Just Because I’m Slightly Shady
Posted in Honey on 07.14.05

It’s been a slow return, but prewarblues.org is climbing its way back into all those rss aggregator and up the google ladder. If you see a site that hasn’t switched over to prewarblues.org as the link for Honey let ’em know! I’m still getting way too many refers from the blogspot address. Also the more people who express interest in the Honey store the more likely that it’s going to happen. Expect discounts for donor’s as well as good prices in comparison to other ‘net store.

Today’s track continues the Blues Woman saga and features Alberta Hunter doing one of her most famous tracks “You Can’t Tell The Difference After Dark.” It was a later recording from Hunter and it allows the band to play around with the tune more than her early purely blues singer work.

Alberta Hunter – You Can’t Tell The Difference After Dark

edit: here is a link for irene so she can listen to her name sake anytime she wants.

Lead Belly – Irene

This Is About Blind Lemon and Blues CDs
Posted in Honey on 07.13.05

I had a brainstorm last night while at a birthday party, that if i could get in contact with certain people I could easily start a blues album distro on this site. So I could post a track and then have a buy this album link and sell the album for a lot cheaper than you can get it from amazon or zshops or whatever. Would their be interest in this sort of shop? I know that it’s somewhat tiring to find out were to get these recordings for a cheap price and I’m fairly certain I can get most of the Columbia/Document/Yazoo stuff in bulk for a good price.

Today we are honoring Blind Lemon Jefferson by request and as a way to showcase some guitar blues that I haven’t been posting much of recently. Blind Lemon is the King of the Texas Blues and one of the best lyricists, blues or otherwise, that I’ve ever heard. Next up is a fine track by Pete Harris (whose wonderful “Them May Not Be My Toes” is on the Volume 2 Honey Mix) whose Blind Lemon’s Song recalls “See That My Grave is Kept Clean” and finally Lead Belly’s Blind Lemon is wonderful “good-bye” tracks written soon after Lemon’s passing.

Blind Lemon Jefferson – Black Horse Blues
Pete Harris – Blind Lemon’s Song
Lead Belly – Blind Lemon

Everybody’s Talkin’
Posted in Honey on 07.12.05

Washington was a lot of fun, the National Gallery was breathtaking – everything else was way too crowded to be enjoyable. I’m working on making a big page for the Stagolee tracks with all of the original posts about each track soon. It’s pretty exciting after taking a break from Stagolee to re-listen/rediscover a lot of these tracks.

Today’s post is by request, I’m going through a bit of writer’s block so these requests are great, for a handful of Lucille Bogan tracks that are highlighted in Anna Stong Bourgeois’s book Blues Women which I haven’t read, but I’m rushing over to the library today to pick up. The tracks New Way Blues, Coffee Grindin’ Blues and Pot Hound Blues are all from Bogan’s early recording career – but feature a sophistication and talent that would only grow through out her later recordings.

Lucille Bogan – New Way Blues
Lucille Bogan – Coffee Grindin’ Blues
Lucille Bogan – Pot Hound Blues

Posted in Honey on 07.07.05

Alright, I’m off to Capital City, USA tomorrow, so no update Friday, but also I won’t be around a computer until Monday in case you were waiting on an email back. I’m pretty sad that Honey’s trip to the big city was cut short a day, but we’ve managed to streamline the places to see/shop and still have time to see a baseball game (I hope!)

Here are two great tracks that somewhat revolve around Washington, D.C. The first is by Woody Guthrie and it’s a version of the Charlie Poole and His North Carolina Rambler’s White House Blues. The next track is a post-war live recording by Skip James where he recounts his visit a Washington, D.C Hospital. See ya’ll next week!

Woody Guthrie – Baltimore To Washington
Skip James – Center Blues (Washington, D.C Hospital Center Blues)

One More Time
Posted in Honey on 07.06.05

In news sure to shake the blogging community to its core, Rev. Frost of Spread The Good Word fame has released a track from his demo to the hallow halls of Big Rock Candy Mountain. It’s pretty awesome, so go check it out.

I’m not sure about who Marshall Owens was, other than he recorded a few tracks for Paramount in 1932. The mastering of this side is really odd, the guitar is really high in the mix with Owens shouting over it. It’s a really chaotic track as his own guitar seems to be battling his pleas to “try me one more time.” This blues at its rawest – without having to resort to Fat Possum blues revivalism.

Marshall Owens – Try Me, One More Time

June Recap !
Posted in Honey on 07.05.05

Here are the top 10 songs from June, I’m really excited to see that Jessie Derrick did so well, I really really love that song:

1. Lil Green – Why Don’t You Do Right?
2. Georgia White – Was I Drunk?
3. Speckled Red – What Makes You Treat Me So Mean?
4. Hattie Hudson – Black Hand Blues
5. King Benny Nawahi’s Red Devils – Dinah
6. Mae Clover – Gas Man Blues
7. Jessie Derrick – If You’ll Come Back To Hollywood
8. John Henry Barbee – Six Week Old Blues
9. Louis Armstrong – Melancholy Blues
10. Clara Smith – Don’t Advertise Your Man

Honey is mentioned in this Newsweek article about the increasing digitalization of old music, it’s a good read.

Blind Joe Taggart has never been able to escape the mean Christian title that every places on him and his music. Though I mean who wouldn’t be mean to Josh White if given half the chance? Taggart music is an amazing thing to hear, the colliding voices and guitars never leave the listener on easy ground – the very basic blues rhythm is pounding into the ground and something strange and wonderful comes out of it.

Blind Joe Taggart – Been Listening All The Day