Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Lonnie Johnson Vol 2 1926 - 1927

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Raymond Boyd
Joe Brown
Lonnie Johnson
Helen Humes


Lonnie Johnson
01 - Oh! doctor blues Listen
02 - Sweet woman, see for yourself Listen
03 - To do this, you got to know how Listen
04 - South bound water Listen
05 - Treat `em right Listen
06 - Baby, will you please come home Listen
07 - I done tole you Listen
08 - Steppin` on the blues Listen
09 - A broken heart that never smiles Listen

Helen Humes
10 - Black cat blues Listen
11 - Worried woman`s blues Listen

Joe Brown
12 - Superstitious blues Listen
13 - Cotton patch blues Listen

Raymond Boyd
14 - Blackbird blues Listen
15 - Unkind mama Listen
16 - Four hands are better than two Listen

Lonnie Johnson
17 - Woke up with the blues in my fingers Listen
18 - Back water blues Listen
19 - I love you, Mary Lou Listen
20 - Sweet woman you can`t go wrong Listen
21 - Mean old bed bug blues Listen
22 - Lonesome ghost blues Listen
23 - Fickle mamma blues Listen
24 - Roaming rambler blues Listen
25 - Stay out of Walnut Street alley Listen

Lonnie Johnson, vocal, harmonium, guitar.

Includes recordings by;
Helen Humes, vocal.
Joe Brown, vocal.
Raymond Boyd, vocal.

With contributions by; James Johnson, violin; John Erby, piano, De Loise Searcy, piano.

Genres; Blues, Blues Guitar, Female Blues vocal, New Orleans Blues.

Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith.
Detailed discography.

From this CDs booklet notes;
Lonnie Johnson closed the eight title session of 13 August 1926 with two blues, one backed by the strange combination of his own harmonium and his brother James's violin, the other with just his own guitar. This marked the end of the bewildering display of instrument switching to be heard on Volume 1 (DOCD-5063); not for nearly three years was Lonnie to accompany himself on any instrument but guitar. As if to confirm this decision, he dropped into the studio the next day, Saturday, to cut the dazzling guitar solo To Do This, You Got To Know How, based on a lose 12 bar structure, but in practice owing little to the blues. 1927 found the two brothers back in the studio, both playing guitar; I Done Tole You, unissued at the time, hints at the revolutionary series of instrumental duets Lonnie was soon to cut with Eddie Lang.

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