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Title: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: Johnm on February 19, 2011, 12:24:55 PM
Hi all,
I though it might be fun to get people's perspectives on this question--no right or wrong answers, of course, and no explanation required unless you feel like it.  I'll get the ball rolling with a couple with no explanation.  This might work best if we don't each do a laundry list of people, but however you care to go is okay.
   * Blind Lemon Jefferson
   * Luke Jordan
All best,
Johnm
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Post by: harvey on February 19, 2011, 01:54:56 PM
Easy one to reply to John, I agree with your list. + Blind Blake...Blind Lemon would be my first choice however and by a long way.




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Post by: cc132 on February 19, 2011, 02:34:04 PM
Blind Blake -- for a lot of obvious reasons -- the least of which would be so that I could finally say authoritatively that he played with two fingers.

Lonnie Johnson -- I'd beg him to play "Got the Blues for the West End."

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Post by: unezrider on February 19, 2011, 02:43:16 PM
hello friend,
in a word; Patton.
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Post by: Stumblin on February 19, 2011, 02:57:48 PM
in a word; Patton.
And Fuller, though not necessarily at the same time, natch.
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Post by: uncle bud on February 19, 2011, 03:06:14 PM
Lemon would be at the top of my list. Patton would be right up there too.

I'd love to have seen Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe.
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Post by: blueshome on February 19, 2011, 03:16:41 PM
Kokomo Arnold
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Post by: oddenda on February 19, 2011, 04:15:38 PM
Blind Willie McTell!!! and Blind Blake.

pbl
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Post by: Rivers on February 19, 2011, 04:17:08 PM
Patton, closely followed by Lemon.
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Post by: Michael Cardenas on February 19, 2011, 04:25:48 PM
Love seen all y'all the finest players
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Post by: Blind Arthur on February 19, 2011, 05:35:31 PM
Blind Boy Fuller. From what I have heard he was a nice fellow, no drunkard, noone to start an argument or a fight, just a tiny fine fellow :)
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Post by: GhostRider on February 19, 2011, 06:11:55 PM
Are you kiddin'? Frank Stokes, hands down.

Alex
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Post by: Bob B on February 19, 2011, 06:37:53 PM
Fun post, John

Blind Blake, Buddy Moss, and John Hurt.

Bob
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Post by: banjochris on February 19, 2011, 06:45:04 PM
From a "I want to see their technique" point of view:

Patton
Blake
Jefferson
Bo Weavil Jackson

I think it would have been pretty amazing to see Son House with his band in the late '30s/early '40s, too.
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Post by: frankie on February 19, 2011, 07:19:15 PM
Patton
Blake
Jefferson
Bo Weavil Jackson

took the words right out of my mouth, although I think I'd rather be able to see the Mississippi Mudsteppers (Vinson/L. Chatmon/C. McCoy) than Blake (as much as I love Blake!).

Bo Weavil Jackson, though!  I'd love to have seen that guy!
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Post by: lindy on February 19, 2011, 09:10:45 PM

Hacksaw Harney.

(I can hear the collective ooooooohhhhhhhh over the Web.)
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Post by: poymando on February 19, 2011, 10:35:17 PM
Skip James-in the Grafton studio
Amede Ardoin/Dennis McGee-playing for a dance
Mississippi Sheiks-on the street
and any of the Nashville area Black string band musicians of 1900-1930s
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Post by: Eltee on February 19, 2011, 11:46:58 PM
Charlie Patton and Lemon Jefferson
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Post by: harry on February 20, 2011, 02:48:53 AM
Blind Willie Mctell (on the streets of Atlanta)
Robert Johnson (in the studio doin' Preachin blues)
Son House (Library of Congress Sessions)
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Post by: Shovel on February 20, 2011, 03:06:05 AM
i'd like to see one of those Dockery Farms 4th of July picnics where they'd build the big stage for patton and some of the other local musicians to throw down on.  musta been something else. 
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Post by: Mister Steve on February 20, 2011, 04:04:18 AM
Frank Stokes and Dan Sane.

