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Author Topic: Favorite singers  (Read 28758 times)

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Offline Norfolk Slim

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Re: Favorite singers
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2005, 05:43:40 AM »
Top of my list has to be Son House.  The acapella rendition of John the Revelator still sends hivers down my spine whenever I hear it.

One other thought, possibly blurring genre boundaries a little, is John Lee Hooker who had a fantastically expressive voice.  I love his early acoustic stuff, for the rhythm and growling passion of it all!


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Re: Favorite singers
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2005, 06:05:47 AM »
In addition to names already mentioned, I will add early Lightnin' Hopkins and the inimitable Joseph Spence.
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Re: Favorite singers
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2005, 02:08:17 PM »
short list of fav's
-mjh
-Joe Callicot
-mance lipscomb
-skip James
-rev. davis
I also like the one track I heard by bobby grant on the paramount masters called Nappy Head Blues.  Is there anything else by this guy?  For newer artists I love Kelly Joe Phelps.

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Re: Favorite singers
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2005, 04:30:20 PM »
just wanted to add three all time favorites i hadn't seen listed yet:

Louie Lasky
Henry Thomas
and the inimitable John Miller

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Re: Favorite singers
« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2005, 07:13:03 AM »
1. Charley Patton (He is just my favorite blues artist)
2. Son House
3. Tommy Johnson
4. Leadbelly

To me they are the more intense and expressive (and that's what I want in a blues singer)


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Re: Favorite singers
« Reply #20 on: January 26, 2005, 07:46:36 AM »
Josh White.  He had a beautiful voice and sang very expressively.
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Re: Favorite singers
« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2005, 11:50:13 AM »
Not to forget the yumptious group vocals of the Memphis Jug Band (like in K.C. Moan, nice call and response with those lonesome train sounds). And the vocals of Jim &/or Andrew Baxter (Bamalong Blues). Also the women - Bessie Smith (Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out), and Hattie Hudson (Doggone My Good Luck Soul). And your Euro-Americans like Emry Arthur (the spare sounding Reuben Oh Reuben). And many others... :)

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Re: Favorite singers
« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2005, 12:39:09 PM »
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Re: Favorite singers
« Reply #23 on: February 24, 2005, 12:03:02 PM »
Hi all,
I have a couple more to add to the list--the amazing Sam Collins (listen to "I Want To Be Like Jesus In My Heart") and the two kings of the Itta Bena headtone:  Ishmon Bracey and Rube Lacy.
All best,
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Re: Favorite singers
« Reply #24 on: February 24, 2005, 01:19:42 PM »
Hi:

I'll add another. I really like the voice of Kokomo Arnold (as well as him being  being a great (maybe the greatest) slide player in CB).

He was quite an anomaly in the late '30's, a very good selling solo bluesman in an era of guitar-piano duests and small combos (similar to BB Fuller), and quite an influence of Robert Johnson ( and Sam Michell).

With all due respect, and 'though I like his tunes a lot, one I'd like to vote off the list is Robert Wilkins. That nasal voice just doesn't due it for me.

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Re: Favorite singers
« Reply #25 on: February 24, 2005, 02:54:00 PM »
Not blues, but arguably "bluesy," I would add Roscoe Holcombe, Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley.

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Re: Favorite singers
« Reply #26 on: February 24, 2005, 05:53:23 PM »
Hi all,
Great choices, Fred.  Roscoe, Bill and Ralph are all great singers, bluesy as you say, and Roscoe and Bill were great Blues singers, too.  In addition, I think Bill Monroe is much the best Blues mandolin player I have ever heard.  He was an all-round powerhouse, and a super-strong musician in every way. 
Re Wilkins, I reckon you can remove him from your own list of favorites, Alex, but "the" list?  Seems like he belongs there as long he is among anyone's favorites.  He's certainly one of mine.
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Re: Favorite singers
« Reply #27 on: February 24, 2005, 06:36:03 PM »
i'll second that.  i find acapella stuff in general tends to have a different osrt of emotional impact, espiecally if done well and with modal backers.  that's a great song.

i also like skip james' voice



Top of my list has to be Son House.  The acapella rendition of John the Revelator still sends hivers down my spine whenever I hear it.

One other thought, possibly blurring genre boundaries a little, is John Lee Hooker who had a fantastically expressive voice.  I love his early acoustic stuff, for the rhythm and growling passion of it all!



Offline Rockdale

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Re: Favorite singers
« Reply #28 on: February 26, 2005, 05:24:59 PM »
Hey everybody,

         I was just reviewing this topic and I have a few of my favorite blues singers to add in no particular order....

         Little Hat Jones
         Memphis Slim ( very surprised not to see him on here )
         John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson
         Rice Miller ( not country blues but still a hell of a voice )
         Doc Watson
         Robert Johnson ( on "Four Until Late" )

      There are so many more that could be listed but that's all I have for now. Let me know what ya'll think.

         Kenny

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Re: Favorite singers
« Reply #29 on: March 03, 2005, 08:09:50 PM »
Hey everybody,

 I was just reviewing this topic and I have a few of my favorite blues singers to add in no particular order....

 Little Hat Jones
 Memphis Slim ( very surprised not to see him on here )
 John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson
 Rice Miller ( not country blues but still a hell of a voice )
 Doc Watson
 Robert Johnson ( on "Four Until Late" )

 There are so many more that could be listed but that's all I have for now. Let me know what ya'll think.

 Kenny


good choice on the Doc man, I got to meet him in chicago about a year and half ago. Shook his hand and told him that old time music and blues was all I listened to and that he made me play guitar along with a few others. Got pictures and an autograph on his 3 cd legacy set
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