Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Bo Carter Vol 1 1928 - 1931

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Mary Butler
Bo Carter (Bo Chatman)


Bo Carter
01 - Good old turnip greens Listen

Mary Butler
02 - Bungalow blues Listen
03 - Mary blues Listen
04 - Electrocuted blues Listen

Bo Carter
05 - Corrine Corrina Listen
06 - East Jackson blues Listen
07 - I`m an old bumble bee Listen
08 - Mean feeling blues Listen
09 - I`ve got the whole world in my hand Listen
10 - She`s your cook but she burns my bread sometimes Listen
11 - Same thing the cats fight about Listen
12 - Times is tight like that Listen
13 - My pencil won`t write no more Listen
14 - Banana in your fruit basket Listen
15 - Pin in your cushion Listen
16 - Pussy cat blues Listen
17 - Ram rod daddy Listen
18 - Loveless love Listen
19 - I love that thing Listen
20 - Backache blues Listen
21 - Sorry feeling blues Listen
22 - Baby, when you marry Listen
23 - Boot it Listen
24 - Twist it, baby Listen

Bo Chatman (Bo Carter) vocal, guitar.

Includes Mary Butler (probably Rosie Mae Moore) vocal.

With contributions by: Lonnie Chatmon, violin; Charlie McCoy, mandolin; Walter Vincson, guitar.

Genres: Blues, Country Blues, Mississippi Blues, Blues Guitar, String Band.

Informative booklet notes.
Detailed discography.

From this album's booklet notes.
Bo's first appearance on record seems to be a Columbia session held in Atlanta, Georgia on November 2, 1928, where he, Charlie and Joe McCoy, and an unknown pianist, backed a singer named Alec Johnson. A Columbia session did take place on December 17, 1928 in New Orleans, with Bo, Charlie McCoy and Walter Vincson, where two titles were cut as the Jackson Blue Boys. But before that session, the group ran into the Brunswick mobile unit and recorded as Charlie McCoy and Do Chatman, as well as backing Mary Butler on four titles. After Good Old Turnip Greens the vocal chores were turned over to Mary Butler for four blues titles. Bungalow Blues was handled smoothly, although a bit stiffly, with its occasional II and VI chords lending it a vaudeville flavour. On Mary Blues the blues style in the vocal was harder and the guitarist (probably Vincson) begins the instrumental introduction with a few bluesy slurs. On Electric Chair Blues the mandolinist had the same difficulty as on Mary Blues, and Butler cut Mad Dog Blues to better effect with only Vincson on guitar (including some mandolin imitation on the breaks).

Chatman and McCoy returned with Bo's standard Corrine Corrina a lilting vocal duet, but closer to Hillbilly blues than to the tracks just laid down by Mary Butler. Finally, Bo appeared to give in and sang East Jackson Blues, although he didn't seem quite comfortable with the style.

At his first session using the name Bo Carter in Jackson, Mississippi on December 15, 1930, the guitarist had the benefit of two years of varying recording experiences. He neatly divided the songs into three categories. The two finger picked blues numbers were the standouts (I'm An Old Bumble Bee and Mean Feeling Blues); with the next two (I've Got The Whole World In My Hands - a version of the Sheiks' "Sitting On Top Of The World" - and She's Your Cook) sounding like the Hillbilly approximations of the blues so often favoured by Bo and his brothers. The last two tracks on this date were hokum blues in deference to the popularity of Tampa Red, Georgia Tom, Big Bill and numerous others who rode the wave of the hokum fad into lengthy careers. Clearly, Bo Carter was doing his homework.

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