Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Texas Black Country Dance Music 1927 - 1935

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Carl Davis and The Dallas Jamboree Jug Band
Dallas String Band
Will Day
Frenchy`s String Band
Coley Jones
Jake Jones and The Gold Front Boys
William McCoy


Dallas String Band
01 - Dallas rag Listen
02 - Sweet mama blues Listen
03 - So tired Listen
04 - Hokum blues Listen
05 - Chasin` rainbows Listen
06 - I used to call her baby Listen
07 - Shine Listen
08 - Sugar blues Listen

William McCoy
09 - Mama blues Listen
10 - Train imitations and the fox chase Listen
11 - Just it Listen
12 - How long baby Listen
13 - Out of doors blues Listen
14 - Central tracks blues Listen

Will Day
15 - Central avenue blues Listen
16 - Sunrise blues Listen

Frenchy`s String Band
17 - Texas and Pacific blues Listen
18 - Sunshine special Listen

Jake Jones and The Gold Front Boys
19 - Monkeyin` around Listen
20 - Southern sea blues Listen

Carl Davis and The Dallas Jamboree Jug Band
21 - Elm Street woman blues Listen
22 - It may be my last night Listen
23 - Dusting the frets Listen
24 - Flying crow blues Listen

Includes: Coley Jones, vocal, mandolin; William McCoy, vocal, harmonica; Sam Harris, guitar; Marco Washington, stand-up bass and others…
Genres: Blues, Country Blues, Texas Blues, String Band, Blues Harmonica.

Informative booklet notes by Kip Lornell.
Detailed discography.

Dallas, is the focus for this anthology. Perhaps the most delighted musician of the bunch is Coley Jones, the guitar and mandolin playing leader of the exuberant Dallas String Band. This string ensemble played on the streets of Dallas in the mid-to-late 1920s, charming listeners with its repertoire of turn-of-the century popular songs (Chasin' Rainbows and I Used to Call Her Baby), ragtime (Dallas Rag), and blues songs (Sweet Mama Blues). Jones himself was an older songster whose own recorded repertoire included many song types found among late 19th and early 20th century songsters (DOCD 5161 and 5163).

Harp blower and singer William McCoy is another performer recorded by Columbia about the same time. His versions of Mama Blues and Train Imitation And Fox Chase are similar to those found by many other Southern (both black and white) performers. The tough blues singer, Will Day, debuted shortly after Jones and Central Avenue Blues celebrated one of Dallas' more notorious streets. The most recent selections, by the Dallas Jamboree Jug Band, incorporate several "semi-legitimate" instruments, including washboard and kazoo, with brass bass into a unique sound. Their version of Elm Street Woman Blues relates to its listeners something of life on the thoroughfare that formed the centre of Dallas' black nightlife from the teens through the 1950s.

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