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Author Topic: Milwaukee Blues - Charlie Poole  (Read 1604 times)

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Offline blueshome

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Milwaukee Blues - Charlie Poole
« on: July 18, 2008, 01:05:10 AM »
Maybe I'm late waking up to this, but the other night at my folk club someone played Milwaukee Blues, which I have since tracked down to Charlie Poole. I was struck by the similarity to Kassie Jones by Furry Lewis in form and words. This seems like another example of the cross-over and commonality across the colour line back in the early 20thC.

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Re: Milwaukee Blues - Charlie Poole
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2008, 06:16:00 AM »
Have you checked out much old-time music in your musical travels, Phil?  If the shared repertoire across the colo(u)r line interests you, the picture only gets more varied, wacky and exciting the more you listen.  Have you heard much Uncle Dave Macon?  That guy is a whole subject unto himself...

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Re: Milwaukee Blues - Charlie Poole
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2008, 08:11:13 AM »
And I'll just mention Steve James does a real nice version on his first CD, Two Track Mind.

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Re: Milwaukee Blues - Charlie Poole
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2008, 01:30:00 PM »
John Hurt uses a verse in "Casey Jones" that can be found in Milwaukee Blues too:

Casey said, before he died,
"Fixed the blinds so the boys can't ride
If they ride, let 'em ride the rod
Trust their lives in the hands of God"

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Re: Milwaukee Blues - Charlie Poole
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2008, 01:32:47 PM »
Jesse James used a very similar verse in his "Southern Casey Jones".

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