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Everybody singin' like somebody else's body. And that's pretty spooky if you think about it. I like the shows where the guy... he's like 18 years and white and he's comin' up on stage before a 90 years old bluesman [pantomimes lurching onto stage, plays really old sounding blues, wails incomprehensibly]... And then the 90 years old bluesman comes on and says, 'OK man, whassup?' Everythin's gotten like kinda spaced if you think about it... - Jerry Ricks, Port Townsend 97

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Offline uncle bud

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"Sundown Man" J.B. Smith
« on: February 15, 2015, 11:41:19 AM »
Oxford American has an article by Nathan Salsburg about J.B. Smith, a prisoner at Ramsey State Farm in Texas who was recorded by Bruce Jackson of Wake Up Dead Man fame.

http://www.oxfordamerican.org/magazine/item/427-sundown-man

A CD is planned for release in April by Dust-to-Digital.

(Given that the article describes J.B. Smith as Homeric, I'll be hoping for complete lyric transcriptions, a big failing of the recent, and musically great, Parchman book and CD set.)

Offline Stuart

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Re: "Sundown Man" J.B. Smith
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Re: "Sundown Man" J.B. Smith
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2015, 06:59:09 PM »
looks excellent!

Offline alyoung

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Re: "Sundown Man" J.B. Smith
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2015, 06:34:12 AM »
Some of J.B. Smith's recordings were issued in 1966 -- soon after they were recorded -- on Takoma B1009.  Tracks are the 22min Ever Since I Have Been a Man Full-Grown and five others -- I Got Too Much Time For the Crime I Done, The Danger Line, No More Good Time In the World For Me, Sundown Man and Bud Russell, all recorded at Ramsey Prison Farm, Tx on November 18, 1965 by Bruce Jackson. The album notes include lyric transcripts.
 

Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: "Sundown Man" J.B. Smith
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2015, 07:00:10 AM »
FWIW the Takoma LP notes can be read at item B1009 http://www.wirz.de/music/takomfrm.htm

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