Texas Alexander Vol 2 1928 - 1930
Texas Alexander Vol. 2 (16th November 1928 to 9th June 1930)
Texas Alexander, vocal.
Includes performances by: Lonnie Johnson, guitar; King Oliver, cornet; Clarence Williams, piano, Eddie Lang, guitar; “Little Hat” Jones, guitar; Carl Davis, guitar; Bo Carter, violin; Walter Vincson, guitar.
Genres: Texas Country Blues, Male blues vocal, Country blues guitar.
Informative booklet notes by Paul Oliver.
Abridged booklet notes.
Recollections of those who knew Texas Alexander tend to emphasize either his lack of stature - he was about five foot tall - his heavy-set build, his large head or his coal-black complexion. Alexander was both a field hand and a store man, and his physical strength made up for his lack of height. It was rumoured in Texas that he served time in the Ramsey Unit of the "Department of Corrections" and further evidence to support this comes in some of these blues. Penitentiary Moan Blues, in particular, is of great interest, not only because it has Alger speaking, but also because it makes reference to Bud Russell; "Uncle Bud", the "Iong-chain man" who brought convicts to the Texas prisons as Joe Turner did to the Tennessee ones. Continued.
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