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Preserving Country Blues through Education, Performance and Technology
November 20, 2021, 01:25:00 PM by Slack
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High Praise for WeenieCampbell

Many thanks to Robert Cremer and Bob McLain for mentioning WeenieCampbell in their recent release entitled Secret Language of the Blues: What the Lyrics Really Mean. And to the members, musicians and enthusiasts who have contributed to the site over the last 25 years!

-- This is a website so diverse in its information on the blues that it virtually defies description. This site offers a close to inexhaustible source of information on classic country blues, including - but not limited to - enthralling discussions of blues lyrics and their cultural origins. The basic resources of the website include an encyclopedic archive of blues lyrics in Weeniepedia and a chat room called Other Musical Interests for discussions and exchanges of information on other forms of the blues, including Rhythm and Blues, Jump blues and Gospel. The link Country Blues Lyrics offers a remarkable array of country blues lyrics which are cross-referenced to threads in the chat forums. It should be noted that detailed discussions of blues lyrics in forums provide very reliable information about blues lyrics that have been incorrectly transcribed on other websites. To round out a bewildering array of sources of information is a helpful search function that puts the user in the appropriate section of the website for the desired information. This website is unrivaled in the scope and quality of information offered to blues fans of all persuasions.
October 10, 2018, 10:04:03 AM by Rivers
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SOTM - Song Of The Month

What started as a "song of the moment" trial in 2015 has evolved into a steady feature with its own board, Song of the Month. The idea was to present a Country Blues related song with a view to promoting listening, learning and playing. And so it has continued and evolved.

Posting a Song of the Month initial topic will result in the discovery of other versions and background information thanks to input from other forum members. Often the other "found songs" are not related by, for example, song title. Finding them builds a more complete picture of where a song came from and where it's been.

Songs we discuss are most often part of a song 'cluster'. Song clusters provide a lot of material, roots and branches for discussion. At the time of writing, every SOTM topic has covered a song with direct- and/or indirect connections to other songs in the recorded canon.

But you can pick something totally unique, they are out there. The song is the thing; the fact that it's still around and yet somehow unrelated to anything else speaks to its rarity, immortality and importance. Someone on the forum will always chime in with links to interesting background material. If they don't it will be a short thread but no less important :P

If you would like to contribute a Song of The Month please check out the SOTM FAQ. In any case dive in and check out the SOTM board
May 15, 2014, 03:19:12 PM by Johnm | Views: 210695 | Comments: 2485

Miller's Breakdown
What Is this Musician Doing? -An Ongoing Quiz.

PERUSE the indexes:

Hi all,

I have a sort of different idea for a new thread here.  I'm in the practice of pretty much always saying what tuning or position a musician played a tune out of, and while that information can be really helpful in figuring out how to play a piece on a recording, my always supplying it doesn't exactly help those of you who would like to build your own skills in doing that.  So, I thought it might be interesting to have a thread in which a performance is posted and then specific questions are asked to the Weenie community at large about how the song is being played.  I would have two requests for how to make participation in the process work better for everybody:

   * Please don't use transcription software of any type in figuring out what is being done.  Try to do it just using your own ears and listening.  If you'd like to do it with an instrument in your hands or handy nearby where you can try out things on it, by all means, use your instrument to help you figure things out.
   * Please don't post any responses or suggested answers to the questions about how the song is being played before Monday, May 19th.  This will allow more folks to work on the song and see if they can figure out the answers to the questions before any responses to the questions are posted.

The song I'd like you all to listen to if you care to is one recorded by a musician named Andrew Dunham, from Detroit, in the late 1940s or early 1950s.  Professor Scratchy first posted this song on the "Country Blues-Related Tunes on YouTube" thread a couple of years ago.  Since first hearing it, the sound of "Sweet Lucy Woman" has really stuck with me.  I think it is an amazing sound and Andrew Dunham really had a Country sound, despite recording in an urban environment.  The two questions I have about the tune are:

   * What tuning and playing position did Andrew Dunham play "Sweet Lucy Woman" out of?, and
   * Where on the neck is the lick fingered in the intro from :05 to :06 to :07, that moves up from :05 to :06 and back down from :06 to :07?

That's it.  I hope you enjoy this and think it is a worthwhile endeavor, and please remember not to post any responses to the questions until Monday, so that a lot of folks can try to work out the answers.  Thanks!

All best,
January 11, 2014, 11:20:46 AM by Johnm | Views: 14852 | Comments: 4

Music FromThe South
A new DVD release from Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop.

WATCH the sampler:

Hi All,

This music performance video follows on the heels of the recently released "Legends of Country Blues Guitar" and it is equally impressive. High points include 6 tunes from ace fiddler Clark Kessinger, backed by Gene Meade on guitar and an expert bluegrass banjo player. There are four songs and a talking segment with the great Kilby Snow, for which he is joined by his son, Jim, and buddy, Mike Hudak. This footage is from the Newport Folk Festival, and it is great to see Howling Wolf and Booker White taking in Kilby's music, as they do that of his interlocutor Jimmie Driftwood, who plays the picking bow. There are also two songs from Lily Mae Ledford and the Coon Creek Girls (just two of them), tunes from Canray Fontenot and Alphonso Bois Sec Ardoin, and incredible footage of Ed & Lonnie Young and the Fife and Drum Band.  Also featured are Jesse Mae Hemphill and a number of different people playing the diddly bow, attached to the wall of a house. I don't think of this footage as having been filmed all that long ago, but seeing it makes me realize what a different world we live in now, if only by virtue of only a couple of the people shown in this film still being alive. Highly recommended.

