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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...

Hi all,
I have remembered another tuning used for Country Blues in which one string has been changed.  It was first brought to my attention by Frank Basile, who noted that on his song "Dear Old Mother", the Alabama musician Lonzie Thomas played in what was essentially cross-note tuning, but with the third string tuned down a half-step, so that if you were playing in cross-note in D and wanted to switch to Lonzie's tuning you would end up with DADEAD.  This tuning allows you to get the sound that Smoky Babe had on "If I Had Listened To What My Mama Say", essentially playing in an E position, but with the first fret hammer on the third string giving you a minor third rather than a major third.  I will attempt to attach Lonzie's performance of "Dear Old Mother" to this message, since it is not up on youtube.  At the very end of the rendition, he arpeggiates his open strings, going from the sixth string to the first string and you can hear how the open third string is tuned to a II note.  Incidentally, you can hear other cuts by Lonzie on the George Mitchell Collection on Fat Possum--to my taste, Lonzie was one of George Mitchell's greatest discoveries.  I was unable to get the file to a size where it would attach, so you'll have to buy the tune from Fat Possum if you want to hear it.
All best,
Performance Corner / Halloween "Ogdoad" Rag
« Last post by George616 on October 25, 2019, 10:32:55 AM »
Hi everyone,
I have a new song scheduled for release on my YouTube channel.

Halloween "Ogdoad" Rag
(as in the pic)

It's not available to listen to yet. Please click on the link below from 6:00PM (U.K. time) on 31.10.19:
Happy Halloween!
Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Mance Lipscomb Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on October 25, 2019, 10:09:18 AM »
Thanks so much for the transcription of "So Different Blues", Willie Poor Boy.  It's always great to get more of Mance's lyrics transcribed.
All best,
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