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Title: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Johnm on September 23, 2004, 08:32:31 PM
Hi JohnD,
I think this could be good from an educational viewpoint, but also just because it is fun to think about such things.  I'm willing to get the ball rolling.  I'm going to choose arbitrarily not to double up on any artist, though I could probably come up with about ten tunes by Lemon I would put in this category.  I'm going to dash them off without thinking about it too much.
1. Cairo Blues-Henry Spaulding
2. Green River Blues-Charley Patton
3. Right Of Way Blues-Blind Lemon Jefferson
4. Motherless Chile Blues-Elvie Thomas
5. Sloppy Drunk Again-Walter Davis w/Joe Williams and Henry Townsend
6. Cottonfields, pt. 2- Garfield Akers
7. Jailhouse Blues-Robert Wilkins
8. Maggie Campbell Blues-Tommy Johnson
9. Woman, Woman-Ishmon Bracey
10. My Black Mama-Son House
These seem like pretty good records to me.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on September 23, 2004, 09:24:17 PM
OK Guys and Gals, I need your in help building a list of 'The Essential', 'The Classic', 'The Greatest Hits of Country Blues'.? I will then put this list of tunes in their own category on Weenie Juke and play a couple of hour slots each week of "The Greatest" in Country Blues according to the collective wisdom of the Weenie forum.? So think of a list of Country Blues that you would first want a beginning Country Blues afficiando to hear.? The essential songs to know if one was to say they are familiar with the genre, that they know Country Blues.? :D

Johnm has got the ball rolling above (thanks John!)

Cheers!
Slack
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on September 23, 2004, 09:35:10 PM
OK, here are a few off the top - without thinking about it too much:

Police Dog Blues - Blind Blake
One Dime Blues - BLJ
Devil Got My Woman - Skip James
Frankie and Albert? - MJH
Statesboro Blues - BW McTell
Mississippi Blues - Willie Brown
Down the Dirt Road Blues - Charlie Patton
Dark was the night... BWJ
Chauffer Blues - Memphis Minnie

(Good precident, if you do a list, make all the artists different :) )

Cheers,
slack

Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: frankie on September 24, 2004, 06:50:54 AM
Seems like you'd *have* to hear more than one song from the following:

Blind Lemon Jefferson
Charlie Patton
Blind Blake
Rev. Gary Davis
Mississippi John Hurt

It'd be easy to pick a dozen tunes from each of them that could be considered 'essential'.  With that in mind:

Crow Jane - Carl Martin
South Carolina Rag - Willie Walker
Bamalong Blues - Andrew & Jim Baxter
Stop and Listen - Mississippi Sheiks
Good Gal - Josh White
Little Girl in Rome - Otto Virgial
Hambone - Ed Bell
Sweet to Mama - Frank Stokes & Dane Sane
Poor Boy Long Ways From Home - Gus Cannon
Poor Boy Blues - Ramblin' Thomas
Two Time Blues - Arthur Pettis

I notice that there's no piano stuff in my list... pity...
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on September 24, 2004, 07:15:22 AM
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Seems like you'd *have* to hear more than one song from the following:
 notice that there's no piano stuff in my list... pity...

Frankie, you are not limitied to one contribution. ;)
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: uncle bud on September 24, 2004, 07:30:00 AM
Fun! First some dead obvious ones, if aliens landed and were inquiring about country blues. Also trying not to repeat what others have posted:

1. Pony Blues - Charlie Patton
2. Canned Heat Blues - Tommy Johnson
3. I Belong to the Band - Rev. Gary Davis
4. Funny Feeling Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
5. God Moves on the Water - Blind Willie Johnson
6. Devil Got My Woman - Skip James taken ;)
7. Matchbox Blues - BLind Lemon Jefferson
8. Ain't No Tellin' - Mississippi John Hurt
9. Shake 'Em On Down - Bo Carter
10. Stealin' - Memphis Jug Band

Will think more about the less obvious...
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: frankie on September 24, 2004, 08:01:23 AM
Oh, hell - how could I forget:

Last Kind Words Blues - Geeshie Wiley
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Johnm on September 24, 2004, 08:37:51 AM


Whoops, speaking of forgetting--Catfish Blues by Robert Petway
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Montgomery on September 24, 2004, 09:01:52 AM
This is too difficult.? Quite arbitrarily:
1. Pony Blues - Patton taken ;)
2. 22-20 - Skip James
3. Mama 'Taint Long 'Fore Day - McTell
4. Last Kind Word- Geechie Wiley taken ;)
5. I Do - Wilkins
6. Frisco Town - Memphis Minnie
7. Downtown Blues - Frank Stokes
8. Lonesome Cell - Blind Lemon
9. Cottonfield Blues - Akers and Callicott taken ;)

I can think of at least 68 choices for #10, so I won't commit...
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: frankie on September 24, 2004, 09:09:37 AM
8. Lonesome Cell - Blind Lemon

Do you mean Long Lonesome Blues, or maybe Lonesome House Blues...  or maybe Prison Cell Blues...

