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Title: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: dj on January 03, 2009, 10:20:55 AM
Just because those words were the ones that got to be on the record don't mean that it was the only ones that could fit there.  We changed them songs around all the time.  It don't matter what you want me to listen to right now.  I probably never done it again that way anyhow! - Son House, responding when asked to decipher some lyrics from one of his records.  Quoted in Woman With Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues by Paul and Beth Garon 
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: Rivers on January 03, 2009, 10:37:03 AM
That's a cracking good quote to start the year dj.
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Post by: Johnm on January 03, 2009, 04:33:52 PM
"Would you like to play with me?"--Henry Townsend's reply to soundman Warren Argo's query as to whether anyone would be playing with Henry at his concert set at the first Port Townsend Country Blues Workshop.

All best,
Johnm
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Post by: Rivers on January 03, 2009, 04:55:18 PM
Hi John,

Interested to know, was Henry being serious or was he joking, do you think? I can imagine both scenarios.

Mark.

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Post by: dj on January 03, 2009, 05:44:20 PM
The curtain would open and you wouldn't see nothing but this big record player...  You know, a Victrola.  Then Matt, he would come out and open the door, don't you know, and then I would step out singing while Hersal [Thomas] was playing the piano.  It was beautiful, child, you should have seen it - Sippie Wallace describes a dramatic stage entrance in the 1920s, quoted in Black Pearls: Blues Queens Of The 1920s by Daphne Duval Harrison
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Post by: Rivers on January 03, 2009, 06:18:09 PM
Wow, that is amazing. Reminds me of the stuff we would dream up in school to entertain/impress our friends, very theatrical. I've got to read that book.
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: Johnm on January 03, 2009, 08:45:02 PM
Hi Mark,
I believe, from Warren's recounting of the story, that Henry was absolutely in earnest, and made a very welcoming offer.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: uncle bud on January 03, 2009, 09:09:59 PM
He was a good cook too. He'd near cook his ass off! - Hammie Nixon, on hoboing with Jimmie Rodgers, from The Voice of the Blues
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: dj on January 04, 2009, 04:57:48 PM
I just don't find any sadness in the blues... I get a happy feeling when I hear a guitar tuning up. - Etta Baker, quoted in Woman With Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues by Paul and Beth Garon 
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: doctorpep on January 05, 2009, 03:14:56 AM
"If anybody asks you, butcher man, where have you been? Show 'em that long-bladed knife; tell 'em you been butcherin' out in the slaughter pen".

Memphis Minnie, "My Butcher Man"

That has to be the most sexually graphic lyric I've ever heard. Jesus! Haha
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: uncle bud on January 06, 2009, 08:33:45 AM
Oh my. I feel just like a teddy bear. - Blind Lemon Jefferson, Teddy Bear Blues
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: Johnm on January 07, 2009, 02:19:06 PM
"Say, I got me a little, little woman, five foot from the ground
 I got me a little bitty woman, five feet from the ground
 She's five foot standin' and she's four feet lyrin' down"
   
   --Bob Campbell, "Starvation Farm Blues"

All best,
Johnm
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Post by: Mr.OMuck on January 07, 2009, 10:08:57 PM
My little woman,
she shaped like a frog,
Every-time I hit it
She yells HOT DAWG

Memphis Willie B.
The Stuff's right here
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: uncle bud on January 09, 2009, 07:28:28 AM
Her full voice filled the entire auditorium without the use of mikes like we use today. That was singing the blues! I was really inspired and kept plugging to become a singer. - Victoria Spivey, on seeing Mamie Smith perform at Houston's City Auditorium.
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: uncle bud on January 09, 2009, 07:40:54 AM
So Mamie don't you feel blue, 'cause lots of girls wish they were Mamie Smith too. - Mamie Smith sings "Mamie Smith Blues", 1922.
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: Chezztone on January 10, 2009, 06:08:06 PM
My liquid ham-and-eggs. -- Fats Waller, speaking of Scotch
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: Rivers on January 10, 2009, 07:23:55 PM
I cried last night and I cried all night before. Like a fool! And I said that I ain't gonna cry no more. No more! If he can stand to leave me, I can stand to see him go. I said "Go"! - Bessie Smith, Hateful Blues, 1924

