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Author Topic: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues  (Read 24683 times)

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #30 on: September 26, 2004, 12:37:14 PM »
Hi JohnD,
Glad to hear that getting the missing Lemon cuts on the Juke was so easily remedied.  Whew--not having Lemon on there--God don't like it and I don't like it neither!
Another grouping to add to the list.
1. Down On My Bended Knee-King Solomon Hill
2. It Won't Be Long-Sam Collins
3. Try Me One More Time-Marshall Owens
4. Man of My Own-Ruth Willis w/Fred McMullen and Curley Weaver
5. Hard Time Blues-Lane Hardin
6. You Like My Lovin'-Otis Harris
7. Snake Doctor Blues-JayDee Short
8. A Rag-Buddy Boy Hawkins
9. Mistreating Mama-Furry Lewis
10. Timbrook Blues-John Byrd
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #31 on: September 26, 2004, 12:45:28 PM »
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Glad to hear that getting the missing Lemon cuts on the Juke was so easily remedied.  Whew--not having Lemon on there--God don't like it and I don't like it neither!

I know, it surprised the heck out of me, I thought we ahd them - it was a Teenie Weenie Juke Crisis!  :D

Thanks forthe continued entries guys - I'll do a second round in a day or two.

Johnm, off to record the non-reissued LPs!

Cheers,

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #32 on: September 26, 2004, 07:22:12 PM »
Also, not sure what happened to BLJ - I've got the JSB 4 disk set which has these tunes of course - I think UB is playing tricks on me.? :P

Yup, my fault. Despite my full-fledged Lemon-maniac status, the upload was in the early days of the Juke, when uploading all 4 JSPs would have meant a very Lemony juke playlist. Not a bad thing, of course, but was trying to go for variety first. Then forgot to complete the set. Fortunately, Slack is well-equipped. :)

edited to add: My shame is of course rather deep...

Patton's Bo Weevil is on there though - search for Mississippi Boweavil Blues or Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues
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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #33 on: September 26, 2004, 07:38:38 PM »
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edited to add: My shame is of course rather deep...

I would certainly hope so... :P

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Patton's Bo Weevil is on there though - search for Mississippi Boweavil Blues or Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues


Got it - thanks!

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #34 on: September 26, 2004, 08:01:00 PM »

Right Of Way Blues-Blind Lemon Jefferson

Was just listening to this today and thinking what a great and rather neglected Lemon tune.


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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #35 on: September 27, 2004, 09:21:35 AM »
I agree with you, Andrew, I think "Right of Way" is really a killer.? Where did Lemon come up with this stuff?? It doesn't sound remotely like it came out of the 19th century Parlor song tradition, nor does it sound like any Classic Blues from the late teens or early '20s that I've ever heard.? It's not as though it spawned a lot of imitations, either.? It just sort of sits there, by itself, sounding so great.? The integration of voice and guitar on it is amazing, even by Lemon's standards.
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Johnm
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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #36 on: September 27, 2004, 11:18:24 AM »
It's not as though it spawned a lot of imitiations, either.

It does seem to have made an impression on Blind Willie McTell, who seems to have used it as a template for a couple of his blues in E position.  Sounds to me like Drive Away Blues is based on it, and at least one of the tunes where he accompanies Ruth Willis.  Neither of those even comes close to Lemon's level of voice/guitar integration, though.

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #37 on: September 27, 2004, 04:31:51 PM »
Hi Frank,
The one aspect of "Drive Away" that really hearkens to "Right of Way" is the intro, which is like a little homage to Lemon's signature lick.  Once you get past the intro, apart from the fact that they're both in E and hit that #4 on the third fret of the third string a lot, I have to admit I don't hear the similarity.  Lemon makes that worrying back-and-forth between the #4 and the open B string the center of the accompaniment.  Willie just passes through it in descending runs.  "Right Of Way" is essentially a one-chorder, at least in terms of what the bass is doing--Lemon never acknowledges the IV or V chords by hitting low roots where the changes would normally fall, whereas in "Drive Away" Willie McTell is hitting strong conventional IV and V chords right across the neck.  Melodies are different, too. Lemon's melodic arc centers around the V note at the open B string, where Willie's centers on the blue III, third fret, first string and I note, open first string.  The intro sounds like McTell took it right out of "Right Of Way", but the remainder of the song seems like Willie McTell, business as usual.
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Johnm     

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #38 on: September 27, 2004, 06:50:39 PM »
You're right, of course, especially about the way McTell moves through the changes.