Mississippi Sheiks.
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Post by: dj on February 20, 2011, 05:00:35 AM
Gee, my first reaction is "all of them"!  But to pare it down a bit:

Charley Patton - for general showmanship, and to see if he was any more intelligible in person
Buddy Moss - for musicianship
Stokes and Sane, Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe - because I love guitar duets
Walter Roland - the list needs a piano player (tough he'd be welcome to bring the rest of the Jolly Jivers)
The Shreveport Homewreckers, Jack Kelly and his South Memphis Band - because I love bands, and, at least on records, these guys tore down the house
Casey Bill Weldon - to see how he handled the bar and what he played when he played live
Any combination of the Chatmon family and friends, playing anything they felt like playing

It's a big list!  And I haven't even gotten to Carr & Blackwell, Fuller with Oh Red and Sonny Terry, Weaver & McMullen, the Harlem Hamfats, etc.  Am I being too greedy?   :D

By the way, I'd really like to see a few early jazz bands and tent show/circus sideshow bands while I'm at it. Now I KNOW I'm being too greedy!!
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Post by: Stumblin on February 20, 2011, 05:18:36 AM
Any combination of the Chatmon family and friends, playing anything they felt like playing
Good call. Sheiks or Mudsteppers. Bo too, I like a smutty ditty every now & then.
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Post by: LB on February 20, 2011, 05:27:34 AM
From just a greedy standpoint I'd love to see all the Atlanta artists. Weaver, Moss, McTell, BBQ Bob and brother, I would love to know the Georgia blues sound in a deeper way than possible. Many of those that taught these guys and were barely documented. I would love to walk through Decatur as a black man in the 1920/30s, would have really seen some amazing stuff. Stuff much richer than the recordings we have and our imaginations can muster. One of my mentors told me in the day the black gangsters of Decatur wore suits and pants with the pant legs wrapped around their boots and tommy guns and the whole works. He said anything the white people had the black district had it's own version including gangsters, real ones. He also talks about as a child all the blues piano acts including his mother who was pretty famous. Then he talks about all the country blues guitar crowd moving into town and that era happening. I would love to see that... street performances, barbeque joints, McTell busking Ponce De Leon and all the other stuff happening in those days. I also see the picture of women like Cora Mae following her father Weaver and others around to parties and such. And seeing her listening to the radio, scribbling down information, and mailing dollars to Knoxville and other places to mail order the latest blues record she heard. I'd like to see Buddy Moss and her father coming up the driveway like she describes and seeing her run to grab gum out of their coat pockets. Talk about a living blues book... WOW what we could probably see, better than any movie ever made.
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Post by: frankie on February 20, 2011, 05:39:37 AM
Sane

I'd love to see Dan Sane play with ANYBODY - Stokes/Will Batts/Jack Kelly...  any!  all!

and wouldn't you want to see Charlie Patton, Willie Brown and Kid Bailey play, just to see if only two guys showed up?  Not to mention that they'd whoop it up in the meantime!
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Post by: dj on February 20, 2011, 06:17:04 AM
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and wouldn't you want to see Charlie Patton, Willie Brown and Kid Bailey play, just to see if only two guys showed up?

Good one!  I wish I'd thought of it.

Speaking of Atlanta, I'd like to add Peg Leg Howell and His Gang (Eddie Anthony and Henry Williams) to my list.
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Post by: JohnLeePimp on February 20, 2011, 08:32:11 AM
In this dream world don't they have those tour buses that take you around the country? if not then definately Patton
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Post by: LB on February 20, 2011, 01:19:05 PM
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and wouldn't you want to see Charlie Patton, Willie Brown and Kid Bailey play, just to see if only two guys showed up?

Good one!  I wish I'd thought of it.

Speaking of Atlanta, I'd like to add Peg Leg Howell and His Gang (Eddie Anthony and Henry Williams) to my list.


Oooops, good point..
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Post by: Johnm on February 20, 2011, 01:27:24 PM
Hi all,
Since it seems like it's okay to double dip, I'd like to come back to see Blind Willie Johnson and Henry Thomas.
All best,
Johnm
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Post by: Rivers on February 20, 2011, 05:44:17 PM
Double dipping aslo, SJE & friends back in the day, and the Beale St Sheiks or Frank Stokes solo. Willie Johnson, McTell, Geeshie Wiley... it's endless.

