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Black gal, black gal, what makes your head so hard? Like a two by four, in some lumber yard - Joe Pullum, song of the same name

Author Topic: YouTube.com - Interesting Country Blues related video clips  (Read 179487 times)

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Offline banjochris

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« Reply #1620 on: May 26, 2020, 10:49:53 AM »
Hi all,
For the benefit of those who are interested in such things, here is how the phrasing works out for "Little Mamie" by the Kentucky Ramblers.  The phrasing in the instrumental intro is slightly different from that of the verses.  The intro is phrased like so, with the first measure in each of the first three lines in 3/2 (boom-chang, boom-chang, boom-chang) followed by two measures in 2/2 (boom-chang, boom-chang).  In the last line of the intro, all four measures are in 2/2.

In the sung verses, the last line is phrased like the three other lines, with an opening measure in 3/2 and two measures in cut time, 2/2.  So it is that the song begins each line with a measure in 3, followed by two measures in 2.  As Mel Allen used to say, "How about that!"
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That reminds me of this tune (and I can't remember who did the original) by the NLCR, which to me has always seemed to be simultaneously in 3/4 and 4/4:



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Re: YouTube.com - Interesting Country Blues related video clips
« Reply #1621 on: May 26, 2020, 12:11:52 PM »
Hi Chris,
Yes, you're right, it alternates between single measures of 3/2 followed by two measures of 2/2.  The way the vocal is phrased, though, almost makes it more like two measures of 3/2, with the second measure adding on 1/2 to accommodate the vocal pick-ups to the next line, all of those lyric lines that begin with two one-syllable words, "See that", or "Oh, I" before they hit the downbeat. 
It's really great returning to those New Lost City Ramblers records after not having listened to them for years.  They were really good, and versatile, too!
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« Reply #1622 on: May 26, 2020, 02:01:23 PM »
I agree, a fantastic band, and too often given short shrift by today's generation of old-time musicians. Thanks for that analysis, John – that is the damnedest tune, but a great one!
Chris

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« Reply #1623 on: May 26, 2020, 02:47:02 PM »
I agree, a fantastic band, and too often given short shrift by today's generation of old-time musicians. Thanks for that analysis, John – that is the damnedest tune, but a great one!
Chris

I agree, Chris. Sometimes people forget whose shoulders they stand on.

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« Reply #1624 on: July 02, 2020, 04:47:18 AM »
For those interested this youtube channel has been posting recording, some of which are not on cd as noted in the comment section on the clip below, some are from his collection. There may be, but I did not see footage with the audio on any I looked at.

There's currently 9 by Fred Mcdowell, including Highway61 on a resonator,. There are recordings from alot more artists including Furry Lewis, Mance Lipsccomb, Peg Leg Sam, Baby Tate,Lightning Hopkins, Sonny Terry and Brownie MCGhee, Cecil Barfield, Henry Rule Johnson, Pink Anderson, Bukka White among others.



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« Reply #1625 on: July 02, 2020, 08:07:13 AM »
Great version of Ella Speed!
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« Reply #1626 on: July 02, 2020, 02:15:58 PM »
Thanks for posting this, Harriet. There's a treasure trove of great music there.

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« Reply #1627 on: July 28, 2020, 07:06:27 PM »
Inspired by the discussion of You Got to Keep Things Clean in which dj digresses into a discussion of Armstrong Linoleum Flooring, I got to thinking about product placement in country blues*.  I remember the first time I heard this tune on Chris Strachwiz's radio program and I thought, man, I gotta find that service station at 1668 Frank Road.



*Maybe there was a thread on this?
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« Reply #1629 on: July 29, 2020, 06:37:10 AM »
Thanks, Waxwing.
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« Reply #1630 on: July 30, 2020, 01:37:14 AM »
That picture of Fred McDowell above is interesting in that there appears to be no sign of a bottleneck and he's playing a flat-top acoustic rather than the usual arch-top or electric. Whatever he's playing, the man could do no wrong in my book and I am pleased and honoured to have seen him play live in London in the late 60s. I travelled over 200 miles specially to see him and it sure was worth it.
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« Reply #1631 on: July 30, 2020, 06:23:03 AM »
That picture of Fred McDowell above is interesting in that there appears to be no sign of a bottleneck and he's playing a flat-top acoustic rather than the usual arch-top or electric. Whatever he's playing, the man could do no wrong in my book and I am pleased and honoured to have seen him play live in London in the late 60s. I travelled over 200 miles specially to see him and it sure was worth it.

I'm pretty sure the photo is from the Philadelphia Folk Festival, August 28, 1970 - there's another online with Bonnie Raitt with him wearing the same clothes. I've seen him in several photos where he was playing a flat top off stage at festivals. 

The resonator was identified as Bob West's who interviewed him in 1969 for KRAB-fm and the link is here to the page: http://www.krabarchive.com/programs/krab-has-the-blues-king-biscuit-time.html.  The interview itself is over an hour and he plays about 13 songs and converses with West and others - West accompanies him on the resonator at one point.  I found it very interesting.  The interview is entitled " Mississippi Fred McDowell - Rec at KRAB Aug 9, 1969; KRAB Sep 13, 1969".  He's playing the new Electric which might have been the Trini Lopez model and IMHO is in top form.
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« Reply #1632 on: July 30, 2020, 10:04:42 AM »

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I've seen him in several photos where he was playing a flat top off stage at festivals. 
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Indeed.There`s rather a nice photo of him playing a J200.Also,anyone familiar with Fred`s repertoire
would know that he played many,many non-slide songs.

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Re: YouTube.com - Interesting Country Blues related video clips
« Reply #1633 on: Yesterday at 12:41:27 AM »
Hadn’t come across Gene Campbell till today, via a tip from a friend. What a great performer he was. Does anyone know anything about him?

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« Reply #1634 on: Yesterday at 05:47:19 AM »
Hi Prof,
Apart from the fact that I think most, if not all of his sessions were recorded in Texas, I think pretty much nothing is known about Gene Campbell in a biographical sense, or even if he only sang on his records or was self-accompanied. You can listen to all of his recorded numbers now in the "Gene Campbell Lyrics" thread, at: https://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=4700.msg34673#msg34673 .  I sure like his singing, and he had a lot of interesting and original lyrics, too.
All best,
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