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Barrelhouse Blues - Compiled and Edited by Paul Oliver

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Ed Andrews
01 - Barrelhouse Blues

Speckled Red
02 - The Dirty Dozen

Washington Phillips
03 - Paul and Silas in Jail

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

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

Luke Jordan
08 - Pick Poor Robin Clean

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

Alec Johnson
10 - Mysterious Coon

Jim Jackson
11 - Travelling Man

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

Jaybird Coleman
13 - Boll Weevil

Richard 'Rabbit' Brown
14 - Sinking of the Titanic

Mississippi John Hurt
15 - Frankie

Will Bennett
16 - Railroad Bill

Garfield Akers
17 - Cottonfield Blues Part 1

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

Blind Lemon Jefferson
20 - Match Box Blues

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

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

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

Tommy Johnson
24 - Canned Heat Blues

Sleepy John Estes
25 - Street Car Blues

Lucille Bogan (Bessie Jackson)
26 - Pawn Shop Blues

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

Rosie Mae Moore
28 - Stranger Blues

Bessie Tucker
29 - T.B. Moan

Lillian Glinn
30 - Shake It Down

Cleo Gibson
31 - Got Ford Engine Movements

Bobbie Cadillac
32 - Easin' In

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

Minnie Wallace
34 - Dirty Butter

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

Whistlin Alex Moore
37 - West Texas Woman

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

Eddie Schaffer and Oscar Woods
39 - Flying Crow Blues

Blind Willie McTell
40 - Travelin' Blues

Joe Calicott
41 - Fare Thee Well Blues

Tarter and Gay
42 - Unknown Blues

Ollis Martin
43 - Police And High Sheriff Ridin' Down

Lonnie Johnson
44 - Broken Levee Blues

Willie Jackson
45 - Old New Orleans Blues

Mississippi Sheiks
46 - The Jazz Fiddler

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

Jimmy Strange
48 - Quarter Splow Blues

Joe Pullum
49 - Hard Working Man Blues

Kid Stormy Weather
50 - Bread And Water Blues

Smith and Harper
51 - Insurance Policy Blues

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

Mississippi Jook Band
53 - Hittin' The Bottle Stomp

Little Brother Montgomery
54 - Santa Fe Blues

Black Boy Shine
55 - Brown House Blues

Black Ivory King
56 - Working For The WPA

Dusky Dailey
57 - Pension Blues

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

Virgil Childers
59 - Preacher And The Bear

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

Will Roseborough
61 - The Dallas Railway

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

John 'Black Sampson' Gibson
63 - Track Lining Song

Henry Truvillion
64 - Tie Tamping Chant

Clyde Hill
65 - Long Hot Summer Days

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

Smith Casey
67 - Jack O'Diamonds

Enoch Brown
68 - Cornfield Hollers

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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