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Now it's important that you understand that there were three things I never wanted to own when I was a kid: a dog, a cane, and a guitar. In my brain, they each meant blindness and helplessness. Seems like every blind blues singer I'd heard about was playing the guitar - Ray Charles, from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story

Author Topic: Pick It, Blow It, Play It ... Fill It?  (Read 453 times)

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Offline arlotone

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Pick It, Blow It, Play It ... Fill It?
« on: November 25, 2016, 02:30:52 PM »
In the intro and outro of "Peaches in the Springtime" by the Memphis Jug Band, Will Weldon says, "Fill it boy, fill it." In the intro of their next record, "She Stays Out All Night Long," he says, "fill it, Mr. Brimmer," and then later, "now you're filling it."

I've heard musicians prompt each other to pick it, blow it or simply play it, but not fill it. Has anyone else heard blues musicians say this?

Offline Johnm

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Re: Pick It, Blow It, Play It ... Fill It?
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2016, 02:37:35 PM »
Hi all,
My favorite exhortation of this sort, leading into a solo, was Texas Alexander's:  "Have your way!"
All best,

Offline Chezztone

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Re: Pick It, Blow It, Play It ... Fill It?
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2016, 05:58:32 AM »
Arlo, he is probably talking about filling the jug!
Cheers, Chezz

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