If I see him I'm gonna beat him, gonna kick and bite him too, gonna take my Wade & Butcher, gonna cut him two in two - Bessie Smith, Hateful Blues, 1924
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Post by: Mr.OMuck on January 10, 2009, 07:27:00 PM
My liquid ham-and-eggs. -- Fats Waller, speaking of Scotch

Freaking Genius that Fats!
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: natterjack on January 13, 2009, 05:59:24 AM
Just wondering if there's any way we can see all the quotes, so as to check whether you already got 'em?
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: natterjack on January 14, 2009, 09:27:08 AM
Take it slow and easy, if you want to get along with me. - Jesse Fuller, Slow and Easy Blues.
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: uncle bud on January 14, 2009, 11:02:57 AM
Just wondering if there's any way we can see all the quotes, so as to check whether you already got 'em?

Sorry for the delay in response, NJ, there's been a lot of activity to deal with in the revival of the Juke. To answer your question, I don't know for sure, but there should be, and we'll look into it. Likeliest solution to my mind is to have a file on Weeniepedia.
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: Rivers on January 14, 2009, 04:56:48 PM
IMHO the quotes only work because you never know what you're gonna get, so I'm opposed to publishing them en masse. Not only the lost element of surprise, anyone would be able to grab them and use them on their websites. A lot of time, typing and quality control has gone into it.

The current collection represents 10 years of work by dozens of weenies, and you'd have to agree it helps WC to differentiate itself from other websites.

I always skip any dupes when updating the list. It's pretty amazing a) how few dupes get posted and b) that I know immediately if it's already there.

Sorry to be an old school curmudgeon about this, in these days of 'open this', 'open that', but I'm opposed to releasing them en masse.
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: Mike McLaren on January 15, 2009, 09:56:51 AM
Said when I die, don't bury me at all;
just pickle my body... up in alcohol.
—John Byrd (1930)
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: boots on January 15, 2009, 09:59:30 AM
I agree that we don't want to be giving away such a valuable resource.
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: doctorpep on January 15, 2009, 02:44:18 PM
Mike, Clarence "Tom" Ashley, an Old-Timey musician, used the same line in his "Rude And Rambling Man". =)
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Post by: Coyote Slim on January 16, 2009, 11:11:27 AM
"We wanted to play the blues, so we got some stuff we recorded that's almost a blues and it's almost a waltz -- which I think would be nice for y'all to learn about... Don't ever say 'I can't do something because I don't have this...' I learned to play fiddle on a cigar box..." -- Canray Fontenot
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: oddenda on January 18, 2009, 02:57:06 AM
Josh White referred to Willie Walker as "the Art Tatum of blues guitar"!
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: doctorpep on January 18, 2009, 08:44:05 PM
Yes, I've come across that White quote, too. However, all that remains of Walker's work is two takes of "South Carolina Rag" and "Betty & Dupree", right?
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Post by: Rivers on January 19, 2009, 05:58:02 PM
Well she shakes like the Central and she wobbles like the L&N.. well she's a hot-shot mama and I'm scared to tell her where I been - Blind Willie McTell, Scarey Day Blues
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: oddenda on January 20, 2009, 06:35:06 AM
Pep -

          Sad, but true - the other two sides recorded at Walker's only session did not survive into our time. I was going to get baby Tate to record them (he knew them first-hand), but he died before I could effect that. He was in awe of Willie to the end, which is why he was reluctant - he DID play SC Rag with Larry Johnson at a concert in 1972, though!

