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Hi all,
This is just a reminder that the Song of the Month lesson for July is Willie Reed's "Texas Blues", an especially exciting blues in E position, standard tuning.  You can listen to the song in the post immediately prior to this one in this thread.  The transcription that accompanies the lesson includes Willie Reed's intro, verse one, two and five accompaniments and his coda, and you receive very thorough talk-throughs of each section of the transcription with the lesson as well. The lesson costs $35.00 during this month only.  For more information, or to order the lesson, got to my website, , in the Teaching section.  Thanks.
all best,
Hi John: I'm sure that I saw "Smokey Mountain Blues" the first time around, but just forgot about it and missed it yesterday. I definitely agree with you about the great treasure trove of unrecorded music that has been lost to history. --And the great treasure trove that is only preserved in a few cuts here and there as field recordings.

This afternoon when I have more time I'm going to take a closer look at the handwritten and typed sleeve notes to Wallace Chains' recordings at the LoC site and listen to the recordings just see if there's anything that might add to the information we have re: Wallace Chains and Sylvester Jones. Nothing may come of it, but at least I will have tried to think about it in a clear and cogent manner, instead of  merely posting fragments and links.

And of course after we've done our due diligence, you can edit, consolidate and reorganize what has been posted, perhaps changing the title of the thread. --Not need for duplicate links and other forms of redundancy.

Until then,


P.S. BTW: The "Voices In Time" YouTube channel is great. For those of you who have only listened to selective songs via links posted here, here's a link to the top menu:
Books and Articles / Re: Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson
« Last post by Gilgamesh on July 16, 2019, 04:37:56 AM »
Riding the blinds, hoboeing around are not really freedom of movement. True freedom of movement is upward mobility based on talent and intellect, I would suggest. But this is America, where it's seen as romantic to live low to the ground, but not so much if it's you that has to do it.

But wouldn't RJ have been hitch-hiking part of the time? He tried to "flag a ride" at the crossroads.
I had that one in Miller's Breakdown, too, Stuart.  Wallace Chains was the first musician to appear twice in that thread, and I didn't know anything about him except that he was from Texas and was a great player.  I've discovered so many great musicians and performances in the course of trying to find tunes for that thread.  There's one in that thread fairly early on called simply "Blues" by Big Boy, who was recorded in a prison in Virginia I think, that is really fantastic, in a class with Smith Casey.  I believe that there were a number of players in prison in the '30s through the '50s perhaps, who were as strong a group of players as the people making commercial recordings in the same period. 
Here's another:

When I get a chance I'm going to look at the sleeve notes, etc. to see if it leads to anything else that's out there.
Thanks for bringing that one into the light John, lots to learn there.
Yup, I agree.  The guitarist is spectacular, new ideas from beginning to end.  I featured this one early on in Miller's Breakdown.  The guitarist had obviously heard or seen Ramblin' Thomas (or vice versa), but he plays a bunch of stuff that Thomas never played--wow!
Exceptional piece, by the way! Whomever is playing guitar is a cut above the pack, and the singer likewise.
Thanks for the help, Stuart and Rivers.  By continuing to scroll down the page that the performance of "Ella Speed" was on (which was shown to be sung and played by Wallace Chains), I was able to follow a link to a similar page and performance of "My Pore Mother Keeps On Praying For Me".  On that page, it appeared that the guitar on "My Pore Mother, etc." is Wallace Chains, but the vocal is by Sylvester Jones, which could help explain why the vocal and guitar are slightly out of sync at the very beginning of the performance.  The beginning is odd in a way that it would not likely be if the same person was doing both the guitar playing and the singing.  I'm satisfied that the mystery is figured out now.  Thanks, guys.
All best,
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