The Traditional Delta and Country Blues

Blind Dog's Blues (#1074), Feb./March Sessions

Blind Willie Mctell - I Got To Cross De River O'Jordan; Lonnie Johnson - I'm Just Dumb; Washboard Sam - Beer Garden Blues; Louise Johnson - By The Moon And The Stars; Robert Pete Williams - I've Grown So Ugly; Ed Bell - She's A Fool Gal; Blind Boy Fuller - Passenger Train Woman; Mance Lipscomb - Missouri Waltz; Beans Hambone - Tippin' Out; Leadbelly - Whoa Back Buck; George Clarke - Prisoner Blues; Mississippi John Hurt - Avalon Blues; Lottie Kimbrough And Winston Holmes - The Kansas City Call; Papa Charlie Jackson - Skoodle Um Skoo; Jim Jam - Diamond Ring Blues; J.B. Lenoir - Vietnam Blues; Blind Boy Fuller - Pistol Slapper Blues; Leadbelly - Where Did You Sleep Last Night; Eli Framer - Framer's Blues; Memphis Jug Band - He's In The Jailhouse Now; Mance Lipscomb - Cocaine Done Killed My Baby; Johnny Temple - Evil Bad Woman; Papa Charlie Jackson - Forgotten Blues; James "Yank" Rachell - Bye Bye Blues; Furry Lewis - Mistreatin' Mama; Mississippi Sheiks - Too Long; 

Big Bill Broonzy - Ridin' On Down; Johnie Lewis - Oh Lord, Tell Me Right From Wrong; Cephas & Wiggins - Mamie; Beale Street Sheiks - Jazzin' The Blues; Jabo Williams - Jab's Blues; Peetie Wheatstraw - These Times; Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - Old And Grey; Buddy Moss - Pushin' It; Blind Joe Taggart - I Ain't No Sinner Now; Reverend Gary Davis - C-Rag; Walter Davis - Root Man Blues; Lottie Beaman - Going Away Blues (1929); Frank Hovington - You Rascal You; Lightnin' Wells - I'll See You In My Dreams; Josh White - Welfare Blues; Frank James - Mistreated Blues; Memphis Minnie - My Strange Man; Barbecue Bob - Waycross Georgia Blues; Big Bill Broonzy - Friendless Blues; Blind Willie McTell - Mama Let Me Scoop For You; Tampa Red - It's Tight Like That; Rufus & Ben Quillian - Satisfaction Blues; Kokomo Arnold - The Twelves (Dirty Dozens); Luke Jordan - If I Call You Mama; Bascom Lamar Lunsford - On A Bright And Summer's Morning; Johnny Temple - Corrina Corrina; 

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4 (1935) by Bumble Bee Slim

Label: Document Records.
Release Date: September 1, 1994.
Recording Time: 76 minutes.
Release Info: Compilation, Studio Recording.
Recording Date: April 4, 1935 - July 18, 1935.

Styles: Acoustic Chicago Blues, Country Blues, Piedmont Blues, Pre-War Country Blues, Regional Blues.

Document DOCD-5264. Releases: August 7, 2001; August 25, 2004; June 14, 2005. Compiled and produced by Johnny Parth. Eipeldauerstr. 23/43/5, A-1220 Vienna, Austria. Remastering: Gerhard Wessely, Soundborn Studios Vienna. Booklet Notes: Jerry Zilten.

Take A Whiff On Me by Leadbelly

Take a Whiff On Me - Leadbelly, Feb 1 1935 Wilton Conn, LC: Elektra EKL301/2, Doc DLP544, DLP601, Rounder CD 1044 Midnight Special.
12 string in standard down four semitones to C. Played in D position so actual pitch is B flat.

[Instrumental 10 bars]

Take a whiff on me, take a whiff on me
And everybody take a whiff on me
And a-oh, oh, baby take a whiff on me

When I marry gonna buy me a line
Got to whip my baby if she change her mind
And it's oh, oh, baby take a whiff on me

When I marry gonna buy me a rope
I'm gonna whip my baby 'til she Buzzard Lope
And it's oh, oh, baby take a whiff on me

The Blues (A Smithsonian Collection Of Classic Blues Singers) by Various Artists

Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
Release Date: October 8, 1993.
Recording Time: 288 minutes.
Release Info: Studio Recording.

Styles: Acoustic Blues, Blues Gospel, Classic Female Blues, Country Blues, Electric Blues, Acoustic Memphis Blues, Acoustic Texas Blues, Bop, Chicago Blues, Delta Blues, Early Jazz, Electric Chicago Blues, Field Recordings, Hard Bop, Jazz Blues, Jug Band, Jump Blues, Piano Blues, Piedmont Blues, Pre-War Blues, Pre-War Country Blues, Pre-War Gospel Blues, Regional Blues, Slide Guitar Blues, Soul Blues, Texas Blues, Urban Blues, West Coast Blues.