Peter B.
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: uncle bud on January 20, 2009, 11:50:44 AM
I believe, I believe, President he's all right - President's Blues, Jack Kelly and His South Memphis Jug Band
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: uncle bud on January 22, 2009, 10:00:27 AM
When you get up into heaven, when you get up into heaven, you'll find a big stream of molasses and a big lot of flapjacks sitting on each side. And it's a lot of butter on each side and a big knife to cut the butter with. When you get down to the stream of molasses you're going to cut the butter with your knife, you're going to drag the butter through the flapjacks, you're going to drag the flapjacks through the big stream of molasses, you're going to drag them across your mouth and say, "A bow bow bow bow bow..." - Lead Belly, Sermon on Pancakes, 1941
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: Chezztone on January 26, 2009, 11:53:34 AM
Frank Foster was playing a
street concert from the Jazzmobile in Harlem.  He called for a blues
in B-flat.  A young tenor player began to play "out" from the first
chorus, playing sounds that had no relationship to the harmonic
progression or rhythmic setting.
Foster stopped him.

"What are you doing?"

"Just playing what I feel."

"Well, feel something in B-flat, motherfucker."
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Post by: Rivers on January 31, 2009, 08:12:42 PM
I said to the station man, "Where's my train?" He said "I never knowed you owned a train". I said "You better answer or I'll smack you down". He said "All trains goin' to Memphis Town" - Memphis Town, Leroy Carr, 1930

Just about every verse in this song is quotable:

 - Me And My Tapeworm, Sylvester Weaver

Gee, I'm always hungry, can't get enough to eat
Gee, I'm hungry, can't get enough to eat
I'm just like a savage, I could eat a barrel of meat

Set down to the table, ate up everything I could found
Set down to the table, ate up everything I found
Would have ate the dishes if someone hadn't been around

Pot of ham and cabbage, ain't enough to fill mine (2)
That just makes me peckish, I could eat a dozen fine

Saw my family doctor, said I had a big tapeworm
I saw my family doctor, said I had a big tapeworm
Said I had ate a cow, made me good and firm

Went to the country, broke into a chicken coop
I went to the country, broke into a chicken coop
Stole a dozen chickens, put 'em in a pot of soup

I'm a greedy glutton, eat fifty times a day (2)
When I'm around a pigpen, they hide the slop away

Guess me and my tapeworm must go further down the road (2)
'Cause we eat so much, won't nobody give us no board
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: uncle bud on February 05, 2009, 08:29:52 AM
He'll fix you up a drink, just won't quit, it'll make you fight a circle saw, make you slap the lady down, and make you pick a fight with your pa. - Jim Jackson, Bootlegging Blues
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: Rivers on March 07, 2009, 06:25:28 PM
* * *   U p d a t e d   * * *

Added new and corrected others. Count is 653
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: uncle bud on March 08, 2009, 09:48:09 AM
While browsing some banjo-related threads, I came upon this one, courtesy of frankie:

My personal vision of the banjo starts with a .22 and a groundhog! - Walt Koken
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: rsepp on March 08, 2009, 07:23:37 PM
I'm gonna' start me a graveyard of my own
if you rounders don't leave my women alone!
The Georgia Crackers
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: Rivers on March 21, 2009, 07:10:06 PM
This line will always intrigue me for its built in contradictions:

He was a sinful boy, good hearted but had no soul. His heart was hard and cold like ice - Willie McTell, Dying Crapshooter's Blues
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: dj on March 22, 2009, 11:27:25 AM
A room without a woman is like a heart without a beat - Curtis Jones, Lonesome Bedroom Blues
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Post by: uncle bud on March 31, 2009, 02:23:35 PM
Arthur Petties, Freddie Spruell, Romeo Nelson, Doug Suggs -- these are only a few of the blues singers known on record and in discographies to blues enthusiasts, whose rediscovery has not been followed by recording sessions, for they have forgotten all they knew, and hear with disbelief the records they made as young men. - "The Future of the Blues", Blues Off the Record, Paul Oliver
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: uncle bud on April 03, 2009, 11:38:19 AM
Don't jive every girl you see in the street, there's other kind o' pork besides pigmeat. - "It Still Ain't No Good (New It Ain't No Good)", Mississippi Blacksnakes
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Post by: Slack on April 03, 2009, 02:01:51 PM
Wisdom for the ages.  :P
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Post by: frankie on April 03, 2009, 05:36:00 PM
It's 10 times as much fun to sing as it is to say, and it's alotta fun to say!
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: uncle bud on April 21, 2009, 05:00:52 AM
There were guys in there fiddlin' and scrapin', couldn't play enough music to keep the flies off a dog. - Howard Armstrong on being kept out of white fiddling contests.
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: Johnm on April 21, 2009, 03:45:09 PM
"Everywhere I go, people know who I am, but I don't know who they are."
   Bluesman Jack Owens, at Port Townsend