But Patton & Lemon are the kings, for me, in this particular fantasy. Hey what about Tampa Red, Big Bill and Black Bob playing a house rent party with Victoria Spivey. Or Barbecue Bob / Georgia Browns... Minnie and Kansas Joe... Man what a time that was.
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Post by: Mr.OMuck on February 20, 2011, 06:47:17 PM
Big Bill
Bessie Smith
Blind Willie Johnson
Washington Phillips
King Solomon Hill
Charlie Patton
Lemon
Garfield Akers
B.W.McTell

in no specific order

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Post by: Pan on February 21, 2011, 01:31:09 AM
Willie Walker & Sam Brooks would get my attention 100 %  8)

Cheers

Pan
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Post by: Lyndvs on February 21, 2011, 02:15:59 AM
Patton,Skippy and Lemon would be my top three.However there are so many-McTell,Bo,Lonnie Johnson with Eddie Lang.The jug Bands-cannon,will shade,three j`s,Birmingham.I`d also loved to have seen Sam Collins,King Solomon Hill,Blind Joe(Willie)Reynolds and a young
Henry Townsend.There are so many more.
Lyndvs.
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Post by: Mister Steve on February 21, 2011, 04:09:28 AM
Memphis Jug Band.

Sleepy John Estes...pre-rediscovery...

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Post by: JohnLeePimp on February 21, 2011, 08:55:58 AM
Seriously though... no love for Robert Johnson?
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Post by: harry on February 21, 2011, 09:22:19 AM
Seriously though... no love for Robert Johnson?

Check my earlier comment...
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Post by: jostber on February 21, 2011, 01:04:03 PM
Louie Lasky would be hot to catch live as well.

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Post by: Blind Arthur on February 21, 2011, 06:48:05 PM
Charlie Patton, too :) If I had had the possibility, I?d have requested a 30 minute version of "High Water" or the "Bird Nest Bound"/"Love My Stuff"/"Screaming" tune family.

Blind Lemon. I am sure this would have been extremely instructive as to how and why his influence was so big as it was. Nowadays we need lots of imagination and reading until we come to appreciate his style. I bet lots of his reputation had to do about how he was as an unrestricted by the 3 minute format performer.
( I like Blind Lemon a lot but needed years to and I think I can express now why.)

Peg Leg Howell, you are right! I have always loved his rough yet so friendly sounding voice. It would have been a ball having been allowed to join the "gang" playing "Lonesome Blues" or "Beaver Slide Rag".

Blind Blake, yes. Seeing him do West Coast Blues, or witnessing the 3 takes session of Dry Bone Shuffle and That Will Never Happen No More. Though I might have been mightly turned off by the way the record producers may have treated their artists in the studio....

Seeing Papa Charlie Jackson on the Maxwell Street Market doing Salty Dog and Shake That Thing and Mama Don?t You Think I Know.

Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie, definitely agree! "What?s The Matter With The Mill", I bet all the audience was throwing in additional comments all the time, also doing "Don?t Want No Woman I Have To Give My Money To" . Funny and also highly controversial; in combination with gambling and losing and alcohol, might have been a rough atmosphere so I might rather find myself in the backrow... same with a Charlie Patton/Willie Brown Saturday night gig. I?m a coward!
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Post by: banjochris on February 21, 2011, 09:04:33 PM
Also, I'd like to go back in time and sneak a good quality tape or hard disk recorder into certain rooms in Richmond and Grafton. And order a bunch of stuff from 78 mail order.
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Post by: Blind Arthur on February 22, 2011, 03:46:58 AM
Don?t forget to ask, shortly before WWII, if you can have all those unused, unfound, unissued alternate takes that lie around there as potential scap metal :(
You?d outshine collectors like Joe Bussard!
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Post by: Shovel on February 22, 2011, 04:03:47 AM
i'd like to see how skip james functioned as a performer at a party. he's one of my all time favorites, but he doesn't seem like a zippidy doo-dah kind of guy, maybe relied on lots of piano.  maybe if i heard his '31 i'm so glad take with a kazoo i might have more confidence in his ability to 'bring the party' or whatever.  i picture him more creeping/bumming everybody out, the party ends around 10:30, and early to church on sunday.
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Post by: CF on February 22, 2011, 04:15:08 AM
Without a doubt Lemon & Patton. I already have watched them live many times in my dreams  :)
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Post by: swimn4ever on February 22, 2011, 01:36:29 PM

First and foremost, my favorite, Blind Blake.

Then Blind Boy Fuller and Robert Johnson.

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Post by: stilltrying on February 22, 2011, 02:18:53 PM

 Sure would have loved to have spent a day being around: John Jackson, Sam Chatmon, Curly Weaver and Son House.
 
