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The Seven Sisters sent me away happy, 'round the corner I met another little girl. She looked at me and smiled and said, 'Go devil and destroy the world' - J.T. Funny Papa Smith, Seven Sisters Blues Part 2

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Country Blues Lyrics / Rev. Rassie Moore--"Death Is Coming Back After You"
« Last post by Johnm on November 12, 2020, 09:22:06 AM »
Hi all,
I know nothing about Rev. Rassie Moore. This track evidently is included on the album "Eight-hand Sets and Holy Steps: Early Dance Tunes and Songs of Praise From North Carolina's Black Tradition. Folklife Section, North Carolina Arts Council/North Carolina Museum of History".  About the only information on the track is that it was recorded by Glen Hinson in North Carolina. In any event, a beautiful song and performance, played by Rev. Moore in Vestapol tuning. I had forgotten it until I went to Weeniepedia, but Josh White also recorded this song. Here is "Death Is Coming Back After You":



INTRO

REFRAIN: I declare old Death, coming back, after you
'Clare old Death, coming back, after you
Went a long time ago, won't be back no more
'Clare that old Death, coming back, after you

Then he came to my house, took my brother 'way
Every time I look around, miss my brother in my home
He went a long time ago, won't be back no more
'Clare that old Death, coming back, after you

REFRAIN: I declare old Death, coming back, after you
'Clare old Death, coming back, after you
Went a long time ago, won't be back no more
'Clare that old Death is coming back, after you

Then he came again, took my mother, too
Every since that awful day, I haven't seen my mother no more
She went a long time ago, won't be back no more
'Clare that old Death, coming back, after you

SPOKEN: I declare old Death, comin' back, after you. Yes, it took my mother . . . a long time ago. And I haven't seen Mother any more.

REFRAIN: I declare old Death, coming back, after you
I declare old Death, coming back, after you
Went a long time ago, won't be back no more
'Clare that old Death, coming back, after you

'Clare old Death, coming back, after you
'Clare old Death, coming back, after you
Get your house in order, make it up a-with your God
'Cause old Death, coming back, after you

All best,
Johnm



 
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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Things that just amaze me
« Last post by rein on November 12, 2020, 09:19:11 AM »
I have also often wondered about string gauges on early steel string guitars. I actually dont believe that what we now call mediums were the default option at that time (1920s). I have seen advertisements and catalogues ftom the 1910s up to the 1920s were no gauges are mentioned, but where there is a mention of either unwound or wound 3rd strings, and strings advertised for open A, which makes me think steel strings were comparitively light gauge at the time. Maybe the heavier gauges came later, in the 1930s when guitars had to compete to be heard. I really would like to know more about this subject though !
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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by Johnm on November 12, 2020, 06:06:46 AM »
Hi all,
Any takers for the two Sonny Scott puzzlers, "Black Horse Blues" and "Highway No. 2 Blues"? Come one, come all--answer all the questions or just one.
All best,
Johnm
95
Down the Dirt Road / Re: Hand Picked Blues radio show
« Last post by Stuart on November 11, 2020, 05:01:56 PM »
Thanks, Lindy. I just listened to the archived show. Gavin put together a nice mix of the good stuff, IMHO.
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Down the Dirt Road / Re: Hand Picked Blues radio show
« Last post by islandgal on November 11, 2020, 12:35:27 PM »
Lindy,

Thanks for alerting me to this program by my fellow Canuck and Vancouver Islander, Gavin Hodgins. I will definitely be following his show.

Jean
97
Down the Dirt Road / Hand Picked Blues radio show
« Last post by lindy on November 11, 2020, 11:22:14 AM »
I've been enjoying Richard's and Mendip Slims' Mixcloud programs--thanks to both for the time and effort! 

I want to plug this show, produced by someone who has attended at least 10 Port Townsend workshops and who plays both mando and guitar, not at the same time.

http://cfuv.uvic.ca/cms/?shows=hand-picked-blues

Part of the deal at this station is that a large chunk of programming must originate from Canada. Lucky for us, Canada has a lot of excellent practitioners of acoustic blues, and the host is familiar with them at all levels of obscurity.

