Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Memphis Blues 1927 - 1938


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FEATURED ARTIST / S
Pearl Dickson
Hattie Hart
Madelyn James
John Henry Barbee
Charlie 'Bozo' Nickerson
Walter Rhodes
Ollie Rupert
George Torey
Sam Townsend

    TRACK LIST

Ollie Rupert
01 - I raised my window and looked at the risin` sun Listen
02 - Ain`t goin` to be your low down dog Listen

Walter Rhodes
03 - The crowing rooster Listen
04 - Leaving home blues Listen

Pearl Dickson
05 - Twelve pound daddy Listen
06 - Little rock blues Listen

Madelyn James
07 - Stinging snake blues Listen
08 - Long time blues Listen

Charlie 'Bozo' Nickerson
09 - What`s the matter now? - part 1 Listen
10 - What`s the matter now? - part 2 Listen
11 - Bozo`s blues - part 1 Listen
12 - Bozo`s blues - part 2 Listen

Sam Townsend
13 - I`m missing that Listen
14 - Lily Kimball blues Listen

Hattie Hart
15 - I`m missing that thing Listen
16 - I let my daddy do that Listen
17 - Coldest stuff in town (duet w. Allen Shaw) Listen
18 - Happy-go-lucky blues Listen

George Torey
19 - Married woman blues Listen
20 - Lonesome man blues Listen

John Henry Barbee
21 - Six weeks old blues (take 1) Listen
22 - Six weeks old blues (take 2) Listen
23 - God knows I can`t help it Listen
24 - You`ll work down to me someday Listen
25 - Against my will Listen

DOCD-5159 The Memphis Blues Vol 2 (1927-1928) Includes: Ollie Rupert, vocal, accompanied by possibly Will Weldon, guitar and possibly Will Shade, guitar. Walter Rhodes, vocal, accordion accompanied by “Pet” and “Can”, guitar duet. Pearl Dickson, vocal, accompanied by “Pet” and “Can”, guitar duet. Madelyn James, vocal accompanied by Judson Brown, piano; And others… Charlie “Bozo” Nickerson, vocal, piano Sam Townsend, vocal, guitar Hattie Hart, vocal, accompanied by Allen Shaw, vocal guitar; Willie Borum, vocal guitar. George Torey, vocal guitar. John Henry Barbee, vocal, guitar, accompanied by Willie Bee James; Unknown, stand-up bass Genres: Country Blues, Memphis Blues, Country Blues Guitar, Country Blues Piano, Informative booklet notes by Kip Lornell. Detailed discography. The city of Memphis has been linked with the blues since W.C. Handy updated 'Boss' Crump's political campaign song of 1909 and published it as 'The Memphis Blues' in 1912. This was, of course, a formal composition but when 'race' recordings really took off in the 1920's a whole underworld of blues activity was discovered to be in existence in the city, centred on the 'black' thoroughfare of Beale Street. Beale was rough; joints such as Pee Wee's, The Hole In The Wall and Jim Kanane's revelling in a reputation for having a man for breakfast' everyday - even though 'you never find a dead Nigger on Beale'; the implication being that bodies were quickly hauled out and dumped elsewhere. But there was another side to the Memphis Blues. It was born from the Country Blues, predominantly from the south, Tennessee and north Mississippi areas, which were drawn in by Afro-Americans from outlying rural areas looking for work and bringing their music with them. Memphis was evidently a lively town and that reflected in the music that could be found there, particularly in blues and jazz that could be found in the Beale Street area. The second of two powerful volumes (see also Document DOCD-5014), this CD presents another twenty five tracks of superb country blues from the “pre-war” period. In addition to the standard of performances featured, the collection is interesting because of its array of lead instruments. It is hardly surprising that Memphis was the home of the jug bands and arguably the birth place of Skiffle. Ollie Rupert’s brilliant guitar accompaniment, provided by Will Shade, is joined by a jaunty Jew’s Harp. Walter Rhodes uses an accordion to move things along. On The Crowing Rooster he tells us that he’s going to buy a rooster, presumably to “crow fo’ day”. Yet his farmyard vocal effects tells us that he needn’t waste his money. Barrelhouse piano playing is provided to good effect by Judson Brown on the Charlie “Bozo” Nickerson sides. George Torey fires off some ringing guitar accompaniments on his National steel bodied guitar and country blues guitar fans won’t be disappointed by the strong performances given by Sam Townsend and John Henry Barbee. Elsewhere, there are many first rate guitar accompaniments care of Will Weldon, “Pet”¯ and “Can”¯ (Maylon and Richard Harney), Allen Shaw (see also Document DOCD-5015) and Willie Borum. Unlike many album collections featuring country blues, Memphis Blues Volume 2 has a reasonable percentage of women blues singers, revealing that Memphis Minnie, though not having to worry about the competition too much would have done well not to underestimate the strong performances put in by Hattie Hart and Pearl Dickson, Madelyn James and Ollie Rupert.
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