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Offline Johnm

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Re: CDs/Sets You're Listening To
« Reply #510 on: April 24, 2015, 02:11:37 PM »
Hi all,
If you've been reading the lyrics threads, you know I've been listening to the JSP set "Ain't Times Hard" recently.  When I first got the set, I was really disappointed by it, and thought it was kind of a snooze--too many versions of "Red Cross Store".  This go-round I'm liking it quite a lot, and particularly like the variety of people and material on it, including a lot of more modern players you don't often see turning up on these sets.  It's kind of nice, too, to have lyrics that address social issues and aren't the same old "my baby left me" or "I left my baby" stuff.
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Johnm

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Re: CDs/Sets You're Listening To
« Reply #511 on: April 25, 2015, 11:18:32 AM »
Been listening to Appalachian Blues on Smithsonian Folkways.  Nice but hardly essential cross section of their back catalog.  The cuts are:
 1. My Baby's Gone - Sticks McGhee
2. Louise Blues - Big Chief Ellis - (featuring Cephas & Wiggins)
3. Sitting on Top of the World - Doc Watson
4. Railroad Bill - John Jackson
5. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down - Bill Williams
6. You Don't Know My Mind - Pink Anderson
7. Blues around My Bed - J.C. Burris
8. Hesitation Blues - Reverend Gary Davis
9. Pawn Shop Blues - Brownie McGhee
10. Road is Rough & Rocky, The - Archie Edwards
11. Hoodoo Blues - Martin, Bogan & the Armstrongs
12. Red River Blues - Lesley Riddle
13. Walking Cane - Peg Leg Sam Jackson
14. One Dime Blues - Etta Baker
15. Mississippi Heavy Water Blues - Roscoe Holcomb
16. Outskirts of Town - Josh White
17. See What You Done Done - Baby Tate
18. I Got a Woman - Marvin Foddrell/Turner Foddrell
19. Girl Dressed in Green - John Tinsley
20. Blues in the Morning - E.C. Ball
21. Wine Blues (Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-Oh-Dee) - Sticks McGhee

Fun listen all in all and good road music.

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Re: CDs/Sets You're Listening To
« Reply #512 on: April 26, 2015, 12:08:02 AM »
Good to see Etta Baker on the list. See her 2006 obituaries for some informative reading.

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Re: CDs/Sets You're Listening To
« Reply #513 on: April 26, 2015, 05:42:08 AM »
Been listening to Big Joe Williams' "I Got Wild" To my ear a great sound and they included some conversation in the studio with him and the recording people that I found fascinating and gives you some interesting information about his guitar - apparently parts of "I Got Wild" were recorded with not all nine strings - though I couldn't tell it.


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Re: CDs/Sets You're Listening To
« Reply #514 on: May 20, 2015, 05:28:51 AM »
Morning music...

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Re: CDs/Sets You're Listening To
« Reply #515 on: May 27, 2015, 04:02:39 PM »
One of my old favorites, the Black Twig Pickers' Soon One Morning.
 

I've always had a soft spot for the BTPs; unlike a lot of newer old-style string bands, they manage to avoid sounding like either fakers or outsiders, nailing the old sound and spicing it up with a bit of Fahey-style American Primitivism. The fiddle tunes are nice, as is the long ending drone-thing, but my choice cuts are the good "Make Me Up a Pallet", the great "Oh Death," and the utterly magnificent Floyd Allen, which for my money is one of the greatest American fakesongs ever written:



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Re: CDs/Sets You're Listening To
« Reply #516 on: May 27, 2015, 06:03:34 PM »
Uncle Schechy, what do you mean by 'fake songs'?

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Re: CDs/Sets You're Listening To
« Reply #517 on: May 27, 2015, 06:54:10 PM »
Dave,

Sorry about that; I was going for some sort of poeticism there, but I think I just wound up being unclear! By "fakesong," I mean a non-traditional song written to closely emulate some sort of traditional music (i.e, widely spread music without a single known author). Some famous examples might be "I Wonder as I Wander" (a hymn more-or-less entirely written by John Jacob Niles, but explicitly in emulation of folk carols), or "Blackleg Miner," which is supposedly an English folk song but is now widely thought to have been written by A.L Lloyd. For that matter, most of the songs written by Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie would probably count.

