I’m Gonna Buy Me A Rooster
Posted in Honey on 02.16.06

While my love for violin in blues is well documented, I’ve started to love the accordion in blues, even more. I’m not sure if it’s going to reach my love for the violin, but that’s mainly due the availability of good accordion blues sides. This side is from Walter Rhodes who I believe only recorded one other side (Leaving Home Blues) but is a wonderful accordion player back by two guitars (and a few rooster sounds). Document Records compiled his two sides on one of their Memphis Blues collections, but the Patton box set on Reverent (which this was ripped from, though I believe I own the Document collection as well) implies that Rhodes was from Mississippi and that the guitar playing brothers were from Arkansas.

Walter Rhodes – The Crowing Rooster


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By L. on 02.17.06 9:34 am

What’s the evidence for this being an accordion? Sounds much more like a melodeon to me.

By bopst on 02.17.06 10:29 am

listen closely….

By L. on 02.23.06 4:45 pm

I did and it still sounds like a melodeon to me.

By montgomery on 03.07.06 4:24 pm

I also think it’s an accordian.
Rhodes recorded 2 other sides but they weren’t issued.

By Steve Sims on 04.07.06 8:42 am

… according to Dixon Godrich & Rye, it’s a “pac” (piano accordian) – they add that the guitars are the excellent Pet & Can (brothers Maylon & Richard Harney).

By N8 on 07.09.06 6:37 pm

The 2 guitar players are the duo Pet & Can: the Harney Brothers. One died young and the other later became known as Richard “Hacksaw” Harney. Check him out. He’s great… says his style came about after the death of his brother since he then had to play both parts of the duo himself.

By Levitra and alcohol use. on 10.18.07 6:22 pm

Levitra users….


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