All Better
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Posted in Honey on 10.31.05

Thanks to everyone who wished me a quick recovery and sent more top ten blues lists. I’m still working on my lists but they should be done pretty soon and looking spiffy. Keep sending readers lists! I haven’t started to sort through them closely, but there’s been a great deal of diversity in the lists which makes me happy.

Emery Glen was an Atlanta blues musician who recorded four sides for Columbia in 1927. Though he was born and played in Atlanta his style isn’t at all like other Georgia blues players – he reminds me a lot of Memphis or Texas style guitar players – very melodic and simple. His voice is the big star – a great big booming voice that resonants in your head long after the song is over.

Emery Glen – Two Ways To Texas

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You Always Get Stuck Between The Floors
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Posted in Honey on 10.26.05

Keep the lists coming in. I’ll be contacting some of ya’ll for some songs if possible, so keep yr eyes on your mailbox. I’m feeling a bit under the weather because of the hot-cold-very cold-hot weather pattern so this is going to be another quick update so I can get back to bed with the Arrested Development DVDs.

Butterbeans and Susie were a real married vaudeville couple (they were married as part of a routine, but managed to stay together despite that sort of ‘battle royal’ marriage) whose racy humor manages not to sound too date or stiff even today. This track features a whole host of double entendres and some really good rapport between the couple.

Butterbeans and Susie – Elevator Papa, Switchboard Mama

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More Lists!
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Posted in Honey on 10.25.05

Even if you’ve only heard 10 blues songs in your entire life, send those 10 songs to me. Check the contact page for email (pkpatnaik at prewarblues.org). The lists I’ve received so far show a great diversity in blues tastes which is exactly what I’m looking for, keep them coming!

A quick instrumental track today from the Blue Boys. There’s not a lot of violin in blues music, but when it works, oh man does it ever work. This track Memphis Stomp features some of the best violin playing, blues or otherwise, I think I’ve ever heard. It’s a wonderful instrumental track -ushering in the fall season.

Blue Boys – Memphis Stomp

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Send Me Your Top 10 Blues Songs
Posted in Honey on 10.21.05

As an addition to the collection of blues I’ll have up (hopefully by November) I want to have a reader’s choice section. The first one will be the blues stuff you gotta hear (Love in Vain, Backwater Blues etc) the next one will be my picks (Death Sting Me Blues) and the third will be y’all’s picks.

Send your top 10 (20, 30, 40, 50) blues songs to pkpatnaik at prewarblues.org. Let’s try to do this by the end of next week so November, 5. They don’t have to be pre-war, but let’s keep it some form of blues.

Jens Lekman is such a hopeless romantic. Song after song he laments about a party, a girl, a summer, a love, but they are all so good. I think he has some production problems on a lot of his recordings – this type of singer needs great production, not bedroom tinkering. I mean part of Scott Walker’s charm was his great over the top production. Someone throw some money at Jens and get him to a good studio. This track off his latest compilation of EPs and 7” inches features some of his best work yet, and some actually solid production qualities. Black Cab I think is one of his best songs yet – great melody and lyrics, the line “well you’re so silent, Jens/well maybe I am, maybe I am.”


Jens Lekman – Black Cab

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Woke Up This Morning
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Posted in Honey on 10.20.05

After the failure to understand how to run a wiki, I’ve decided to put the past behind me and look to the future and to iTunes. I really dislike iTunes from a function level, but I really like the idea of their genre introductions. For those of you who haven’t explored iTunes yet, the genre introductions are three sets of 50 songs, the first batch are the intro, the next batch are the deep cuts and the last batch is obscure stuff. Most of them are pretty bad unfortunately (the blues ones are really really awful), but the idea is solid. I’m working on a list of 60 or so songs organized in the same format as an intro to pre-war blues/deeper cuts/these people only recorded one song and died. You’ll be able to download tracks or the packages, zipped up. It will also be free ! though the zip files will most likely be donor only.

I posted about Blind Roosevelt Graves many moons ago, so it is about time to revisit him and his brother. What’s so amazing about Graves is the sense of rhythm and soul of the recordings. The backing percussion sounds so contemporary and fresh that it is hard to believe they aren’t a revival act. Graves is one of those missing links, listening to his songs it really predicts the next 50 years of music development, rock’n'roll, deep soul and gospel are all in here recorded way back in 1936.