"Floyd Allen" was, as far as I know, written by the Black Twig Pickers, but is pretty obviously meant to be a John Hardy/Stagger Lee-like narrative folk ballad. In my opinion, at least, such attempts usually sound forced and "inauthentic" in the worst way; but "Floyd Allen" doesn't at all, which makes it very impressive and very good in my eyes.

Sorry, this has been a bad first set of posts on the forum; too much folk! I promise to hew closer to the blues in the future. ;D

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Re: CDs/Sets You're Listening To
« Reply #518 on: May 27, 2015, 07:01:23 PM »
Hi Blind Uncle,
Don't worry about it--everything you're discussing fits fine here, at least as far as I'm concerned.  I know Hobart Smith sang a sort of bad man ballad called "Claude Allen".  Might your guys just have changed the given name of the protagonist?
All best,
Johnm

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Re: CDs/Sets You're Listening To
« Reply #519 on: May 27, 2015, 07:26:56 PM »
Thanks, John. Though I must warn you, as something of an unreconstructed folkie, I might find it hard to keep from polluting your reasonable discussions with lengthy analyses of the mechanics of oral tradition.  >:D

If I'm not mistaken, Claude Allen and Floyd Allen both deal with the same (rather interesting) historical event (http://theroanoker.com/interests/history/hillsville-massacre), but beyond that they seem to be unrelated musically and lyrically. Having only the one CD and no background information on the band, I have no idea what went into "Floyd Allen"'s composition or if they even composed it all, but I haven't found any traditional prototypes for it.


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Re: CDs/Sets You're Listening To
« Reply #520 on: May 28, 2015, 10:31:25 AM »


Brownie's Blues was originally released by Bluesville Records in 1962. Supported by his longtime accompanist Sonny Terry, as well as second guitarist Benny Foster, Brownie turns in a nicely understated record that's distinguished by surprisingly harmonically complex and jazzy guitar work. Among the highlights are versions of "Killin' Floor," "Trouble in Mind" and "Every Day I Have the Blues," as well as the boogieing "Jump, Little Children" and "I Don't Know the Reason."

Review by Thom Owens (Allmusic Guide To The Blues)
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Re: CDs/Sets You're Listening To
« Reply #521 on: July 08, 2015, 01:47:19 PM »
Robert Jr. Lockwood & Johnny Shines - Sweet Home Chicago: The JOB Sessions 1951-1955

Robert Jr. Lockwood and Johnny Shines get paired together on this release from P-Vine (essentially an expanded version of an earlier disc from Paula Records) because of their association with blues great Robert Johnson (Shines as his running buddy and Lockwood as his stepson) and because both happened to record for JOB Records in Chicago in the early '50s. Shines turns in a striking ten-song set here, perhaps his best session ever, with taut electric guitar work on tracks like "Gonna Call the Angel" and "Fish Tail," while Lockwood mostly serves as a sideman on the other portion of the disc, although his vocals and guitar work on "Aw Awbaby" (a version of "Sweet Home Chicago") are quite striking. Shines fans should definitely pick this up, while Lockwood admirers may want to look elsewhere for a better representation of his skills. Steve Leggett - Allmusic Guide To The Blues


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Re: CDs/Sets You're Listening To
« Reply #523 on: November 28, 2015, 07:21:48 AM »
I've been listening to the first two volumes of this series, while very little of it was new to me, The sound quality is imho stunning.......while two cd sets for about $16.50, may be a bit pricey, the generous number of tracks, 29 per disc and over 88 minutes of playing time make for some very fine listening.....


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Re: CDs/Sets You're Listening To
« Reply #524 on: September 25, 2017, 06:07:08 AM »
Found  on Spotify all but one volume (11) of the Too Late, Too Late series on Document.  I put all of them into a playlist, 301 songs, and have been listening on shuffle play the last few days.