 Or R.L. Burnside, Brownie McGee, Bill Broonzy, John Dee Holman. I could then die a happy man.

 Stilltrying
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Post by: thebluesbear on February 22, 2011, 02:19:42 PM
Hi all

The answer for me is a toss up between Son house  or sleepy John Estes  or BBF but truthfully any of them

Al
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Post by: Mike McLaren on February 22, 2011, 11:55:56 PM
Bukka White and Robert Pete Williams.
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Post by: Parlor Picker on February 23, 2011, 01:30:50 AM
Bukka White and Robert Pete Williams.
I saw Bukka in London in the 1970s - a powerful performer! I wish I could have heard him in the late 30s when his voice was (for me) at its peak.
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Post by: RobBob on February 24, 2011, 02:01:04 PM
I am just grateful to have seen the performers I did.  With Skip James at the top of the list.
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Post by: Johnm on May 03, 2011, 05:11:43 PM
Hi all,
I would really like to have seen Smith Casey.
All best,
Johnm
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Post by: minuszero on May 03, 2011, 05:16:49 PM
Blind Willie McTell
Charley Patton
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Post by: frankie on May 03, 2011, 05:50:25 PM
I would really like to have seen Smith Casey.

+1

Was just talking about him this weekend.  Chills.
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Post by: minuszero on May 03, 2011, 06:22:23 PM
I would really like to have seen Smith Casey.

+1

Was just talking about him this weekend.  Chills.

Sorry if I'm derailing this thread, but I can't find anything from Smith Casey.
Can someone pls. help out with where I might find (a) recording/s
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Post by: frankie on May 03, 2011, 06:27:06 PM
I can't find anything from Smith Casey.
Can someone pls. help out with where I might find (a) recording/s

Texas Field Recordings on Document:  http://weeniecampbell.com/mambo/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=70&Itemid=42
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Post by: Parlor Picker on May 04, 2011, 01:43:04 AM
+1 for Smith Casey, who is the reason I bought that Document compilation. If memory serves me well, I heard a track on the Weenie Juke and then had to buy it. Some other good stuff on there as well. Highly recommended.
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Post by: Rattler on May 29, 2011, 05:25:19 AM
Great thread. Top of my list would be Robert Pete Williams at Portland University, April 20th 1970. Next, Son House at the 100 Club in London, July 14th 1970. Finally, Fred McDowell at the Tacoma Court coffeehouse, April 14th 1971.
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Post by: Rattler on May 29, 2011, 06:05:21 AM
Oh yeah  ....  Big Bill Broonzy at the Dancing Slipper ballroom, Nottingham, March 1957
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Post by: Rivers on May 29, 2011, 06:28:24 PM
Watch out for Rattler, he has good taste and poisonous fangs...
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Post by: Rattler on May 30, 2011, 04:36:59 AM
Watch out for Rattler, he has good taste and poisonous fangs...

 :)  Thank you Rivers
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Post by: Mr.OMuck on May 30, 2011, 07:43:27 AM
Willie Walker, and Josh White at Cafe Society on a double bill with Billie Holiday, digging at my red diaper roots.
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Post by: doctorpep on May 30, 2011, 08:21:38 PM
I second Willie Walker. I'd also love to have seen Richard "Rabbit" Brown, and Rob Cooper & Andy Boy of Santa Fe fame.
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Post by: hortig78rpm on May 30, 2011, 10:21:31 PM
whow......, somebody knows andy boy!!! he was maybe the most complex and technically brilliantest piano player in history. but as long Ive done my researches on the santa fee group, not a small piece on his live could be found except the meories, robert shaw told me.

regards
mike
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Post by: doctorpep on May 31, 2011, 09:36:20 AM
It would be great if someone like McCormick could have checked out the Santa Fe situation in greater depth, or did he? Please inform this arrogant youngster! Perhaps looking for an Andy Boyd (common enough surname that is as close to "Boy" as you can get) would unearth some clues.
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Post by: hortig78rpm on May 31, 2011, 09:59:52 PM
mccormack still refuses to give away infos on his work ( except for lots of money as I know)
have a look into "blues & rhythm", where I did a two part article on texas blues piano last year.based on interjews with robert shaw, lavada durst or alex moore, I did in the early 8o`s , Ive found death certificates of nearly all texas pianists, from KD johanson up to bernice edwards ( even found bessie tucker`s ). but I did`nt find any infos on:
" andy, andrew, anthony boy ", same as for rob cooper. indeed you`re right, names which are not seldom. same fate I met on my latest project, montana taylor.

regards from austria
mike

 
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Post by: Mark Miller on June 03, 2011, 10:44:45 AM
I understand that his playing is not technically as amazing as Blind Blake or Robert Johnson, but Miss. John Hurt is my favorite, by a lot.  And I never saw anyone play, so no one is eliminated.

