The Traditional Delta and Country Blues

Blind Dog's Blues (BD-0915)

Jim Jackson - Traveling Man; Kid Cole - Hey Hey Mama Blues; Blind Willie McTell - Talkin' To Myself; Tampa Red - Sho' Is Hot; Blind Boy Fuller - You've Got Something There; Bo Carter - I've Got The Whole World In My Hand; Babe Stovall - Baby Let Me Follow You Down; Memphis Jug Band - Gator Wobble; Blind Joe Taggart - I Wish My Mother Was On That Train (-52); Leadbelly - Matchbox Blues; Mance Lipscomb - I Looked Down The Road And I Wondered; Sloppy Henry - Canned Heat Blues; Big Boy Teddy Edwards - W.P.A. Blues; Cephas & Wiggins - I Saw The Light; Blind Willie McTell - On The Cooling Board; Beale Street Sheiks - It's A Good Thing (20044); Peg Leg Howell - Skin Game Blues; Peg Leg Howell And His Gang - Georgia Crawl; Babe Stovall - Medley: Big Road Blues And Careless Love; Sonny Terry - Ham And Eggs; Robert Petway - Catfish Blues; Steve James - Talco Girl; Hambone Willie Newbern - Roll And Tumble Blues; Frank Stokes - You Shall; Charley Patton - Poor Me; Big Mama Thornton - They Call Me Big Mama; Charlie McCoy - Times Ain't What They Used To Be; Charlie Burse - Baby You Win; Casey Bill Weldon - Sales Lady; Skip James - Illinois Blues; St. Louis Jimmy Oden - Going Down Slow; Walter Davis - Red Cross Blues; Roy Book Binder - Polk City Ramble; Papa Egg Shell - Far From Home; Bascom Lamar Lunsford - Swannanoa Tunnel; Bumble Bee Slim - Someday Things Will Be Breaking My Way; The Hokum Boys - Folks Down Stairs; Leroy Carr - Let's Make Up And Be Friends Again; Bill Gaither - Kentland Blues; Big Joe Williams - Ball Of Twine; Lonnie Johnson - Savoy Blues; Josh White - Low Cotton; Sleepy John Estes - Goverment Money; Ma Rainey - Tough Luck Blues; Blind Lemon Jefferson - Mean Jumper Blues; Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - Some Day; Doctor Clayton - Ain't No Business We Can Do; Memphis Minnie - Black Widow Stinger; Big Bill Broonzy - Oh Babe (Don't Do Me That Way) (1936); Harlem Hamfats - Live & Die For You; Tampa Red - Bear Cat'S Kitten; Blind Boy Fuller - Woman You Better Wake Up; ... and more.

Unkind Woman by Buddy Moss

Unkind Woman - Buddy Moss, E position, standard tuning.

Now, my baby told me she loved me, but I found out that she was lyin'
Now, my baby told me she loved me, but I found out that she was lyin'
Every time I think how my baby did me, I just can not keep from cryin'

Say, but someday, babe, and it won't be long
Says, someday, babe, and it won't be long
Say, you're gonna want for your daddy, woman, but I mean, and I will be gone

Mmmm, Lawdy, Lawdy, Lawd
Mmmm, Lawdy, Lawdy, Lawd
Say, I love you, woman, but you won't act right at all


If you don't want me, woman, why don't you let me be?
Now, if you don't want me, woman, why don't you let me be?
Said, there's a-plenty more women that really cares for me

Mmmm, my baby, she don't treat me kind no more
Said, my babe, she don't treat me kind no more
Because every day she treats me worser than the day before

Blind Dog's Blues (BD-0913)

