Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Charlie & Joe McCoy Vol 2 1936 - 1944

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Tampa Kid
'Kansas Joe' McCoy
Palooka Washboard Band
Charlie McCoy
Joe McCoy
Papa Charlie's Boys


Papa Charlie's Boys
01 - Gypsy woman blues Listen
02 - You can`t play me cheap Listen

Tampa Kid
03 - Keep on trying Listen
04 - Baby please don`t go Listen

Palooka Washboard Band
05 - We gonna move Listen
06 - Back door Listen
07 - You done tore your pants with me Listen
08 - Save me some Listen

Joe McCoy
09 - If you take me back Listen
10 - I`m through with you Listen
11 - When you said goodbye Listen
12 - I love you baby Listen
13 - What will I do? Listen
14 - Oh Red`s twin brother Listen
15 - We can`t agree Listen
16 - Let`s try it again Listen
17 - I`ll get you off my mind Listen
18 - It ain`t no lie Listen
19 - Got to go blues Listen
20 - Come over and see me Listen
21 - Sleeping by myself Listen
22 - Bessie Lee blues Listen
23 - Your money can`t buy me Listen
24 - I`m alright now Listen

Charlie McCoy, vocal, mandolin; Joe McCoy, vocal, guitar.

Includes: Robert Lee McCoy, harmonica; Ransom Knowling, double bass; Harmon Ray (Peetie Wheatstraw's Buddie), vocal; Little Brother Montgomery, piano; and others.
Genres: Blues, Mississippi Blues, Swing / Blues.

Informative booklet notes by Teddy Doering.
Detailed discography.

Hallelujah Joe Ain't Preachin No More and one might add: He's swinging now ! - this could be the motto of this CD. Following the trend of the time both Charlie and Joe McCoy played from the early 1930 onwards in the swing-oriented vein of the Bluebird beat. Gone were the days of the Jackson blues style with its subtleties in the guitar playing or the delicate singing. The new style, however, had its advantages, too. The vocals had a certain shouting quality which Joe had already demonstrated in his Hallelujah Joe recordings, there is more diversity in the accompanying musicians and especially rhythmically the songs were more appealing. Joe's session from November 1935 still showed a strong Tommy Johnson influence (for example Something Gonna Happen To You, on BDCD-6019, whereas as Going Back Home Blues, on Document DOCD-5031 is a downright imitation of Johnsons famous Big Road Blues as well as Look Down The Road, an up-tempo version of the song). The new trend is clearly demonstrated by Charlie in his April 1936 session (Papa Charlie's Boys), where the (unknown) bass player provided an immensely swinging rhythmic foundation. From here it was only a short step to the addition of other rhythm instruments such as washboard or drums in the series of recordings that Joe began in 1940, where he called himself Big Joe.

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