I Got A 10 Pound Hammer
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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By Sonny Boy Paris on 10.13.05 1:46 am

Mose Andrews did for 4 sessions from between 1935-1937 vocal and guitar. Songs which he is known for include ‘YOUNG HEIFER BLUES'(1937)released on Decca Records and “10 Pound Hammer” records in 1937 and released in 1938 on Decca Records.

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