Yes to all?
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on September 24, 2004, 09:13:10 AM
Looks like a very good start fellars.? Please try not to Repeat a selection already made.? We are compiling a list, not taking a vote.? Again, you are not limited to 10 songs or 1 submission.? We want to get enough great songs to pick from Randomly and have  a different hour of music each time.?

I'm going through and crossing out the repeats.

Thanks,
slack
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Montgomery on September 24, 2004, 09:56:17 AM
Whoops..I meant Prison Cell Blues. 
Sorry about the repeats...I'll rethink my choices in a bit.
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Rivers on September 24, 2004, 12:04:11 PM
Here's a list:

1. Train That Carried My Girl From Town - Frank Hutchison
2. France Blues (Hey Lawdy Mama) - Papa Harvey Hull & Long Cleve Reed
3. Frankie - MJH
4. Churchbell Blues - Luke Jordan
5. Black Rat Swing - Memphis Minnie
6. Kentucky Blues - Little Hat Jones
7. That'll Never Happen No More - Blind Blake
8. Chock House Blues - BLJ
9. Bo Weevil Blues - Charlie Patton
10. God Don't Ever Change - Blind Willie Johnson
11. Keep Your Hands Off Her - Lead Belly
12. Little Laura Blues - Sleepy John Estes
13. Ham Hound Crave /or Mississippi Jailhouse Groan - Rube Lacey
14. Rag Mama Rag - Blind Boy Fuller / RGD
15. Bottle It Up and Go - Tommy McLennan (if you're feeling brave)
16. You Shouldn't Do That - Casey Bill Weldon
17. Depot Blues - Son House
18. Railroad Blues - Sam McGee
19. Mama T'ain't Long Before Day - Blind Willie McTell
20. Illinois Blues - Skip James

...stop me somebody...
...I'll stop at 20.
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: frankie on September 24, 2004, 12:17:03 PM
1. Train That Carried My Girl From Town - Frank Hutchison

Hot damn - that's a good'un!

I'm starting to think that there are certain guys that it doesn't matter what you pick, but you should hear lots from them.  The guys I'm thinking of generally have large, fairly varied repertoires:

Blind Lemon Jefferson
Charlie Patton
Leadbelly
Blind Blake
Rev. Gary Davis
Mississippi John Hurt
Blind Willie McTell
Bo Carter

Each of these guys is almost a whole world of music in and of themselves!
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Richard on September 24, 2004, 12:49:06 PM
Just a quick few,I hope there are no repeats and I'll think of more tomorrow-

How Long, how long - Carr\Blackwell
Seminole blues - Tampa Red
Pick Poor Robin Clean - Blind Willie McTell
Big Bill's Blues - Big Bill Broonzy
Sittin' on top of the world - Mississippi Shieks
Roll and tumble - Hambone Willie Newburn
West Texas Woman - Alex Moore
M & O - Walter Davis
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: frankie on September 24, 2004, 01:16:47 PM
Pick Poor Robin Clean - Blind Willie McTell

Geeshie Wiley - yes...
Luke Jordan - yes...

but Blind Willie McTell?  Did he really record this?  Never heard it!
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: uncle bud on September 24, 2004, 01:37:49 PM
Long Tall Mama - Big Bill Broonzy
Joliet Bound - Kansas Joe and Memphis Minnie
Tired of Being Mistreated - Clifford Gibson
Cocaine Blues - Luke Jordan or Dick Justice
Saturday Blues - Ishman Bracey
Airy Man - Papa Charlie Jackson
M & O Blues - Willie Brown
Kassie Jones 1 &2 - Furry Lewis
Original Stack O' Lee Blues - Long Cleeve Reed Papa Harvey Hull
Yo Yo Blues - Barbecue Bob
Things 'Bout Comin' My Way - Tampa Red
Racketeer's Blues - Lonnie Johnson
Vicksburg Stomp - Charlie McCoy
Judge Harsh Blues - Furry Lewis
Big Four Blues - Charley Jordan
Keep It Clean - Charley Jordan
Milk Cow Blues - Sleepy John Estes
Bukka's Jitterbug Swing - Bukka White
Three Ball Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
Step It Up and Go - Blind Boy Fuller

Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: GhostRider on September 24, 2004, 03:15:56 PM
Hi all:

Here's my go.

