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Well they kidnapped my baby, and she was all I had // And they held her for a ten thousand dollar ransom, ooh well well, you know that made me feel so bad - Peetie Wheatstraw, Kidnapper's Blues

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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by Johnm on January 17, 2021, 04:14:24 PM »
Thanks very much for your help, Harry. I've made the changes you suggested--thanks!
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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by Harry on January 17, 2021, 03:54:55 PM »
I'm going to Cincinnati

1.1 Now I'm going to Cincinnati, I'm going to gonna spread the news, the sandfoot in Chicago sure don't bear wear no shoes


Pack Up Her Trunk Blues

1.1Everybody here, baby, seem to have a [childish] time
1.2Everybody here, baby, seem to have a [childish] time

"Childish" is right I think. I thought I heard "jollly's time" a one point.

3.3 she'll be a,  she'll be done ?
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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by Johnm on January 17, 2021, 12:02:26 PM »
Hi all,
I have attempted to transcribe the lyrics to the two most recent puzzlers, Walter Coleman's "I'm Going To Cincinnati" and Tommie Bradley's "Pack Up Her Trunk Blues", in the post where they were originally presented, at: https://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=10188.msg109902#msg109902 . There are places in both transcriptions that I'm not at all sure about, and I would very much appreciate help with them. Thanks for any assistance with them.
All best,
Johnm
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Big Bill Broonzy Lyrics
« Last post by Harry on January 17, 2021, 10:47:25 AM »
Mountain Blues


Big Bill Broonzy Ė Vocals, Guitar
Black Bob Ė Piano

July 3, 1935
Chicago, Illinois

Piano in C





Now some of these mornings it wonít be long
You goní and look for me baby Lord and Iíll be gone
Because Iím goní leave here in the morning Iím going way out west
Lord Iím going up in the mountain where the eagle builds his nest

Lord my home ainít here and I ainít goní stay
My woman done got so that she treats me any old way
You know Iím goní leave here in the morning Iím going way out west
Up in the mountain where the eagle builds his nest

Now listen here woman let me tell you a thing or two
You goní find you another man cause Iím through with you
Because Iím goní leave here in the morning Iím going way out west
Lord Iím going up in the mountain where the eagle builds his nest

Now let me tell you woman what you must do
You go find you someone else Ďcause Iím through with you
Because Iím goní leave here in the morning Iím going way out west
Lord Iím going up in the mountain where the eagle builds his nest

Lord if I could holler like a mountain jack
When I get up in the mountains I would call my baby back
Because Iím goní leave here in the morning Iím going way out west
Lord Iím going up in the mountain where the eagle builds his nest
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Down the Dirt Road / Re: Other Musical Interests on YouTube
« Last post by eric on January 17, 2021, 09:15:17 AM »
Great tone, and she really captures the hypnotic sound of the banjo.
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Down the Dirt Road / Re: Rare recordings of various Blues musicians
« Last post by maturest on January 17, 2021, 08:00:55 AM »
Thank you kinsuk. Been looking for that tune "Black night is falling", and found it.
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Down the Dirt Road / Re: Other Musical Interests on YouTube
« Last post by lindy on January 16, 2021, 10:00:51 PM »
Nora Brown is one of the performers on the first episode of Globalfest. She's 15 years old, and watching her made me happy to think about the music of Appalachia being passed down:

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Down the Dirt Road / Re: Other Musical Interests on YouTube
« Last post by lindy on January 16, 2021, 09:31:17 PM »
Globalfest: 4 hours of salsa, Afropop, American Gospel, Kentucky traditional, Ukrainean drones, etc. etc.



I looooove salsa grooves, the first band is so fine . . .

I learned about it from this article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/15/arts/music/globalfest-review.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Music

Lindy
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Big Maceo Lyrics
« Last post by Harry on January 16, 2021, 02:11:30 PM »
Thanks Prof and dj.

Big Maceo and Tampa Red had such great chemistry. In same league as a blues duo as McGhee/Terry and Carr/Blackwell in my book.
Michael Bloomfield visited Tampa in the early 60s during his road trip with Big Joe Williams. I don't know if there's a interview transcript somewhere or if they did a interview at all.
Tampa might be the first musician who recorded distorted electric guitar.


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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by Johnm on January 16, 2021, 01:48:51 PM »
Hi all,
It's been a while since there have been any new responses to the Walter Coleman and Tommie Bradley puzzlers, so I will post the answers.

For Walter Coleman's "I'm Going To Cincinnati":
   * His playing position was C position in standard tuning, as all who responded had it--well done!
   * He fretted the introduction in the treble pretty much exactly as joe paul described it. He picked the third fret of the second string on the + of beat four in a pick-up measure, sliding into the downbeat of the first measure of the intro at the fifth fret of the second string, going from there to the third fret of the first string on the + of beat one. On beat 2 +, he played the fifth fret of the first string and returned to the third fret of the first string. On beat three, he played a triplet going from the the sixth fret of the first string to the fifth fret to  and then the third fret there. On beat four + he went from the open first string to the open second string. In the second measure, he hit the third fret of the first string on 1 +, tying the + of that beat into beat two, and on the + of beat two playing the first fret of the second string and the third fret of the first string together, tying them into beat three. On the + of beat four, he begins a literal repetition of the opening treble run, which repeats intact through measure three, with the difference in the fourth bar being that he concludes it hitting the open second string and the third fret of the first string together, suggesting the V chord, G. It's a pretty spiffy intro, and all of the duets that Coleman and the unnamed seconding guitarist played at this session really sparkled. In the six years that had elapsed since Coleman had recorded as Kid Cole or Sweet Papa Tadpole, his voice had roughened up considerably, and to my taste, the change was all to the good, for singing blues.

For Tommie Bradley's "Pack Up Her Trunk Blues":
   * His playing position was D position in standard tuning, as all who responded had it, and his playing bore a strong resemblance to that of Scrapper Blackwell, as all who responded noted, too. Interestingly, despite his treatment of the time in a manner very much like Scrapper's and using some of the same licks, he is clearly a different guitarist, lacking Scrapper's intense attack and occasional vibrato and over-all finish .
   * Tommie Bradley plays the entire opening passage of his solo, from 2:29--2:39 fretting the first string one fret lower than he is fretting the bent second string, in a partial D shape. He starts at the fifth fret of the first string and the sixth fret of the second string, taking that position up two frets and unbending the second string for a momentary G chord at 2:33, returns back down two frets to where he started, dropping from there down three frets to a D chord 2:34, ascending from there into a kind musical "Twilight Zone" where the wheels really come off for a while and moving the shape to places that speak a different musical language before ending up down at the open first string and the first fret of the second string, in a D9. Gabriel Brown had a similar effect on his song "Going My Way", but in a much more controlled and musically effective way.

Thanks to all who participated, and I hope folks enjoyed the songs. I'll look for some other puzzlers to post soon.

All best,
Johnm
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