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Various – A Richer Tradition – Country Blues and String Band Music – 1923-1942 – 4 CD

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Track Listing:

CD1:
Sylvester Weaver: 1. Guitar Blues - 3:07   Edward Andrews: 2. Time Ain't Gonna Make Me Stay - 2:48   Daddy Stovepipe: 3. Sundown Blues - 3:12   Papa Charlie Jackson: 4. Salt Lake City Blues - 2:51   South Street Trio: 5. Whiskey and Gin Blues - 3:06   Richard Rabbit Brown: 6. James Alley Blues - 3:07   Big Boy Cleveland: 7. Goin' to Leave You Blues - 2:52   Papa Harvey Hull & Long "Cleve" Reed: 8. Hey Lawdy Mama/The France Blues - 3:01   Stovepipe No. 1 & David Crockett: 9. A Chicken Can Waltz the Gravy Around - 3:07   Andrew & Jim Baxter: 10. Bamalong Blues - 3:10   Jaybird Coleman: 11. Man Trouble Blues - 3:05   Tom "Blue Coat" Nelson: 12. Blue Coat Blues - 2:48   Ed Bell: 13. Frisco Whistle Blues - 3:03   Emery Glen: 14. Two Ways to Texas - 3:00   Lewis Black: 15. Gravel Camp Blues - 3:13   Mooch Richardson: 16. T and T Blues - 3:06   Tom Dickson: 17. Death Bell Blues - 3:12   Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley 18. C.C. & O. Blues - 3:07   George "Bullet" Williams: 19. Middlin' Blues - 2:46   Lottie Kimbrough: 20. Rolling Log Blues - 3:21   Charlie Kyle: 21. Kyle's Worried Blues - 3:26   William Harris: 22. Bull Frog Blues - 3:09   Elizabeth Johnson & Her Turpentine Tree-O: 23. Sobbin' Woman Blues - 3:18   Alec Johnson: 24. Miss Meal Cramp Blues - 3:00   Tarter & Gay: 25. Unknown Blues - 3:05

CD2:
Whistler & His Jug Band: 1. Jail House Blues - 2:54  Old Southern Jug Band: 2. Blues, Just Blues, That's All - 2:48   Kansas City Blues Strummers: 3. String Band Blues - 2:32   Old Pal Smoke Shop Four: 4. Black Cat Blues - 3:10   Leecan & Cooksey: 5. Dirty Guitar Blues - 3:20   The Dixieland Jug Blowers: 6. Boodle-Am-Shake - 3:19   Big Boy Cleveland: 7. Quill Blues - 2:43   Whistler & His Jug Band: 8. The Jug Band Special - 3:06   South Street Trio: 9. Cold Morning Shout - 3:10   Johnson Boys: 10. Violin Blues - 3:18   The Blue Boys: 11. Winner, Easy - 2:55   Johnson, Nelson & Porkchop: 12. G. Burns Is Gonna Rise Again - 3:01   James Cole String Band: 13. I Got a Gal - 2:53   Walter Jacobs & Lonnie Carter: 14. The Jazz Fiddler - 3:15   Tennessee Chocolate Drops: 15. Knox County Stomp - 3:03   Tommie Bradley: 16. Adam and Eve - 3:00   James Cole & His Washboard Band: 17. Runnin' Wild - 2:58   Birmingham Jug Band: 18. Giving It Away - 3:12   Mississippi Mud Steppers: 19. Jackson Stomp - 3:09   King David's Jug Band: 20. Rising Sun Blues - 3:09   Alabama Sheiks: 21. Travelin' Railroad Man Blues - 2:56   Coleman & Harper: 22. Old Hen Cackle - 2:43   Louie Bluie & Ted Bogan: 23. Ted's Stomp - 2:44   Dallas Jamboree Jug Band: 24. Dusting the Frets - 2:56   The Nashville Washboard Band: 25. Arkansas Traveler - 2:07

