Posted in Honey on 12.06.05

Top Downloads For Novemember, 2005.

1. Billie Holiday – Don’t Explain
2. Baby Huey and the Babysitters – Hard Times
3. Furry Lewis – Big Chief Blues
4. Big Mama Thornton – Yes, Baby
5. Frankie Jaxon – Willie The Weeper
6. Merline Johnson – 2×4 Blues
7. Pinetop and Linberg – I’ll Believe I’ll Make A Change
8. Eva Taylor – Organ Grinder Blues
9. Roosevelt Graves – Woke Up (With My Mind on Jesus)
10. Lonnie McIntorsh – Sleep On Mother, Sleep On
I’ve blogged about Alice Moore before , but she’s so good I just had to bring her back. Alice Moore was one of the more unique blues singers, she has a strange way of phrasing words (like the way she sings pusher in this song), but it doesn’t ever distract from the songs. Moore created a strong persona for herself – that’s she is this innocent girl and the world/blues/men are just pull her around by her pigtails. It’s really interesting to listen to her recorded works and see how she constructs this persona throughout her short career. I’m picking two songs by her today, the first is a dirty blues song called Push Cart Pusher where she is backed by Roosevelt Sykes on piano and Charley Jordan on guitar. The second one is “Just A Good Girl Treated Wrong” a song more typical of her output – she’s backed by Peetie Wheatstraw on piano and Charley Jordan on guitar.

Alice Moore – Push Cart Pusher
Alice Moore – Just A Good Girl, Treated Wrong


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By john on 12.07.05 12:11 pm

i loved the baby huey track – soulfull, offhand almost. bought the LP – more of the same, what a find. in a roundabout way, that led me darondo (on another site – look for ‘let my people go’ or check the ubiquity records website). two astonishing and totally new to me honest to god soul heroes in the space of a week. thank you so much

By peter patnaik on 12.16.05 4:40 am

are there any samples of that darondo album anywhere?

By john on 12.16.05 10:58 am

you can find a darondo track (didn’t I?)on the new gilles patterson digs america compliation, and you can order the reissued lp, including the phenomenal ‘let my people go’ and with a fantastic cover photo, from
there’s more about darondo there too.
best couple of bucks i’ve spent all year.

By john on 01.16.06 7:43 pm

more darondo!!

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