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The Traditional Delta and Country Blues

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1934-1935) by Big Bill Broonzy

Label: Document Records.
Release Date: 1991.
Recording Time: 69 minutes.
Release Info: Compilation Studio Recording.
Recording Date: October 18, 1934 - July 3, 1935.

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

Big Bill Broonzy's absorption of the urbanized Chicago blues style was essentially complete by the time of the 1934-35 recordings assembled here. The highlight is a highly productive session featuring the State Street Boys, a group featuring Broonzy alongside harpist Jazz Gillum, guitarist Carl Martin, pianist Black Bob and violinist Zeb Wright, whose dissonant, scraping style lends the combo a highly distinctive sound; their material is fascinatingly diverse, ranging from the train songs "Midnight Special" and "Mobile and Western Line" to the saucy "She Caught the Train" and the much-covered "Don't Tear My Clothes." Also with Black Bob, Broonzy continued recording more simplified guitar/piano duets -- their "Southern Blues" is a lovely and nostalgic reminiscence about life on the other side of the Mason-Dixon line, while "Good Jelly" ranks among his most lyrically inventive efforts. - Review by Jason Ankeny.

Credits: Keith Briggs - liner notes; Big Bill Broonzy - composer, guitar, guitar (rhythm), primary artist, violin, vocals; Jazz Gillum - composer, harmonica, vocals; Black Bob Hudson - piano; Reverend Charlie Jackson - banjo; Louie Lasky - guitar; Carl Martin - guitar; Lester Melrose - composer; Johnny Parth - producer; Bill Settles - bass; State Street Boys - band; Traditional - composer; Zeb Wright - violin.

Personnel: Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; prob. Black Bob - piano; prob. Charlie Jackson - banjo on 1 added; Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; prob. Black Bob - piano; Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, violin; Black Bob - piano; State Street Boys: Big Bill Broonzy - vocals on 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, guitar on 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16; Jazz Gillum - vocals on 9, 10, 13, 15, harmonica on 9, 10, 11, 12, 13; Carl Martin - guitar on 10, 11, 13, 14, vln on 12; unknown - speech on 9, 12, 13, 14, 15; Black Bob - piano; “Joe” (prob. Bill Settles) - stand-up bass; Zeb Wright - violin on 11, 13, 14, 15, 16; Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; probably Black Bob - piano; Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; Louis Lasky - guitar; Big Bill Broonzy - vocals, guitar; prob. Black Bob - piano.

Tracks: 1) I Want To See My Baby - Big Bill Broonzy; 2) Serve It To Me Right - Big Bill Broonzy; 3) Dirty-No-Gooder - Big Bill Broonzy; 4) Let Her Go - She Don't Know - Big Bill Broonzy; 5) Hobo Blues - Big Bill Broonzy; 6) Prowlin' Ground Hog - Big Bill Broonzy; 7) C-C Rider (take A) - Big Bill Broonzy; 8) C-C Rider (take B) - Big Bill Broonzy; 9) Mobile And Western Line - State Street Boys; 10) Crazy About You - State Street Boys; 11) Sweet To Mama - State Street Boys; 12) Rustlin' Man - State Street Boys; 13) She Caught The Train - State Street Boys; 14) Midnight Special - State Street Boys; 15) The Dozen - State Street Boys; 16) Don't Tear My Clothes - State Street Boys; 17) The Southern Blues - Big Bill Broonzy; 18) Good Jelly - Big Bill Broonzy; 19) C And A Blues - Big Bill Broonzy; 20) Something Good - Big Bill Broonzy; 21) You May Need My Help Someday - Big Bill Broonzy; 22) Rising Sun Shine On - Big Bill Broonzy.