Next on my list is Rev. Gary Davis.  Kind of surprised no one has mentioned him yet.  Pretty amazing guitar player.
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Post by: hortig78rpm on June 05, 2011, 01:46:52 AM
no, andy boy (boyd)n is one of the most brilliant piano players in the blues-ideom. but please ( and not be angry), don`t put robert johnson among the technically outstanding guitarrists. there had been legions of musicians, both on or not on record, who would beat him everytime.
hurt, blake, willie walker, shure among the best, but listen to the LoC recordings of "blind joe"........

regards
 mike
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Post by: daddystovepipe on June 05, 2011, 11:47:55 AM
I'm a great fan of "Blind Joe" as well
Pity we only know one thing about him : his name...
He recorded only two songs in 1934; they are so spooky-close to Blind Blake's way of playing one could wonder...did he learn this from Blake's recordings or did he meet Blake and learned from him directly...maybe they spend some time together in a school for the blind...
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Post by: Rivers on June 05, 2011, 07:28:06 PM
+1 on Blind Joe. Enigmatic guitar genius recorded in the state pen, Raleigh, North Carolina, 19 December 1934, and that's all anyone seems to know. Hear him on CD, Red River Blues 1934-1943, Travelin' Man. Whoever this man was he had put a lot of time into his playing.
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Post by: Tall Bob Flood on June 06, 2011, 02:56:56 PM
Sylvester Weaver together with Walter Beasley!!!!!!!!
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Post by: Rivers on June 06, 2011, 06:12:33 PM
Casey Bill Weldon with whoever played the guitar solo on "You Shouldn't Do That".
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Post by: Jay Bee Rodriguez on June 12, 2011, 02:07:15 AM
When somebody (at last!) will invent that f... time machine, my choice will be fast: Blind Lemon!
I treasure many reissues of pre-war blues records, but I think there is only a man I can hardly visualize playing and singing, no matter how many times I listen his records or look at "that" picture. He's not a normal human being yet, but some strange kind of (lo-fidelity) musical entity to me. The Paramount engineers should be some day judged by crime againts humanity too.
 ^-^
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Post by: JohnLeePimp on June 21, 2011, 04:10:17 AM
Say, I was curious as to whether anyone here did see Buddy Moss perform... and would kindly share some about it
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Post by: Johnm on June 21, 2011, 09:09:37 AM
Hi,
I saw Buddy Moss perform in a blues workshop at the (I believe) 1964 Philadelphia Folk Festival.  It was an embarrassment of riches sort of situation--also appearing in the same workshop were John Hurt, Skip James, Son House, Rev. Davis, and Blind Connie Williams.  I remember being underwhelmed by Buddy Moss at the time--I think he did "Chesterfield", and he was too slick for my taste at that time.  I was just a kid, though, and didn't know anything.  I would dearly love to be able to re-hear Buddy's performance at that workshop with my current set of ears and listening experience, but it doesn't work that way.
All best,
Johnm
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Post by: Mr.OMuck on June 21, 2011, 05:09:33 PM
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Next on my list is Rev. Gary Davis.  Kind of surprised no one has mentioned him yet.  Pretty amazing guitar player.

Rev. Davis is probably not mentioned as much because a lot of people saw him is my guess. I know Frankie would have wanted to see him for sure!
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Post by: CF on June 21, 2011, 05:17:15 PM
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Next on my list is Rev. Gary Davis.  Kind of surprised no one has mentioned him yet.  Pretty amazing guitar player.

Rev. Davis is probably not mentioned as much because a lot of people saw him is my guess. I know Frankie would have wanted to see him for sure!