All best,
Johnm
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Post by: Johnm on April 21, 2009, 03:52:27 PM
"Play it right, if it takes all night!"
   Harmonica player Bud Spires, at Port Townsend

All best,
Johnm
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Post by: uncle bud on April 27, 2009, 06:42:29 AM
She specialized in low-down blues "because they didn't come up to Harlem to go to church." - Ethel Waters on singing ungodly raw songs for her audience, Nobody Know Where the Blues Come From
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Post by: uncle bud on May 04, 2009, 10:41:58 AM
Thanks to JohnM for this one:

Mandolin is an Italian word meaning "out of tune". - Tim O'Brien
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: Johnm on May 04, 2009, 03:44:26 PM
Hi all,
Lest any mandolin lovers unfamiliar with Tim O'Brien should take his comment on the mandolin ill, I should probably point out that Tim is a great mandolin player and was, in fact, playing the mandolin, or rather, tuning one in between songs, when he made the statement quoted in the previous post.
All best,
Johnm
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Post by: Rivers on May 06, 2009, 05:24:22 PM
Link to TX Songster's Steve J quote elsewhere: http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?amp;Itemid=128&topic=5607.msg45385#msg45385
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Post by: Mr.OMuck on May 06, 2009, 05:38:05 PM
"A skilled trade would mean more to me than a guitar. Some of these guys think they're pretty cute because they can play a guitar, but singing blues and playing a guitar is like molding in a factory except that its less dependable."

Guitar Pete Franklin

from liner notes of "The Blues of Guitar Pete Franklin" Bluesville 1068, Indianapolis 1961

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Post by: Mr.OMuck on May 06, 2009, 05:50:44 PM
"Wouldn't you know that fellow'd get get somewhere like that. He came into Greenville when I was home on leave and he gives a dance, There were posters up and everything about him being Blind Boy number two. The people there wouldn't let me go until I got and played a number and the last time I saw Brownie after I played my number was him walking out the door and going to catch a bus out of town."

Baby Tate speaking of Brownie McGhee. Liner notes from "The Blues of Baby Tate , see what you done done"
Bluesville # 1072

Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: Johnm on May 06, 2009, 05:56:45 PM
Those are some great quotes, O'Muck.  Pete Franklin had a ton of great quotes.  He was really a bright guy.  There are some spectacular ones from him in Stephen Calt's forward to the old "Country Blues Songbook".  I'll see if I can dig it up.  Henry Townsend also was a very quotable guy.
all best,
Johnm
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: Mr.OMuck on May 06, 2009, 06:31:19 PM
Did you get to meet Pete franklin John?
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Post by: Johnm on May 06, 2009, 08:33:13 PM
Hi Phil,
No, I never did get to meet Pete Franklin.  I wish I had, I would loved to have heard him play in person.  I believe the people that were along for that Blue Goose recording expedition to Indianapolis in the early '70s were Nick Perls, Stephen Calt, Michael Stewart and Woody Mann.  They got a couple of really good albums out of it--the Shirley Griffith and Yank Rachell Blue Goose albums, and Nick later played me some pieces he had recorded of Pete's on that same trip.  They were terrific, and Pete was one of very few players of his generation to play occasionally with the high octave G string on a six-string guitar.  There is one of those pieces on the Bluesville album you cited, and it is great.  I remember Nick and Stephen really liked Pete and respected his intelligence and candor, but he was pretty far gone in drink at the time, and Nick was not able to record enough material for an entire album, so the stuff he did record never ended up being issued---a shame really. 

