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Tampa Red Vol 2 12th January to 27th June 1929

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Gospel Camp Meeting Singers
Hokum Boys
Frankie 'Half-pint' Jaxon
Tampa Red
Hokum Jug Band


Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"
01 - It`s tight like that - no. 3 Listen
02 - Uncle Bud Listen
03 - Train time blues (tc-2792) Listen
04 - How long, how long blues (guitar solo) Listen
05 - It`s tight like that (guitar solo) Listen

Hokum Boys
06 - Selling that stuff (21156) Listen

Tampa Red's Hokum Jug Band
07 - Mess, Katie, mess Listen
08 - Sho` is hot Listen
09 - Boot it boy Listen
10 - My daddy rocks me Listen

Tampa Red and Georgia Tom
11 - Givin` it away Listen
12 - What you gonna do? Listen
13 - It`s so nice Listen
14 - Voice of the blues (Georgia Tom, vocal) Listen

Gospel Camp Meeting Singers
15 - Come and go to that land Listen
16 - Hold to his hand Listen

Tampa Red
17 - The duck yas-yas-yas Listen
18 - Pat that bread Listen

Frankie 'Half-pint' Jaxon
19 - It`s heated Listen
20 - Jive man blues Listen

Tampa Red
21 - What is it that tastes like gravy? Listen
22 - You better tighten up on it Listen

Tampa Red "The Guitar Wizard"
23 - Prison bound blues (guitar solo) Listen
24 - You got to reap what you sow (guitar solo) Listen

Lil Johnson
25 - House rent scuffle Listen

Tampa Red, vocal, guitar, bottleneck-slide guitar.

The Hokum Boys: Tampa Red, vocal, guitar; Georgia Tom Dorsey, piano.
Tampa Red’s Hokum Jug Band: Tampa Red, vocal guitar; unknown, piano; Bill Johnson, stand-up bass; Herman Brown, washboard; Carl Reid, jazzhorn, jug; Frankie “Half Pint” Jaxon, vocal.
Gospel Camp Meeting singers: Vocal group; accompanied by Tampa Red, guitar; possibly Georgia Tom Dorsey, piano.
Lil Johnson, vocal

Genres: Blues, Blues Guitar, Blues piano, Hokum Blues.

Informative booklet notes by Teddy Doering.
Detailed discography.

From this CDs booklet notes.
The first session included here is a remake of a session that took place in December 1928. Why the original titles were not released, is not quite clear. Anyway, the January 1929 session showed a mixture of straight, low down blues and so-called “hokum blues”. This was to become Tampa Red’s trademark for the next three or four years. Following the success of “It’s Tight Like That”, Tampa Red and Georgia Tom recorded a couple of titles in mid-tempo with a refrain and double-entendre lyrics, often combined with a tongue-in-cheek-way of looking at things. (What about this as a definition for “hokum”?) On five titles we also hear Frankie “Half-Pint” Jaxon, an enigmatic singer, who fits perfectly in Tampa’s hokum concept.

A good example for Tampa’s guitar style is the aptly titled Voice Of The Blues. Georgia Tom handles the vocals here, and Tampa can concentrate on his guitar playing. His delicate slide playing, full of subtleties, conveys the right atmosphere for a real low down blues. It becomes evident that Tampa could get across much more of his feelings to the listener by his slide than by his singing (he never was much of a singer). The last session on this CD displays another of Tampa’s specialities. Under the name of “The Guitar Wizard” that was to reappear time and again in his long career, he demonstrated all his abilities as a solo guitarist. And a true “guitar wizard” he was indeed!

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