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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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