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Mississippi Blues Volume 4

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Robert Johnson
Robert Lockwood
Otto Virgial


Otto Virgil
01 - Little Girl In Rome Listen
02 - Bad Notion Blues Listen
03 - Got The Blues About Rome Listen
04 - Seven Year Itch Listen

Robert Johnson
05 - Ramblin' On My Mind Listen
06 - Come On In My Kitchen Listen
07 - Terraplane Blues Listen
08 - Phonograph Blues Listen
09 - Cross Road Blues Listen
10 - Walkin' Blues Listen
11 - Little Queen Of Spades Listen
12 - Drunken Hearted Man Listen
13 - Stop Breakin' Down Blues Listen
14 - Traveling Riverside Blues Listen
15 - Love In Vain Listen

Robert Lockwood
16 - Black Spider Blues Listen
17 - I'm Gonna Train My Baby Listen
18 - Little Boy Blue Listen
19 - Take A Little Walk With Me Listen
20 - I'm Gonna Dig A Hole Myself Listen
21 - Dust My Broom Listen
22 - Aw Aw Baby (Sweet Home Chicago) Listen
23 - Sweet Woman From Maine Listen

Mississippi Blues Vol 4 - Delta Blues Goin' North (1935 – 1935)

Otto Virgil, vocal, guitar.
Robert Johnson, vocal, guitar.
Robert Lockwood Jnr., vocal, guitar.
With contributions by: Sunnyland Slim, piano; Alfred Elkins, bass; Alfred Wallace, drums.

Genres: Blues, Mississippi Blues, Mississippi Country Blues, Down-home, Chicago Blues.

Informative booklet notes by Gary Atkinson.
Detailed discography.

This album was originally released in 1987 as DLP 519 in the early years of Document Records vinyl productions, prior to the changeover to CD format. The opportunity to re-release it has allowed us to include take 1 of Robert Johnson's Travelling Riverside Blues. This track having not been released as part of Johnson's original output was issued for the first time on Document (‘Too Late, Too Late. Volume 11’ DOCD-5625).

The Great Migration of Black Americans from the rural southern to the urban areas of the North got under way in earnest during the 1890’s. Attracted by the promise of work and an independent life, thousands migrated in an attempt to leave the shadow of the poor and treacherous “Jim Crow Ruled “society behind them. The move gathered pace as word of opportunities for work and higher living standards reverberated up and down the highways and railroads connecting the South to the North. Pullman porters on the Illinois Central Railroad distributed the Chicago Defender (a black newspaper) on their trips south, encouraging the migration of fellow blacks to Chicago. In the cities of the North, vast black ghettos appeared. Chicago’s black population grew from 44,000 in 1910 to 110,000 in 1920. The trend of more blacks moving north rather than south would continue into the 1970s.

With the newcomers came their music. It was typical of most musicians to move north and settle there; initially taking up employment outside of their musical activities, however many took their chance and tried to survive by playing for bigger audiences eager to listen to the sounds that they had left behind. It was to become known as “down home” music.


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