You can be a very strong player, and inventive, too, but an album's worth of stuff is a lot of material to have in shape at any given time, especially if you have not had opportunities to perform any time recently.  It's not good to feel thoroughly out of step with the musical times in which you live.  It can make it difficult to stay motivated.  I believe this has happened to a lot of musicians after the music they were good at playing fell out of public favor through no fault of its own--just changing times.  In a way, the real shockers are the musicians who continue to play fabulously despite little or no opportunity to make money doing their music, I'm thinking of Scrapper Blackwell in his later years or Buddy Moss.  Perhaps pride or a highly developed self-image has something to do with it, it's hard to say.  It's not easy though, no matter how you cut it.
All best,
Johnm 
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: Mr.OMuck on May 06, 2009, 08:44:20 PM
Quote
It's not a good to feel thoroughly out of step with the musical times in which you live.  It can make it difficult to stay motivated.  I believe this has happened to a lot of musicians after the music they were good at playing fell out of public favor through no fault of its own--just changing times.

A profound and sad truth. Great observations. Thanks John.
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Post by: uncle bud on May 08, 2009, 08:45:59 AM
It has been reliably reported that the bus with the performers that accompanied him pulled out of town, leaving him behind on the streets of Houston, still drunk. - Doctor Clayton is ditched by his band after showing up under the influence at a dance gig for 3,000 people in Houston, Houston Informer, August 29, 1942
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Post by: lindy on May 22, 2009, 06:49:41 PM

This quote was on the cover of the 2002 PTCBW flyer, I don't think it's been added to the generator yet:

It's a feelin'--a great feelin' a person has. When you get ahold of a guitar and get to singing blues, you ... forget about that terrible feelin', and you can suddenly revive and you can overcome. -- John Jackson

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Post by: dj on June 04, 2009, 05:08:30 PM
"The minstrel and annex bands were features at the show grounds.  Here were a group of colored minstrels, players, band people, under the direction of Edward Rucker...  The band plays pretty airs of all kinds, suiting the music nicely to the work in hand.  When the snakes were exhibited it played a charming waltz; somehow it fitted the exhibit; others were of similar propriety..." - The Indianapolis Freeman, July 4th, 1914, quoted in Ragged But Right by Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff.
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Post by: Coyote Slim on June 12, 2009, 11:13:41 AM
I don't know if these are up already, but since Bo Carter's "All Around Man" was on the Juke yesterday and parts of it are now replaying through my mind, I have to add:

"I ain't no milkman, nor no milkman's son/ I can pull yo' titties 'till yo' milkman come." -- Bo Carter, "All Around Man"

and

I ain't no springman, nor no springman's son/ I can work yo' bedsprings 'till yo' springman come." -- Bo Carter, "All Around Man"
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Post by: uncle bud on July 04, 2009, 05:30:39 AM
"What do you think of when you play? What goes through your mind? What are your real feelings?"  "I don't know. Yeah - that I'm underpaid." - Fictional guitarist Emmett Ray in Sweet and Lowdown
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Post by: Parlor Picker on July 20, 2009, 01:31:06 AM
Heard on a record by Champion Jack Dupree playing in my local record shop:

"I woke up this morning, put my hat on upside down"

For some unknown reason that really caught my imagination.
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Post by: blueshome on July 20, 2009, 02:21:38 AM
Michael,
That's Peetie Wheatstraw's Woke up with the Blues. Was on the Ace of Hearts LP Out Came the Blues c.1963.
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Post by: Bunker Hill on July 20, 2009, 04:01:25 AM
Michael,
That's Peetie Wheatstraw's Woke up with the Blues. Was on the Ace of Hearts LP Out Came the Blues c.1963.
Not near my records but think it's Crazy With The Blues. The sleevenotes quote him as singing "I woke up this morning with my head on upside down". Dupree did indeed record it....
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Post by: Parlor Picker on July 20, 2009, 06:24:20 AM
It was a CD issue of a Champion Jack album featuring Ray Warleigh on sax, plus the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation on drums, guitar and bass.  Maybe it was "head" and not "hat", but I'm just quoting what I thought I heard - and for some reason it tickled me.

