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Not much difference between the blues and church songs but the words. The blues is a natural feeling and a true feeling. The blues is the truth, you hear them singing that 'you done broke my heart' and this and that - that's the naked truth - Pop Staples, Chicago Tribune article

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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: black crepe
« Last post by Johnm on October 27, 2019, 05:57:37 PM »
It's a fairly lightweight cloth.
Country Blues Lyrics / Re: black crepe
« Last post by big joe weems on October 27, 2019, 05:50:40 PM »
Any idea what crepe or creeper is?
Country Blues Lyrics / Re: black crepe
« Last post by Johnm on October 27, 2019, 05:46:26 PM »
Hi Joe,
I think hanging black crepe on the door is an indication of a death in the household, like wearing a black armband or flying the flag at half mast.
All best,
Country Blues Lyrics / black crepe
« Last post by big joe weems on October 27, 2019, 05:26:16 PM »
Is there anyone who can shed some light on the meaning of a theme seen in several country blues lyrics: that of some type of tradition of hanging something on the door of a house when someone dies or leaves for good? It is referred to in various songs as crepe, black crepe, or creeper (as in House's "Depot Blues").  Any insight into this ritual, where it may have taken place, and what is being hung on the door?
Weenie Campbell Main Forum / Paul Rishells Low Down Rounder Blues
« Last post by Elmore on October 27, 2019, 11:50:12 AM »
I'm currently learning this from his Truefire lesson.

To my ears doesn't sound much like the original - still a nice tune though.

I'm no natural musician and learn by repetition - still need the tab in front off me though.

Playing it on my  newly aquired Vintage Statesboro Whiskey Sour parlor guitar - plays well and sounds good for a cheapo!
Hi everybody, I was listen to Down the dirt road blues  by Charlie Patton, and I use to play it without all the amazing percussion stuff that are present in the song.  Charlie Patton recorded sometimes with others guys like Henry Sims or Willie Brown , listening to Down the dirt road I feel like there's another person with him that makes the talking parts ( the begin of the talking phrase is like too near the end of the singing notes by Patton) althought this can be also Charlie but sure the second person plays the percussions stuff. In the Wirz american music discography on the single Down the dirt road / It wont be long recorded  14 june 1929 in Richmond  by   Charlie Patton vocal,guitar and unknow sp   
I m saying this cos over the years I ve always seen musicians trying to do all kind of percussions to sound like the original recordings , and sure  Charlie Patton made some percussions with his hands ( like Bukka White) or foot. Probably on songs like Screaming and Hollerin but in songs like Down the dirt road blues all the percussions considering also the guitar parts seems too difficult to do for a single person and probably there was another person with him. What do you think?
SOTM - Song Of The Month / Re: SOTM October 2019 - Truckin' My Blues Away
« Last post by Johnm on October 26, 2019, 09:02:06 AM »
Hi all,
Here's another one of these from Buddy Moss--"Daddy Don't Care":

All best,
Down the Dirt Road / Re: Jake Xerxes Fussell
« Last post by David Kaatz on October 25, 2019, 11:59:52 PM »
Thanks Stuart. I might have fixed it.
Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Mance Lipscomb Lyrics
« Last post by banjochris on October 25, 2019, 01:55:39 PM »
A few suggestions on "So Different"

Got the walkin' blues is right in 2.3

5.3 GET TO thinking about me...

8.3 you have EVERYBODY correct, he doesn't really pronounce the R.

In the "Mr. Tom" part he sings
Let's buy
Some BEER (he swallows as he says this so it comes out a little funny)
Mr. Tom
IS here.
Oh, THAT'S my friend AND she just come home...

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