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Offline Johnm

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Recorded Performances You Think Should Be Famous
« on: May 13, 2015, 05:39:34 PM »
Hi all,
I think if you've listened to this music over an extended period of time you end up with a handful of recorded performances (at least!) that seem unjustifiably obscure, even among Country Blues aficionados.  I thought it might be interesting to see what single recorded performance different people would choose as one that deserves to be heard, acknowledged and celebrated more than it has been.  If we limit our choices to one apiece, it will be harder to choose, but more folks can participate.  Here's my one choice for right now:
   * Dennis McMillon-"Woke Up This Morning"
Any other unjustifiably obscure favorites out there?
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Recorded Performances You Think Should Be Famous
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2015, 06:05:05 PM »


  Black Cat Bone by Leecan and Cooksey

  Love it every time I hear it

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Re: Recorded Performances You Think Should Be Famous
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2015, 07:31:12 PM »
Shook It This Morning by Joe Evans of The Two Poor Boys.
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Re: Recorded Performances You Think Should Be Famous
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2015, 11:51:23 PM »
A quick, offhand one would be Freddie Spruell's 'Let's Go Riding'

As far as I know, Johnm has the only commercially released cover of this and I think it's got a great tune, rhythm, pace and clever cheeky lyrics that can still be performed today without the kind of work that has to be done to some outdated blues innuendos.
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Re: Recorded Performances You Think Should Be Famous
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2015, 03:48:41 AM »
Locked up in Jail - Johnny Beck

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Re: Recorded Performances You Think Should Be Famous
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2015, 05:14:29 AM »
Bo Carter - Sue Cow

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Re: Recorded Performances You Think Should Be Famous
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2015, 05:45:55 AM »
Stamp Blues by Tony Hollins.  It's a good vocal performance with an infectious rhythm and a fairly unique sound. 

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Re: Recorded Performances You Think Should Be Famous
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2015, 07:15:04 AM »
"Good Road Blues" by Wright Holmes.



INTRO

Now, whatcha gonna do when they cut this good road down?
Now, whatcha gonna do when they cut those good road down?
Gonna get somewhere, I'm goin' to Huntsville all around

When that Katy gets to Memphis gonna look around town for me
When that Katy gets to Memphis, look around town for me
If I don't be on the Katy, I'll be in on the Santa Fe

SOLO (Spoken during solo:  Cut your good road. . . Cut it down!)

Got a girl crosstown that works in a grocery store
Got a girl crosstown that works in a grocery store
I got one on the North Side, she ain't got change in clothes

SOLO (Spoken:  Play it down!)





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Re: Recorded Performances You Think Should Be Famous
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2015, 09:07:04 AM »


  Black Cat Bone by Leecan and Cooksey

  Love it every time I hear it

The Dixie Jazzers Washboard Band version or the one that's just Leecan and Cooksey?

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Re: Recorded Performances You Think Should Be Famous
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2015, 11:35:56 AM »

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Re: Recorded Performances You Think Should Be Famous
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2015, 03:05:45 PM »
Smith Casey "Shorty George", great vocal performance


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Re: Recorded Performances You Think Should Be Famous
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2015, 03:44:45 PM »
Little Son Jackson isn't really obscure, I guess, at least to this crowd...  ;) but he's kind of overshadowed by Lightnin'.  Anyway, Gambling Blues is a great, driving tune:



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Re: Recorded Performances You Think Should Be Famous
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2015, 04:14:55 PM »
Suitcase Full of Blues By Ishmon Bracey

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Re: Recorded Performances You Think Should Be Famous
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2015, 08:25:26 PM »
So much of Rooster Crowing Blues is really what early blues is all about for me. And the interesting lyric style of having the third stanza from one verse create the basis for a "chorus" verse, sung over the same blues form. There's a reason not many try to sing this song, thanks to Hosea Woods' ethereal vocal. Cannon and his bands never recorded more than about 4-5 songs in a session, then took a few days, a week or two, couple months, a year, to work up another handful. It really shows in how subtly they work together, thanks to the fact that Victor was recording in Memphis.

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Re: Recorded Performances You Think Should Be Famous
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2015, 04:49:40 AM »
"Depression Blues" by Herman E. Johnson always mesmerize me for guitar playing (so strange) and singing

 


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