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Texas Alexander Vol 1 1927 - 1928



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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. Detailed discography. 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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Texas Alexander Vol 3 1930 - 1950
MBDC-2003 Texas Alexander Vol. 3 - 9th June to 1950. Texas Alexander, vocal. Includes performances by: The Mississippi Sheiks (Bo Carter, violin; Sam Chatman, guitar; Walter Vincson, guitar); Walter Reed, guitar; Carl Davis, guitar; Buster Pickens, piano; Leon Benton, guitar. Genres: Texas Country Blues, Country Blues guitar, String Band. Informative booklet notes by Paul Oliver. Detailed discography. Abridged from booklet notes. Texas Alexander was accustomed to singing to the accompaniment of a guitarist and most of his recordings had been of this kind. But when he was back in the recording studio in San Antonio on June 9th, 1930 it was in very different company. Bo Carter and the Mississippi Sheiks were in town and were booked to record over a four day session. They were brought in to back Texas Alexander to start with, providing him with a rare string band setting. They were uncompromising and, unlike his usual deferential accompanists, made no attempt to fit in with his wayward tempos and stanzas. The effect was to discipline his singing and to provide it with an unfamiliar swing. The session also produced one of Alexander's most lyrically significant blues, which told in condensed form of the great tornado of May 6th, 1930, just a month before, which hit Frost in Navarro County, and other locations, leaving 41 people dead and causing over $2.000,000 damage. Continued...



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Peg Leg Howell & Eddie Anthony Vol 1 1926 - 1928



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Peg Leg Howell & Eddie Anthony Vol 2 1928 - 1930



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