She’s Got A Nice Line
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Posted in Honey on 01.31.06

You’ve probably noticed Frankie doing a great job providing all sorts of great details about recent posts, he also runs a Done Gone, a great site that has some pre-war mp3s, but also a lot of technical details about the songs that I don’t often post about.

Today’s track comes to us from Ed Bell and Pillie Bolling, two blues musicians from Alabama. Ed Bell of course is known for Mamlish Blues, but he recorded very sparingly in his 3 years of active recording. Pilli Bolling was a traveling companion of Ed Bell, and the only of their group of friends who would record either with Bell or solo. Bolling sings lead, and has a softer voice that Bell, but his voice style is highly influenced by Bell.

Ed Bell and Pillie Bolling – She’s Got A Nice Line

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Rick Says
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Posted in Honey on 01.27.06

As I was busy deleting the endless spam that piles up throughout my comments section (luckily i have it almost fully automated now)I noticed a challenge by a fella named Rick:

Put some Dick Justice MP3s on this site and then I might actually donate. (Not Cocaine or Henry Lee either, have those).

Well Mr. Rick, here you go, though I admit I first looked through my copy of the Anthology to see if those were the songs on it and they were. Dick Justice was a West Virginian folk/country musician who borrowed a lot from all types of music, but especially blues. He is known for his wonderful version of Henry Lee that graces the Anthology of Folk Music, but all the sides I’ve heard from his 1929 session are good.

Dick Justice – Brownskin Blues

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Diamond Buyer Blues
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Posted in Honey on 01.25.06

I remember that someone emailed me about a 60′s or 70′s blues artist that featured violin in their blues, but I forgot to respond to the email, and now I can’t remember the artist’s name. So if that was you, email me back! And I’ll respond this time.

Which brings us to Jack Kelly and the Memphis Jug Band, I’m not a huge fan of Jug Bands or String Bands , but I’m a sucker for violins in blues. Jack Kelly has a great sense of rhythm and this song features a great breakdown and some wonderful violin parts.

Jack Kelly and His Memphis Jug Band – Diamond Buyer Blues

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I Ain’t Gonna Give You None
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Posted in Honey on 01.24.06

Thanks to the wonderful world of ebay, I picked up Yazoo’s 7 disc set of Kentucky Mountain Music – prewar country recordings from Kentucky/South West Virgina players. I highly recommend the set as a great intro to the region, but like with every Yazoo release the liner notes are far too brief and poorly laid out. As a late Christmas present to myself I picked up One Kiss Can Lead To Another by Rhino which really shoes how a box set should be done – great liner notes, two essay’s about the genre then a half a page to each group. Yazoo’s set has a solid overview essay, but then drops the ball when it comes to recording dates/information about the actual players featured on the disc, c’mon.

Big Boy Teddy Edwards is one of the few pre-war musicians who recorded playing the tiple. A tiple is a 4, 8, 10, or 12 string instrument, smaller than a guitar but bigger than a ukulele that come in all different sorts of body styles. Edwards doesn’t really use the instrument to it’s full potential, as he really plays it so it sounds just like a 12 string guitar, so it’s hard to determine which type of tiple he played. What is more remarkable than his instrument is his voice, so rough and deep, it’s one of those voices you can hear twenty minutes after the song is over. The few years of his recording career he did some small group arrangements with Black Bob on piano, Big Bill Broonzy on guitar and Papa Charlie Jackson on banjo, these recordings are a lot of fun – but i prefer these early recordings with Edwards alone with his tiple.

Big Boy Teddy Edwards – I Ain’t Gonna Give You None
Big Boy Teddy Edwards – Wild Woman Blues

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2005, The Year That Was
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Posted in Honey on 01.20.06

These stats are from when we changed over to prewarblues.org in May – but really they are from around late June when I stopped deleting songs (shhh!) though I should clean the system out soon. Anyway I love stats, so hopefully this year google will hook me up with a anayltics account.

Top 10 downloads for the year 2005.

