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Next time the bossman hit me, I'm gonna give him a big surprise - Lightnin' Hopkins, Penitentiary Blues

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Offline harry

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #30 on: February 24, 2011, 08:28:47 AM »
Just to endorse Chris's mention of Walter Roland.  He was not just one of the greatest piano players and singers to make records, but he also played and recorded beautifully sensitive guitar.  One of my all time all around musical idols.  I'm pretty sure some or all the guitar recordings are out on Document.
Gerry
His daughter was still alive five or six years ago see Walter Roland tag entitled "Gutbucket Piano".

I wish you could show that article to Allmusic guide biographer Jason Ankeny who wrote "After 1935, however, Roland seems to have dropped off the face of the earth -- his subsequent activities and ultimate fate remain unknown".



Offline hortig78rpm

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #31 on: February 25, 2011, 01:32:53 AM »
hello

have a look : www.deltahaze.com and you`ll find a bio of roland. he died in 1972

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mike

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #32 on: February 25, 2011, 05:57:00 AM »
hello

have a look : www.deltahaze.com and you`ll find a bio of roland. he died in 1972

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mike

Thanks for that, Mike. I had not been aware Walter Roland was around so long. And ready to play too. That's more than a damned shame.

Offline banjochris

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #33 on: February 25, 2011, 07:47:21 PM »
That is a shame. He died the day I was born.

Offline LD50

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #34 on: February 27, 2011, 11:56:19 AM »
Yeah, back in the 60's and 70s so many researchers were falling all over themselves trying to stake out every little detail of Robert Johnson's life that piano players and musicians who weren't from Mississippi were often terribly neglected.

But it's good to see from reading that article that they finally interviewed Roland's surviving children, at least. 

Offline hortig78rpm

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #35 on: February 28, 2011, 12:07:42 AM »
so if you`re interested, here is a small list of great pianoplayers, who lived
in the 6o`s and 7o`s without getting noticed by notorious guitar-buffs:
charley segar: lived in 1972 in chicago
will ezell: died in chicago around 1963, just a few block away from the delmark record-office
monkey joe coleman : recorded in 1968, lived up till the nid 7o`s
blind clyde church: died around 1975 in memphis.
bernice edwards: died in houston 1968
wilson thunder smith: murdered in 1963
ernest "44" johnson: died in the mid 6o`s in mississippi

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mike

Offline Mr.OMuck

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Guitarists who also played Piano ( and vice versa)
« Reply #36 on: April 10, 2015, 07:12:04 AM »
Have we done this yet?


Well there's Guitar Pete Franklin, superb on both
Rev. Davis occasionally tickled the ivories
Rossevelt Sykes was recorded on guitar at least once that I know about
Peetie Wheatstraw of course
Skip James, natch

Who else?
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Re: Guitarists who also played Piano ( and vice versa)
« Reply #37 on: April 10, 2015, 07:13:46 AM »
Bukka White
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
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Re: Guitarists who also played Piano ( and vice versa)
« Reply #38 on: April 10, 2015, 07:39:44 AM »
Jelly Roll Morton
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Offline oddenda

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #39 on: April 10, 2015, 08:40:06 PM »
Has anyone mentioned Brownie McGhee yet? Not too shabby!

pbl

Offline harry

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #40 on: April 11, 2015, 06:33:04 AM »
Has anyone mentioned Brownie McGhee yet? Not too shabby!

pbl

Which album/recordings?

Offline Lignite

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #41 on: April 11, 2015, 06:51:38 AM »
Leadbelly (Eagle Rock Rag)

Offline ScottN

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #42 on: April 11, 2015, 11:49:24 AM »
Walter Roland has some great songs on both guitar and piano.

Offline oddenda

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #43 on: April 12, 2015, 06:44:31 AM »
Harry -

          Singles from Oct 1941 backing Buddy Moss: "Joy Rag", "Little Angel Blues", "Poor Child Blues"(u), "Gamblin' Woman Blues"(u) - OKeh (Columbia). I'm too damn lazy to dig through the post-war discography, but I'm sure there are a few sides "non-folk" with his piano.

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Offline Lastfirstface

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Re: Country Blues Guitarists Who Played Piano (or Vice Versa??)
« Reply #44 on: April 12, 2015, 11:15:27 AM »
What are some tunes that Walter Roland plays guitar on?

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