buddy Moss, Vol. 3
21) Sylvester Weaver, Vol. 1
22) Bukka White—Aberdeen Blues, The Vintage Recordings 1930—1940
23) Robert Wilkins, Tom Dickson, Allen Shaw
24) The Two Poor Boys—Joe Evans & Arthur McClain
25) Walter Davis, Vol. 1
26) Walter Davis, Vol. 7
28) Kelly Harrell, Vol. 1
29) Kelly Harrell, Vol. 2
30) Frank Hutchison, Vol. 1
31) Frank Hutchison, Vol. 2, Williamson Brothers and Curry, Dick Justice
32) Sam McGee, 1926—1934
33) Nashville, 1928
34) String Bands, 1926—1929 (Andrew and Jim Baxter, Nap Hayes and Matthew Prater)
35) Rare Country Blues (Seth Richard, Charlie Kyle, Freezone, Willie Harris)
36) Texas Field Recordings (Pete Harris, Smith Casey!, others)
37) The Songster Tradition (Papa Harvey Hull, Luke Jordan, Louie Lasky, Eli Framer)
38) Kansas City Blues (Lottie Beamon w/Pruitt Twins, Winston Holmes, Charlie Turner)
39) St. Louis Country Blues (Henry Spaulding, Henry Townsend, Jaydee Short)
40) Rare Country Blues (John Byrd, Washboard Walter, Skoodle Dum Doo & Sheffield, Bob Campbell)

Yazoo CDs
1) Crying Sam Collins—Jailhouse Blues
2) Casey Bill Weldon, Kokomo Arnold—Bottleneck Guitar Trendsetters of the 1930s
3) Before the Blues, Vol. 1
4) Barbecue Bob, Chocolate to the Bone
5) Masters of the Delta Blues (Kid Bailey, Son House, Willie Brown, Tommy Johnson, et al)
6) Mississippi Sheiks—Stop And Listen
7) Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
8) Harmonica Blues
9) Dreaming The Blues—The Blues of Charlie Spand
10) The Way I Feel—The Blues of Roosevelt Sykes and Lee Green
11) Shake Your Wicked Knees—Classic Piano Rags, Blues & Stomps 1928—43

Prestige CDs
1) Pink Anderson, Vol. 1—Carolina Blues Man
2) Pink Anderson, Vol. 2—Medicine Show Man
3) Pink Anderson, Vol. 3—Ballads and Folk Songs
4) Sidney Maiden (Harmonica Player with K. C. Douglas)
5) Scrapper Blackwell—Mr. Scrapper’s Blues
6) Rev. Gary Davis—Say No To The Devil
7) Rev. Gary Davis—Have A Little Faith
8) K. C. Douglas—Big Road Blues
9) K. C. Douglas—K. C.’s Blues
10) The Blues of Pete Franklin—Guitar Pete’s Blues
11) The Blues of Baby Tate—See What You Done Done
12) Curtis Jones—Trouble Blues
13) Blind Willie McTell—Last Session
16) Introducing Memphis Willie B.
17) Memphis Willie B.—Hard Working Man Blues
18) Tampa Red—Don’t Tampa With The Blues
19) Tampa Red—Don’t Jive Me
21) The Bluesville Years—Country Roads, Country Days (Anthology)
22) The Bluesville Years—Down the Country Way (Anthology) 

Arhoolie CDs:
1) I Have To Paint My Face—Mississippi Blues 1960
2) The Best of Lightning Hopkins
3) Lil’ Son Jackson—Blues Come To Texas
4) Mance Lipscomb—Captain, Captain
5) Mance Lipscomb—Texas Country Blues
6) 15 Down Home Gospel Classics
7) The Best of Fred McDowell
8) Dr. Ross—Boogie Disease
9) Angola Prison—Spirituals
10) Angola Prison Blues
11) Big Joe Williams and Friends—Going Back to Crawford
12) Texas Blues—Bill Quinn’s Gold Star Recordings
13) Snooks Eaglin—Country Boy In New Orleans
14) Guitar Slim and Jelly Belly—Carolina Blues—New York City—1944
15) Jesse Fuller—‘Frisco Bound
16) Country Negro Jam Session
17) Johnny Lewis—Alabama Slide Guitar

Testament CDs
1) Carol Martin—Crow Jane Blues
2) Fred McDowell—Levee Camp Blues
3) Doug Quattlebaum—If You’ve Ever Been Mistreated
4) Big Joe Williams—Back To The Country
5) Arthur Weston—Pea Vine Whistle
6) Jack Owens & Bud Spires—It Must Have Been The Devil
7) Blind Connie Williams—Philadelphia Street Singer
8) Bill Jackson—Long Steel Rail
9) Dr. Isaiah Ross— Call The Doctor
10) Mandolin Blues
11) Can’t Keep From Crying—Topical Blues on the Death of President Kennedy

