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Sylvester Weaver Vol 2 1927

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Walter Beasley
Sylvester Weaver
Weaver and Beasley


Sylvester Weaver
01 - Can`t be trusted blues Listen
02 - Penitentiary bound blues Listen

Weaver and Beasley
03 - Soft steel piston Listen

Sylvester Weaver
04 - Chittlin rag blues Listen

Helen Humes
05 - Cross-eyed blues Listen
06 - Garlic blues Listen

Sylvester Weaver
07 - Railroad porter blues Listen
08 - Me and my tapeworm Listen
09 - Rock pile blues Listen
10 - Devil blues Listen
11 - Polecat blues Listen

Helen Humes
12 - Alligator blues Listen
13 - Nappy headed blues Listen
14 - Race horse blues Listen

Weaver and Beasley
15 - Bottleneck blues Listen
16 - St. Louis blues Listen

Walter Beasley
17 - Georgia skin Listen
18 - Southern man blues Listen
19 - Toad frog blues Listen
20 - Sore feet blues Listen

Sylvester Weaver
21 - Black spider blues Listen

Sylvester Weaver Vol 2 1927

Sylvester Weaver, vocal, guitar, bottleneck-slide guitar.

With contributions by Walter Beasley, vocal, guitar.
Helen Humes, vocal.

Genres: Country Blues, Country Blues Guitar, Country Blues Bottleneck-slide Guitar, Louisville Blues.

Informative booklet notes by Kieth Briggs.
Detailed discography.

Document's second volume devoted to the (nearly) complete recordings of blues guitarist Sylvester Weaver covers the second half of his brief recording career, beginning with three titles waxed on August 31, 1927 and filling the rest of the picture with 18 sides cut three months later on November 26, 27, and 30. Opening with the last two solo records he is known to have made, this tasty collection gathers in all of Weaver's collaborations with guitarist Walter Beasley, blended with five titles featuring a young vocalist by the name of Helen Humes. Like Weaver a native of Louisville KY, Humes was only 14 years old when she recorded these salty sides with titles like "Cross Eyed Blues," "Garlic Blues," and "Nappy Headed Blues." Although Weaver is said to have "discovered" her, Humes' recording debut actually took place more than half a year earlier in April at the age of 13! The Weaver/Beasley duo was a fine unit that compares and contrasts nicely with that of Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang, who would begin making records together in November 1928 with Lang billed as Blind Willie Dunn in an attempt by the record company to mask his whiteness. Many of the Weaver/Beasley duets were issued under Weaver's name, and in fact the only titles released as by Walter Beasley were "Georgia Skin" and "Southern Man Blues." Four titles were recorded as by Weaver and Beasley: "Soft Steel Piston," "St. Louis Blues," "Bottleneck Blues," and the delectable "Me and My Tapeworm," subtitled "Hungry Blues," which the squeamish management at OKeh left unissued for some unaccountable reason. Taken at face value, a song about an intestinal parasite occupies a special niche in musical history alongside the "Mean Old Bedbug Blues," Memphis Minnie's report on her bout with meningitis and other bracingly honest testimonials describing problems that make the usual interpersonal relationship woes pale by comparison.

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