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Offline Johnm

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Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« on: July 17, 2013, 04:34:02 PM »
Hi all,
I've realized in recent years that many of my favorite Country Blues recordings and artists come from the Post-War period.  I thought it might be fun to have a thread acknowledging the music and players of that period.  Just in the interest of keeping it confined to that period, I won't select anybody who recorded in that period who also recorded in the Pre-War period.  I'll list a bunch of my favorites and I hope anyone who cares to will add some favorites of his/her own to the list.
   * Lil' Son Jackson--Roberta Blues
   * Frankie Lee Sims--Lucy Mae Blues
   * Robert Pete Williams--Louise
   * Shirley Griffith--Shaggy Hound Blues
   * Lonzie Thomas--My Three Women
   * Jimmy Lee Williams--Have You Ever Seen Peaches
   * Henry Johnson--Join The Army
   * John Lee Hooker--Hobo Blues
   * John Jackson--Bearcat Blues
   * Pete Franklin--Guitar Pete's Blues
   * Mance Lipscomb--Tell Me Where You Stay Last Night
   * Cat Iron--Tell Me You Didn't Mean Me No Good
All best,
Johnm
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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2013, 06:54:24 PM »
Hi Johnm,

Cool idea for a post.  Not sure how to handle the revivalists like Van Ronk and others.  Pretty sure Libba Cotten (Freight Train) and Lightning Hopkins (too many to pick from - Mojo Hand) could be added unless Sam recorded before the war.  Tarheel Slim's 180 Days and Baby Tate's She's So Sweet.  Doc Watson's Deep River Blues is always a favorite.

Thanks,
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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2013, 07:01:02 PM »
Good choices, Scott.  I think, but am not sure, that all of the artists you selected fall into the Post-War category, though Lightnin's earliest recordings may just make it by the skin of their teeth.  Doc is a great choice--I hadn't thought of him at all.
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Johnm

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2013, 08:17:56 PM »
Charley Booker: "Walked All Night"
Wright Holmes: "Good Road Blues"
Junior Brooks (with Baby Face Turner): "Lone Town Blues"
John Lee Ziegler: "Who's Gonna Be Your Man"
John Dudley: "Clarksdale Mill Blues"
Pinetop Slim: "Applejack Boogie"
Lonzie Thomas: "Rabbit On A Log"
Andrew Dunham: "Sweet Lucy"
Guitar Nubbit: "Georgia Chain Gang"
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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2013, 09:38:44 PM »
I had the Muddy Waters double album "Folk Singer/Muddy Waters Sings Big Bill Broonzy". So many great songs on there. That album and John Lee Hooker's beautiful version of "I Cover the Waterfront" got me hooked on county blues. Funny that it was the Chicago guys that got me into the early stuff.



Other guys might be Doug Quattlebaum, Snooks Eaglin, Smokey Hogg. I really like Quattlebaum's "Come Over Here".
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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2013, 10:04:03 PM »
Great idea for a category.

R.L. Burnside's cuts on Mississippi Delta Blues Volume 2 Blow My Blues Away would be right up there.

Fred McDowell's first recordings for Alan Lomax are fabulous.

Pigmeat Pete & Catjuice Charlie.

I'll pick out some individual tunes later but those are some broad sources that come immediately to mind.

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2013, 11:54:51 PM »
* Baby Tate  --  Bad Blues
* Johnny Shines  --  Ramblin'
* Jesse Fuller  --  You Can't Keep a Good Man Down
* Roosevelt Holts  --  Rocks in My Pillow
* Lil Son Jackson  --  Roberta Blues
* JB Lenoir  --  The Whale Has Swallowed Me
* Mance Lipscomb  --  If I Miss The Train   
* Smoky Babe  --  Bad Whiskey
* Robert Pete Williams  --  1000 Miles From Nowhere
* Lightnin' Hopkins  --  Last Affair
* Big Joe Williams  --  Sloppy Drunk Blues
* Hubert's Blues  --  Hubert Sumlin (acoustic instrumental / hear it for free on Spotify / cd is called Blues Anytime)

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2013, 07:54:30 AM »
Dr. Ross deserves to be on the list.  My choice of a song from him is a little idiosyncratic, a song where one chord boogie meets hillbilly: Polly Put Your Kettle On.

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2013, 08:17:13 AM »
"The Spider and the Fly" by those old bluesmen, the Rolling Stones. Great imagery in the lyrics (which also brings to mind their "Parachute Woman (Land on Me Tonight)".

As mentioned, anything by Fred McDowell and Smoky Babe.
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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2013, 08:26:09 AM »
This:

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2013, 06:20:28 AM »
Precious Bryant - Fever
Jesse Mae Hemphill - Broken Hearted Blues
Rev. Pearly Brown - It's A Mean Old World
Sister O.M. Terrell - I Want You To Lead Me On
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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2013, 09:40:21 AM »
Hi all,
It's neat to see the choices people are making here.  In your post, Jeff, you mentioned a couple of musicians with whom I'm not familiar.  Could you give some sources for hearing music by Wright Holmes, Charlie Booker and Junior Brooks and a bit of information on when they were recorded and where they were from?  Thanks.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2013, 10:06:31 AM »
Frank Hovington - Lonesome Road Blues
Anything by Cat-Iron, Mr. Carradine - really, but forced to choose, today I would pick Don't Your House Look Lonesome
Butch Cage and Willie B. Thomas - Forty-Four Blues

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2013, 12:44:19 PM »
Robert Pete Williams is my personal favourite post war fella.Some fine artisits not mentioned are:
Herman E.Johnson
Scott Dunbar
Cecil Barfield
Rosa Lee Hill
Another vote for Charley Booker but i`ll pick  No Ridin`Blues,one of my favourite electric blues tracks.
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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2013, 03:50:02 PM »
Roy Dunn : cc rider
Homesick james : Goin Back home
John Dee Holeman: One Black Rat
Smoky Babe : Insect Blues
Playin' Blues is Freedom

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