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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: Blind Willie McTell
« Last post by banjochris on Today at 10:04:15 AM »
Shoot, I looked on Stefan's site, and missed that! I was looking at the unissued stuff from 1936 with Piano Red and should have looked further back.
Chris
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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by Johnm on Yesterday at 09:02:40 AM »
Hi all,
It appears that all of the responses are in on the Charles Caldwell puzzler, "I Got Something To Tell You", so I'll post the answers.

For Charles Caldwell's "I Got Something To Tell You":
   * His playing position was A position in standard tuning
   * He never played a V chord
   * Virtually all of his singing was done over the IV chord.

From Old Man Ned's initial response to blueshome's final one, not a single participant set a false foot in answering the questions.  Well done!  I sure like Charles Caldwell's musical gravitas, he always sounded like he meant what he was playing and singing and not just fooling around.  Thanks to those who participated and I'll look for another puzzler to post soon.
All best,
Johnm
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Thanks Ham. Did you finish it?

I have a completely fleshed out biography of Lonnie Chatmon and Harry Chatmon, who also recorded on fiddle, coming out soon in a book with Harry Bolick and Tony Russell. It is packed with new evidence.  New Patton evidence and bio coming soon in documentary film.
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Hi all,
This is just a mid-month reminder that the Song of the Month lesson for May is Charley Jordan's "Hunkie Tunkie Blues", which you can listen to on the post prior to this one in this thread.  Cost of the lesson for the month of May only is $35.00, for which you receive a transcription including Charley Jordan's intro solo, his verse accompaniment, his later solo and the coda to the song, as well as very thorough talk-throughs of the different sections.  To order, follow the instructions on the post previous to this one.  Thanks.
All best,
Johnm 
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I can't recall if this book has been mentioned previously:

https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/backwater-blues

I haven't read it.
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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by blueshome on May 17, 2019, 12:16:10 AM »
What he said.
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I think there may be an old thread about the 1927 flood, but in any case this a a great read, encompassing peaple history, politics, origin of the USACE, river control and so on:

Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America ISBN-13: 978-0641763625

McPhee is an excellent interpreter of geology, among other things.  In a previous life, I spent an inordinate amount of time around rivers, and find them inspiring, both scientifically and metaphorically.
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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by Prof Scratchy on May 16, 2019, 07:59:29 AM »
Agree with Ned and Forgetful!


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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by Forgetful Jones on May 16, 2019, 03:59:16 AM »
Hello-
Nice choice of songs John. It sounds like Caldwell is playing out of A position in standard tuning (alternating between a long A and an A7). He sings over his IV chord- D7, and he does not play a V chord at all.

I liked this album a lot when it came out.

Take care
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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: Remastered, Devil At The Crossroads
« Last post by Stuart on May 15, 2019, 02:33:01 PM »
In the interest of thread drift, there's an RJ song in a clip (10:23) from "Burning Cane" featured in this interview.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/amanpour-and-company/video/19-year-old-filmmaker-phillip-youmans/

Also: https://tinyurl.com/y4bcsex4
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