Country Blues Collector's Items Vol 2 1930 - 1941
Includes: Tommy Griffin, vocal; Eddie Hill, piano; “Ernest “44” (Ernest Johnson), piano; “One Arm Slim” (Lovell Alexander), vocal; Black Bob, piano; Walter Jacobs (Walter Vincson) guitar; Frank Edwards, vocal, guitar , harmonica; Washboard Sam, washboards; and others…
Genres: Country Blues.
Informative booklet notes by Tony Russell.
TOMMY GRIFFIN remains a stubbornly obscure figure. Little Brother Montgomery thought he was from Jackson, Mississippi. He first recorded for a Brunswick / Vocalion field unit in Memphis in February 1930, cutting four blues with, reportedly, an Eddie Hill on piano, though in Yo Yo Mama Blues Griffin clearly addresses him as "Mr Hall".
During the same series of Memphis sessions an act logged as The Yo-Yo Boys recorded two unissued songs, "Kissin' Time Blues" and "Mistreated Man Blues". Given Griffin's attention to both yo-yos and mistreatment (the latter subject is also touched on in his later Mistreating Papa), it is at least possible that he may have been associated with this group. Griffin's other session took place in New Orleans on Friday, 16 October 1936. Griffin, booked by the Bluebird label to sing a dozen numbers, was accompanied by Walter Vinson on guitar and, on piano, Ernest "44" Johnson. Continued...
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