Fat Possum CDs
1) Robert Belfour—What’s Wrong With You
2) Robert Belfour—Pushin’ My Luck
3) R. L. Burnside—Mississippi Hill Country Blues
4) R. L. Burnsides’ First Recordings
5) J. W. Warren—Life Ain’t Worth Livin’
6) Furry Lewis—Good Morning Judge
7) Scott Dunbar—From Lake Mary
8) Fred McDowell & Johnny Woods—Mama Says I’m Crazy
9) Robert Pete Williams
10) Alec Seward—Late One Saturday Evening

Trix CDs
1) Big Chief Ellis—including Tarheel Slim and Brownie McGhee
2) Willie Trice—Blue & Rag’d
3) Pernell Charity—The Virginian
4) Tarheel Slim—No Time At All
5) Henry Johnson—The Union County Flash
6) Roy Dunn—Know’d Them All

Arcola CDs
1) Sunnyland Slim—Long Tall Daddy
2) Furry Lewis, Booker White & Friends—Party! At Home
3) Babe Stovall—The Old Ace
4) Henry Townsend—The Real St. Louis Blues
5) Son House in Seattle—1968 (2 discs)

Rounder CDs
1) Etta Baker—One Dime Blues
2) Leadbelly—Midnight Special
3) Leadbelly—Gwine Dig A Hole to Put the Devil In
4) Rev. Pearly Brown—It’s A Mean Old World To Try To Live In
5) Mississippi John Hurt—Legend
6) Mississippi John Hurt —Avalon Blues 1963
7) Mississippi John Hurt—Worried Blues

Smithsonian Folkways CDs
1) Cat Iron Sings Blues and Hymns
2) Elizabeth Cotten—Shake Sugaree
3) Elizabeth Cotten—Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes
4) Classic Blues
5) Cephas & Wiggins—Richmond Blues
6) Big Bill Broonzy—Trouble In Mind
7) Roscoe Holcomb—The High Lonesome Sound
8) Reverend Gary Davis—Pure Religion And Bad Company
9) Pink Anderson—Carolina Medicine Show Hokum and Blues
10) Memphis Slim—The Folkways Years, 1959—1973

Delmark CDs
1) Big Joe Williams—Piney Woods Blues
2) “Guitar Slim” Seward & “Jelly Belly” Hayes—The Back Porch Boys

Fuel CDs
1) Robert Pete Williams—Long Ol’ Way From Home
2) Mississippi John Hurt—D. C. Blues-the Library of Congress Recordings, Vol. 1 (2 CDs)
3) Mississippi John Hurt—D. C. Blues-the Library of Congress Recordings, Vol. 2 (2 CDs)

Sonet CDs
1) Robert Pete Williams—The Sonet Blues Story
2) J. D. Short—The Sonet Blues Story

Revenant CDs
1) Dock Boggs—Country Blues
2) American Primitive, Volume 1—Raw Pre-War Gospel
3) American Primitive, Volume 2—Pre-War Revenants

Vanguard CDs
1) Skip James—Rare and Unreleased

Columbia Legacy CDs
1) Mississippi John Hurt—Avalon Blues—the Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings

Takoma CDs
1) Robert Pete Williams—Louisiana Blues

Old Hat CDs
1) Good For What Ails You—Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-1937 (2 CDs)

1) Dorsey Dixon—Babies in the Mill, Carolina Traditional, Industrial, Sacred Songs

Alligator CDs
1) John Jackson—Front Porch Blues

Sirens CDs
1) Erwin Helfer Trio
2) Erwin Helfer—“I’m Not Hungry But I Like To Eat—BLUES!

Hin-Tone CDs
1) Algia Mae Hinton—Honey Babe: Blues, Folk Tunes and Gospel

Flyright CDs
1) Sam Chatmon—1970—1974

Mbirafon CDs
1) Sam Chatmon—Blues at Home, Vol. 2, 1976—1982

Stax CDs
1) Gus Cannon—Walk Right In

Cello CDs
1) Algia Mae Hinton—Honey Babe

Music Maker CDs
1) Precious Bryant—My Name Is Precious

Nighthawk CDs
1) Henry Townsend—Mule

Patuxent CDs
1) Flora Molton—I Want To Be Ready To Hear God When He Calls

Classic Blues CDs
1) Johnny Temple—The Essential (2 CDs)
2) Bill Gaither—The Essential (2 CDs)

Capitol Clues Collections CDs
1) Lil’ Son Jackson—The Complete Imperial Recordings (2 CDs)

County CDs
1) Old-Time Mountain Blues—Rural Classics 1927-1939
2) The Music of Clarence “Tom” Ashley—Greenback Dollar
3) Hard Times In The Country—Down and Out in the Rural South, 1927-1938

Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop CDs
1) Rev. Gary Davis—Live at Gerde’s Folk City, February, 1962 (3 CDs)
2) Rev. Gary Davis—At Home And Church, 1962-1967 (3 CDs)

Third Man Records CDs
1) Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969, Vols. 1 and 2 (2 CDs)

Not Now CDs
1) Essential Detroit Blues (2 CDs)

Ace CDs
1) Sylvester Cotton/Andrew Dunham—Detroit Downhome Recordings, 1948-49
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