1. West Coast Blues - Blind Blake
2. Long, Tall Mama - Big Bill
3. Don't Sell it, Don't Give it Away - Oscar Woods
4. Hot Dogs - Blind Lemon
5. Go Back to Your No Good Man - Lonnie Johnson
6. Good Boy Blues - Arthur Pettis
7. Preachin' the Blues - Robert Johnson extreme copyright violation :D
8. Aberdeen Mississippi Blues - Booker White
9. Black and Tan - BBFuller
10. Mama, Quittin' and Leavin' - Funny Papa Smith
11. Moon Goin' Down - Patton and Brown

I can't believe I put three slide tunes in. I would guess that 5 or six of my original selections were already taken.

Alex
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on September 24, 2004, 05:25:39 PM
That's no Way to Get Along - Furry Lewis Robert Wilkins
Man Trouble Blues - Jaybird Coleman (gotta have a harp tune)
Fixin' to Die Blues - Bukka White (about as erie as Last Kind Words)
One Way Gal - William Moore
Bumble Bee - Memphis Minnie
Jesus Make Up My Dyin' Bed - Josh White
Old Devil - Bo Carter
Future Blues - Willie Brown
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: uncle bud on September 24, 2004, 05:44:01 PM
That's no Way to Get Along - Furry Lewis

You meant to type Robert Wilkins, I presume.  ;D
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on September 24, 2004, 08:10:00 PM
That's no Way to Get Along - Furry Lewis

You meant to type Robert Wilkins, I presume.? ;D

Man, this is a tough crowd!  :D  Struke through!
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: frankie on September 24, 2004, 10:35:45 PM
Man Trouble Blues - Jaybird Coleman (gotta have a harp tune)

Devil in the Woodpile - Noah Lewis

Now that's a harp tune! <g>
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Richard on September 24, 2004, 11:48:32 PM
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Luke Jordan - yes...

Obviously, twas me fingers that made the mistake :-[
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: waxwing on September 25, 2004, 05:37:50 AM
Well, I've been too busy movin' out and missed all the fun. You guys have covered a lot of my favs, but here's a few I don't think I saw:

Ragged and Dirty - one of those William Browns
Georgia Bound - Blind Blake
Broke Down Engine - Blind Willie McTell (I guess you all saw that comin')
Come Back Baby - Walter Davis
Cool Drink Of Water Blues - Tommy Johnson

And I'll have to listen to some Cannon's Jug Stompers to get another Noah Lewis number in there. And what to pick from Scrapper?
All for now.
John C.
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on September 25, 2004, 09:26:44 PM
OK Fellars,?

One thing this exercise illustrates is that even with 3,300 tracks in the Juke playlsit - there are some glaring holes. There are currently 96 tracks in "Classic Country Blues Hour".? The hour is scheduled (I have not updated the schedule page yet however) for Sundays 2-3pm and 7-8pm and Thursdays 2-3pm and 7-8pm.

Here are the tracks that were NOT on the Juke.? We have some work to do (and cannot believe some of the Blind Lemon tracks that are missing!)... but it is a very good start!

Missing in action:
Cairo Blues-Henry Spaulding
Right Of Way Blues-Blind Lemon Jefferson
Sloppy Drunk Again-Walter Davis w/Joe Williams and Henry Townsend
One Dime Blues - BLJ
Little Girl in Rome - Otto Virgial
Two Time Blues - Arthur Pettis
Matchbox Blues - BLind Lemon Jefferson
22-20 - Skip James
Black Rat Swing - Memphis Minnie
Bo Weevil Blues - Charlie Patton
Keep Your Hands Off Her - Lead Belly
Roll and tumble - Hambone Willie Newburn
West Texas Woman - Alex Moore
M & O - Walter Davis
Long Tall Mama - Big Bill Broonzy
Step It Up and Go - Blind Boy Fuller
Long, Tall Mama - Big Bill
Hot Dogs - Blind Lemon
Go Back to Your No Good Man - Lonnie Johnson
Aberdeen Mississippi Blues - Booker White
Mama, Quittin' and Leavin' - Funny Papa Smith
Fixin' to Die Blues - Bukka White (about as erie as Last Kind Words)
Come Back Baby - Walter Davis

Cheers,
slack
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: frankie on September 25, 2004, 09:39:01 PM
No Matchbox Blues (by Lemon, anyway) on the juke...  oh, woe!

