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11-12-2014, 16:39
Music | Blues

Pinetop Johnson - Blues At Home 6 (2013)

Artist: Pinetop Johnson
Title Of Album: Blues At Home 6
Year Of Release: 2013
Genre: Piano Blues, Country Blues
Label: Mbirafon
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 49:09
Total Size: 115 Mb
Covers: Front

01. Tommy Dorsey Boogie Woogie (Take 2) (2:21)
02. Going Down Slow (2:37)
03. See What You Done Done (2:09)
04. Forty-Four Blues (3:14)
05. The Honeydripper (1:53)
06. Rock Me Mama (2:49)
07. After Hours (2:21)
08. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie (Take 3) (2:40)
09. One Room Country Shack (2:54)
10. Dust My Broom (1:43)
11. Vicksburg Blues (3:19)
12. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (2:41)
13. Strange Things Happening (3:35)
14. The Little Red Rooster (Wade Walton) (3:36)
15. Razor Rhythm) (Wade Walton) (0:54)
16. Shake 'em On Down (Take 1) (Wade Walton) (2:39)
17. Shake 'em On Down (Take 2) (Wade Walton) (2:40)
18. Catfish Blues (Take 1) (Big Jack Johnson) (2:31)
19. Boogie Children (Earnest Roy) (2:22)

The sixth volume of the “Blues At Home” Collection, this CD features an underrated piano blues musician from the Delta, Wallace Bilbo Johnson. He was born in 1917, in Calhoun City, Mississippi, but only scant biographical information about him is available. Johnson died in July 1981, just a few months before my return to Clarksdale, Mississippi, where I wanted to interview him. He was discovered there in the late ‘60s by researcher Bill Ferris, who included the transcription of the entire 1969 session in his book Blues From the Delta. Wallace “Pinetop” Johnson was recorded during two relaxed sessions held in the summers of 1976 and 1978, the latter at a local piano supply store, the Gate Piano Company, on Issaquena Avenue in the heart of Clarksdale, where a piano in perfect condition had been made available for the occasion. This CD features his 1978 complete recording session in chronological order, plus some additional material cut in Clarksdale in 1978 by Earnest Roy, Big Jack Johnson, and Wade Walton.
Earnest Roy was born in 1927, in Coahoma County, Mississippi. A short piece of interview and biography, along with a photograph, appeared in Paul Oliver’s book Conversation with the Blues. Oliver discovered Roy in Clarksdale, Mississippi, during a field trip in 1960, but very little is known of his life. Mostly active and well known in the Clarksdale blues scene, he gained a great reputation as a guitar player, and performed with many Clarksdale bluesmen in the '50s and early '60s — Ike Turner, John Lee Hooker, and Raymond Hill, among others. Roy was performing in a band with Frank Frost and Wade Walton in 1960 when Paul Oliver discovered him. He taught his son Earnest “Guitar” Roy (Earnest Roy, Jr.) bass guitar at the early age of five; and when Earnest turned eight, he began playing in his father’s band, Earnest Roy and the Clarksdale Rockers, whose members included Big Jack Johnson. In July 1978 with the help of some Clarksdale friends, Andrew “Shine” Turner and Mike McLain, I was able to find Earnest Roy at his home located on 1729 Evans Street. Roy performed an instrumental version of “Boogie Children” surrounded by the sound of the cicadas of the Delta.
Big Jack Johnson, born in 1940, in Lambert, Mississippi, was known as the “Oil Man,” a nickname he earned during his early years working for Shell Oil as a truck driver. First influenced by his father, who was a fiddler, to take up the guitar in his early teens, he played with his father’s band around the area. Stylistically influenced by B.B. and Albert King, Big Jack soon developed his own remarkable guitar style, a mixture of blues and contemporary funk. He has performed with well-known blues artists, including Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Nighthawk, and Jimmy Reed, to name a few. Besides guitar, he also learned how to play bass and mandolin. Recording at Sam Phillips’ Sun Studio in Memphis as early as 1962, Big Jack Johnson made his name as a member of the Jelly Roll Kings trio ever since they started in 1962. The Jelly Roll Kings performed together for over 15 years, especially in the Delta area juke joints, and gained popularity for their exciting modern blues sound enriched with old traditional elements. Although he has stayed in the Delta, he has toured a lot through the United States and also abroad, earning an excellent international reputation. In August 1978 I was introduced to Big Jack by my friend Andrew “Shine” Turner, a young relative of Ike and Tina Turner, who was working at a bazaar on central Issaquena Avenue. When we met him, Big Jack asked me, “What you want me to play?” “Catfish in the deep blue sea,” was my obvious reply.
Wade Walton was born in 1923, near Lombardy, Mississippi. His father was a sharecropper, and Wade was the 16th of 17 children. He started playing music on the harmonica and guitar at the age of 12 under the influence of his brother “Honey” (Horace Walton), and worked during the 30s for minstrel shows with famed bluesman Tony Hollins, who certainly influenced Wade’s style on the guitar. Walton moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in the late 30s attending Booker T. Washington High School, where he got his diploma in 1940. Determined since childhood to be a barber, he then attended Martin Barber College and obtained his barber’s degree. Following this period of studies, Wade moved in 1943 to Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he played in electrified bands with local musicians the like Ike Turner, Frank Frost, and Earnest Roy. Discovered in 1960 by Paul Oliver and Chris Strachwitz, he performed for them in the Big Six Barber Shop on 4th Street a few songs released on the Arhoolie label; he is also quoted several times in Paul Oliver’s book, Conversation with the Blues. In 1962 he cut a whole Prestige-Bluesville album in New Jersey that gained him some popularity among blues collectors around the world. In 1972, Wade Walton opened up his own barbershop named Wade’s Barber Shop on 304 4th Street, just near the crossroad with Issaquena Avenue. In August of 1978, I met him there and I had the chance to record a few tracks, some of which have been included in this collection. All tracks have been fully digitally remastered in 2013 from the original tapes.
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