Do you think the title of Right of Way Blues is a mistake?  Seems like it must really have been Ride Away Blues and was misunderstood by the suits!

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #39 on: September 27, 2004, 08:38:27 PM »
Hi Frank,
You're onto something with that botched title, I think.  I always thought "Right Of Way" was a mystifying title.  Now turns out, not so much mystifying as screwed up!  I remember when it was pointed out to me that "When You Left", the one song (I think) that featured Bo Carter and Sam Chatmon's brother, Harry, who was reputed to be the most musical family member by Sam, opens with the line,
   "When your left eye goes to twitching . . . "
Isn't there one of the Andrew and Jim Baxter tunes that has a woman's name in the title, according to the record company, that ends up being a homonym for some technical railroad term or type of train?  I can't remember what it is.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #40 on: September 27, 2004, 09:06:01 PM »
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Was just listening to this today and thinking what a great and rather neglected Lemon tune.

Went back and listened myself as I could not recall it - it is a great tune, such a forlorn and pleading main riff.
Interesting pick Johnm for a Lemon Classic!

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #41 on: September 27, 2004, 09:30:27 PM »
Howdy:

Now that we can loosen up a? ;D bit,

1) Early Morning Blues - Blind Blake
2) Awful Fix Blues - Buddy Boy Hawkins
3) Dryland Blues - Furry lewis
4) Future Blues - Willie Brown
5) Blue Day Blues - Scrapper Blackwell
6) Rollin' From Side to Side - Little Hat jones
7) Bullfrog Blues - Willian Harris
8) Diddie Wa Diddie - Blind Blake
9) I Want You to Know - Bo Carter
and for the Viagra-challanged...(not Slack of course...)
10) Lead Pencil Blues - Johnnie Temple

My pencil don't write no more,
Alex
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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #42 on: September 28, 2004, 06:04:47 PM »
OK folks, round 2 - we have 123 'Classics' in our Greatest Hits list.  Some more gaps exposed.

Searchin' the Desert for the Blues - Blind Willie McTell
Come Around to My House - Blind Willie McTell (and many others)
Key to the Highway - Big Bill Broonzy
Saturday Night Rub - Big Bill Broonzy
Meet me in the Bottom - Buddy Moss (and others)  --- Buddy Moss? or do you mean Shirley Griffith?
New Lovin' Blues - Buddy Moss
Ragtime Millionaire - William Moore
Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues - Skip James
Special Rider Blues - Skip James
Blue Day Blues - Scrapper Blackwell
Kokomo Blues - Scrapper Blackwell
When the Levee Breaks - Memphis Minnie
Diddy Wah Diddy - Blind Blake
Blind Arthur's Breakdown - Blind Blake
Down On My Bended Knee-King Solomon Hill
It Won't Be Long-Sam Collins
Try Me One More Time-Marshall Owens
Man of My Own-Ruth Willis w/Fred McMullen and Curley Weaver
Hard Time Blues-Lane Hardin
You Like My Lovin'-Otis Harris
Snake Doctor Blues-JayDee Short
A Rag-Buddy Boy Hawkins
Mistreating Mama-Furry Lewis
Timbrook Blues-John Byrd
Early Morning Blues - Blind Blake
Awful Fix Blues - Buddy Boy Hawkins
Dryland Blues - Furry lewis
Future Blues - Willie Brown
Rollin' From Side to Side - Little Hat jones
Bullfrog Blues - Willian Harris
Lead Pencil Blues - Johnnie Temple

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #43 on: September 28, 2004, 06:09:06 PM »
Slack, I can find you most of those with the exceptions (I think) of

Lead Pencil Blues - Johnnie Temple
You Like My Lovin'-Otis Harris
A Rag-Buddy Boy Hawkins

Will communicate offline.

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #44 on: September 29, 2004, 08:06:24 AM »
Hmm, I still don't find them. Maybe just give me the key word(s) you are searching on..?

cheers,