The Otto Virgial is definitely there, however - search on Rome and it'll pop up.
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Blue Poodle on September 26, 2004, 03:16:33 AM
Man, so many of the good ones are taken!  I can add a few, though...

Searchin' the Desert for the Blues - Blind Willie McTell
Come Around to My House - Blind Willie McTell (and many others)
Key to the Highway - Big Bill Broonzy
Saturday Night Rub - Big Bill Broonzy
Meet me in the Bottom - Buddy Moss (and others)
New Lovin' Blues - Buddy Moss
Ragtime Millionaire - William Moore
Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues - Skip James
Special Rider Blues - Skip James
Blue Day Blues - Scrapper Blackwell
Kokomo Blues - Scrapper Blackwell
When the Levee Breaks - Memphis Minnie
Diddy Wah Diddy - Blind Blake
Blind Arthur's Breakdown - Blind Blake
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on September 26, 2004, 10:16:10 AM
No Matchbox Blues (by Lemon, anyway) on the juke...? oh, woe!

The Otto Virgial is definitely there, however - search on Rome and it'll pop up.

Got it - thanks.
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on September 26, 2004, 10:19:29 AM
No Matchbox Blues (by Lemon, anyway) on the juke...? oh, woe!

The Otto Virgial is definitely there, however - search on Rome and it'll pop up.

Got it - thanks.

Also, not sure what happened to BLJ - I've got the JSB 4 disk set which has these tunes of course - I think UB is playing tricks on me.? :P

cheers,
slack

Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on September 26, 2004, 10:30:11 AM
No Matchbox Blues (by Lemon, anyway) on the juke...? oh, woe!

The Otto Virgial is definitely there, however - search on Rome and it'll pop up.

Got it - thanks.

Also, not sure what happened to BLJ - I've got the JSB 4 disk set which has these tunes of course - I think UB is playing tricks on me.? :P

cheers,
slack

I see what happened - we only have Disks A and C on the juke, missing B and D, I'll fix that forthwith  - UB was playing tricks on me.   :P

cheers,
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Johnm on September 26, 2004, 12:37:14 PM
Hi JohnD,
Glad to hear that getting the missing Lemon cuts on the Juke was so easily remedied.  Whew--not having Lemon on there--God don't like it and I don't like it neither!
Another grouping to add to the list.
1. Down On My Bended Knee-King Solomon Hill
2. It Won't Be Long-Sam Collins
3. Try Me One More Time-Marshall Owens
4. Man of My Own-Ruth Willis w/Fred McMullen and Curley Weaver
5. Hard Time Blues-Lane Hardin
6. You Like My Lovin'-Otis Harris
7. Snake Doctor Blues-JayDee Short
8. A Rag-Buddy Boy Hawkins
9. Mistreating Mama-Furry Lewis
10. Timbrook Blues-John Byrd
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on September 26, 2004, 12:45:28 PM
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Glad to hear that getting the missing Lemon cuts on the Juke was so easily remedied.  Whew--not having Lemon on there--God don't like it and I don't like it neither!

I know, it surprised the heck out of me, I thought we ahd them - it was a Teenie Weenie Juke Crisis!  :D

Thanks forthe continued entries guys - I'll do a second round in a day or two.

Johnm, off to record the non-reissued LPs!

Cheers,
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: uncle bud on September 26, 2004, 07:22:12 PM
Also, not sure what happened to BLJ - I've got the JSB 4 disk set which has these tunes of course - I think UB is playing tricks on me.? :P

Yup, my fault. Despite my full-fledged Lemon-maniac status, the upload was in the early days of the Juke, when uploading all 4 JSPs would have meant a very Lemony juke playlist. Not a bad thing, of course, but was trying to go for variety first. Then forgot to complete the set. Fortunately, Slack is well-equipped. :)

edited to add: My shame is of course rather deep...

Patton's Bo Weevil is on there though - search for Mississippi Boweavil Blues or Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on September 26, 2004, 07:38:38 PM
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edited to add: My shame is of course rather deep...

I would certainly hope so... :P

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Patton's Bo Weevil is on there though - search for Mississippi Boweavil Blues or Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues


Got it - thanks!
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: uncle bud on September 26, 2004, 08:01:00 PM

Right Of Way Blues-Blind Lemon Jefferson

Was just listening to this today and thinking what a great and rather neglected Lemon tune.

Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Johnm on September 27, 2004, 09:21:35 AM
I agree with you, Andrew, I think "Right of Way" is really a killer.? Where did Lemon come up with this stuff?? It doesn't sound remotely like it came out of the 19th century Parlor song tradition, nor does it sound like any Classic Blues from the late teens or early '20s that I've ever heard.? It's not as though it spawned a lot of imitations, either.? It just sort of sits there, by itself, sounding so great.? The integration of voice and guitar on it is amazing, even by Lemon's standards.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: frankie on September 27, 2004, 11:18:24 AM
It's not as though it spawned a lot of imitiations, either.

It does seem to have made an impression on Blind Willie McTell, who seems to have used it as a template for a couple of his blues in E position.  Sounds to me like Drive Away Blues is based on it, and at least one of the tunes where he accompanies Ruth Willis.  Neither of those even comes close to Lemon's level of voice/guitar integration, though.
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Johnm on September 27, 2004, 04:31:51 PM
Hi Frank,
The one aspect of "Drive Away" that really hearkens to "Right of Way" is the intro, which is like a little homage to Lemon's signature lick.  Once you get past the intro, apart from the fact that they're both in E and hit that #4 on the third fret of the third string a lot, I have to admit I don't hear the similarity.  Lemon makes that worrying back-and-forth between the #4 and the open B string the center of the accompaniment.  Willie just passes through it in descending runs.  "Right Of Way" is essentially a one-chorder, at least in terms of what the bass is doing--Lemon never acknowledges the IV or V chords by hitting low roots where the changes would normally fall, whereas in "Drive Away" Willie McTell is hitting strong conventional IV and V chords right across the neck.  Melodies are different, too. Lemon's melodic arc centers around the V note at the open B string, where Willie's centers on the blue III, third fret, first string and I note, open first string.  The intro sounds like McTell took it right out of "Right Of Way", but the remainder of the song seems like Willie McTell, business as usual.
All best,
Johnm     
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: frankie on September 27, 2004, 06:50:39 PM
You're right, of course, especially about the way McTell moves through the changes.

Do you think the title of Right of Way Blues is a mistake?  Seems like it must really have been Ride Away Blues and was misunderstood by the suits!
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Johnm on September 27, 2004, 08:38:27 PM
Hi Frank,
You're onto something with that botched title, I think.  I always thought "Right Of Way" was a mystifying title.  Now turns out, not so much mystifying as screwed up!  I remember when it was pointed out to me that "When You Left", the one song (I think) that featured Bo Carter and Sam Chatmon's brother, Harry, who was reputed to be the most musical family member by Sam, opens with the line,
   "When your left eye goes to twitching . . . "
Isn't there one of the Andrew and Jim Baxter tunes that has a woman's name in the title, according to the record company, that ends up being a homonym for some technical railroad term or type of train?  I can't remember what it is.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on September 27, 2004, 09:06:01 PM
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Was just listening to this today and thinking what a great and rather neglected Lemon tune.

Went back and listened myself as I could not recall it - it is a great tune, such a forlorn and pleading main riff.
Interesting pick Johnm for a Lemon Classic!
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: GhostRider on September 27, 2004, 09:30:27 PM
Howdy:

Now that we can loosen up a? ;D bit,

1) Early Morning Blues - Blind Blake
2) Awful Fix Blues - Buddy Boy Hawkins
3) Dryland Blues - Furry lewis
4) Future Blues - Willie Brown
5) Blue Day Blues - Scrapper Blackwell
6) Rollin' From Side to Side - Little Hat jones
7) Bullfrog Blues - Willian Harris
8) Diddie Wa Diddie - Blind Blake
9) I Want You to Know - Bo Carter
and for the Viagra-challanged...(not Slack of course...)
10) Lead Pencil Blues - Johnnie Temple

My pencil don't write no more,
Alex
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on September 28, 2004, 06:04:47 PM
OK folks, round 2 - we have 123 'Classics' in our Greatest Hits list.  Some more gaps exposed.

Searchin' the Desert for the Blues - Blind Willie McTell
Come Around to My House - Blind Willie McTell (and many others)
Key to the Highway - Big Bill Broonzy
Saturday Night Rub - Big Bill Broonzy
Meet me in the Bottom - Buddy Moss (and others)  --- Buddy Moss? or do you mean Shirley Griffith?
New Lovin' Blues - Buddy Moss
Ragtime Millionaire - William Moore
Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues - Skip James
Special Rider Blues - Skip James
Blue Day Blues - Scrapper Blackwell
Kokomo Blues - Scrapper Blackwell
When the Levee Breaks - Memphis Minnie
Diddy Wah Diddy - Blind Blake
Blind Arthur's Breakdown - Blind Blake
Down On My Bended Knee-King Solomon Hill
It Won't Be Long-Sam Collins
Try Me One More Time-Marshall Owens
Man of My Own-Ruth Willis w/Fred McMullen and Curley Weaver
Hard Time Blues-Lane Hardin
You Like My Lovin'-Otis Harris
Snake Doctor Blues-JayDee Short
A Rag-Buddy Boy Hawkins
Mistreating Mama-Furry Lewis
Timbrook Blues-John Byrd
Early Morning Blues - Blind Blake
Awful Fix Blues - Buddy Boy Hawkins
Dryland Blues - Furry lewis
Future Blues - Willie Brown
Rollin' From Side to Side - Little Hat jones
Bullfrog Blues - Willian Harris
Lead Pencil Blues - Johnnie Temple
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: uncle bud on September 28, 2004, 06:09:06 PM
Slack, I can find you most of those with the exceptions (I think) of

