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Never Let The Same Bee Sting You Twice.

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Richard 'Rabbit' Brown
Papa Harvey Hull and 'Long Cleve' Reed
Big Boy Cleveland
Long 'Cleve' Reed and Little Harvey Hull
William and Versey Smith
Luke Jordan
Mississippi John Hurt
Hambone Willie Newbern
Eli Framer
Louie Lasky
Cedar Creek Sheik
Robert Hill
Virgil Childers


Richard 'Rabbit' Brown
01 - James Alley Listen
02 - Never let the same bee sting you twice Listen
03 - I'm not jealous Listen
04 - Mystery of the Dunbar's child Listen
05 - Sinking of the Titanic Listen

Papa Harvey Hull and 'Long Cleve' Reed
06 - Gang of brown skin women Listen
07 - Hey! Lawdy Mama - the France blues Listen
08 - Two little Tommie blues Listen
09 - Don't you leave me here Listen

Big Boy Cleveland
10 - Quill blues Listen
11 - Goin' to leave you blues Listen

Long 'Cleve' Reed and Little Harvey Hull
12 - Mama you don't know how Listen
13 - Original Stack o' Lee blues Listen

William and Versey Smith
14 - I believe I'll go back home Listen
15 - When that great ship went down Listen
16 - Everybody help the boys come home Listen
17 - Sinner, you'll need King Jesus Listen

Luke Jordan
18 - Church bells blues (take 1) Listen
19 - Church bells blues (take 2) Listen
20 - Pick poor Robin clean (take 1) Listen
21 - Pick poor Robin clean (take 2) Listen
22 - Cocaine blues Listen
23 - Traveling coon Listen
24 - My gal's done quit me Listen
25 - Won't you be kind? Listen

Luke Jordan
26 - If I call you Mama Listen
27 - Tom Brown sits in his prison cell Listen

Mississippi John Hurt
28 - Frankie Listen
29 - Nobody's dirty business Listen
30 - Ain't no tellin' Listen
31 - Louis Collins Listen
32 - Avalon blues Listen
33 - Big leg blues Listen
34 - Stack o' Lee blues Listen
35 - Candy man blues Listen
36 - Got the blues, can't be satisfied Listen
37 - Blessed be the name Listen
38 - Praying on the old camp ground Listen
39 - Blue harvest blues Listen
40 - Spike driver blues Listen

Hambone Willie Newbern
41 - She could toodle-oo Listen
42 - Nobody knows (what the good deacon does) Listen
43 - Shelby County workhouse Listen
44 - Way down in Arkansas Listen
45 - Hambone Willie's dreamy eyed woman's blues Listen
46 - Roll and tumble blues Listen

Eli Framer
47 - Framer's blues Listen
48 - God didn't make no monkey man Listen

Louie Lasky
49 - How you want your rollin' done? Listen
50 - Teasin' brown blues Listen
51 - Caroline Listen

Cedar Creek Sheik
52 - Ford V-8 Listen
53 - Watch the Fords go by Listen
54 - Mary had a little lamb Listen
55 - She's totin' something good Listen
56 - What a pity Listen
57 - I believe somebody's ridin' my mule Listen
58 - Don't use that stuff Listen
59 - Buy it from the poultry man Listen
60 - Don't credit my stuff Listen
61 - Jimmy shut his store doors Listen

Robert Hill
62 - I had a gal for the last fifteen years Listen
63 - Tell me what's wrong with you Listen
64 - You gonna look like a monkey when you get old Listen
65 - G blues Listen
66 - Just smilin' Listen
67 - Pal, how I miss you tonight Listen
68 - Lumber yard blues Listen
69 - I'm goin' to write and tell my mother Listen
70 - It is so good Listen
71 - Hill's hot sauce Listen

Virgil Childers
72 - Dago blues Listen
73 - Red River blues Listen
74 - Who's that knockin' at my door Listen
75 - Somebody stole my Jane Listen
76 - Travelin' man Listen
77 - Preacher and the bear Listen

‘Never Let The Same Bee Sting You Twice – Blues, Ballads, Rags and Gospel In The Songster Tradition.

Various artists.
3 CD Set
Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith.
Detailed discography.

The blues as a musical form emerged around 1900. When recordings of blues music began in 1920 it was a more sophisticated form of, later termed the “Classic Blues”, a mixture of jazz and blues that was first offered to the record buying public. It would not be for another seven years that the popularity of the older form of the blues known as the “Country Blues” would reach popularity with the recordings of Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Reaching further back, into the 19th century, was the older tradition of the “songster”. The term ‘songsters’ was originally taken from a ‘songster‘, which was a song book, but the term was adapted by Afro-Americans to mean a singer (often self-accompanied by guitar, vocals and harmonica). Songsters were all-rounder musicians, whose broad repertoire would take in a diverse selection of styles including blues, ballads, ragtime and religious pieces. These were often itinerant musicians who would typically perform in travelling circus’s, minstrel and medicine shows etc.

The ‘Never Let The Same Bee Sting You Twice’ set of three CDs features a historical showcase of this rich and diverse genre of music. The set comprises of material taken from DOCD-5003 and DOCD-5045 merged with 28 ‘new’ tracks previously unavailable on Document. The fourteen musicians featured on this set include Eli Framer, Cedar Creek Sheik, Robert Hill, Virgil Childers, Mississippi John Hurt, Big Boy Cleveland and Hambone Willie Newbern who was the first artist to record Roll and Tumble Blues (subsequently recorded by Muddy Waters and later covered by 1960s British super group The Cream).

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