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Offline Rivers

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #60 on: March 16, 2008, 08:39:11 PM »
Revisiting this thread, Lightnin' Hopkins and Brownie McGhee are conspicuously absent, probably due to their huge respective outputs. I think we owe it to music to nail down a few gems though.

White country blues classics are also under-represented. I'd suggest Dock Boggs / Country Blues, Clarence Green / Johnson City Blues and Prarie Ramblers / Deep Elem Blues are solid classics, essential and great.

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #61 on: March 16, 2008, 08:53:18 PM »
I'm on a Lightnin' kick so

Katie Mae Blues (electric country blues I guess)
Short Haired Woman ("")
Automobile

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Sunny Southern Blues - 'Big Road' Webster Taylor
Jim Lee Pt. 1 - Charlie Patton
Special Rider Blues - Son House
County Farm Blues - Son House
My Buddy Blind Papa Lemon - King Solomon Hill
C. C. Rider - Leadbelly (slide)
Frisco Town - Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe
Sammie, Where You Been So Long - Dock Boggs
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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #62 on: March 16, 2008, 09:44:24 PM »
Hey cheapfeet, good work on Lightnin' but it occurs to me you probably you need to point us at a CD/session since there are likely several recordings of each(?).

I'd add Prison Blues Come Down On Me, with Long Gone Miles on Country Blues, Tradition. In fact there's so much good stuff on that CD it's hard to pick.

Can't disagree with any of your other choices, though Sunny Southern... I've not heard. My version of your Dock Boggs rec is spelled 'Sammie...' so that threw me when I searched for it.
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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #63 on: March 17, 2008, 08:41:14 AM »
Katie Mae Blues ('46)
Short Haired Woman ('47)
Automobile ('49)
& I think are the first recordings of these tunes?
I got these on a 2CD Rhino set called 'Mojo Hand: The LH Anthology' , a very good collection.





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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #64 on: March 17, 2008, 05:35:08 PM »
Highway 49- Big Joe Williams
Rollin' And Tumblin'- Hambone Willie Newbern
Gangster Blues- Peetie Wheatstraw
High Water Everywhere- Charlie Patton
Future Blues- Willie Brown
Please Ma'am- Peg Leg Howell
Gonna Tip Out Tonight- Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley
Tight Like That- Tampa Red & Georgia Tom
Keep My Hair Parted- Washboard Sam
You've Got To Hit The Right Lick- Big Bill Broonzy
Diving Duck Blues- Sleepy John Estes
Bedside Blues- Jim Thompkins

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #65 on: March 27, 2008, 08:13:39 AM »
Rivers . . . been meaning to mention this . . . if you have the 4CD JSP set 'When The Levee Breaks Mississippi Blues, Rare Cuts 1926-41' 'Sunny Southern Blues' by Webster Taylor is actually on Disc D & plays in the place of the listed 'Good Boy Blues' by Arthur Petties. It is a particulary pretty song with a chimey guitar part & a real effective falsetto by Taylor. I've learned arranged it & have been trying to record a 'good enough' version of it to not much success so far . . .
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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #66 on: March 27, 2008, 08:23:33 AM »
Given what has already been posted- 10 would be tricky.  But I couldnt see Big Road Blues by Tommy Johnson here yet...

Is anyone else intrigued by the (almost) complete absence of Robert Johnson from this list?  I know he is over exposed, the blues man that non enthusiasts know about, much covered and arguably overhyped both musically and in terms of the "legend" that has been built around him. 

However, he surely made some genuinely "essential" country/ delta blues records.

Do we, as reasonably knowledgeable enthusiasts, subconsciously edit him out of our thoughts when creating these lists as a result of all the factors listed above?

For my own part, I'd like to add Terraplane, Steady Rollin Man and 4 until Late to the list.
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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #67 on: March 27, 2008, 07:47:32 PM »
I was into Robert Johnson before he was famous.

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #68 on: January 20, 2009, 07:42:09 AM »
Added Today: the 2008 recommendations to the Weenie Juke "Classic Hour"

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120 minute cassette....
« Reply #69 on: October 04, 2009, 05:35:09 AM »
..tape (or about 40 songs) that tells the story of those prewar blues....hmm? Can it be done? I'm talking Delta, women, hillbillie, St.Louis, East Coast, Piedmont, jug bands, piano, harmonica, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Memphis blues. So I need a little bit of this n' that. I own a Pontiac Grand Prix that came with a cassette player. No I'm not going to yank it out or add a CD player. Not that there is a CD out there that would do the job either. So from Ma Rainey to those Muddy Waters plantation recordings.....hmmm? Just looking for some .."must be there"...suggestions that are vital in telling the story. I pretty much have it all, just not on a cassette labeled..."Essential Prewar Blues".
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Re: 120 minute cassette....
« Reply #70 on: October 04, 2009, 08:23:01 AM »
Hi Blind Dawg,
This thread on "Classic, Essential Country Blues" provides some suggestions:  http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?amp;Itemid=128&topic=602.0
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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #71 on: October 04, 2009, 11:00:24 AM »
Wow, what a great thread to revisit, Johnm. I thought it would be a good idea to merge the topics since Blind Dawg's post may elicit some further responses. So much already here, tho'.

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #72 on: January 03, 2014, 03:59:26 PM »
Cool thread - didn't see any activity since 2009. Wonder if anyone has discovered some more "must hear" songs since then.

A few for consideration:
Crazy Blues - Smith
St Louis Blues - Handy
Trouble In Mind - Broonzy
Buckdancers Choice - McGee

From The Anthology:
Spike Driver - MJH
James Alley Blues - Brown

A couple from Brownie McGhee (or others if you prefer):
Sporting Life Blues
Kansas City

Surprised not to see Careless Love, Betty and Dupree, or anything from the Carter Family.

Anyway, cool thread, I just wanted to give it a bump.

Thanks,
Scott

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #73 on: January 04, 2014, 08:31:25 AM »
Memphis Mail by Scott Dunbar gets requested a lot on the juke and is really tasty.

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Re: Classic, Essential and the Greatest Country Blues
« Reply #74 on: January 16, 2014, 05:10:18 PM »
Hi all,
I didn't see any Smith Casey tracks listed.  "Shorty George" and "Santa Fe Blues" belong on that list.
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