Lead Pencil Blues - Johnnie Temple
You Like My Lovin'-Otis Harris
A Rag-Buddy Boy Hawkins

Will communicate offline.
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on September 29, 2004, 08:06:24 AM
Hmm, I still don't find them. Maybe just give me the key word(s) you are searching on..?

cheers,
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: uncle bud on September 29, 2004, 08:52:29 AM
Sorry, I meant find them in my collection. Will send a message.
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Wailing Wolf on September 29, 2004, 03:23:05 PM
Here's a few from the East Atlantic Zone of CB afficionado's.? Doing this even with my limited record collection was more like sticking pins in a map than making a stand-out choice. I could probably make up another ten lists no problem.? In no particular order.............

1/.? Mama Let Me Lay It On You No. 2 - Blind Boy Fuller
2/.? Blood Red River - Josh White
3/.? Got the Blues (Can’t Be Satisfied) - Mississippi John Hurt
4/.? Going Down in Georgia on a Horn - John Jackson
5/.? John Henry - Pink Anderson
6/.? Samson and Delilah - Reverend Gary Davis
7/.? Let’s Get Drunk Again - Bo Carter
8/.? Bootleg Rum Dum Blues - Blind Blake
9/.? Cypress Grove Blues - Skip James
10/. Bad Luck Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Blue Poodle on September 29, 2004, 09:37:06 PM
Buddy Moss' version of "Meet Me in the Bottom" was called "Oh Lawdy Mama".? Same melody, similar lyrics to the Shirley Griffith version.? Buddy Moss did it in the '30's and again in the '60's (on "Atlanta Blues Legend").
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: GhostRider on August 22, 2005, 10:28:48 AM
Hi all:

I'm afraid that I'm going to have to add "Tired of Being Mistreated" - Clifford Gibson.

Thanks so much JohnM.

Alex
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: GhostRider on December 20, 2005, 10:31:06 AM
Howdy:

Just thought I'd give this one a quick revival so newer members could add some of their fav's.

While I'm here I'll add the (I suspect) most covered CB tune of all time, "Sittin' on Top of the World" by the Mississippi Sheiks.

Alex
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: pbyhre on December 20, 2005, 03:35:59 PM
I browsed the pages of this post and was surprised to not seen any Lightnin Hopkins or Mance Lipscomb...So I'll nominate the two songs that come to my mind:

Tom Moore Blues - Lightnin Hopkins
Sugar Babe - Mance Lipscomb
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on December 20, 2005, 03:46:17 PM
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Just thought I'd give this one a quick revival so newer members could add some of their fav's.

Alex, I'm going to let you cross reference and compile the new list.  And as your payment, I'll include R Johnson's "Preachin' Blues" -- which I deleted off your list the first round.  ;D
Title: Essential Country Blues
Post by: Minnesota Dave on January 24, 2008, 06:46:13 AM
Has anyone online ever made a list of essential country blues songs with preferred performances? I know blues enthusiasts want pretty much everything they can get their hands on, but there must be certain songs that are more essential than others. This would assist those newbies who download song by song.

Thanks,

Dave
Title: Re: Essential Country Blues
Post by: Slack on January 24, 2008, 06:58:03 AM
Hi Dave,

See this thread: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues  ;D

http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?amp;Itemid=114&topic=602.0
Title: Re: Essential Country Blues
Post by: Minnesota Dave on January 24, 2008, 07:13:02 AM
Hi Dave,

See this thread: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues  ;D

http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?amp;Itemid=114&topic=602.0

Dang. Exactly what I wanted. Thanks!

I guess I could have searched better...
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Johnm on January 24, 2008, 10:42:30 AM
Hi all,
I merged Minnesota Dave's topic with the older one.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Minnesota Dave on January 24, 2008, 05:40:52 PM
I have about 70 of these. Not bad, but I have a ways to go, I guess.
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Rivers on January 24, 2008, 06:31:17 PM
Interesting reviewing this thread after a period of time. I'm finding my taste has evened-out to the point that everything I listen to has something going for it, so long as it's really old.

