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Author Topic: Song of the Month, October 2017, "Shake 'Em On Down"  (Read 709 times)

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Offline Prof Scratchy

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Re: Song of the Month, October 2017, "Shake 'Em On Down"
« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2017, 12:47:20 AM »
Sounds like one of them there Stradivarius combs!


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Re: Song of the Month, October 2017, "Shake 'Em On Down"
« Reply #16 on: October 06, 2017, 05:38:33 AM »
Shirley Collins was there. In America Over the Water



she recalls
Quote from: Shirley Collins
We continued the next night recording blues and spirituals from Fred, some with his wife Annie Mae, some with his sister Fanny Davis who played comb and paper, a combination that may sound risible, but was in fact touchingly sweet and tender. 
The next few sentences are really interesting
Quote from: Shirley Collins
By the time we had to leave for Arkansas, we had grown very close.  I felt such admiration for Fred and such affection for his wife Annie Mae, that as we were saying goodbye, I kissed her on the cheek. A silence fell over the gathering, and I thought I had done something wrong, but Alan told me later it was probably the first time people there had seen a white woman kiss a black one

Bob Pratcher's fiddle style was very different from the soaring and sustained high-note phrases of Fanny. For example, listen to this track, All Night Long, which has been uploaded to YouTube a surprisingly large number of times:
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Re: Song of the Month, October 2017, "Shake 'Em On Down"
« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2017, 06:29:18 AM »
Well, I have recordings of Miles and Bob Pratcher, though I haven't listened to them for a while.  That was a special timbre, that comb with Fred's singing and the slide!  Who'd have thought it!  You don't hear that that much any more.  Thanks, David and Frank, for setting me straight!
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Re: Song of the Month, October 2017, "Shake 'Em On Down"
« Reply #18 on: October 06, 2017, 10:27:26 AM »
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
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Re: Song of the Month, October 2017, "Shake 'Em On Down"
« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2017, 11:17:28 AM »
Hi all,
Here are a couple of more versions.  First Robert Petway's, which he called "Ride 'Em On Down".  He played it out of D position in standard tuning, as did Tommy McClennan, who certainly provided the model for Petway's version.  Here is "Ride 'Em On Down":



INTRO 

Look, sweet mama, don't you see?  Shakin' that thing, mama, sure is 'bout to get the best of poor me, and I says,
REFRAIN:  Ah, done stop holl'in', well, must I ride 'em on down?
I done stopped holl'in', mama, now, I believe I ride 'em on down

Told me baby, she, week 'fore last, "Look now, baby, gettin' just a little too fast.", I says,
REFRAIN:  Ah, done stop holl'in', well, must I ride 'em on down?
I done stopped holl'in', mama, how must I ride 'em on down?

See, mama woman, what you done done, got me, sweet mama, now and your plumb good, man done come, I says,
REFRAIN:  Ah, done stopped holl'in', well, must I ride 'em on down? (Spoken: Ride 'em on down, man, we don't care.)
I done stopped holl'in', mama, well, must I ride 'em on down?

SOLO (Spoken, leading into solo:  Play it, man, play it a long time!)

Babe up the stairs, mama, can't come down, look now, man, she done lose her legs in old mornin' gown, I says,
REFRAIN:  Ah, done stopped holl'in', mama, well, must I ride 'em on down? (Spoken:  Yeah!)
I done stopped holl'in', mama, now, well must I ride 'em on down?

Two little boys, I say now, layin' in the bed, one of 'em jumped up now, done told the last one, sure fell dead, I says
REFRAIN:  Ah, done stop holl'in now, mama, must I ride 'em on down? (Spoken:  Yeah!
I done stopped holl'in', mama, well, must I ride 'em on down?

Here is a version from Johnny Shines.  I apologize if this is not viewable by non-U.S. residents.



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Johnm
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Re: Song of the Month, October 2017, "Shake 'Em On Down"
« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2017, 06:47:12 AM »
Here is a Johnny Shines performance viewable in Europe
 


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Re: Song of the Month, October 2017, "Shake 'Em On Down"
« Reply #21 on: December 03, 2018, 12:22:21 PM »
Hi all,

I just came across this version by Wade Walton, the Clarksdale "Blues Barber". 



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Re: Song of the Month, October 2017, "Shake 'Em On Down"
« Reply #22 on: December 03, 2018, 02:44:15 PM »