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Fourteen Black Pattis, the most ever found in a single place, now sat in a neat stack in front of Joe Bussard. "Some man gave 'em to my sister back in 1927," the old man was explaining. "We played 'em once, but we don't care much for blues and such, so we packed 'em away and they've been there ever since - Joe Bussard, story by Eddie Dean, washingtoncitypaper.com

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Offline kindlemonj

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Bob Pratchett
« on: May 02, 2020, 03:55:09 AM »
I heard two local guys singing a song some forty years ago here in the UK,
I'm Gonna  Live Anyhow 'Till I Die by Bob Pratchett, I  got  a verse and a chorus, does anyone have any more, I do it with a extra stock verse added but I'd really like to do it as was, thanks.
I'm gonna live anyhow till I die x2
Sticks and stones gonna break my bones
Talk about me till I'm dead and gone but
I'm gonna live anyhow till I die

I'm gonna start me a cemetery of my own
If you don't leave my gal Sal alone
Gonna get  me a razor sharpen the e blade
Lay some critter in the grave
I'm gonna live anyhow till I die

Offline Lignite

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Re: Bob Pratchett
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2020, 07:17:14 AM »
It seems very similar to Jim Jackson's I'm Gonna Start Me A Graveyard Of My Own. Our friend John Jackson also recorded his take on it as Graveyard Blues on his Arhoolie release Don't Let Your Deal Go Down.


Offline kindlemonj

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Re: Bob Pratchett
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2020, 03:16:42 AM »
Thanks a lot, I listened to Jacksons and  it is probably the same  song, Patchets first
verse  is very mumbled but  it is similar to Jacksons verse, "bundle up my  clothes "so after 40 years I'm happy with  that   thanks again.

Offline jostber

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Re: Bob Pratchett
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2020, 11:45:53 AM »
Here are a couple of links with some more information on the recording with Bob and Miles Pratcher:

https://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=6237.0

https://www.acousticmusic.com/fame/p00531.htm


Offline jostber

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Re: Bob Pratchett
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2020, 02:28:45 PM »
Here is a fine article from last year written by Nathan Salzburg on the Southern Journey recordings by Alan Lomax:

https://acousticguitar.com/alan-lomaxs-steel-string-discoveries/

It also mentions that Fred McDowell was discovered on one of the recording sessions with Bob and Miles Pratcher.



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