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Barrelhouse Blues - Compiled and Edited by Paul Oliver

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Ed Andrews
01 - Barrelhouse Blues Listen

Speckled Red
02 - The Dirty Dozen Listen

Washington Phillips
03 - Paul and Silas in Jail Listen

Peg Leg Howell
04 - New Jelly Roll Blues Listen
05 - Beaver Slide Rag Listen

Pink Anderson and Simmie Dooley
06 - Every Day in the Week Blues Listen
07 - C. C. and O Blues Listen

Luke Jordan
08 - Pick Poor Robin Clean Listen

Bo Carter (Bo Chatman)
09 - Good Old Turnip Greens Listen

Alec Johnson
10 - Mysterious Coon Listen

Jim Jackson
11 - Travelling Man Listen

Furry Lewis
12 - John Henry (The Steel Driving Man) Listen

Jaybird Coleman
13 - Boll Weevil Listen

Richard 'Rabbit' Brown
14 - Sinking of the Titanic Listen

Mississippi John Hurt
15 - Frankie Listen

Will Bennett
16 - Railroad Bill Listen

Garfield Akers
17 - Cottonfield Blues Part 1 Listen

Texas Alexander
18 - Awful Moaning Blues Part 1 Listen
19 - Awful Moaning Blues - Part 2 Listen

Blind Lemon Jefferson
20 - Match Box Blues Listen

Barbecue Bob (Robert Hicks)
21 - She moves It Just Right Listen

Julius Daniels
22 - I'm Goin' to tell God How You Doin' Listen

Tim Wilkins (Rev. Robert Wilkins)
23 - Dirty Deal Blues Listen

Tommy Johnson
24 - Canned Heat Blues Listen

Sleepy John Estes
25 - Street Car Blues Listen

Lucille Bogan (Bessie Jackson)
26 - Pawn Shop Blues Listen

Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe
27 - I'm Talkin' About You Listen

Rosie Mae Moore
28 - Stranger Blues Listen

Bessie Tucker
29 - T.B. Moan Listen

Lillian Glinn
30 - Shake It Down Listen

Cleo Gibson
31 - Got Ford Engine Movements Listen

Bobbie Cadillac
32 - Easin' In Listen

Lillian Glinn
33 - Where Have All The Black Men Gone? Listen

Minnie Wallace
34 - Dirty Butter Listen

Leola Manning
35 - Satan Is Busy In Knoxville Listen
36 - He Cares For Me Listen

Whistlin Alex Moore
37 - West Texas Woman Listen

Memphis Jug Band
38 - Feed Your Friend With a Long-Handled Spoon Listen

Eddie Schaffer and Oscar Woods
39 - Flying Crow Blues Listen

Blind Willie McTell
40 - Travelin' Blues Listen

Joe Calicott
41 - Fare Thee Well Blues Listen

Tarter and Gay
42 - Unknown Blues Listen

Ollis Martin
43 - Police And High Sheriff Ridin' Down Listen

Lonnie Johnson
44 - Broken Levee Blues Listen

Willie Jackson
45 - Old New Orleans Blues Listen

Mississippi Sheiks
46 - The Jazz Fiddler Listen

Bo Carter (Bo Chatman)
47 - Times Is Tight Like That Listen

Jimmy Strange
48 - Quarter Splow Blues Listen

Joe Pullum
49 - Hard Working Man Blues Listen

Kid Stormy Weather
50 - Bread And Water Blues Listen

Smith and Harper
51 - Insurance Policy Blues Listen

Roosevelt Graves
52 - I'll Be Rested (When The Roll Is Called) Listen

Mississippi Jook Band
53 - Hittin' The Bottle Stomp Listen

Little Brother Montgomery
54 - Santa Fe Blues Listen

Black Boy Shine
55 - Brown House Blues Listen

Black Ivory King
56 - Working For The WPA Listen

Dusky Dailey
57 - Pension Blues Listen

Three Fifteen and His Squares
58 - Saturday Night On Texas Avenue Listen

Virgil Childers
59 - Preacher And The Bear Listen

J A S Spencer
60 - Blow, Boys, Blow! Listen

Will Roseborough
61 - The Dallas Railway Listen

Ernest Williams
62 - Ain't No More Cane On The Brazos Listen

John 'Black Sampson' Gibson
63 - Track Lining Song Listen

Henry Truvillion
64 - Tie Tamping Chant Listen

Clyde Hill
65 - Long Hot Summer Days Listen

Moses "Clear Rock" Plat and James "Iron Head" Baker
66 - Old Rattler Listen

Smith Casey
67 - Jack O'Diamonds Listen

Enoch Brown
68 - Cornfield Hollers Listen

Barrelhouse Blues - Location Recordings & The Early Traditions In The Blues


Triple CD with 68 newly re-mastered tracks.

informative 12 page booklet written by Paul Oliver.

Detailed discography.


The beginnings of the blues are uncertain, shaded by myth and legend. To some this American musical idiom now seems to have emerged fully formed from the genius of a few pioneering innovators in the Mississippi Delta. But the truth is that without the quick and wise intervention of record companies during the 1920s throughout the South, the earliest iterations of the blues would be lost to us. Fired by the runaway success of the first blues records, emissaries from Okeh and Columbia Records lugged primitive recording equipment into makeshift studios in cities like Dallas, Atlanta and New Orleans. To preserve the music they brought in street singers, medicine show performers, pianists from the juke joints and barrelhouses. The music that circulated through the Southern work camps, prison farms and vaudeville shows would have vanished if it hadn’t been captured on location by these performers and their recorders.


Blues historian Paul Oliver uncovers these folk traditions and the circumstances under which they were recorded, unpacking the blues writings of Harlem scholar Alain Locke and the earliest recordings themselves to rescue the forebears of the blues who were lost before they even had a chance to be heard. A careful examination of the earliest recordings of the blues by one of its foremost experts, Barrelhouse Blues expands our definition of that most American style of music.


See also:


Yonder come The Blues - Compiled and Edited by Paul Oliver


Broadcasting The Blues - Compiled and edited by Paul Oliver


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