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.
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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