Blind Roosevelt Graves and Brother – Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind On Jesus)

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You Don’t Know My Mind
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Posted in Honey on 10.18.05

I’m working on recoding all of the videos up for download to use one, easy to download codec that all platforms can download and use. Sorry it’s been taken so long. The Roy Smeck is something called Nero Encorder Codec which I didn’t know that it existed the others are in either divx or xvid, but when I’m through with them they’ll all be in the same format.

We are going digging today through the basement of Paramount Records to find – Barrel House Welsh a solid piano player with a great voice that would have broken him big about 20 years later on Chess Records, if he had been famous enough to hang around for that long. Larceny Woman Blues is also very well written, Welsh avoids common metaphors and really gets good use out of “Chicago Woman” a phrase that have been put to death around 1940.

Barrel House Welsh – Larceny Woman Blues

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Jesus Throwed Up A Highway For Me
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Posted in Honey on 10.17.05

Apparently I should check my email more often. Yahoo emailed me the other day saying that Honey was picked as a “Yahoo! Pick” for last week. The link to the write up about Honey is here.

Check out this cool graphic:

cool!

Sanctified singing is a form of gospel music that borrows the tunes and patterns of blues music and adapts those styles to a gospel message. This track by the Holy Ghost Sanctified Singers is a great upbeat country blues song – but instead of singing about that big leg woman, they are singing about Jesus making a highway to heaven. The instrumentation is simple but lively, handclaps, harmonica, guitar and a jug join together to create a really great and danceable gospel number.

Holy Ghost Sanctified Singers – Jesus Throwed Up A Highway For Me

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Yes, Baby
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Posted in Honey on 10.14.05

A big thanks goes out to Yahoo I guess. In the past two days we’ve had something like 5500 unique hits and over 9 gigs of pre-war blues transfered, I haven’t seen any of the big blogs give us time, but according to one new reader, Yahoo sent the blog out as part of its “try out new websites” thing. Either way more readers are a good thing, so stay awhile.

For the new readers, Monday through Thursday I post pre-war blues and gospel tracks and on Friday I post what ever is on my mind. Today I’m posting a great duet between Big Mama Thornton and Johnny Ace. I was inspired to post this track after the great fellow over at Locust St. posted a really amazing solo Johnny Ace track. This track is one of the better blues duets I’ve heard – Thornton and Ace have great chemistry together and the track really shines because of that.

Big Mama Thornton with Johnny Ace – Yes, Baby

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Lonesome Frisco
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Posted in Honey on 10.13.05

I figured as the admin of the wiki site that I could add/remove pages no sweat. I mean how hard could it be? Very hard apparently. Ya’ll have my word that I’ll hunt through as many forum pages as needed to come up with a working wiki page. It’s going to be great.

Tom Darby and Jimmie Tarlton played a large part in the development of both blues and country music. As blues artists Jimmie Tartlton develop his steel slide guitar style by learning from both blank and white artists different guitar and banjo styles. Tom Darby was the singer and one of the first High Lonesome style singers that would dominate both country and bluegrass and become part of their signature style. The blend of Darby and Tarlton’s styles is unique and one that feels like the perfect blend of pre-war country and pre-war blues styles. Tarlton’s guitar, I think is what really gets me into these guys – it’s just so good.

Darby and Tarlton – Lonesome Frisco Line

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I Got A 10 Pound Hammer
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Posted in Honey on 10.11.05

Rain Rain Rain. It’s been like five days since I’ve seen the sun around here. I hope Columbus Day (observed) went over well for everyone – I put up a wiki (prewarblues.org/wiki) but I have no idea how to use it. Registration works -so tear it up and let me know what’s up the inside.

Today’s track is from Mose Andrews a pre-delta Mississippi blues singer who reminds me a lot of Oscar Woods and Buddy Moss. He has that same sloppy drunk blues style of guitar playing and almost steam of conscious lyrics that are so infectious. I only two tracks by him, but I seem to remember some field recordings by him though I couldn’t find anything about that today. The song itself has some pretty brutal lyrics “I got a 10 pound hammer mama, can’t you hear me talkin’ pretty mama” I glad it never resolves itself in the literal violent manner – the sexual manner it does take – isn’t less brutal. It’s a very odd and off-putting song, though I keep coming back to it for some reason.

Mose Andrews – I Got A 10 Pound Hammer

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