Heading way down south on the human body, perhaps somebody somewhere recorded a song starting "Woke up this morning, feeling round for my feet" ......
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Post by: Bunker Hill on July 20, 2009, 08:06:12 AM
It was a CD issue of a Champion Jack album featuring Ray Warleigh on sax, plus the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation on drums, guitar and bass.  Maybe it was "head" and not "hat", but I'm just quoting what I thought I heard - and for some reason it tickled me.
I have the LP (The Heart Of The Blues Is Sound) must give it a spin  see here under 1969  http://www.wirz.de/music/duprefrm.htm

The quote as given on the Ace Of Hearts LP sleeve has caused mirth and merriment for many a long year since CJD does sing ?hat? not ?head?, as heard by note writer. Either way, as you say, it's an amusing image.
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Post by: Parlor Picker on July 21, 2009, 01:25:32 AM
And there won't be many people these days can walk into their local record shop and hear Champion Jack playing over the sound system. Our local shop (Grammar School Records) is owned by a friend and another friend works there two days a week.  My son is the shop manager and, along with the others, often plays more interesting stuff.  Selling some new, but mostly second hand, they stock almost every kind of music, as they have the space and there's a market for pretty well everything - even naff easy listening. It's a regular haunt of London based radio DJs etc, because they can find things there that would hardly ever turn up elsewhere - and many record shops have closed down now.

Over the years one of their best selling artists has to be Roger Hubbard, either solo or with his band Buick 6, and not just because he's a local musician, but usually on the strength of total strangers hearing his recordings being played and then electing to buy the CD.
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Post by: uncle bud on August 27, 2009, 08:11:56 AM
A phrase that should live in infamy appears all too often in the Gennett ledgers: "Rejected - too much backwoods." - Richard Nevins, entry on the Shepherd Brothers in R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz and Country.
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Post by: framus12 on August 29, 2009, 09:04:44 PM
IT was NICK PERLS founder of Yazoo and Blue Goose...etc.
 that said of guitar playing :
 "Too choppy is a contradiction in terms"
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Post by: Stuart on August 31, 2009, 04:19:29 PM
"Now I am going to make a statement here. I don't know whether it fits into the category of other people's statements or not. But whether it fits into their category or whether it doesn't, it obviously fits into some category. So in that respect, it is no different from their statements. However, let me try making my statement..."

From CHUANG TZU: Basic Writings, Translated by Burton Watson (New York: Columbia University Press, 1964), p.38
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Post by: unezrider on August 31, 2009, 08:56:33 PM
hello friend,

"I know a man that's an evangelist, the tabernacles always full. people come from miles around just to hear him shoot the bull."  uncle dave macon, "jordan am a hard road to travel."
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Post by: dj on September 01, 2009, 05:57:11 PM
My group of people - Joe Turner, King Curtis, Mickey Baker - used to laugh at all the country blues singers who were backwards musically.  John Lee Hooker and Lightnin' Hopkins sang out of meter - we couldn't respect them. - Doc Pomus, quoted in How The Beatles Destroyed Rock 'N' Roll by Elijah Wald.
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Post by: Slack on September 01, 2009, 08:15:38 PM
DJ, have you finished that book?  Will you review it in Other Musical Interests? (or someplace) -- I'm betting it is a very good book.
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Post by: Bunker Hill on September 02, 2009, 05:21:28 AM
My group of people - Joe Turner, King Curtis, Mickey Baker - used to laugh at all the country blues singers who were backwards musically.  John Lee Hooker and Lightnin' Hopkins sang out of meter - we couldn't respect them. - Doc Pomus, quoted in How The Beatles Destroyed Rock 'N' Roll by Elijah Wald.
DJ I thought you might appreciate the entire quote as was told to Josh A. Friedman in 1977 and cited in his book "Tell the Truth Until They Bleed: Coming Clean in the Dirty World of Blues and Rock 'n' Roll" (Backbeat, 2008).

