Label: Arhoolie Records
Release Date: 1960
Recording Time: 61 minutes
Releases: 1990 (Arhoolie); April 17, 2012 (Arhoolie / Sumo Records); July 15, 2016 (Arhoolie / City Hall)
Styles: Acoustic Texas Blues, Country Blues, Regional Blues, Texas Blues, Songster, Blues Revival.
Arhoolie's Texas Sharecropper & Songster is a recording made in 1960, during the blues revival. Prior to the blues revival, Mance Lipscomb was an unknown, and his discovery was one of the positive byproducts of the revival. He was a great country-blues man, and this is perhaps his greatest effort, capturing him running through a number of traditional songs. Most of the songs are augmented by his jackknife slide guitar, and all feature his raw, haunted vocals, which make these classic songs sound timeless.
by Thom Owens
Credits: Luther Dixon - composer; Mance Lipscomb - arranger, composer, guitar, primary artist, vocals; Mack McCormick - engineer; James Burke Oden - composer; Wayne Pope - artwork; Al Smith - composer; Chris Strachwitz - editing, engineer, photography, producer; Traditional - composer; Muddy Waters - composer; Big Joe Williams - composer.
Tracks: 1) Sugar Babe; 2) Goin' Down Slow; 3) Freddie; 4) Jack O'Diamonds; 5) Baby Please Don't Go; 6) One Thin Dime; 7) Shake, Shake Mama; 8) Ella Speed; 9) Mama Don't Allow; 10) Ain't It Hard; 11) 'Bout a Spoonful; 12) Take Me Back; 13) Rag in "G"; 14) Big Boss Man; 15) You Gonna Quit Me, Baby; 16) Blues in G; 17) Mama, Don't Dog Me; 18) Willie Poor Boy; 19) Tell Me Where You Stayed Last Night; 20) Knocking Down Windows; 21) Nobody's Fault But Mine; 22) Motherless Children.