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Juke Boy Bonner - Ghetto Poet (2003)

21-04-2015, 19:55
Music | Blues | Rock | FLAC / APE

Juke Boy Bonner - Ghetto Poet (2003)

Artist: Juke Boy Bonner
Title Of Album: Ghetto Poet
Year Of Release: 2003
Label: Arhoolie Records
Genre: Blues, Electric Blues
Format: Mp3 | Flac
Quality: 320 kbps | Lossless
Total Time: 59:16 Min
Total Size: 159 Mb | 364 Mb (covers)


1. Daylight Won't Catch Me Here
2. The Animal Gap
3. Time To Say Goodbye
4. Blues For Elmo
5. If I Sound Lowdown
6. Sportsman's Luck
7. California Here I Come
8. Zodico Jump
9. Gtting Up From The Ground
10. Houston Beat
11. What Will I Tell The Children
12. All The Lonely Days
13. Childhood Dreams
14. Settin' The Record Straight
15. Rainin' In My Room
16. Let Me Run It Down To You
17. I Don't Go For Games
18. It's Enough

One-man bands weren't too common on the postwar blues scene. Joe Hill Louis and Dr. Ross come to mind as greats who plied their trade all by their lonesome -- and so did Juke Boy Bonner, a Texan whose talent never really earned him much in the way of tangible reward. Born into impoverished circumstances in the Lone Star State during the Depression, Weldon Bonner took up the guitar in his teens. He caught a break in 1947 in Houston, winning a talent contest that led to a spot on a local radio outlet. He journeyed to Oakland in 1956, cutting his debut single for Bob Geddins' Irma imprint ("Rock with Me Baby"/"Well Baby") with Lafayette "Thing" Thomas supplying the lead guitar. Goldband Records boss Eddie Shuler was next to take a chance in 1960; Bonner recorded for him in Lake Charles, LA, with Katie Webster on piano, but once again, nothing happened career-wise. Troubled by stomach problems during the '60s, Bonner utilized his hospital downtime to write poems that he later turned into songs. He cut his best work during the late '60s for Arhoolie Records, accompanying himself on both guitar and racked harmonica as he wove extremely personal tales of his rough life in Houston. A few European tours ensued, but they didn't really lead to much. Toward the end of his life, he toiled in a chicken processing plant to make ends meet. Bonner died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1978.

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