Doc taught me how blues was tongue-in-cheek, often self-mocking, all that self-pity not meant in earnest. There were happy blues and sad blues. But the two classic distinctions were between urban and delta blues. The urban had more to do with jazz, swing and big bands. City and ghetto life. Whereas the delta blues was folksy, using bottleneck guitars, cigar box instruments.

"Guys mumbling," as Doc saw it, "ya never knew what the hell they were talkin' about. The Chicago people were crossover guys, like Muddy Waters, who I eventually liked.

"You know what's amazing?" he continued "When I made my 78 records, we used to laugh at all the singers like Muddy Waters. When the rock stars started using them as opening acts, all of a sudden these guys became well known. My group of people - Joe Turner, King Curtis, Mickey Baker - used to laugh at all the country-blues singers who were backwards musically. John Lee Hooker Lightnin? Hopkins sang out of meter - we couldn't respect them."
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Post by: dj on September 02, 2009, 05:43:11 AM
Thanks for that, BH.  The entire quote is even better than Wald's excerpt.  "Guys mumbling" indeed!
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Post by: Mr.OMuck on September 02, 2009, 11:03:12 AM
Wait..wait....Doc Pomus had contempt for Lightnin' Hopkins?????!@#$%$#@&*?? And John Lee Hooker????!!!
Talk about delusional !


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Post by: dj on September 05, 2009, 01:16:36 PM
That Pat Boone of the blues, B. B. King. - C. R. Wayland, "Robert Johnson And Standards In Blues Criticism", Jazz Journal, April 1963

This is one of those quotes that makes me look at the world from an entirely different perspective.  I wonder if he still feels that way?  Of course, after reading How The Beatles Destroyed Rock 'N' Roll, I don't immediately jump to the equation Pat Boone = very bad music as I would have previously. 
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Post by: Rivers on September 14, 2009, 06:43:07 PM
A light bulb went off today while taking my daily ciggie break at work in my car. I'm reading Joe Klein's bio Woody Guthrie - A Life. There are good quotes throughout but this one made me stop, think and read it again.

By 1935, he [Charles Seeger] was writing for a small Marxist journal called Music Vanguard that "fine art" music was the property of the dominant classes, for which it was made. Pop music was a bastardization of the "fine art" tradition; it was "crumbs from the table of the rich and powerful . . . combined with various story elements". But folk music was the music of the proletariat and, therefore, inherently progressive.
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Post by: Mr.OMuck on September 14, 2009, 08:28:48 PM
And as I've been wont to assert; that analysis of the music's importance to the furtherance of progressive ideology is why we're listenin' to it today.
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Post by: uncle bud on September 28, 2009, 06:29:04 AM
The wig goes on. With you or without you. - Metropolitan Opera boss Joseph Volpe sets a soprano straight.
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Post by: uncle bud on October 13, 2009, 07:22:09 AM
Wouldn't treat a dog, baby like you treat me. - Ishman Bracey, The Four Day Blues
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Post by: Chezztone on October 16, 2009, 12:02:24 PM
Ain't no more potatoes; the frogs have guilty vibes -- Someone on an early version of this board, mishearing "the frost have killed the vine" on a recording. 
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Post by: Mr.OMuck on October 16, 2009, 01:31:46 PM
Quote
the frogs have guilty vibes

Hilarious!

Blind lemon Jefferson: Frog Psychoanalyst.
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Post by: uncle bud on October 16, 2009, 02:51:36 PM
I'm gonna sing this verse, I said, I wasn't gonna sing no more. - Last verse of Frank Stokes' last recording, Memphis Rounders Blues, September 30, 1929.
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Post by: Rivers on October 16, 2009, 05:14:23 PM
Chezztone, DaveBro's (for it was he) guilty frog vibes quote has been in there since the day he first proposed it! Still cracks me up...