Son House - Pearline; Casey Bill Weldon - Oh, Red! (Arnett Nelson A. H. Hot Four); Muddy Waters - You Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone; Papa Charlie Jackson - Let's Get Along; Barbecue Bob - It's Just Too Bad; Skip James - Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues; Peetie Wheatstraw - Cake Alley; Leroy Carr - Blues Before Sunrise; Prof Scratchy - Broke Down Engine; Taylor's Kentucky Boys - Soldier Joy; Jazz Gillum - Get Your Business Straight; Jaybird Coleman - Mill Log Blues; Blind Blake - Sweet Jivin' Mama; Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley - C.C. & O. Blues; Robert Pete Williams - What A Shape I'm In; Tommy McClennan - Deep Sea Blues; Furry Lewis - Billy Lyons And Stock O'Lee; Mississippi Fred Mcdowell - John Henry; Howard Armstrong - Howard's Rag; Bill Williams - When The Roses Bloom Again; J.B. Lenoir - Alabama; Big Al Calhoun - Buy Me An Airplane; Joseph Spence - Yellow Bird; The McCoy Brothers (Charlie & Joe McCoy) - Come Over and See Me; Reverend Gary Davis - Get Right Church; Sonny Boy Williamson - Blue Bird Blues; Ramblin' Thomas - No Job Blues; Buddy Moss - Going To Your Funeral In A Vee Eight Ford; Will Bennett - Railroad Bill; Walter Davis - Life Boat Blues; Bumble Bee Slim - Sail On Little Girl [No.3]; Casey Bill Weldon - Flood Water Blues, No. 2 (Take 2); Josh White - Black And Evil Blues; Mooch Richardson - Low Down Barrel House Blues Part 1; Robert Johnson - Love In Vain Blues; Peg Leg Howell And His Gang - Everythingg's Comin' My Way; Ma Rainey - Those Dogs Of Mine; Doug Quattlebaum - You Is One Black Rat; Bill Gaither - See My Grieve Blues; Sampson Pittman - I Been Down In The Circle Before; Mississippi John Hurt - Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor; Curley Weaver - Decatur Street 81; Sleepy John Estes - Mailman Blues; Lonnie Johnson - Sundown Blues; Texas Alexander - Double Crossing Blues; The Two Charlies - I Couldn't Stay Here; Macon Ed And Tampa Joe - Try That Thing; Blind Lemon Jefferson - Chock House Blues; Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - Mean Old Frisco Blues; Bill Jazz Gillum - My Old Lizzie; Memphis Minnie - Let's Go To Town; Big Bill Broonzy - Down In The Alley, Take 2; ... and more.

Ishman Bracey

Ishman Bracey, b. January 9, 1901 in Byram, MS, d. February 12, 1970 in Jackson, MS, sometimes credited as Ishmon Bracey, Delta blues singer-guitarist, active 1920s - 1930s. Alongside his contemporary Tommy Johnson, Bracey was a highly influential bluesman in Jackson, Mississippi, and was one of the area's earliest figures to record blues material. Bracey's recordings included "Trouble Hearted Blues" and "Left Alone Blues", both of which appear on several compilation albums.

Bracey was born in the small town of Byram, Mississippi. Most sources give his birth year as 1901, but researchers Bob Eagle and Eric LeBlanc give 1899, based on 1900 census information. Bracey learned how to play the particular guitar style of bottlenecking from local blues musicians Rubin Lacey and Louis Cooper. He began his music career by performing at dances, juke joints, fish fries, and other rural events before relocating to Jackson in the late 1910s. Talent scout H. C. Speir approached Bracey while he was performing on Mill Street in 1927 with the intent of recording the musician for Victor Records. On February 4, 1928, Bracey completed his first two sides for the label, "Saturday Blues" and "Left Alone Blues", at the Memphis Auditorium with Papa Charlie McCoy providing the backup guitar lines. Bracey and McCoy returned to Memphis on August 31 to record seven additional songs. In most of his recordings, Bracey used distinctive variations on the usual three-line verse form of blues songs, and was one of the few Mississippi bluesmen who sang with a nasal tone without embellishment. Bracey returned to the studio in 1929 and early-1930 for Paramount Records, backed by the group the New Orleans Nehi Boys. The band featured Kid Ernest Michall on clarinet and Charles Taylor (who Bracey accompanied on four sides of his own) on piano, both unusual instruments to appear on Mississippi Delta blues recordings. Like his associate Tommy Johnson, Bracey's total discography is relatively limited with only 16 songs, and original copies of his 78-rpm records are among the most valued items sought by blues collectors. His compositions "Trouble Hearted Blues" and "Left Alone Blues" are his most recognized works. He was an associate of Johnson's, and the two performed regularly together on the medicine show circuit in the early 1930s. Bracey played the blues until 1951 when he was ordained as a Baptist minister. Although he would no longer partake in making blues music, Bracey still helped music historian Gayle Dean Wardlow in 1963 gather information on Delta blues musicians, most notably Skip James. Bracey died on February 12, 1970; he is buried in Willow Park Cemetery in Jackson.

Ishman Bracey Biography by by Uncle Dave Lewis

Ishman Bracey (certain 78 rpm record labels are incorrectly spelled "Ishmon," and this has carried over in some sources) was an early figure in Mississippi Delta blues and an associate of singer Tommy Johnson. Bracey learned guitar from "Mississippi" Ruben Lacy, and starting in the 1910s he played local dances, juke joints, fish fries and other local events in rural Mississippi. Bracey first recorded for Victor in Memphis in February, 1928 with Charlie McCoy on second guitar, and the two returned to Memphis for a second batch of records on August 31 of that year. Ishman Bracey finished out his recording career at Paramount with a group called the New Orleans Nehi Boys featuring Kid Ernest Michall on clarinet and Charles Taylor on piano. Bracey also accompanied Taylor on four selections of his own. As in the case of his close friend Tommy Johnson, Ishman Bracey's recording output is small; only 16 titles in all, although four of them are known in alternate takes. Two additional titles, "Low Down Blues" and "Run to Me at Night," were apparently issued by Paramount, but have never been found. Original copies of Ishman Bracey's 78-rpm records are among the most valued items sought by blues collectors.