1. Billie Holiday – Don’t Explain

2. Big Mama Thornton – Yes, Baby
3. Mose Andrews – 10lb Hammer
4. Precious Bryant – You Don’t Want Me No More
5. Ozella Jones – I Been A Bad Bad Girl Prisoner Blues
6. Roosevelt Graves – I Woke Up (With My Mind On Jesus)
7. Pete Johnson – Roll ‘Em
8. Trixie Smith – You’ve Got To Beat Me To Keep Me
9. Ethel Waters – Get Up Off Your Knees
10. Bumble Bee Slim – If Blues Was Whisky

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My Dream Blues
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Posted in Honey on 01.19.06

I guess I’m not the best on keeping up with pre-war blues news, but this is still exciting – a long lost Son House recording was found recently – Mississippi County Farm Blues/Clarksdale Moan from the 1930 Paramount recording sessions. Yazoo I guess snatched up the rights to the recording and will be releasing it later this year on “The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of” which I reckon will have a bunch of found and rare recordings. As a side note, Yazoo should hire me to update to their website which seems like it hasn’t been updated since last winter. I smell a perfect joint venture.

St Louis Jimmy Oden recorded under the name “Old Man Oden” on a handful of tracks, which has got to be the worst blues nickname I’ve ever heard. It is a fitting name, however, his voice is aged beyond his years due to substance abuse. This track has him backed by Roosevelt Sykes, in one of his finest accompaniment tracks.

St. Louis Jimmy Oden – My Dream Blues

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Honey Dripping Papa
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Posted in Honey on 01.18.06

I didn’t think I was doing too awful in my updates until my mom called me and told me I should be posting more. Color me embarrassed. Be sure to check out Long Sought Home this week, he has an stunning track by De Paur Infantry Chorus that’s so good, I wish I had posted it first.

Also I have a couple of Free Month passes to emusic.com send me an email and i’ll send you the code for a month’s worth of free tracks (40 songs).

Kid Prince Moore’s name has always been familiar to me, even before I heard his music, because he appears in a lot of blues rock songs (we borrowed and ruined this blues songs) in their liner notes. Not that I hate blues rock, but we aren’t on good speaking terms. Moore was one of the last Piedmont blues artist to record in the Piedmont, as Decca closed their recording studio in late 1938. Moore is a fantastic and unique guitar player – the first track posted, Sign of Judgment his signature “free-thumbing” style steals the show, though his voice is almost as strong as his guitar style. The second track was one of the last one he recorded, this one is more of collaborative work as Shorty Bob Parker’s guitar is more pronounced and the lyrics and style are more typical and commercial ordinated than Sign of Judgment, which isn’t to take anything away from the track as it’s still really great.

Kid Prince Moore – Sign of Judgment
Kid Prince Moore – Honey Dripping Papa

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Worried Jailhouse Blues
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Posted in Honey on 01.12.06

Montana Taylor is an amazing piano player – a rarity who was just as good at his own songs (mostly if not entirely instrumental) as he was an accompanist. He backed Bertha Chippie Hill on a number of tracks – and this track – Worried Jailhouse Blues is a page from the big book of blues phrases, Hill puts her wonderful voice behind all these shopworn phrases and refreshes them. Taylor is outstanding and as is Almond Leonard on washboard and kazoo – which as gimmicky as it reads, really works in the context of the recording.

Montana Taylor with Bertha Chippie Hill – Worried Jailhouse Blues

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Diamond Ring Blues
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Posted in Honey on 01.10.06

Today is the last! day to vote in the Bloggies, so if you haven’t and you are feeling kind, throw in a good word for Honey, we could totally sweep up the best-kept secret one.

Walter Taylor is another east coast unknown with a handful of sides under his belt. This track is fantastic! featuring some really great lyrics that are adapted from the traditional Betty/Dupree blues tale, but without the violence. The song also features some great acapella breaks that I’m just a sucker for.

Walter Taylor – Diamond Ring Blues

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Everyone Wants To Know How To Die
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Posted in Honey on 01.09.06

December Recap! Yearly Recap coming later this week.

1. Billie Holiday – Don’t Explain
2. Sadie Jackson – Nobody Worries ‘Bout Me
3. Wesley Wallace – Fanny Lee Blues
4. Issac Hayes – Running Out Of Fools
5. Walter Davis – I Did Everything I Could
6. Big Joe Williams – Providence Help The Poor People
7. Alice Moore – Push Cart Pusher
8. Walter Davis – Love Will Kill You
9. Lead Belly – Stewball
10. Alice Moore – Just A Good Girl, Treated Wrong

Bull City Red hailed from Durham, North Carolina and is most known for introducing Sonny Terry to Brownie Mcgee. He was an average guitar player – but had a great voice and could sing gospel as well as secular songs. This track is a simple call and response gospel track feature Bull City on lead and a chorus of other voices all over the track, it’s messy and uplifting.

note: this file was sent to me as a .m4a file which windows media player/itunes/foobar/winamp should know how to play.

Bull City Red – Eveyone Wants To Know How To Die

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