While any collection professing to be a definitive overview of a genre usually falls short of the mark, it's hard to find fault with this excellently researched and compiled four-disc set from the Smithsonian Collection. Running the recorded history of the music chronologically, the first disc explores the early sides by guitarists like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Barbecue Bob, Blind Willie Johnson, and Tommy Johnson, and classic blues singers like Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Sippie Wallace. Volume two rounds up sides from Leroy Carr, Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Memphis Minnie, Son House, and Big Joe Williams, as well as off-the-beaten-track delights from the Memphis Jug Band and the Mississippi Sheiks. The third volume continues in the history of Delta blues with classic entries from Robert Johnson and Bukka White, moving into the Bluebird beat, ending up with the first recordings from John Lee Hooker and Lightnin' Hopkins. The final disc is a veritable feast of Chicago blues with classic sides galore from Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, and Jimmy Reed, finishing with more contemporary offerings from Ray Charles, Latimore, and a retro style closer from Cephas & Wiggins. The transfers on the really vintage sides are as good as any you're likely to come across, and the song selection throughout is impeccable. Add a sumptuous booklet chock-full of photos and an abundance of historical facts, all well-annotated by W.K. McNeil, and you've got a box set for the ages. Very, very well done. ~ Cub Koda

A.C. Forehand

b. August 9, 1890 or 1893 in Columbus, GA, d. May 9, 1972 in Memphis, TN, gospel blues musician, active 1920s - 1930s.

Far from being a cryptic note scribbled by a tarot card reader, A.C. Forehand was the husband and musical partner of Blind Mamie Forehand. She certainly surpasses him in both the weird-name department and musical fervor, sometimes drowning the poor man's anxious guitar strumming out completely with the sound of her hard banging antique cymbals. The two were street performers in Memphis, amongst the earliest recorded in the genre or classification of street-corner and storefront gospel music. The duo cut only a few titles in the late '20s, but the songs have become treasured documentation of early American primitive gospel, released time and time again on various early blues and gospel anthologies, attracting particular attention to the Forehand legacy when included on a collection assembled by John Fahey's Revenant label. After American Primitive, Vol. 1 was released there was no second volume in sight, leading to speculation that A.C. Forehand and spouse might just be an impossible act to follow. ~ Eugene Chadbourne

Keep My Skillet Good And Greasy by Uncle Dave Macon

Label: Bear Family Records.
Release Date: June 21, 2004.
Recording Time: 683 minutes.
Release Info: Compilation, Studio Recording.
Recording Date: July 8, 1924 - November 25, 1950.

Styles: Old-Timey, Traditional Country, Country Blues.

This features "All in Down & Out Blues," "I'll Tickle Nancy, " "Cumberland Mountain Deer Race, " and others. ~ Rovi Staff

Includes 9-CD box set with one DVD and 176-page hardcover book. Uncle Dave Macon was one of the first country stars to record, the first star of the Grand Ole Opry, and one of the first members elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Here for the first time are all of his commercial recordings, as well as several test pressings, rare home recordings, and an entire side of recently discovered Opry air checks from 1939-40 that have never been released. The DVD contains the 1940 film Grand Ole Opry that features Macon. The book contains newly discovered photos and illustrations, complete song lyrics transcribed by Paul Ritscher and Robert Nobley, a newly researched biography by Charles Wolfe, and a revised discography.

Salty Dog by Kokomo Arnold

Salty Dog - Kokomo Arnold, Spanish tuning, with a slide.


Won't you let me be your salty dog, I don't want to be your man at all
You salty dog, aw, you salty dog
There's just one thing that's worryin' my mind, all of these womens, ain't none of 'em mine
You salty dog, aw, you salty dog
Oh, you salty dog


Scared as I ever been in my life, old Uncle Bud like to caught me kissin' his wife
You salty dog, aw, you salty dog
Now, the big fish, little fish playin' in the water, come on back here, man, and give me my quarter
You salty dog, aw, you salty dog
Oh, you salty dog

The Roots Of Rap (Classic Recordings From The 1920's And 30's) by Various Artists

Label: Yazoo Records.
Release Date: April 23, 1996.
Recording Time: 69 minutes.
Release Info: Studio Recording.

Styles: Country Blues, Delta Blues, Old-Timey, Regional Blues, Acoustic Blues, Acoustic Memphis Blues, Blues Gospel, Jug Band, Piano Blues, Piedmont Blues, Pre-War Blues, Pre-War Country Blues, Pre-War Gospel Blues, Traditional Country, Vaudeville Blues.

This ambitious and thought-provoking project turns to early black-and-white, religious, and secular traditions for antecedents to modern rap styles. Drawing from the commercial recordings of the 1920s and '30s, The Roots of Rap provides a broad sampling of rural voices straddling the lines of speech and song against the rhythms of piano, banjo, and guitar. The roots of rap, this collection argues, existed in early black work songs and in the Southern pulpit; in the performances of singing street evangelists; and in black vocal traditions such as the "dozens." Early forms of rap emerged in the vaudeville routines of minstrel and medicine shows, arising also in the country humor and talking blues of many rural white performers. To illustrate its thesis, the album draws from some of the greatest performers of the period, including Blind Willie Johnson, Seven Foot Dilly, Butterbeans and Susie, and Memphis Minnie, whose extraordinarily funky "Frankie Jean" closes the set. Like the best of Yazoo's projects, this effort is carefully and intelligently constructed, as well as consistently entertaining. ~ Burgin Mathews