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Author Topic: Key To The Highway/8-Bar Blues  (Read 18894 times)

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LittleBenny

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Key To The Highway/8-Bar Blues
« on: November 04, 2004, 03:12:14 PM »
Hey everybody,
I'm looking for songs that follow the same chord progression as Key To The Highway.
I know of Willie Browns East St. Louis Blues, but are there any others. Song key doesn't matter . Thanks,? LB
« Last Edit: April 18, 2005, 05:46:16 AM by Johnm »

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Re: Key To The Highway/8-Bar Blues
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2004, 03:26:18 PM »
Hi LB, welcome to the board!

Oh gosh, there are lots.  I think the term you are looking for is: "8 bar blues"  One I can think of off the top of my head is Carl Martin's "Old Time Blues"  - a very fine song.

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Re: Key To The Highway/8-Bar Blues
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2004, 03:31:53 PM »
...also 'Come Back Baby' by various artists - I think there is a great version by Snooks Eaglin on the juke.  :)

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Re: Key To The Highway/8-Bar Blues
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2004, 04:35:44 PM »
That was pretty quick. Thanks for the fast response.
I guess it's 8 bars, but also lookin for 1 5 4 for instance, (E,B,A) instead of the norm.
1 4 5,(E,A,B).  Again key doesn't matter. Thanks again, LB

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Re: Key To The Highway/8-Bar Blues
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2004, 06:57:29 PM »
Off the top of my head:

Searching the Desert for the Blues - Blind Willie McTell
Talking to Myself - Blind Willie McTell
Dry Land Blues - Furry Lewis
Untrue Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
Hambone - Ed Bell
Becky Dean - Leadbelly

I feel like I'm missing something really obvious, though...
« Last Edit: November 04, 2004, 07:02:23 PM by frankie »

Offline GhostRider

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Re: Key To The Highway/8-Bar Blues
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2004, 07:50:47 PM »
Hey Ramblin' Frank:

Yes you are. Here are a few more:

Mississippi River Blues - Big Bill Broonzy
Monday Morning Woman Blues - Jim Jackson
Slidin' Delta - Mississippi John Hurt
Crow Jane - many

All of these are I-V-IV

Ramblin' Franks suggestion of BB Fullers Untrue Blues is sort of unique in that's in A, not E.

Hope this helps,
I can see my good gal on the other side,
Alex
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Re: Key To The Highway/8-Bar Blues
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2004, 08:35:02 PM »
There's Bo Weavil Jackson's Pistol Blues, which is really Crow Jane, I guess.? Funny that Carl Martin's Crow Jane isn't an 8-bar at all.

A couple more:

Mistreatin' Blues - Frank Stokes
Frank Stokes' Dream - Frank Stokes
Every Day of the Week - Pink Anderson and Simmie Dooley
Rolling Mill Blues - Peg Leg Howell (not really a I-V-IV, though)

I'm pretty sure one of the songs recorded by Papa Harvey Hull & Cleve Reed is an 8-bar, but I can't find the CD at the moment...

Edited to add a gaggle of Blind Boy Fuller songs:

Looking For My Woman - Blind Boy Fuller
Bulldog Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
Looking for My Woman, No. 2 - Blind Boy Fuller
Too Many Women Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
Thousand Women Blues - Blind Boy Fuller
Pistol Slapper Blues - Blind Boy Fuller (slightly different - I-V-I-IV)
Somebody's Been Talkin' - Blind Boy Fuller
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Re: Key To The Highway/8-Bar Blues
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2004, 09:05:07 PM »
Hi all,
A couple of others occur--
   * "Gang of Brownskin Women"--Long Cleve Reed and Papa Harvey Hull
   * "Trouble In Mind"--Richard Jones
   * "Married Woman Blues"--George Torey (w/instrumental extension)
   * "Ticket Agent Blues"--Curley Weaver
   * "New Lovin' Blues"--Buddy Moss (except for the solos, which are 12-bar)
   * "Little Woman, You're So Sweet"--Blind Foy Fuller
   * "Red River Blues"--Blind Boy Fuller
   * "Woman, Woman"--Ishmon Bracey (w/instrumental extension)
Actually, I guess "Trouble In Mind", and "Little Woman, You're So Sweet", may be an 8 bar blues sub-set:  ones in which the second bar is a I 7 chord instead of a V 7.  Broonzy switches to this progression for the solos on his original recording of "Key To The Highway", too.  Fun topic.  Boy, that "Pistol Blues" by Bo Weavil Jackson you cite, Frank, is perfectly amazing, as was everything he did, I think. . .   to be able to play so hard, intricate and fast--whew!
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Key To The Highway/8-Bar Blues
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2004, 10:04:25 PM »
Howdy:

"Come Back Baby" is an 8 bar blues but not a I-V-IV one, like "Key to the Highway".

Alex

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Re: Key To The Highway/8-Bar Blues
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2004, 06:13:03 AM »
Rolling Mill Blues - Peg Leg Howell (not really a I-V-IV, though)
?* "Little Woman, You're So Sweet"--Blind Foy Fuller

Actually, I guess "Trouble In Mind", and "Little Woman, You're So Sweet", may be an 8 bar blues sub-set:? ones in which the second bar is a I 7 chord instead of a V 7.

Just thinking this morning - if we include tunes that go the the I 7 instead of V 7, wouldn't Sitting On Top of the World and all its variants/incarnations be included?
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LittleBenny

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Re: Key To The Highway/8-Bar Blues
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2004, 08:08:03 AM »
Thanks everybody. Looks like I hit the jack pot.  I love it and I love this site. I think im gonna make a pallet on this floor. This site seems to have it all.

               Thanks again, LB

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Re: Key To The Highway/8-Bar Blues
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2004, 08:25:38 AM »

Glad you found what you were looking for, LittleBenny.  It gets fun here, sometimes.  Re your thoughts on "Sitting on Top of the world" and its variants, Frank, I reckon the relaxed 8-bar definition would let in "How Long" and its variants, too.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Key To The Highway/8-Bar Blues
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2004, 09:08:06 AM »
I reckon the relaxed 8-bar definition would let in "How Long" and its variants, too.

That's a lot of tunes...  yikes!

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Re: Key To The Highway/8-Bar Blues
« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2004, 04:31:13 AM »
Siitin on top of the world
Ants in my pants
How long

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Re: Key To The Highway/8-Bar Blues
« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2004, 09:24:58 AM »
Was just going to add Woman Woman Blues by Ishmon Bracey then saw that JohnM had it in his list. This is one of the coolest treatments of the 8 bar I V IV form (as John notes, with instrumental extension of the form). One of my favorite Bracey tunes, along with Saturday Blues.