Me too!
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Post by: Steve Pajik on June 21, 2011, 08:35:18 PM
I'd give anything to go back in time, travel to Avalon, Mississippi, and sit outside that store and listen to John Hurt play. I could sit there for hours. Actually, I'd also give anything to go back in time to the 60's and watch him play after his "re-discovery". :)

I also reckon it'd be a blast to chug back a few beers while listening to Scott Dunbar near Lake Mary.  8)

Can you imagine going back in time and watching Blind Lemon Jefferson playing on a street corner?!! Or Charley Patton at a juke joint?!! Wow.

And, oh man, would it ever be awesome to watch Skip James recording "I'm so glad" in 1931. My head would explode seeing that!  :P

So many more I'd like to see ...

Sigh ...

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Post by: RB on June 24, 2011, 07:39:01 PM
I did see a fair number of those mentioned play in the 1960's.  But I think the thrust of the original question was the dream of seeing performers in situ in the the 1920's or 1930's, in essence something that could only be a dream and never fulfilled. (I've felt that way around a lot of women.)  Something desired from a few recordings or from biography. 

Nobody mentioned Robert Petway.  I want to see and hear him play 'Catfish.'  'I didn't have no words to say.'  The I want to see and hear Roosevelt Graves and his brother playing those two very fine religious songs, 'I'll be Rested When the Roll is Called,' and 'I Woke up this Morning with My Mind on Jesus.'
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Post by: jed on June 26, 2011, 12:29:57 AM
Ditto on Patton, Lemon, Harney, Geechie, etc., even RJ.  Barbecue Bob anywhere.  Old Mose Mason singing Molly Man.  Funny Papa Smith and Kokomo Arnold.  So many favorites. 
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: Johnm on July 07, 2011, 07:08:22 PM
Hi all,
I'm wishing that I could have seen a few of the players who were alive in my lifetime and whom I missed:  Frank Hovington, who lived just across the state line from me in Delaware, when I was in my teens and twenties, Henry Johnson, whom some of my friends were fortunate enough to see and hear many times down in the Carolinas, and particular favorites of mine from the George Mitchell Recordings:  Jimmy Lee Williams, Lonzie Thomas (!), John Lee Ziegler and Rosa Lee Hill.  In recent years I've been drawn more and more to music recorded and played in the Post-War period.
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: unezrider on July 08, 2011, 02:27:08 PM
hey john,
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In recent years I've been drawn more and more to music recorded and played in the Post-War period./quote]

i know that isn't the subject of this thread, but i find that interesting. & i was wondering if you are finding yourself drawn to that more now, because you are hearing things in those performances that are unique to the recordings made in those years? (i've read o'muck's thoughts on the urgency, among other things, he hears in those post-war recordings. forgive me, if i got the word wrong.)
i've spent more time in the past listening to pre-war recordings, & have found myself over the last year or so, listening to more post-war CB because it's stuff i haven't lived with the past 15 years. or simply, it's new to me.
chris
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: Fatmouth Jones on July 14, 2011, 07:53:25 AM
Big Joe Williams and Sony Boy together.
Mance Lipscomb when he was a young man.
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: Zymeguy on March 31, 2017, 11:43:39 AM
I would love to have seen Scrapper Blackwell...I just want to see his right hand in action! Also, a Tommy McClennan show would be exciting to say the least! That man could sing!
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: Old Man Ned on March 31, 2017, 01:43:13 PM
I see Willie Walker's been mentioned a couple of times.  I'd love to have seen the string band that Willie Walker and Rev Gary Davis are said to have played in.
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: oddenda on March 31, 2017, 06:33:06 PM
McTell, then Blake. Especially McTell who sounds like one incredible individual as well as musician.

pbl
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Post by: Steve Pajik on April 01, 2017, 01:01:55 PM
Oh, I though of another one (I apologize if someone already mentioned it): I'd like to go back in time to watch Robert Petway record "Catfish Blues". Now wouldn't THAT would be cool to see/hear in person?!