[edit: I just checked and it's not in there. Thought I hadn't seen it for a while. No idea where it went. I will put it back]
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Post by: uncle bud on October 26, 2009, 07:26:07 AM
You know, folks, there's just seventeen of us kids. There's eight boys, seven girls, and two other children. - Lonnie Glosson, Arkansas Hard Luck Blues
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Post by: Great Bear on November 01, 2009, 08:49:49 AM
"I thought that it was such a privilege for me to be doing those sides with Georgia, that I decided to do everything I could in one bar. Everything I could dream of, I wanted to be sure I got it all in. I was like a dive bomber coming in, playing everything but what she was singing, playing the fastest run I could that had nothing to do with expressing the blues. It was wrong!" - The self deprecating Les Paul on his 1936 recording sessions backing Georgia White
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Post by: uncle bud on November 17, 2009, 12:02:22 PM
Listen, woman - if you talk in your sleep, don't mention my name - Seven-Foot Dilly and His Dill Pickles, Sand Mountain Drag
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Post by: uncle bud on November 28, 2009, 08:37:23 AM
Any y'all wanna come to my home and learn how to play guitar - don't be scared o' your money, come on honey. I ain't gonna kill you. - Rev. Gary Davis, in concert
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Post by: unezrider on November 29, 2009, 05:36:06 PM
"if these worried blues ? they don't kill me, that'll be the worst i ever had." yank rachell, 'worried blues'.
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Post by: uncle bud on December 15, 2009, 05:46:24 AM
Up 'til then, the blues were only inside me. Blind Lemon was the first to 'let out' the blues. - Roscoe Holcomb

It was along about that time that Blind Lemon Jefferson came through, and he stayed around there about a month. He stayed with the other colored fellows and they worked on the railroad there; he'd just sing and play to entertain the men in the work camp. I think that right about there I started on the guitar. - Hobart Smith recalls Lemon in Virginia, c. WWI.
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Post by: dj on December 15, 2009, 07:11:01 AM
Uncle Bud, what's the source of those two quotes?
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Post by: uncle bud on December 15, 2009, 07:30:15 AM
Right, sorry, it's Tony Russell's Blacks, Whites and Blues, out of print in the separate edition I have, but available as a section of Yonder Come the Blues, which reprints the Russell book, Paul Oliver's Savannah Syncopators and Dixon and Godrich's...uh...can't remember the title.  :D

edited to add: it's right there on the back cover of my book: Recording the Blues.
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Post by: unezrider on December 15, 2009, 01:56:32 PM
hello friend,

"some people like religion ? some like to rob & steal. but i like to play with my yellow women, & my whiskey right from a still."   Clifford Gibson, "Society Blues"
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Post by: unezrider on December 21, 2009, 08:02:20 PM
"One Fourth of July, they were having a festival in downtown Memphis, with five or six stages and Charlie (Feathers) was playing on the rockabilly stage. I'm sitting there watching him and I turn around and there's this guy sitting behind me, all dressed up, smoking a cigar. Do you know who it was? It was Roosevelt Sykes, the Honeydripper! Just sittin' there, diggin' Charlie!" - Kim Wood


 8) how cool is that?   

chris
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Post by: Stuart on February 04, 2010, 11:13:56 PM
"What if it's a pig's world and we just happen to live in it?"

From "The Pig Bomb" on The Discovery Channel

(Moderators: Please move to "Giant Hog" thread if appropriate.)
Title: Re: You can Say That Again - Quote Drive 2009
Post by: uncle bud on February 16, 2010, 12:19:12 PM
* * * Updated * * *

Since Rivers is layin' down on the job again,  ;) I've updated the Quote Oracle. This 2009 thread is done, though I'll leave it open for now, in case anyone wants to discuss any of the quotes in the future.

New quotes should be add to the Tell It To Me - Quote Drive 2010 thread (http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?amp;Itemid=128&topic=6158.0)
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