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Tell your San Francisco Bay Area friends, please!

I just did--And I told them to spread the word.
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Port Townsend Country Blues Workshop / Re: Port Townsend 2020
« Last post by Suzy T on December 04, 2019, 11:56:27 AM »
Just got added to faculty for Port Townsend 2020, I'll teach fiddle and -- something else, maybe a string band blues class.  Looking forward to it as always, and especially to being there at the same time as Del Rey -- it's been many years since we've been there together.
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Saturday Night Fish Fry / 12/12 - Xmas Blues - Suzy Thompson, Del Rey, Meredith Axelrod
« Last post by Suzy T on December 04, 2019, 11:55:12 AM »
Thurs. Dec. 12 at Freight & Salvage, Berkeley CA
Xmas Blues - a secular holiday show featuring Meredith Axelrod, Del Rey and Suzy Thompson
Vintage  Xmas and wintry weather songs like "Christmas In Jail", "Santa Claus Blues" (2 different ones), "Cold Morning Shout" and much more!

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/xmas-blues-feat-meredith-axelrod-and-suzy-thompson-tickets-76376747909

Tell your San Francisco Bay Area friends, please!
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Railroad blues, Carl Martin, The New Mississippi Sheiks
« Last post by banjochris on December 03, 2019, 09:39:17 PM »
Here's the New Mississippi Sheiks version:

Iíve got the railroad blues, boxcars on my mind
Iíve got the railroad blues, boxcars on my mind
I ainít had no loviní in a great long time.

Well, the sun goní shine, my back door someday,
Yes, the sun goní shine, my back door someday,
Well it may be here, and it may be far away.

Well, tell me baby, who can your good man be?
Yes, tell me baby, who can your good man be?
If you ainít got nobody, honey wonít you please take me?

Spoken: Play it, boy!

Iím gonna leave here walking, taking chances I may ride,
Iím gonna leave here walking, honey take your chances I may ride,
Because I been mistreated, and I canít be satisfied.
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Other Musical Interests / Jazz On A Summer's Day
« Last post by Stuart on December 01, 2019, 05:34:20 PM »
Here's the link:



It looks like it's available again. I would have preferred more of the film be focused on the performers and less on other people and things, but I was only eight years old at the time and didn't have a say in the matter.
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SOTM - Song Of The Month / Re: Song of the Month Schedule for 2019
« Last post by Johnm on December 01, 2019, 09:20:27 AM »
Hi all,
I don't believe that anyone has volunteered to do the Song of the Month for December.  If you want it, it's yours.
All best,
Johnm
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Hi all,
I wanted to let you know that the Song of the Month lesson at my website for December, 2019 is Bo Carter's "Trouble In Blues", a tough 8-bar blues in Bo's favorite DGDGBE tuning.  The transcription that accompanies the lesson includes Bo's intro, verse one and two accompaniments, his solo and the song's lengthy coda, and the lesson includes thorough talk-throughs of each section of the transcription as well.  Here is Bo's performance of "Trouble In Blues":



For the month of December, 2019 only, the lesson is available for $35.00.  Hard copy lessons are available to U. S. residents only for $43.00.  For more information and to find out about how to make payment for the lesson, go to:  http://www.johnmillerguitar.com/teaching.html .  Thanks, and I hope folks will take advantage of the opportunity to learn this terrific song from Bo Carter.
All best,
Johnm
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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: Jug Band Waltz source
« Last post by Stuart on November 29, 2019, 03:39:57 PM »
...Just listened to Nile of Genago (what do you suppose that name refers to??)

https://tinyurl.com/s6b48ys

Well Suzy, like Diddie Wa Diddie, I guess it's a great big mystery (--Even for the experts).
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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: Jug Band Waltz source
« Last post by Suzy T on November 29, 2019, 11:11:40 AM »
Just listened to Nile of Genago (what do you suppose that name refers to??) and I definitely can hear some relationship to Jug Band Waltz. Thanks for mentioning Nile of Genago, I had never known about it.  Beautiful waltz, beautiful playing. It's good to remember that the blues and jazz players were dance musicians.
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Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Re: Jug Band Waltz source
« Last post by arlotone on November 28, 2019, 05:20:26 PM »
I finally sat down and listened to all the waltzes included in this YouTube playlist, provided in the Waltzes played by CB artists thread. As I expected, there are some common chord progressions. The most common is some variation of this:

I I IV I
I I II V
I I IV I
IV I II-V I

For example: Wednesday Waltz, Sunset Waltz, Sweet Bunch of Daisies

A less common progression goes from I to V to I in the first two lines, like this:

I I I V
V V V I
I I I IV
IV I V I

For example: Nile of Genago, Guian Valley Waltz

The variation used by the Jug Band Waltz adds a VI chord in the turnaround, which was pretty rare in this playlist:

I I I V
V V V I
I I I IV
IV-V I-VI II-V I

Only the Guian Valley Waltz uses exactly this progression. The Sunset Waltz uses a VI, but is more like the first progression.

Looking at the dates of the songs with this type of progression is interesting:

1926 - Nile of Genago (Lonnie Johnson)
1928 - Jug Band Waltz (Memphis Jug Band)
1929 - Guian Valley Waltz (Jarvis & Justice)

Listening again to the Kentucky Waltz, it still sounds more similar to the Jug Band Waltz than most of these examples -- same progression, similar melody, similar overall feel. But it's also pretty similar to the Guian Valley Waltz. Was Guian Valley influenced by Jug Band Waltz, or were they both influenced by the earlier Nile of Genago? In an interview in 1960, Will Shade rated Lonnie Johnson as the best guitarist he'd ever heard, so it's possible. Shade also said that he got the idea to start a jug band listening to Dixieland Jug Blowers records from 1926, so perhaps he absorbed this Lonnie Johnson record as an influence that same year.

On a side note, the Crazy Waltz by Jesse Fuller stood out to me as having a similar melody -- mainly in the turnaround -- and overall feel. I guess it helps that he had the same harmonica and kazoo instrumentation as the MJB.
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