Thursdays at 4 pm, Victoria, British Columbia time.

It's non-com radio with a small budget, so it can only archive each show for one week before replacing it with a new one.

Lindy
98
Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Bo Carter Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on November 11, 2020, 07:41:37 AM »
Hi all,
Bo Carter recorded "Baby, When You Marry" at a session in New York City on June 4, 1931, accompanying himself out of Vestapol. He concludes his intro with a yodeling lick on the guitar that gives a hint of things to come. Bo really yodeled well, like Gene Campbell, and not a whole lot of other blues singers. He was really full of surprises. Here is "Baby,  When You Marry":



INTRO

Says, baby, if you marry, a-honey, marry a farming man
A-baby if you marry, a-honey, marry a farming man
Every day'll be Monday, a plow handle in your hand
A-do-a-lay-ee, ooo-lay-ee, oh-lay-ee

But baby, if you marry, a-honey, marry a railroad man
A-baby, if you marry, a-honey marry a railroad man
Every day'll be Sunday, a piece of money in your hand
A-do-a-lay-ee, ooo-lay-ee, oh-lay-ee

But baby, if you marry, a-honey, marry a job-workin' man
A-baby, if you marry, a-honey, marry a job-workin' man
Every Saturday'll be payday, a few pennies in your hand
A-do-a-lay-ee, ooo-lay-ee, oh-lay-ee

But baby, if you marry, a-honey, marry a jelly bean man
A-baby, if you marry, a-honey, marry a jelly bean man
Says, the women all tellin' you, "You can't have that whole man."
A-do-a-lay-ee, ooo-lay-ee, oh-lay-ee

But baby, if you marry, a-honey marry a loafin' man
A-baby, if you marry, a-honey, marry a loafin' man
Every day'll be worried, not a penny in your hand
A-do-a-lay-ee, ooo-lay-ee, oh-lay-ee

CODA

All best,
Johnm
 

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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Sparks Brothers Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on November 10, 2020, 02:22:19 PM »
Hi all,
Also recorded at the same August 24, 1934 session in Chicago as "I. C. Train Blues" was "No Good Woman Blues", which featured the same personnel. The guitarist on this tune plays out of C position in standard tuning, and the song sounds in the key of Ab. I wish I knew who the fiddler was on these two tunes--he/she favored double stops and they sound great, really greasy. The way the clarinetist and fiddler work together reminds me of how the two guitarists work together on several Little Buddy Doyle tracks: instead of leaving space for the other player, each player just takes the space he/she wants. They're right on top of each other in many of the fills, and it sounds great, a terrific din. Unfortunately, this is the last track on which either of the Sparks Brothers is featured as a vocalist, though "Pinetop" backed some singers apart from "Lindberg".  Here is "No Good Woman Blues":



INTRO

You women, don't know what a good man can stand
You women, don't know what a good man can stand
If my baby had a-knowed, she would not left me cold in hand

When you got a good woman, you can get every no-good jane in town
When you got a good woman, you can get every no-good jane in town
But when that good woman quits you, the no-good janes can not be found

SOLO (Spoken: Play 'em, boys, play 'em. Sure sounds good to me! I'm gettin' worried for you, boys, if you all just only knowed it, I'm gettin' worried.

I walked all the way, from Texas into Niaga' Falls
I walked all the way, from Texas into Niaga' Falls
When I got there, my woman told me to turn right around, 'nother mule's kickin' in my stall

I want to sing these blues 'bout my babe, I ain't gon' sing these blues no more
I want to sing these blues 'bout my babe, ain't gon' sing these blues no more
Because that no-good jane, people, she put me out of doors

All best,
Johnm 

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The Back Porch / Re: Miller's Breakdown proposal
« Last post by Norfolk Slim on November 10, 2020, 02:09:44 PM »
Nice prof.  if I find time I may have a go.  Need a day or three to listen to 333 songs and choose one :-)
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