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Charlie McCoy Complete Recorded Titles 1928-1932.

Charley McCoy (also as "Papa" Charlie McCoy), vocal, guitar, mandolin.
With contributions by: Walter Vincson, vocal, guitar; Bo Chatmon (Carter); And others.

Genre: Mississippi Country Blues.
Informative booklet notes by Teddy Doering.
Detailed discography.
The first recordings of Charlie McCoy show him as an accompanist with his mandolin. They were cut at the beginning of the famous session that produced the Johnson/ Bracey recordings, as a "warming up" so to speak. (The fourth title can be found on Bracey's CD - Document DOCD-5049.) The subsequent recording career of Charlie McCoy can be divided in two groups, the first one lasting till the end of 1930. In this period he played with members of the Mississippi Sheiks (Walter Vincson and Bo Chatman mostly) and he appeared under different names like Mississippi Mud Steppers or Mississippi Blacksnakes. Most of these recordings were made in Memphis, only one last session took place in his home town of Jackson, Mississippi. Continued...



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Ishman Bracey & Charley Taylor 1928 - 1929

Ishman Bracey, vocal, guitar.
Charley Taylor, vocal piano.
Rosie Mae Moore, vocal.

With contributions by: Charlie McCoy, guitar, mandolin; Kid Ernest Michall, clarinet.
Informative booklet notes by Paul Oliver.
Detailed discography.

There is something hard and uncompromising about the personality of Ishmon Bracey, something challenging and direct. It is evident in the known photographs of him when he was in his late Twenties, staring fixedly at the photographer. In one shot his expression is steady, even sullen; in the more familiar cut from an old Victor catalogue he struggled a mirthless and unfriendly smile. Dressed in a suit, with collar and tie, in each case he was carefully up-to-date. "A rare combination of braggart, entertainer, musician, showman and eventually an ordained minister" is how Gayle Dean Wardlow, who interviewed him many times, chose to describe him in Blues Unlimited (No. 142). By Ishmon Bracey's own account to Dave Evans, he was a fighter too, "mixing it" with Saturday night drunks and the jealous lovers who came after his friend Tommy Johnson. Continued...

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