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VA - Violin, Sing The Blues For Me: African-American Fiddlers 1926-1949 (1999)

27-02-2014, 13:12
Music | Jazz | Blues | Oldies

VA - Violin, Sing The Blues For Me: African-American Fiddlers 1926-1949 (1999)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Violin, Sing The Blues For Me: African-American Fiddlers 1926-1949
Year Of Release: 1999
Label: Old Hat
Genre: Delta Blues, Pre-War Blues, String Bands, Old Timey
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 72:59
Total Size: 175 Mb
Covers: Front

01. Johnson Boys - Violin Blues (3:21)
02. Andrew & Jim Baxter - K.C. Railroad Blues (3:31)
03. Peg Leg Howell - Beaver Slide Rag (3:21)
04. Mississippi Mud Steppers - Alma Waltz (2:56)
05. Tommie Bradley - Window Pane Blues (3:16)
06. Alabama Sheiks - Travelin' Railroad Man Blues (3:01)
07. Whistler & His Jug Band - Pig Meat Blues (3:11)
08. Frank Stokes - Right Now Blues (3:07)
09. Bo Chatmon - East Jackson Blues (2:59)
10. Mobile Strugglers - Memphis Blues (2:53)
11. Tennessee Chocolate Drops - Vine Street Drag (2:51)
12. Kansas City Blues Strummers - Broken Bed Blues (2:34)
13. Eddie Anthony, Henry 'Rubberlegs' Williams - Lonesome Blues (2:53)
14. Memphis Jug Band - Memphis Shakedown (3:05)
15. Tommie Bradley - Adam And Eve (3:02)
16. Henry Son Sims - Tell Me Man Blues (3:19)
17. Tom Nelson - Blue Coat Blues (3:04)
18. Booker Orchestra - Salty Dog (2:42)
19. Joe Williams' Washboard Blues Singers - Baby, Please Don't Go (3:25)
20. Mississippi Sheiks - Stop And Listen Blues No. 2 (3:17)
21. Cow Cow Davenport - Stealin' Blues (2:32)
22. Andrew & Jim Baxter - The Moore Girl (3:00)
23. Jack Kelly & His South Memphis Jug Band - Highway 61 Blues (2:50)
24. Louie Bluie - Ted's Stomp (2:43)

As Marshall Wyatt's thorough liner notes explain in the accompanying 32-page booklet, the violin had a more prominent role in early blues than has often been supposed. Violins were far more apt to be played than guitars in the 19th century, and even when the blues began to be recorded in the 1920s, violins were still often used, although they weren't as apt to be featured on disc as the guitar and other instruments were. This 24-track compilation (with only one cut dating from after 1935) includes some fairly recognizable blues names like Peg Leg Howell, Howard Armstrong, Cow Cow Davenport, the Mississippi Sheiks, the Memphis Jug Band, Charley Patton (accompanying Henry Sims), and Big Joe Williams (a 1935 version of his signature tune "Baby Please Don't Go"), although many of the performers are far more obscure. The material tends toward the more good-timey and folky side of the rural blues tradition; the violins can get into a hoedown kick, as on Peg Leg Howell's "Beaver Slide Rag," or get into a rapid ragtime mode, as on Louie Bluie & Ted Bogan's "Ted's Stomp." Because of the chronological span and wide roster of artists represented, it's a good overview of violin-informed early blues, a subgenre that hasn't gotten a whole of attention. And check out Frank Stokes' "Right Now Blues" to get your head spun around when you hear a lyric that was repeated in Chuck Berry's classic "Reelin' and Rockin'." ~Review by Richie Unterberger

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