FEATURED ARTIST / S
|Shreveport Home Wreckers|
|Oscar 'Buddy' Woods|
DOCD-5143 “Black Ace” And Oscar "Buddy" Woods (1930-1937)
Oscar “Buddy” Woods, vocal, bottleneck slide guitar.
“Black Ace”, vocal, bottleneck slide guitar.
Inlcudes; Jimmie Davis, vocal; Ed Schaffer, vocal, guitar; Kitty Gray, piano and others…
Texas / Louisiana country blues.
Bottleneck slide guitar
Informative booklet notes by Kip Lornell
Oscar “Buddy” Woods, a street singer since 1925, teamed with Ed Schaffer to record two selections for Victor at their May, 1930 Memphis field session. Their record was issued as by the "Shreveport Homewreckers" and featured Schaffer's gritty vocal and kazoo supported by their twin slide guitars. They returned to the studio about two years later for a session almost certainly arranged by Jimmie Davis, who was in Dallas for a session that lasted several days. The duo played on four sides: Saturday Night Stroll, Sewing Machine Blues, Red Night Gown, and Davis's Salty Dog. Davis went on to claim authorship of “You Are My Sunshine” and was twice elected governor of Louisiana. In the early 1930s, however, he was a struggling hillbilly and singer with a taste for the yodelling of Jimmie Rodgers and black blues music. Sewing Machine Blues is a strangely effective, almost eerie blues performance that belies Davis's later political and Christian song-writing career.
Five years after recording with Davis, Woods travelled south to New Orleans for a solo Decca recording session that included his theme song, Lone Wolf Blues. Two more brief commercial sessions for Vocalion followed in 1937 and 1938, this time with a small band - The Wampus Cats. Nothing is known of Schaffer, who seems to have drifted out-of-town in the middle 1930s.
Babe Kyro Lemon Turner spent much of his life about two hundred miles due west of Shreveport in and what is now the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. In the early 1930s Turner temporarily migrated to Shreveport and teamed up with Buddy Woods.
By 1936 he'd moved to Fort Worth and secured work as a musician and broadcast over a local station KFJZ from 1936 to 1941. Known as "The Black Ace" he returned to Dallas in 1937 for a Decca field session that also included pianists Black Ivory King and Alex Moore as well as Blind Norris and Andrew Hogg. The six selections on this CD, most of which are compositions based on traditional themes like alcohol, women and Santa Claus come from this session.