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Performance Corner / Re: Professor Scratchy on Facebook Live
« Last post by harriet on November 28, 2020, 07:28:56 AM »
Thanks - I enjoyed that Professor!
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Performance Corner / Re: Professor Scratchy on Facebook Live
« Last post by Norfolk Slim on November 28, 2020, 04:25:28 AM »
And very good it was too.  Nice to see Alan Hooper from Exeter in the comments stream too.
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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: We should have heard more from them
« Last post by taft on November 28, 2020, 04:18:49 AM »
Pete Welding's recordings, and other documents, are held in the archive of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. The Romeo Nelson tapes are probably among the 700 tapes in the collection. See: https://catalog.loc.gov/vwebv/holdingsInfo?searchId=1929&recCount=25&recPointer=0&bibId=17244296
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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: We should have heard more from them
« Last post by dj on November 27, 2020, 05:21:55 PM »
Just a bit more on Romeo Nelson.  According to an article in Frog Annual Number 5 (thanks, btasoundsradio, for inspiring me to pull that off the shelf) by Michael Hortig, Pete Welding and Erwin Helfer made an attempt to record him in 1964, but he was out of practice and the 3 tracks recorded were unusable.  Welding touched base with Nelson again in 1965, and though his playing was much improved, it still needed a bit more work.  A final attempt to record Nelson was contemplated in 1966, but nothing came of it, apparently for lack of money to cover costs.  So we came close to hearing more from him.
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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: We should have heard more from them
« Last post by dj on November 27, 2020, 04:50:12 PM »
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I sure wish Romeo Nelson had recorded more titles too.

Agreed.  Nelson lived on well into the LP age - he died in 1974 - and was visited by researchers and interviewed in the 1960s and 70s.  It would have been nice if someone had recorded an LP or 2 of his work than.
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Jam Session / Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Last post by eric on November 27, 2020, 01:34:25 PM »
Belated Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: We should have heard more from them
« Last post by Johnm on November 27, 2020, 11:40:03 AM »
Thanks for reviving this thread, dj. Walter Roland is certainly a great choice. There are certainly a lot of musicians I'd put in this category whose work I was not familiar with when the category was started. I'd especially like to have heard more from Dennins McMillon and Sonny Jones, too East Coast players whose only solo titles (four apiece) can be offend on the "Blind Boy Fuller, Vol. 2" set on JSP. I sure wish Romeo Nelson had recorded more titles too.
All best,
Johnm
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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: We should have heard more from them
« Last post by harry on November 27, 2020, 10:28:49 AM »
Agreed. Such a great versatile musician.
I contacted Allmusic Guide a while ago and told them he didn't vanish in 1935;

After 1935, however, Roland seems to have dropped off the face of the earth -- his subsequent activities and ultimate fate remain unknown.

At least they added his birth and death date previously stated undetermined.


Walter Roland - Allmusic

https://www.allmusic.com/artist/walter-roland-mn0000813231/biography
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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: We should have heard more from them
« Last post by dj on November 27, 2020, 08:40:26 AM »
Walter Roland.

With the recent Sonny Scott and Lucille Bogan lyric threads, I've been listening a lot to them, which inevitably leads to listening to a lot of Walter Roland.  Roland could do it all - great singer, great pianist, really good guitar player.  The July 1933 session he did with Bogan and Scott is, to me, one of the greatest pre-war blues recording sessions.

Roland lived until 1972, but never recorded after 1935.  It's a shame he wasn't part of the post-war blues rediscovery.  Maybe Alabama was a bit too far off the beaten track.
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