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Big Bill Broonzy Vol 2 1932 - 1934

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Big Bill Broonzy


Steele Smith
01 - You do it Listen

Big Bill (as by Big Bill Johnson)
02 - Mr. Conductor man Listen

Big Bill
03 - Too-too train blues (11605) Listen
04 - Worrying you off my mind - part 1 Listen
05 - Worrying you off my mind - part 2 Listen
06 - Shelby County blues Listen
07 - Mistreatin` mamma blues (11609) Listen
08 - Bull cow blues Listen
09 - How you want it done? (11611) Listen
10 - Long tall mama Listen

Big Bill And His Jug Busters
11 - M and O blues Listen
12 - Rukus juice blues Listen

Big Bill
13 - Friendless blues Listen
14 - Milk cow blues Listen
15 - Hungry man blues Listen
16 - I`ll be back home again Listen
17 - Bull cow blues - part 2 Listen
18 - Serve it to me right Listen
19 - Starvation blues (80394) Listen
20 - Mississippi River blues Listen
21 - At the break of day Listen
22 - I want to go home Listen
23 - Hard headed woman Listen
24 - Dying day blues Listen

Big Bill Broonzy, vocal, guitar.

With contributions by: probably Black Bob, piano; Steele Smith, vocal, banjo; Roy Palmer, trombone, Jimmy Bertrand, washboard; probably Charlie Jackson, banjo and others.

Genres: Pre-war Blues, Mississippi Blues, Chicago Blues, Blues Guitar, Jug Band.

Informative booklet notes by Keith Briggs.
Detailed discography.

From this album's booklet notes.
By 1932 Big Bill Broonzy had got the measure of the music business. He was well known in Chicago and, with his winning ways and talent, had become intimate with the leading musicians of his time and place and was laying down the base of the edifice he graced so easily in later years when he became a father figure for the post war blues. He had also become a member of a loose group who performed knockabout and sometimes salacious numbers in a style that they advertised by the use of the name The Famous Hokum Boys. He also often appeared backing "Jane Lucas", in more than one of her manifestations, and these recordings, along with further explanation, will be appearing on other CDs in this series. Bill was still playing country blues though, and having worked conscientiously on his guitar playing could turn out masterpieces like Mr. Conductor Man, The Too Too Train and Bull Cow Blues but he also around this time put together his ' Jug Busters'. This group, whose exact membership is still a matter of contention, was made up of Bill, another guitarist, a pianist, a bass player, a kazooist and a washboard beater. A later grouping included a trumpet player, trombonist and a jug-blower. It was an indication of the way the urban blues was going. The pianist may have been the still obscure Black Bob.

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