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Well, I ain't got no voice, but I'll give you the words of an old Memphis song.' William Brown began to sing in his sweet true country voice, poking in delicate passages at every pause, like the guitar was a second voice commenting with feeling on the ironic words of the blues... This was the real blues... The blues in print give you the skeleton only. If you've never heard the blues, get yourself a record and listen and then come back and join us... William Brown's song can last until the morning... - Alan Lomax, The Land Where the Blues Began

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Offline uncle bud

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #30 on: July 24, 2013, 03:17:23 PM »
A reminder that 3 Wright Holmes tracks can be found on the Weenieology Rare and Unusual Post-War Blues disc 1, for those of you who may have that. And Charlie Booker's No Ridin' Blues was on the CD that came with Gayle Dean Wardlow's Chasin' That Devil Music.

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #31 on: July 25, 2013, 05:26:21 AM »
How about the artists from the Florida Folklife Collection?

I searched YouTube and found Emmet Murray,



Richard Williams (with Lilly B. Williams and Ella Mae Wilson),



And Moses Williams.



I also came by Little / Harmonica Sammy Davis' only Trix 45, "Someday Blues" and am wondering who provided the guitar accompaniment? Perhaps Mr. Lowry might remember, if he sees this?



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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #32 on: July 25, 2013, 08:17:18 AM »

I also came by Little / Harmonica Sammy Davis' only Trix 45, "Someday Blues" and am wondering who provided the guitar accompaniment? Perhaps Mr. Lowry might remember, if he sees this?

Pan
Being in Australia he's probably fast asleep so I'll post this until he can provide "chapter & verse".

LITTLE SAM DAVIS
V/h/g -1 with Dan DelSanto (g).
         Poughkeepsie, NY, 31 Jan 1971
71-0177   Shake and finger-pop    unissued
71-0178   Baby, scratch my back   unissued
71-0179   Sam?s swing [inst]     Trix 4505
71-0180   Stormy Monday -1       unissued
71-0181   Your funeral and my trial   unissued
71-0182   Someday blues            Trix 4505

The full Trix discography can be viewed at http://www.wirz.de/music/trixfrm.htm but I guess Pan you've already looked at it.

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #33 on: July 25, 2013, 08:34:33 AM »
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Poughkeepsie, NY, 31 Jan 1971

Recorded in Poughkeepsie?  Peter, where in Poughkeepsie?  I don't hear any traffic noise, so it couldn't have been Dan's house on Church Street.   :)

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #34 on: July 25, 2013, 08:47:09 AM »

I also came by Little / Harmonica Sammy Davis' only Trix 45, "Someday Blues" and am wondering who provided the guitar accompaniment? Perhaps Mr. Lowry might remember, if he sees this?

Pan
Being in Australia he's probably fast asleep so I'll post this until he can provide "chapter & verse".

LITTLE SAM DAVIS
V/h/g -1 with Dan DelSanto (g).
         Poughkeepsie, NY, 31 Jan 1971
71-0177   Shake and finger-pop    unissued
71-0178   Baby, scratch my back   unissued
71-0179   Sam?s swing [inst]     Trix 4505
71-0180   Stormy Monday -1       unissued
71-0181   Your funeral and my trial   unissued
71-0182   Someday blues            Trix 4505

The full Trix discography can be viewed at http://www.wirz.de/music/trixfrm.htm but I guess Pan you've already looked at it.

Thanks, Bunker Hill. I did look at Stefan's site.  :)

Cheers

Pan

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #35 on: July 27, 2013, 04:14:43 AM »
dj -

          Since you asked nicely! Recorded in Sam's apartment in a building on Main Street before it was "malled". He was upstairs a couple of floors and in the back of the building. I was using two Sony ECM-21 electret mics w. cardioid pick-up pattern. I got Sam out and about playing in local bars and on Eddie Kirkland's band album ["The Devil... and other blues demons"]. Took Val Wilmer to hear him at Smitty's (where his 45 and Eddie's were on the jukebox - "my" only jukebox exposure!) - she did a piece on him for MELODY MAKER comparing him favorably with Little Walter. I was with Sam at Smitty's the night his wife died. He was called by the hospital - I watched him fall apart at the seams before my eyes and was totally powerless to do anything to help. He later fell into a bottle and disappeared in spite of Little Eliot's efforts to help with gigs. Doug Price effectively re-rediscovered him years later via his radio show and the rest is history. Sam lives (if still so) in a nursing home after strokes. The album issued by Delmark is brilliant and what I had hoped to do with Sam, but t'was not to be as alcohol and pain took him "down" while I was still active. A fine player/singer and a genuinely nice person.

Peter B.

p.s. -"Stormy Monday" is by Sam alone w. Dan's Martin... playing left-handed.

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #36 on: July 27, 2013, 11:38:21 AM »
Thanks, Peter. 

I have to say that one of my fondest wishes is that at some point you'll get back to New Jersey and that all the material you recorded for Trix will be made available in some form.  You seemed to have a knack for finding interesting artists, getting good music out of them, and recording it well.

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #37 on: July 29, 2013, 01:10:08 AM »
dj -

          Thanks for that vote of appreciation - they are few and far between. I've laid out over eighty albums from my tapes, but physically getting a hold on them is the problem. I may be able to get digital dubs from the LofC, but don't hold your breath. Dubs were made there when I was working with Alan Lomax back in the day on what eventually became "The Deep River of Song" of the Alan Lomax collection on Rounder.

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #38 on: August 01, 2013, 07:07:04 AM »
The "anti-war" blues thread reminded me of another postwar favorite: James Scott Blues Rockers with L.B. Lawson. They recorded 5 songs for Sun circa 1951 (all unissued). L.B. Lawson was the vocalist, and James Scott, Jr., was the lead guitarist, providing more of that on-the-fly improvisation on electric guitar:

"Flypaper Boogie"
"Got My Call Card"
"Scott's Boogie"
"Missing In Action"
"Can't Love Me And My Money (sic) Too" (to my ears, Lawson is singing "buddy," not "money")

Unfortunately, I cannot find a link to any of these songs on YouTube, etc.

James Scott also recorded a pretty great version of Boyd Gilmore's "All In My Dreams" in the 1960's for a tiny Greenville, Mississippi label called Big Beat. He called it: "I Had A Dream I Love My Baby & I Can?t Do Without Her Love." About as fine a title as you can find. I don't see this anywhere on the web, sadly, but I have the 45 and it's great fun.
Jeff

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #39 on: January 19, 2014, 08:56:56 AM »
I think this qualifies, it was posted on the Facebook RBF page.

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #40 on: January 19, 2014, 03:53:18 PM »
That is a really cool track, Phil.  Thanks for posting it.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #41 on: September 19, 2016, 02:18:41 PM »
Good ol' William 'Talking Boy' Stewart


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Re: Post-War Country Blues--A Hit Parade
« Reply #42 on: September 22, 2016, 08:08:12 AM »
Check out my Radio Show/Podcast Post War Country Blues episode
https://soundcloud.com/btasoundsradio/bta-sounds-radio-episode-8-post-war-country-blues
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