CD3:
Long "Cleve" Reed & Little Harvey Hull: 1. Original Stack O'Lee Blues - 2:44   Whistlin' Pete & Daddy Stovepipe: 2. Tuxedo Blues - 3:10   Ed Bell: 3. Mean Conductor Blues - 2:56   Emery Glen: 4. Back Door Blues - 3:01   Lewis Black: 5. Spanish Blues - 2:58   Mooch Richardson: 6. Helena Blues - 3:04   Ben Covington: 7. I Heard the Voice of a Pork Chop - 3:12   George Carter: 8. Rising River Blues - 2:50   Hambone Willie Newbern: 9. She Could Toodle-Oo - 3:02   Willie Baker: 10. Weak Minded Woman - 2:58   Lonnie Coleman: 11. Old Rock Island Blues - 3:14   Henry Spaulding: 12. Cairo Blues - 2:43   Mae Glover: 13. I Ain't Givin' Nobody None - 2:47   Edward Thompson: 14. Showers of Rain Blues - 2:51   Eli Framer: 15. Framer's Blues - 3:07   Luke Jordan: 16. If I Call You Mama - 3:14   Willie Lee Harris: 17. Never Drive a Stranger from Your Door - 3:40   Alfred Lewis: 18. Mississippi Swamp Moan - 3:24   Gitfiddle Jim: 19. Paddlin' Madeline Blues - 3:19   Tommy Settlers: 20. Shaking Weed Blues - 2:44   Willie Walker: 21. South Carolina Rag - 3:09   Beans Hambone & El Morrow: 22. Beans - 2:54   Jack Gowdlock: 23. Poor Jane Blues - 2:58   Tommie Bradley: 24. Window Pane Blues - 3:17   George Carter: 25. Hot Jelly Roll Blues - 2:53

CD4:
Tom Dickson: 1. Labor Blues - 3:02   Lottie Kimbrough: 2. Goin' Away Blues - 2:39   Charlie Kyle: 3. No Baby - 3:10   William Harris: 4. Early Mornin' Blues - 2:48   Willie Reed: 5. Dreaming Blues - 3:02   George Carter: 6. Weeping Willow Blues - 2:45   Hambone Willie Newbern: 7. Way Down in Arkansas - 3:10   Lonnie Coleman: 8. Wild About My Loving - 3:07   Freezone: 9. Indian Squaw Blues - 3:05   Edward Thompson: 10. Florida Bound - 2:53   Eli Framer: 11. God Didn't Make No Monkey Man - 3:12   Mattie Delaney: 12. Tallahatchie River Blues- 2:45   Walter Taylor: 13. Diamond Ring Blues - 2:57   Jim Thompkins: 14. Bedside Blues - 3:06   Willie Lee Harris: 15. Lonesome Midnight Dream - 3:04   John Byrd: 16. Billy Goat Blues - 3:28   Arthur Pettis: 17. That Won't Do - 3:01   George Carter: 18. Ghost Woman Blues - 2:58   Gene Campbell: 19. "Toby" Woman Blues - 3:15   Jack Gowdlock: 20. Rollin' Dough Blues - 2:53   Bob Campbell: 21. Starvation Farm Blues - 2:49   Carl Martin: 22. Farewell to You Baby - 3:06   Louie Lasky: 23. Teasin' Brown Blues - 2:48   George Torey: 24. Married Woman Blues - 2:55   Virgil Childers: 25. Dago Blues - 2:25

Reviews:

1. AllMusic - Steve Leggett
The 1920s is perhaps the only time when we hear what America was actually singing of its own accord, and since record companies at the time had little idea what might actually sell, they went out and recorded seemingly anyone and everyone who had a tune in their head. This, coupled with an increasingly awareness of the black record buying market, meant a time of unparalleled diversity in the kind of product labels put out there. By the mid-'30s, this amazing window began to close and labels, starting a process that still plays out nearly a hundred years later, started to dictate rather than reflect what America would be singing. That initial diversity, though, is well apparent on this four-disc, 100-track set of country-blues pieces and maverick black string band releases recorded between 1923 and 1942. There are all sorts of blues forms here, from Richard Rabbit Brown's harrowing and stark "James Alley Blues" (which was completely unlike anything else in his repertoire) from 1927, Big Boy Cleveland's cane fife workout "Quill Blues," also from 1927, the Johnson Boys' "Violin Blues" (that's crack guitarist Lonnie Johnson playing the fiddle and singing) from 1928, Long "Cleve" Reed and Harvey Hull's rare "Original Stack O'Lee Blues," released by Black Patti Records in 1927, Mattie Delaney's harrowing "Tallahatchie River Blues," apparently the only record she ever released, from 1930, and Bogus Ben Covington's version of the odd "I Heard the Voice of a Pork Chop," which had been originally tracked by Big Jim Jackson and was itself a parody of the hymn "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say." Also definitely worth pointing out here are two absolute gems from guitarist and singer George Carter, "Rising River Blues" and "Weeping Willow Blues," both from 1929 and both full of Carter's lyrical singing and understated but powerfully elegant slide guitar work. Economics in America as the '30s opened meant that record labels could no longer afford to record anything and everything, and the concept of market planning began to rear its opportune head. It just made better business sense to target an audience and then force-feed that audience the records created for it rather than seek out homegrown musicians in the hopes that they had a song or two that might hit home. America, from that moment on, sang what was presented to it. Thank God for sets like this.

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