Of Bracey's songs, "Trouble Hearted Blues" and "Left Alone Blues" are very highly regarded, but in general his work is quite consistent and listening to his small output in its complete form certainly has its rewards. After his recording career ended, Bracey continued to perform, again with Tommy Johnson, on the medicine-show circuit. After World War II Bracey "got religion," and wasn't even interested in discussing his career as a bluesman when rediscovered in the late '50s. However, he did provide advice to researchers that led to the rediscovery of Skip James, and it is worth noting that Ishman Bracey continued to perform sacred material in local churches up until the day he died.

Blind Dog's Blues (BD-0912)

William Harris - Bull Frog Blues; Sonny Boy Williamson - Christmas Morning Blues; Lonnie Johnson - Toothache Blues, Pts 1 & 2; Jaybird Coleman - Mill Log Blues; Little Hat Jones - Corpus Blues; Bumble Bee Slim - Yo Yo String Blues; The McCoy Brothers (Charlie & Joe McCoy) - Back Door; Blind Willie Johnson - Nobody's Fault But Mine; Mooch Richardson - Low Down Barrel House Blues Part 2; Floyd Country Ramblers - The Story Of Freda Bolt; Reverend Gary Davis - Lord I Feel Just Like Goin' On; Blind Teddy Darby - Pokino Blues; Papa Charlie Jackson - She Belongs To Me Blues; Buddy Moss - Talking About My Time; Walter Davis - Moonlight Is My Spread; Robert Johnson - Kindhearted Woman Blues (Alternate Take); Jack Kelly & His South Memphis Jug Band - R.F.C. Blues; Casey Bill Weldon - No Good Woman; Ma Rainey - Dead Drunk Blues; Charley Taylor - Heavy Suitcase Blues; Clara Burston - Good And Hot; Buddy Boy Hawkins - Jailhouse Fire Blues; Curley Weaver - Sweet Petunia; Robert Lee McCoy - My Friend Has Forsaken Me; Jesse Thomas - Texas Blues; Butch Cage & Willie B. Thomas - Called For You Yesterday; Garfield Akers - Cottonfield Blues, Part 2; Sleepy John Estes - Wadie Green Blues; Henry Townsend - Doctor, Oh Doctor; Kid Prince Moore - Pickin' Low Cotton Pt I; Elders McIntorsh And Edwards - The Flood Of 1927; Lonnie Johnson - Sweet Potato Blues; Rich & Welly Trice - Pack It Up And Go; Jim Jackson - Traveling Man; Charley Lincoln - Doodle Hole Blues; Blind Lemon Jefferson - That Black Snake Moan; Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - Blind Man Sees; Memphis Minnie - True Love; Big Bill Broonzy - In The Army Now; Blind Willie McTell - Razor Ball (1930); Tampa Red - Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders Here; Blind Boy Fuller - Break Of Day Blues; Bo Carter - Bo Carter's Advice; Mance Lipscomb - If I Miss The Train; Memphis Jug Band - Fourth Street Mess Around; Scrapper Blackwell - Hard Time Blues; Leadbelly - Alberta; Mary Harris - No Christmas Blues; Jesse "Monkey Joe" Coleman - Headache Blues; Robert Diggs - Drink, Drink, Drink; Big Joe Williams - Jivin' Woman; Guitar Slim & Jelly Belly - You're My Honey; ... and more.

Tailor Made Lover by Papa Charlie Jackson

Tailor Made Lover - Papa Charlie Jackson, A position, standard tuning.


Men standing 'round hollerin', they can't find no work to do
Men standing around hollerin', they can't find no work to do
I've got so many jobs, 'til I don't believe I'll ever get through

I'm a tailor-made lover, guarantee every piece to fit
I'm a tailor-made lover, guarantee every piece to fit
I've done a whole lot of lovin', haven't had no fault found yet


My loving's made to order, my shops runs over with trade
My loving's made to order, my shops runs over with trade
I can just look at your gal, and tell how she wants her lovin' made

A long, tall mama, you can just love her plain and flat
A long, tall mama, you can just love her plain and flat
But a cute little brownskin, you really got to make it tight like that