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The chocolate tape was sliding off the reels and across the silver recording heads, while the needles on the two meters jumped to the beat on the face of the big Ampex. This was 1959 and I finally had German mics and a Cadillac of a recorder and was doing stereo - the first stereo field recordings made in the South. You should hear the recordings - for me a life's dream realized - Alan Lomax, The Land Where the Blues Began

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Offline lindy

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Re: Tell It To Me ? Quote Drive 2010
« Reply #45 on: July 19, 2010, 08:40:56 PM »

These Memphis cops call me a vagrant, but I?m a musician. I?m a recording artist for the Vict?ry [Victor] company. Known all over the world. But these southern laws don?t recognize a man by his talents.

Willie Blackwell to Alan Lomax

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Re: Tell It To Me ? Quote Drive 2010
« Reply #46 on: July 22, 2010, 05:31:48 AM »
"Can you play B.B. King?" "Yeah, if you put some strings on him, I'll play him." - Yank Rachell, Blues Mandolin Man

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Re: Tell It To Me ? Quote Drive 2010
« Reply #47 on: July 26, 2010, 02:30:08 PM »
"You say a white boy can't know the blues.  During the Depression I'd sleep in ditches and know if I died that night no one would know what I was or where I come from."
--Harmonica Frank Floyd, quoted in Colin Escott and Martin Hawkins' Good Rocking Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock & Roll.

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Re: Tell It To Me ? Quote Drive 2010
« Reply #48 on: July 27, 2010, 08:57:22 AM »
Here's "Ninety-Nine Years and One Dark Day." The ninety-nine years is when you got a lifetime, the dark day is when you're dead. That's too bad for you. - Jesse Fuller

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Re: Tell It To Me ? Quote Drive 2010
« Reply #49 on: August 07, 2010, 04:17:18 PM »
"The sweet, passionate melody captivated his heart from the first note; it was full of radiance, full of the tender throbbing of inspiration and happiness and beauty, continually growing and melting away; it rumoured of everything on earth that is dear and secret and sacred to mankind; it breathed of immortal sadness and it departed from the earth to die in the heavens."
Ivan Turgenev
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
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Re: Tell It To Me ? Quote Drive 2010
« Reply #50 on: August 15, 2010, 08:20:50 PM »
i asked him how 'bout it, & he said, "all right!" i asked him how long, & he said, "all night!"
? Mattie Delaney, 'The Big Road Blues' (1930)
"Be good, & you will be lonesome." -Mark Twain

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Re: Tell It To Me ? Quote Drive 2010
« Reply #51 on: August 18, 2010, 08:39:22 AM »
"You can't play no blues unless you have some hard times.  Young people today, I don'y care whether they're black or white, they didn't come up like Muddy and me, they come up too easy."

Howlin' Wolf to Peter Guralnick, from Feel Like Going Home.

I posted this in my thread What Is It About the Blues, but I felt it belonged here on its own merit as well.

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Re: Tell It To Me ? Quote Drive 2010
« Reply #52 on: August 18, 2010, 07:44:38 PM »
"I had no idea jug band music was so important" - overheard in the lobby at a Chasin' Gus's Ghost performance

And that was my 2,900th post, excellent.
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Re: Tell It To Me ? Quote Drive 2010
« Reply #53 on: August 23, 2010, 09:19:26 AM »
I made my first banjo out of a guitar neck and a tin can mama used to make biscuits in. And the first thing I learnt on that was Old John Booker - You Call That Gone. - Gus Cannon, interview on Broadcasting the Blues, Document Records.

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Re: Tell It To Me ? Quote Drive 2010
« Reply #54 on: August 31, 2010, 06:01:08 AM »
It is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read. - Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

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Re: Tell It To Me ? Quote Drive 2010
« Reply #55 on: August 31, 2010, 06:07:05 AM »
Don't know if we had it before, but the Jesse Fuller reference above reminds me of his:

"'Scuse my cough, I slept in a chicken house last night!"
"I ain't good looking, teeth don't shine like pearls,
So glad good looks don't take you through this world."
Barbecue Bob

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Re: Tell It To Me ? Quote Drive 2010
« Reply #56 on: September 06, 2010, 10:37:20 AM »
"Its like somebody making your lip speak, making it say things he thinks....The Blues is a slow story. The feeling of the beautiful things that happen to you is in the Blues; its a home language like two friends talking.
its the language everybody understands. You can inject into people with the instrument i think.

Trumpeter Henry Red Allen on the Blues
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Re: Tell It To Me ? Quote Drive 2010
« Reply #57 on: September 06, 2010, 02:38:09 PM »
"Ma, well then it looks like I found me some religion"

Brings to mind Broonzy's 'Hey Bub Blues' : I seed a man standin' at the window pullin' off his clothes.... So I said, "Hey, Bub, -- what goes?"
So he said, "Look, Bub, -- if you knowed what I paid for this room and what's in it, them clothes will be out of style when I come down."

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Re: Tell It To Me ? Quote Drive 2010
« Reply #58 on: September 09, 2010, 12:19:08 PM »
"Is your name Rabbit or is that just a nickname?" "No, my name is Lewis Anderson Muse. That's my real name." "How'd they give you that name?" "What, Rabbit? Well, I got that name playing baseball." - Interview with Lewis "Rabbit" Muse, Digital Library of Appalachia

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Re: Tell It To Me ? Quote Drive 2010
« Reply #59 on: September 10, 2010, 05:52:54 AM »
Upstroke is the way I learned it though. That's the way you're supposed to go with a mandolin. After I got my hands stiff I have to play it down. I can't play that quiver like I used to. You can play that quiver better with an upstroke. Upstroke is a better sound to me. Sure is. - Yank Rachell, Blues Mandolin Man

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