Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Memphis Blues Vol. 1 (1928 - 1935)

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FEATURED ARTIST / S
Tom Dickson
Allen Shaw
Robert Wilkins

    TRACK LIST

Robert Wilkins
01 - Rolling stone - part 1 Listen
02 - Rolling stone - part 2 Listen
03 - Jail house blues Listen
04 - I do blues Listen
05 - That`s no way to get along Listen
06 - Alabama blues Listen
07 - Long train blues Listen
08 - Falling down blues Listen
09 - Nashville stonewall blues Listen
10 - Police sergeant blues Listen
11 - Get away blues Listen
12 - I`ll go with her blues Listen
13 - Dirty deal blues Listen
14 - Black rat blues Listen
15 - New stock yard blues Listen
16 - Old Jim Canan` Listen
17 - Losin` out blue Listen

Tom Dickson
18 - Death bell blues Listen
19 - Worry blues Listen
20 - Happy blues Listen
21 - Labor blues Listen

Allen Shaw
22 - I couldn`t help it Listen
23 - Moanin` the blues Listen

Recordings by;
Robert Wilkins, vocal, guitar
Tim Dickson, vocal, guitar
Allen Shaw, vocal, guitar
 
Genres: Memphis Blues, Country Blues, Country Blues Guitar.
Informative booklet notes by Alan Balfour.
Detailed discography.
 
The city of Memphis has been linked with the blues since W.C. Handy updated 'Boss' Crump's political campaign song of 1909 and published it as 'The Memphis Blues' in 1912. This was, of course, a formal composition but when 'race' recordings really took off in the 1920's a whole underworld of blues activity was discovered to be in existence in the city, centred on the 'black' thoroughfare of Beale Street.
 
Beale was rough; joints such as Pee Wee's, The Hole In The Wall and Jim Canan's revelling in a reputation for having a man for breakfast' everyday - even though 'you never find a dead Nigger on Beale'. The implication being that bodies were quickly hauled out and dumped elsewhere. But there was another side to the Memphis Blues. It was born from the “Country Blues” that were drawn in by Afro-Americans from outlying rural areas looking for work and bringing their music with them.
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