Steve
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: Johnm on April 02, 2017, 09:48:32 AM
Hi all,
Romeo Nelson
All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: outfidel on April 05, 2017, 07:28:41 AM
The Big 4: Patton, Blake, Blind Lemon & Blind Willie Johnson

plus Mississippi John Hurt
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: harriet on April 06, 2017, 03:48:18 AM
Charllie Patton
Joe Callicot
Rev. John Wilkins
Blind Willie Johnson
Robert Johnson
Willie Mctell
Fred McDowell
Big Joe Williams
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: GrasshopperBlues52499 on April 06, 2017, 05:23:44 AM
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Son House
Charley Patton
Blind Willie Johnson
Big Joe Williams
Blind Willie McTell
Sonny Boy Williamson I
Sleepy John Estes
Yank Rachell
Hammie Nixon
Barbecue Bob
Cannon's Jug Stompers
Memphis Jug Band
Robert Johnson
Memphis Minnie
Papa Charlie Jackson
Blind Blake
both Willie Browns (yes, including "Kid Bailey")
Henry Thomas
Willie Walker
Reverend Gary Davis
Tampa Red
Big Bill Broonzy
Lonnie Johnson (in his prime)
Jaybird Coleman
Buddy Boy Hawkins
Blind Boy Fuller
William Moore
Mississippi Sheiks
Tommy Johnson
Furry Lewis
Mississippi John Hurt
Lightnin' Hopkins
Howling Wolf (when he was playing in Dockery)
Muddy Waters (at Stovall's)
Bo Carter
Skip James

and, needless to say, so many others... including the ones who never got the chance to record!  :)
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: Forgetful Jones on April 06, 2017, 09:14:16 AM
Charlie Patton and Blind Lemon Jefferson are my main 2 pre-war guys. Post-war gotta be Mance Lipscomb.

I'd also add Junior Kimbrough to my list. When he died, I had been listening to him for just a year or two. A friend of mine brought him to my attention, mentioning that people from all over travel to his juke joint to see him. I wish we had made that trip!
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: btasoundsradio on April 07, 2017, 04:50:43 PM
Also:
Papa Harvey Hull and Long Cleve Reed. I don't even know how those vocal harmonies on "Two Little Tommies" were captured on record, absolutely chilling. Those guys were gifted.

Jed Davenport. I bet the spit was flying in the studio that day.

I also for some reason has a very clear visual of Lane Hardin playing when I listen to him. I see a movie of him in my head.

And of course Geeshie and L.V. Just wow.
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: Gilgamesh on April 08, 2017, 04:44:03 PM
Texas Alexander
Tommy Settles
Henry Thomas
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: Jmoog on April 11, 2017, 04:31:23 PM
There are so many that I could list here but I'll narrow it down to three...

Charlie Patton
Washington Phillips
Blind Willie Johnson

Perhaps Washington Phillips doesn't count if we are talking strictly "blues" here but I would love to see and hear him play live.
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: jostber on April 25, 2017, 03:15:11 PM
Peg Leg Howell and his band
William Harris
King Solomon Hill
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Post by: Lastfirstface on April 27, 2017, 11:31:36 AM
Tarter and Gay. Those two sides seem like a small glimpse of what they were capable of. 
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: btasoundsradio on April 27, 2017, 05:47:29 PM
Cecil Barfield
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: empo on May 26, 2017, 12:49:51 PM
Blind Willie McTell playing "Travellin' Blues".
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: chickenlegs on August 07, 2017, 02:44:38 PM
Patton, for his style and showmanship, love his stuff.
Lemon, because I think he's amazingly great, how did he do it?
Tommy Johnson, because I love his music, also said to be quite a showman.
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: oddenda on August 07, 2017, 07:26:56 PM
William Brown of "Mississippi Blues" fame, recorded by Lomax @ Sadie Beck's in the early forties. That recording is the most perfect "country blues" I know - a tall gent who played left-handed, according to Alan. It don't get much better than that, folks!
After that, McTell - he was something wonderful, from all reports. Could distinguish between light and dark, but still an amazing person... and musician.

pbl
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: DerZauberer on August 08, 2017, 06:42:32 AM
1) Any configuration of the Patton/House/Brown/whoever "party band" of the 1920s... (Son's first session of LoC recordings with Leroy Williams, Fiddlin' Joe Martin, Willie Brown to me are still some of the best recordings around)
2) An afternoon with Lead Belly (for his sheer power and variety of songs)
3) Robert Johnson (cause... Robert Johnson, man)
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: frailer24 on August 15, 2017, 01:29:05 AM
Washington Phillips as his vocals and zither have haunted me for many years.
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: jaycee on August 15, 2017, 08:58:20 AM
Tough one! I would probably go for, Charley Patton.
Title: Re: What Country Blues musicians would you most like to have seen perform?
Post by: jpeters609 on August 15, 2017, 10:32:58 AM

Garfield Akers, alone or with Joe Calicott. Either way.
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