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And I want you to take this to your grave, to your grave. No matter how good you sound, you don't sound good to somebody. And no matter how bad you sound, you sound good to somebody. Most of your criticism comes from people who can't pick their teeth, can't pick nothin'™. They say "He can't play, but they can't do nothin'"". Trust me now, don't ever sit down playin' to entertain, to satisfy your audience, because anything you play ain't gonna satisfy all of them anyway. Play to the best of your ability - Jimmy "Duck" Holmes from Bentonia MS at PTCBW 2016

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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by blueshome on Today at 05:15:23 AM »
Now that Ive got to it, Im with the Prof.
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: John Jackson Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Yesterday at 03:18:04 PM »
Hi all,
John Jackson recorded "Steamboat Whistle Blues", accompanying himself out of Vestapol tuning, on his first Arhoolie album.  The song is a 16-bar blues, very much in the "K. C. Moan" family.  John varied some phrase lengths as he went along, especially in his solo, and utilized occasional "breath-catcher" bars, too.  Here is "Steamboat Whistle Blues":



INTRO SOLO

Lord, I hate to hear that steamboat whistle blow
Say, I hate to hear that steamboat whistle blow
Lord, I hate to hear that steamboat whistle blow
Lord, she blows like she never blowed before

Now, I'm goin' where the chilly winds don't blow
I'm goin' where the chilly winds don't blow
Now I'm goin' where the chilly winds don't blow
Say, I'm goin' where the climate suits my clothes

SOLO

Say I'm goin' away, but I ain't never comin' back
Say I'm goin' away, but I ain't never comin' back
Say I'm goin' away, but I ain't never comin' back
Them doggone bloodhounds now is on my track

Lord, I hate to hear that steamboat whistle blow
Said, I hate to hear that steamboat whistle blow
Say, I hate to hear that steamboat whistle blow
She blows like she never blowed before

SOLO

Lord, I hate to hear that steamboat whistle blow
I hate to hear that steamboat whistle blow
Said, I hate to hear that steamboat whistle blow
Yes, it blows like she never blowed before

SOLO

All best,
Johnm





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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by Old Man Ned on Yesterday at 12:45:56 PM »
For Babe Stovall's "Maypole March":
   Playing position/tuning I'm hearing in Vestapol/Open D
   What is somewhat unusual about the bass he plays in the body of the song? Is he alternating the open 5th & 4th strings as opposed to the more 'usual' open 6th & 4th strings?

For Babe Stovall's "Boll Weevil":
   This was causing me some turmoil for some reason, but yeah, standard G sounds to fit for me.
   Again, agree with Prof Scratchy on the three hammers in the treble - open 2nd string to 3rd fret.
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Come on Bob, time to post an attempt!  Only thing thats tricky is the timing.
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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by Prof Scratchy on Yesterday at 04:57:39 AM »
For Babe Stovall's "Maypole March":
   * What playing position/tuning did he use to play the song? -Vestapol
   * Given his playing position/tuning, what is somewhat unusual about the bass he plays in the body of the song?-Is he playing the bass on the open fourth string?


-For Babe Stovall's "Boll Weevil":
   * What playing position/tuning did he use to play the song? - standard G
   * Babe begins most of his verses with three hammers in the treble from where to where? - second string open to second string third fret.
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The Back Porch / Re: It Ain't Country Blues, but it's bluesy
« Last post by David Kaatz on April 07, 2020, 10:35:30 PM »
Thanks John.
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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: Live Concert now with Eric and Suzy Thompson
« Last post by Suzy T on April 07, 2020, 08:15:49 PM »
Thank you so much Slack!  It was fun -- we'll do another one next tues (April 14) as "Thompsonia" with our daughter Allegra.
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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: Live Concert now with Eric and Suzy Thompson
« Last post by eric on April 07, 2020, 06:36:17 PM »
That was cool.  Thanks for the heads up, Slack
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Tampa Red Lyrics
« Last post by harry on April 07, 2020, 02:58:23 PM »
Tampa Red - You've Got To Do Better

March 22, 1934 in Chicago

Tampa Red - Vocals, Guitar, Kazoo
Black Bob - Piano





Now I work all day and I cry all night
Woman you know you ain't treating me right
You've got to do better you've got to do better
You've got to do better or let another mama come in

Now I give you everything I could beg or steal
But can't come home and get a decent meal
You've got to do better yes you've got to do better
Oh you've got to do better or let another mama come in

You come home every night drunk and out your head
I even have to bathe you and put you to bed
You've got to do better yeah you've got to do better
You've got to do better or let another mama come in

Now my food ain't fitting and my house ain't clean
You're the dirtiest old woman I've ever seen
Now you've got to do better yes you've got to do better
You've got to do better or let another mama come in

Now the food you cook will make a hound dog sick
Woman I'd like to call you an old no good well
You've got to do better you've got to do better
You've got to do better or let another mama come in
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