Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Curley Weaver 1933 - 1935

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Curley Weaver


Curley Weaver
01 - No no blues (12908) Listen
02 - Leg iron blues Listen
03 - Some cold rainy day (with Ruth Willis) Listen
04 - Tippin` Tom Listen
05 - Birmingham gambler Listen

The Georgia Browns
06 - Tampa strut Listen
07 - Decatur Street 81 Listen
08 - Next door man (take 1) Listen
09 - Next door man (take 2) Listen
10 - It must have been her Listen
11 - Who stole de lock? Listen
12 - Joker man Listen

Curley Weaver & Blind Willie McTell - duet
13 - You was born to die Listen

Curley Weaver
14 - Dirty mistreater Listen
15 - Black woman Listen
16 - City cell blues Listen
17 - Empty room blues Listen
18 - Tricks ain`t walking no more Listen
19 - Sometime mama Listen
20 - Aw lawdy mama Listen
21 - Two faced woman Listen
22 - Early morning blues (C-9942) Listen
23 - Fried pie blues Listen

Curley Weaver, vocal, guitar.
Curley Weaver, Blind Willie McTell, vocal, guitar duet.
The Georgia Browns; Fred McMullen, vocal, guitar; Buddy Moss, vocal, harmonica; Curley Weaver, vocal, guitar.

With accompaniment contributions to Curley Weaver by Fred McMullen, vocal, guitar, Buddy Moss, guitar, Blind Willie McTell, guitar.

Genres; Country Blues, Georgia Blues, Atalanta Blues, Country Blues guitar, bottleneck-slide guitar, 12-string guitar. Blues harmonica.

Inforamtive booklet notes by Keith Briggs.
Detailed discography.

From this album's booklet notes:

Of all the famous bluesmen associated with the so called 'Atlanta School' none, with the exception of the unique Willie McTell, enjoyed a longer career on record than Curley Weaver. His often humorous vocals and fluid guitar work first appeared on the Columbia label in 1928 and he was still going strong in the early 1950s.

He was born in Newton County, the scene of some early research undertaken by Howard W. Odum around the time of Curley's birth and his findings seem to indicate that the area was particularly rich in its musical traditions. James, was the son of a well-respected pianist and guitarist, Savannah Shepard, known as "Dip" to her contemporaries. She played piano in her church and was considered to be sufficiently proficient on the guitar as to contribute to the musical education of her friends Mary and Charlie Hicks' two sons - later to gain fame as Barbecue Bob and Laughing Charlie Lincoln.

The Hicks boys were a few years older than Curley but along with him and the Harmonica player Eddie Mapp they formed a musical unit that was still remembered in Newton nearly 60 years later. Following the trend that was developing all across the south the Hicks boys took their talent to the big city - in this case Atlanta, only some 25 miles away - and Curley was only 19 when he followed them in around 1925. There he became a member of the loose group that formed the Atlanta blues scene and included such luminaries as Blind Wllie McTell, The Hicks brothers, Eddie Anthony and Eddie Mapp, his easy going personality making him a cornerstone of the group much prized for his abilities as an accompanist as well as a performer in his own right. In 1928 Bob Hicks took Curley along to a recording session for Columbia where Curley cut two sides under his own name, one No No Blues markedly in the style associated with Barbecue Bob. (These sides appear on the companion volume to this set: Georgia Blues, DOCD-5110.)

His next appearance in a recording studio was for the QRS label in 1929 and he continued to record throughout the 1930s. Cutting for QRS, Okeh, ARC and Decca. After the tragic deaths of Eddie Mapp, who was murdered and died in the street, and Bob Hicks and the breakdown and incarceration of Laughing Charlie Lincoln, Curley continued as the long-time associate of Willie McTell and worked with performers such as the gifted but mysterious Fred McMullen, who may have hailed from Macon, and the younger Buddy Moss. He supplied backings for Ruth Willis and Lillie Mae and was a member of the recording groups known as The Georgia Browns and The Georgia Cotton Pickers.

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