I would just like to add a couple more heavy hitters, Leadbelly's 1943/44 recording of "Where did You Sleep Last Night", and his jam with Josh White on "I've A Pretty Flower" from the same era.

I suspect the Big Bill on Vogue early 50s recordings have some pretty essential performances as well, my pick would be Louise, Louise Blues. OK, if I'm having Louise on my desert island I have to have Baby Please Don't Go as well.
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Minnesota Dave on January 26, 2008, 01:53:39 PM
Just got my JSP Paramount Masters box so I picked up a few more of these tracks.
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Mr.OMuck on January 26, 2008, 07:51:50 PM
Strange Place Blues-Bukka White
Bole Weevil Blues- Blind Willie McTell
Whiskey Headed Man- Tommy McClennen
You Won't quit me baby- Blind Blake
Bad Luck and Trouble - Lightnin' Hopkins
Big Fat Mama - Leadbelly
Trouble Blues 1& 2- Scrapper Blackwell
Corrinna Blues -BLJ
I am the true vine-RGD
Floating Bridge Blues- Sleepy John Estes
Catfish Blues-Robert Petway
Mamie- BBF
Nobody's Fault but Mine- BWJ
Runnin' Wild-Charlie Patton
Memphis Minnigitis Blues- Memphis Minnie
Sick Bed Blues- Skip James (Live at Newport. I'm not even sure thats the name but you know which one I mean.)
Keep on Drinkin'- Big Bill Broonzy





Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Rivers on March 16, 2008, 08:39:11 PM
Revisiting this thread, Lightnin' Hopkins and Brownie McGhee are conspicuously absent, probably due to their huge respective outputs. I think we owe it to music to nail down a few gems though.

White country blues classics are also under-represented. I'd suggest Dock Boggs / Country Blues, Clarence Green / Johnson City Blues and Prarie Ramblers / Deep Elem Blues are solid classics, essential and great.
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: CF on March 16, 2008, 08:53:18 PM
I'm on a Lightnin' kick so

Katie Mae Blues (electric country blues I guess)
Short Haired Woman ("")
Automobile

and
Sunny Southern Blues - 'Big Road' Webster Taylor
Jim Lee Pt. 1 - Charlie Patton
Special Rider Blues - Son House
County Farm Blues - Son House
My Buddy Blind Papa Lemon - King Solomon Hill
C. C. Rider - Leadbelly (slide)
Frisco Town - Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe
Sammie, Where You Been So Long - Dock Boggs
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Rivers on March 16, 2008, 09:44:24 PM
Hey cheapfeet, good work on Lightnin' but it occurs to me you probably you need to point us at a CD/session since there are likely several recordings of each(?).

I'd add Prison Blues Come Down On Me, with Long Gone Miles on Country Blues, Tradition. In fact there's so much good stuff on that CD it's hard to pick.

Can't disagree with any of your other choices, though Sunny Southern... I've not heard. My version of your Dock Boggs rec is spelled 'Sammie...' so that threw me when I searched for it.
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: CF on March 17, 2008, 08:41:14 AM
Katie Mae Blues ('46)
Short Haired Woman ('47)
Automobile ('49)
& I think are the first recordings of these tunes?
I got these on a 2CD Rhino set called 'Mojo Hand: The LH Anthology' , a very good collection.





Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: BigJoe on March 17, 2008, 05:35:08 PM
Highway 49- Big Joe Williams
Rollin' And Tumblin'- Hambone Willie Newbern
Gangster Blues- Peetie Wheatstraw
High Water Everywhere- Charlie Patton
Future Blues- Willie Brown
Please Ma'am- Peg Leg Howell
Gonna Tip Out Tonight- Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley
Tight Like That- Tampa Red & Georgia Tom
Keep My Hair Parted- Washboard Sam
You've Got To Hit The Right Lick- Big Bill Broonzy
Diving Duck Blues- Sleepy John Estes
Bedside Blues- Jim Thompkins
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: CF on March 27, 2008, 08:13:39 AM
Rivers . . . been meaning to mention this . . . if you have the 4CD JSP set 'When The Levee Breaks Mississippi Blues, Rare Cuts 1926-41' 'Sunny Southern Blues' by Webster Taylor is actually on Disc D & plays in the place of the listed 'Good Boy Blues' by Arthur Petties. It is a particulary pretty song with a chimey guitar part & a real effective falsetto by Taylor. I've learned arranged it & have been trying to record a 'good enough' version of it to not much success so far . . .
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Norfolk Slim on March 27, 2008, 08:23:33 AM
Given what has already been posted- 10 would be tricky.  But I couldnt see Big Road Blues by Tommy Johnson here yet...

