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I got a cigar box, I cut a hole in the top, put a board and nail it on there. And I taken four nails, put wire on 'em from a screen door for strings. I couldn't play it, but I rapped the sides, hootin' and hollerin'. I thought I was doin' something you know. - Furry Lewis recalls his first guitar

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Offline eric

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Re: Name the guitarist
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2019, 08:41:09 AM »
A tune from the same session


also, alyoung is correct, I was looking at the previous session

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DGR gives the guitarist on the previous session (June 6, 1929) as Blind Blake, but says "unknown, g" for the August 17, 1929, session
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Re: Name the guitarist
« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2019, 06:55:13 AM »
hmm. interesting
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Offline Thomas8

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Re: Name the guitarist
« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2019, 03:41:06 PM »
Surely it's Josh White, nobody played in vestapol or bent the low strings like that. He's got such a distinct sound as well and recorded Good Gal for himself.

Offline alyoung

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Re: Name the guitarist
« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2019, 05:30:44 AM »
I'm surprised that if "Good Gal" was recorded at the same session that DGR had any doubt at all about who the guitarist was.  The fact that they did illustrates my problem with that reference:  too much reliance on session notes and not enough on ears.


The problem with "ears" is that they are subjective. The tracks we are now discussing are relatively clear-cut, so "ears" are reasonably safe. But many other "unknowns" are not so clear-cut, and postulating on aural evidence only has led to all sorts of arguments. So DGR's compilers have opted to take a conservative line and pin their faith primarily on those session notes. That policy is explained more fully in the book's introduction (on page -x-). One might not agree with it, but that's how they do it. 

Offline eric

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Re: Name the guitarist
« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2019, 02:32:50 PM »
There were four Charlie Spand tunes recorded at this session, August 17, 1929.  Here are the other two:








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