Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Female Blues 1921 - 1928


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FEATURED ARTIST / S
Ethel Finnie
Monette Moore
Rosa Henderson
Sara Martin
Viola McCoy
Hazel Meyers
Josie Miles
Sister Harris
Rosetta Crawford
Lena Wilson
Lavinia Turner
Laura Smith

    TRACK LIST

Lavinia Turner
01 - When the rain turns into snow (who`s gonna keep you warm) Listen
02 - Who`ll drive your blues away Listen

Josie Miles
03 - Four o`clock blues Listen
04 - How I`ve got dem twilight blues Listen

Sister Harris
05 - Aggravatin` papa, don`t you try to two-time me Listen
06 - Sugar blues (p-208) Listen

Lena Wilson
07 - Mistreatin` daddy Listen
08 - Love ain`t blind no more Listen

Hazel Meyers
09 - Mississippi blues Listen
10 - The man ain`t born who can treat me like you do Listen

Viola McCoy
11 - Do right blues Listen
12 - I don`t know and I don`t care blues Listen

Ethel Finnie
13 - You`re gonna wake up some morning, but your papa will be gone Listen

Laura Smith
14 - Lake Ponchartrain blues Listen
15 - Gravier Street blues Listen

Josie Miles
16 - Flora`s weary blues Listen

Monette Moore
17 - Crepe hanger blues Listen

Sara Martin
18 - You don`t want me honey Listen
19 - Don`t never figure Listen

Rosetta Crawford
20 - Two faced man Listen
21 - Misery Listen

Sara Martin
22 - Numbers on the brain Listen
23 - Shipwrecked blues Listen

Rosa Henderson
24 - Poplar bluff blues Listen

This collection casts a wide net to capture two dozen un-reissued recordings by a dozen blues singers whose material has been collected already in this series, but these sides are by no means mere stragglers or stray sides, but in fact feature both well known and obscure vaudeville singers in good excellent form. Lavina Turner provides an energetic performance of When The Rain Turns To Snow and Josie Miles turns in a great bluesy performance on Flora's Weary Blues. Hazel Myers uses an aggressive, strong vocal for The Man Ain't Born Who Can Treat Me Like You Do and Laura Smith feels low down as she moans the blues with her Lake Ponchartrain.

The album is rounded off with the rousing Popular Bluff Blues by Rosetta Crawford with bouncy boogie figure piano and buoyant trombone behind a wonderful vocal line and sassy lyrics. After asserting that she has one to a dozen men in various locations around the country Rosetta wags "I ain't here for my health, I come here to strut my stuff".

And indeed, some considerable stuff is strutted on this delightful collection of female blues. As with the vast majority of the CDs featuring female classic blues singers in the Document Catalogue, this collection is given double strength by the inclusion of some excellent accompanists including James P. Johnson, Fletcher Henderson, Porter Grainger, Clarence Williamson, Bob Fuller and Cliff Jackson.

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