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Offline ArthurBlake

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Who is your best country blues lyricist
« on: February 12, 2015, 06:45:19 PM »
I have always marveled at the lyrical abilities of Robert Johnson and Blind Blake and many many others. Who is your favourite or favourites, purely for the lyrics. Of course it is always a matter of opinion but I usually prefer those who make me laugh. Robert and Blind Blake sure do, I LOVE double entendre's.
 
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Offline frankie

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Re: Who is your best country blues lyricist
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2015, 10:19:44 PM »
St. Louis may well be the poignancy capital of the US:

Walter Davis
Clifford Gibson

and then there's always Lemon. It seems like his lyric bag runs the gamut - beautiful, impressionistic amalgams of 'floating verse' to carefully honed 'thematic' blues (Peach Orchard Mama really had legs, didn't it?).

Offline banjochris

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Re: Who is your best country blues lyricist
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2015, 12:12:25 AM »
Lemon, McTell, Bo Carter, Robert Wilkins, Lonnie Johnson come to my mind.

Offline blueshome

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Re: Who is your best country blues lyricist
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2015, 01:23:52 AM »
Leroy Carr, Tampa Red, Sleepy John Estes. Many of their songs still played today.

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Offline harvey

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Re: Who is your best country blues lyricist
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2015, 03:49:46 AM »
Depends what kind of lyrics I supose.

Luke Jordan really makes me laugh even though the subject is often quite dark.. I would say that skill was before his time, if you make films like that these days you?re a genius. I am sure there are others in that category.


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Re: Who is your best country blues lyricist
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2015, 04:11:37 AM »
St. Louis may well be the poignancy capital of the US:

Walter Davis
Clifford Gibson

and then there's always Lemon. It seems like his lyric bag runs the gamut - beautiful, impressionistic amalgams of 'floating verse' to carefully honed 'thematic' blues (Peach Orchard Mama really had legs, didn't it?).

Good lyrics in many BLJ songs, with his repertoire the songs he wrote are easy to pick I think. Clifford Gibson is a beauty too, as for Walter I have just heard a few of his songs although I have heard him on a few other recordings backing Lucille Bogan. Feel free to post any of your favourite verses too.
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Offline roig

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Re: Who is your best country blues lyricist
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2015, 04:18:34 AM »
Robert Wilkins for me. Willie "61" Blackwell also wrote some pretty cool lyrics.

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Re: Who is your best country blues lyricist
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2015, 04:36:24 AM »
Sleepy John!

Offline eric

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Re: Who is your best country blues lyricist
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2015, 07:22:33 AM »
I'm going to go with Blind Lemon; his lyrics are quirky, funny and original.
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Offline One-Eyed Ross

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Re: Who is your best country blues lyricist
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2015, 07:40:50 AM »
Blind Boy Fuller, Bo Carter, Blind Blake.  There are others I enjoy, but those three would be top of the list.
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Re: Who is your best country blues lyricist
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2015, 08:10:02 AM »
Hi all,
So many of my favorites have already been named, but there's nothing that says we can't have the same favorites.
  *  All-around favorite, and especially for communicating a life lived--Sleepy John Estes
  *  Favorite single song lyrics--Walter Davis--"I Can't See Your Face", L.V. Thomas--"Motherless Child Blues"
  *  Favorite eccentric--Willie Blackwell
  *  Favorite Old-Time/Blues--David McCarn
All best,
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Re: Who is your best country blues lyricist
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2015, 08:11:12 AM »
Howdy:

I'll second Luke Jordan and add my fav., Funny Papa Smith.

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Offline harriet

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Re: Who is your best country blues lyricist
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2015, 08:38:28 AM »
Rev Wilkins
Furry Lewis
Joe Callicott
Sleepy John Estes
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Re: Who is your best country blues lyricist
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2015, 09:18:56 AM »
Charley Patton, because half the time I can't understand what he's singing and the other half I can't understand what he means. This aligns perfectly with my life experiences and world view. --And then there's the third half...

Offline banjochris

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Re: Who is your best country blues lyricist
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2015, 09:49:32 AM »
Sleepy John Estes for sure, how could I forget (it was late!)? Lightnin' Hopkins had some great lyrics too.

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