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Offline Norfolk Slim

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Jailhouse Fire Blues- Buddy Boy Hawkins
« on: June 26, 2015, 03:21:35 AM »
I've just taken delivery of a new toy and couldn't resist taking it for a spin with the camera running; so here is Buddy Boy Hawkins' Jailhouse Fire Blues.



As is often the case, once I had the gist of it I didn't listen much to the original and I suspect its taken on its own life to an extent.  Certainly I didn't try to emulate the weird singing.

The guitar is worrying me because it seems too good to be true :-)

Its an Oscar Schmidt Stella "The Gambler".  It plays beautifully- gentle action, no buzzes.  It has a more rounded and sophisticated tone (and more sustain) than other Stellas I have played.  It fits me like a glove- feeling very very similar to my 1946 Harmony Stella which is probably my favourite guitar in terms of how it feels to play, but sounding so much better.

Condition is excellent.  I spent an age yesterday doing online research and looking at it closely to check it was all authentic and have found nothing to suggest the contrary so I'm very pleased with it indeed  :D
« Last Edit: June 26, 2015, 03:23:06 AM by Norfolk Slim »

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Re: Jailhouse Fire Blues- Buddy Boy Hawkins
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2015, 03:32:03 AM »
I like it - nice performance on a fine guitar. You always seem to find interesting material to tackle, Simon.
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Re: Jailhouse Fire Blues- Buddy Boy Hawkins
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2015, 03:41:28 AM »
Well done Norfolk. Came across Buddy Boy Hawkins on a compilation once. Gotta check out him out some more. But I think he didn't made that many records.

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Re: Jailhouse Fire Blues- Buddy Boy Hawkins
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2015, 04:34:11 AM »
Very nice, Simon!

A beautiful Gambler too!

Cheers

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Re: Jailhouse Fire Blues- Buddy Boy Hawkins
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2015, 05:15:12 AM »
Great tune, great sounding guitar!

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Re: Jailhouse Fire Blues- Buddy Boy Hawkins
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2015, 06:07:06 AM »
Nice job, Simon!  Moving a lot of air with your singing and your guitar playing has a lot of dynamics, string-snapping and the like.  The guitar really does suit you!
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Re: Jailhouse Fire Blues- Buddy Boy Hawkins
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2015, 03:07:31 PM »
Great song and nice job, Simon! I have to confess that I never really thought of Hawkins' singing on this particular one to be weird...  but that prolly says more about me!  :o

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Re: Jailhouse Fire Blues- Buddy Boy Hawkins
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2015, 10:46:44 PM »
Very nice! And a beautiful guitar, too!

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Re: Jailhouse Fire Blues- Buddy Boy Hawkins
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2015, 06:52:42 AM »
Nicely done, Simon. There's not enough Buddy Boy Hawkins in the world. Nice find on the guitar too, it's a beauty.

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Re: Jailhouse Fire Blues- Buddy Boy Hawkins
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2015, 08:24:15 PM »
Excellent combination of triplets and bass licks there, and a nice gravel edge to the voice. Gambler sounds great, I'd be interested to hear you attack it with metal picks but the soft fleshy sound is very nice indeed.
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Re: Jailhouse Fire Blues- Buddy Boy Hawkins
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2015, 01:04:07 PM »
Really enjoyed that Simon!  The guitar is an inspiration - my favorite of yours!

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Re: Jailhouse Fire Blues- Buddy Boy Hawkins
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2015, 04:39:03 AM »
Very enjoyable performance
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