Is anyone else intrigued by the (almost) complete absence of Robert Johnson from this list?  I know he is over exposed, the blues man that non enthusiasts know about, much covered and arguably overhyped both musically and in terms of the "legend" that has been built around him. 

However, he surely made some genuinely "essential" country/ delta blues records.

Do we, as reasonably knowledgeable enthusiasts, subconsciously edit him out of our thoughts when creating these lists as a result of all the factors listed above?

For my own part, I'd like to add Terraplane, Steady Rollin Man and 4 until Late to the list.
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Rivers on March 27, 2008, 07:47:32 PM
I was into Robert Johnson before he was famous.
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Slack on January 20, 2009, 07:42:09 AM
Added Today: the 2008 recommendations to the Weenie Juke "Classic Hour"
Title: 120 minute cassette....
Post by: Blind Dawg on October 04, 2009, 05:35:09 AM
..tape (or about 40 songs) that tells the story of those prewar blues....hmm? Can it be done? I'm talking Delta, women, hillbillie, St.Louis, East Coast, Piedmont, jug bands, piano, harmonica, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Memphis blues. So I need a little bit of this n' that. I own a Pontiac Grand Prix that came with a cassette player. No I'm not going to yank it out or add a CD player. Not that there is a CD out there that would do the job either. So from Ma Rainey to those Muddy Waters plantation recordings.....hmmm? Just looking for some .."must be there"...suggestions that are vital in telling the story. I pretty much have it all, just not on a cassette labeled..."Essential Prewar Blues".
Title: Re: 120 minute cassette....
Post by: Johnm on October 04, 2009, 08:23:01 AM
Hi Blind Dawg,
This thread on "Classic, Essential Country Blues" provides some suggestions:  http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?amp;Itemid=128&topic=602.0
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: waxwing on October 04, 2009, 11:00:24 AM
Wow, what a great thread to revisit, Johnm. I thought it would be a good idea to merge the topics since Blind Dawg's post may elicit some further responses. So much already here, tho'.

Wax
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: ScottN on January 03, 2014, 03:59:26 PM
Cool thread - didn't see any activity since 2009. Wonder if anyone has discovered some more "must hear" songs since then.

A few for consideration:
Crazy Blues - Smith
St Louis Blues - Handy
Trouble In Mind - Broonzy
Buckdancers Choice - McGee

From The Anthology:
Spike Driver - MJH
James Alley Blues - Brown

A couple from Brownie McGhee (or others if you prefer):
Sporting Life Blues
Kansas City

Surprised not to see Careless Love, Betty and Dupree, or anything from the Carter Family.

Anyway, cool thread, I just wanted to give it a bump.

Thanks,
Scott

Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Rivers on January 04, 2014, 08:31:25 AM
Memphis Mail by Scott Dunbar gets requested a lot on the juke and is really tasty.
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Johnm on January 16, 2014, 05:10:18 PM
Hi all,
I didn't see any Smith Casey tracks listed.  "Shorty George" and "Santa Fe Blues" belong on that list.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: dunplaying on July 23, 2014, 10:33:17 AM
King Solomon Hill - Whoopee Blues
Carl Martin - Joe Louis Blues
Robert Wilkins - Rolling Stone
Kid Bailey - Rowdy Blues
Rev E W Clayborn - Your Enemy Cannot Harm You
Barbecue Bob - Atlanta Moan
Son House - Death Letter Blues
Blind Willie McTell - Southern Can
Bukka White - Special Streamline
Blind Boy Fuller - Keep On Truckin' Mama

Title: Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
Post by: Forgetful Jones on May 17, 2018, 08:21:07 AM
Stumbled on this old thread. After 6 pages of replies there are so many great tunes already suggested, but here are a handful that I don't believe were on the list. They are essential to me:

1) Robert Wilkins - I'll Go with Her
2) Sleepy John Estes - Special Agent
3) Blind Willie McTell - Scarey Day Blues
4) Kokomo Arnold - The Twelves (Dirty Dozens) & Paddlin' Madeline
5) Joe Callicott - Fare Thee Well
6) Peg Leg Howell - Turtle Dove
7) Willie Reed - Dreaming Blues
8) Otto Virgial - Little Girl in Rome
9) Mance Lipscomb - Freddie
10) Fred McDowell - Kokomo