All best, Johnm

October 04, 2012, 01:18:36 PM by Baron 1888 | Views: 13284 | Comments: 10

The Return Of The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of
Yazoo Records To Release Follow Up To Critically-Acclaimed Collection Of Early Country And Blues Recordings.

Available October 16.

LISTEN to 8 tracks

46-Track Collection Culled From The 1920s Contains Rare Tracks From Charley Patton, Bukka White, Ishman Bracey, Dave Macon, Eck Robertson and Charlie Poole

54-Page Booklet Chronicles The History of Collecting Old 78 Records From The 1920s Through The 1960s

New York, NY: On October 16, 2012, Yazoo Records (a division of Shanachie Entertainment), will release the ultimate collection of early country and blues recordings, with the illustrious 2-CD set, The Return Of The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of.

This Dead Sea Scroll of record collecting will delight both the connoisseur and neophyte who are sure to relish this goldmine of rare and lost treasures presented in one remarkable undertaking. The highly anticipated, rare and impeccably packaged collection is a follow up to Yazoo's lauded 2006 recording, The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of, which was likened to the 'holy grail' for record collectors by everyone from Rolling Stone to NPR.

Set in a beautifully packaged oversized DVD digipack and adorned by a wildly eye-catching caricature cover (pictured below) by award-winning illustrator Drew Friedman, The Return Of The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of highlights 46 tracks culled from the 1920s. The music captured in the set features astounding performances from iconic Delta bluesmen like Charley Patton, Bukka White and Ishman Bracey, cajun fiddler Dennis McGee, country fiddler Eck Robertson, 'The Dixie Dewdrop' banjo player Dave Macon, North Carolinian banjo legend Charlie Poole and numerous others. Audiophiles will take notice of the stellar sound quality presented in the tracks as many re-mastered selections have an incredibly modern sound to them.

The Return Of The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of includes an extensive 54-page booklet with rare photographs and notes that chronicle the history of collecting old 78 records from beginning in the 1920s through the 1960s. The Dead Sea Scrolls of record collecting detailed in these pages mark the first time that this early history has been annotated so thoroughly with first time revelations from pioneer collectors themselves.

The release of The Return Of The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of is a major event for record collectors, enthusiasts and fans interested in the roots of blues and country music.

The Return Of The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of
Various Artists

1. Alex Hood & His Railroad Boys - L And N Rag
2. Hambone Willie Newbern - Roll And Tumble Blues
3. Appalachia Vagabond (Hayes Shepherd) - Hard For To Love
4. Washington (Bukka) White - The Panama Limited
5. Earl Johnson & His Dixie Entertainers - John Henry Blues
6. Geeshie Wiley - Last Kind Words Blues
7. Carter Brothers & Son - Old Jaw Bone
8. B. F. Shelton - Oh Molly Dear
9. Charley Patton - High Water Everywhere Part 1
10. Ernest Stoneman & Kahle Brewer - Lonesome Road Blues
11. Ishman Bracey - Woman Woman Blues
12. Fiddlin Powers & Family - Old Molly Hair
13. Ashley's Melody Men - Bath House Blues
14. Dennis McGee & Sady Courville - Mon Chere Bebe Creole
15. Willie Walker - Dupree Blues
16. Packie Dolan & His Boys - Irish Girl / Blue Breeches
17. Cartwright Brothers - Texas Ranger
18. L.O. Birkhead & A. E. Ward - Robinson County
19. Robert Wilkins - That's No Way To Get Along
20. Lewis Brothers - Bull At The Wagon
21. Karola Stocha & S. Bachleda - Koscieliska
22. Fruit Jar Guzzlers - Stack-O-Lee
23. Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers - Sail Away Ladies

1. Mississippi Possum Hunters - The Last Shot Got Him
2. George Edgin's Corn Dodgers - My Ozark Mountain Home
3. Henry Thomas - Charmin Betsey
4. Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers - Milwaukee Blues
5. Eck Robertson & Family - Texas Wagoner
6. Joe Evans & Arthur McClain - Two White Horses
7. Leo Soileau & Mayeus LaFleur - Basile Waltz
8. Lottie Kimbrough - Rolling Log Blues
9. Luke Hignight - Fort Smith Breakdown
10. Carver Boys - Tim Brook
11. Blind Willie Johnson - Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed
12. Furry Lewis - Billy Lyons And Stack O'Lee
13. J. P. Nester & Norman Edmonds - Train On The Island
14. Tommy Johnson - Lonesome Home Blues
15. Orkiestra Majkuta - Wściekla Polka
16. Lulu Jackson - Little Rosewood Casket
17. E. Mullaney & P. Stack - Maid In A Cherry Tree
18. Elder Golden P. Harris - I'll Lead A Christian Life
19. Fiddling Sam Long - Seneca Square Dance
20. Blind Blake - Sun To Sun Blues
21. Blue Ridge Mountain Singers - The Letter That Never Came
22. Charley Patton - Some These Days I'll Be Gone
23. Allison's Sacred Harp Singers - I'm A Long Time Traveling Away From Home

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