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Carolina Slim - Complete Recorded Titles 1950 - 1952

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Carolina Slim

01 - Mama`s boogie Listen
02 - Come back baby Listen
03 - Black chariot blues Listen
04 - Pleading blues Listen
05 - Jivin` woman Listen
06 - I`ll get by somehow Listen
07 - Blues knocking at my door Listen
08 - Worry you off my mind Listen
09 - Blues go away from me Listen
10 - Shake boogie Listen
11 - Worrying blues Listen
12 - Slo-freight blues Listen
13 - Rag mama Listen
14 - Sugaree Listen
15 - Carolina boogie Listen
16 - Since I seen your smiling face Listen
17 - Your picture done faded Listen
18 - Ain`t it sad Listen
19 - One more time Listen
20 - Mother dear mother Listen
21 - Side walk boogie Listen
22 - I`ll never walk in your door Listen
23 - Black cat trail Listen
24 - Georgia woman Listen
25 - Money blues Listen
26 - Wine head baby Listen
27 - (Pour me) One more drink Listen

Carolina Slim Complete Recorded Titles 1950-1952

Carolina Slim; vocal, guitar.

Genres; Post-war Country Blues, North Carolina blues, Blues guitar.
Informative booklet notes by Keith Briggs.
Detailed discography.

Abridged booklet notes.
Ed Harris was a man of many names; like certain other blues singers he seemed to delight in his shifting identity, flitting between styles of performance as easily as he did between pseudonyms. He made a substantial dent on the post war blues market - substantial that is for an itinerant musician of the old school who got his start by working around the tobacco growing region of Durham, North Carolina, for tips. Like most singers from that area he was heavily influenced by Blind Boy Fuller but, by the time Harris came to record the wider distribution of records both for private purchase and for use in Juke boxes, brought about by the boom conditions of the second world war, meant that he was quite as familiar with the work of Texan, Lightnin' Hopkins, as he was with that of singers from his own bailiwick. Harris' first recordings were made in 1950 when he was only seventeen years old. They were cut for Herman Lubinsky's Savoy set-up and released under the Acorn logo as by Carolina Slim.

His next session also saw issue on Acorn but one track later appeared on the Savoy label, another Lubinsky concern, as by "Jammin' Jim". By 1951 Slim was popular enough to record for Lubinsky on Savoy and Sharp in June and moonlight for Syd Nathan on King a few months later. This, of course, required yet another identity and the recordings were released as by "Country Paul". Paul seems to have been Ed Harris' middle name as writer credits on his King issues are to P. Harris or P. Howard. Slim's fine version of Blind Boy Fuller's Rag Mama, with what Blues Records 1943-1970 lists as a drummer but which sounds more like a washboard, comes from this year. Slim's work for King was similar to what he had been doing for Sharp (he even revamped Slo-Freight Blues into Your Picture Done Faded) and recording conditions were just as primitive; if you listen to Side Walk Boogie you can hear traffic passing in the road outside the studio. For his last session Slim returned to Lubinsky who this time issued his work on the parent label Savoy - but under the new sobriquet Lazy Slim Jim. Ed Harris was a prime example of the last flowering of the rural tradition of blues singing to be seen by the record companies as a viable commercial proposition.

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