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Offline Johnm

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The Memphis Blues Guitar of Furry Lewis
« on: March 04, 2023, 01:23:25 PM »
Hi all,
I wanted to let you know that a book I wrote recently, "The Memphis Blues Guitar of Furry Lewis", is now available at Stefan Grossman's website via this link:!/Memphis-Blues-Guitar-of-Furry-Lewis/p/523134564/category=0 . The book has transcriptions of twenty of Furry's recorded performances, fifteen from the '20s and five from the 1961 sessions he did in Memphis that came out on Prestige Bluesville. Here is a list of the tunes in the book, with playing position/tuning indicated for each song.
   * Billy Lyons and Stack O'Lee--C position, standard tuning
   * Kassie Jones, Part 1--Spanish tuning
   * Why Don't You Come Home Blues--Spanish tuning, slide
   * Good Looking Girl Blues--Spanish tuning
   * Dry Land Blues--E position, standard tuning
   * Big Chief Blues--Vestapol tuning
   * Falling Down Blues--Vestapol tuning, slide
   * Jelly Roll--EAEGBE tuning
   * I Will Turn Your Money Green, Take 1--Spanish tuning
   * Judge Harsh Blues, Take 1--Vestapol tuning, slide
   * Furry's Blues--Spanish tuning
   * Mistreatin' Mama--EAEGBE tuning
   * John Henry, 1--Vestapol tuning, slide
   * Black Gypsy Blues--Spanish tuning
   * Creeper's Blues--EAEGBE tuning
   * Frankie and Johnnie--G position, standard tuning
   * Done Changed My Mind--E position, standard tuning
   * Old Blue--Spanish tuning, thumb lead
   * Going To Brownsville, Spanish tuning, slide
   * White Lightnin'--EAEGBE tuning
Downloadable links to the original performances from which the transcriptions were made are included in the book, as well as lyrics for all the songs and playing tips. There is also a biographical essay on Furry by Tyler Fritts, who did his doctoral dissertation on Furry. The book is available in hard copy or downloadable versions.
All best,

Offline Blues Vintage

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Re: The Memphis Blues Guitar of Furry Lewis
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2023, 03:41:31 PM »
Looks like another good one, great list of tunes.

Offline Old Man Ned

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Re: The Memphis Blues Guitar of Furry Lewis
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2023, 02:15:42 PM »
It is a good one. If you love Furry Lewis you'll love The Memphis Blues Guitar of Furry Lewis

All the Best,


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