Brown’s Ferry Blues
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Posted in Country,Honey,Post-War on 04.28.06

Everyone knows the Louvin Brothers from their infamous “Satan Is Real,” which might be the only album of that distinction that is good. Before that album they were a famous country duet with harmonies that only the Blue Sky Boys and the Delmore Brothers could match. On this tribute album they pay tribute to the Delmore Brothers and do a amazing job on these songs, making this album my favorite by them.

Louvin Brothers - Brown’s Ferry Blues

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Up And Down
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Posted in Honey,Meta on 04.27.06

By now everything should be up and running. Known problems: all the donor stuff is down, but should return shortly. I’ve notice a short delay when loading the page, I’m not sure if it’s the server or what, maybe its just me and all the rain we’ve been having. Let me know if anything else is broke or just running poorly. Thanks for reading and hanging around these past few weeks.

update: my email is fixed. pkpatnaik at prewarblues.org

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Was That Your Man?
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Posted in Honey,Post-War,Texas Blues on 04.24.06

The server situation should be fixed. I did notice last night that the server would time out even at low loads, so be patience, I’m writing angry emails to the host daily. All the links should be working (I fixed the Minnie Wallace link also) but if you find anything broke let me know.

I’m starting out the week with a post-war blues track by Jewell Long. In fact it’s from 1960, but i haven’t been able to get this song out of my head for the past week. I don’t know a lot about Jewell Long, but he was a blues singer from Texas with a great rough voice. He was a pretty skilled guitar player – but his voice, sort of an in-between Gary Davis and John Estes is what really has his version of Frankie and Albert running around my head all week.

Jewell Long – Frankie and Albert

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Housekeeping
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Posted in Honey on 04.19.06

The server has been up and down all day, so I believe one comment was erased and my post was erased. Either way everything should be back to normal now. For those having issues downloading the files, try Right Click – Save Target As to download the files to listen. I believe the streaming is conflicting with some hotlink protection, that I really don’t want to fix because streaming the music is a greater strain on my bandwidth, but I will if the problem is not fixed with saving the files.

I’m pretty bad at transcribing files as seen by the Duped/Buked post down below so lets see if as a group we can come up with a transcription of “The Old Folks Started It” for Kat Roche, who would like to perform the song. Here is what she has so far:
The old folks started it

You talk about melody from shore to shore
I tell you the strut…

The old folks started it
The young folks got it
Everybody’s crazy about the downtown stomp

I got news for you women
Always in a rut
Just walk to your man and do your wicked strut

The old folks started it
The young folks got it
Everybody’s crazy about the downtown stomp

A hundred dollar bill will make a broke man slobber
A women with a strut will make a good man holler

The old folks started it
The young folks got it
Everybody’s crazy about the downtown stomp

??Takes a greyhound to run it
It’s ride round the world
Takes a man with the strut
To start it up on the floor???

The old folks started it
The young folks got it
Everybody’s crazy about the downtown stomp

Talk about your women
When your…
Your grandma does the strut and your grandpa’s (sure?)

The old folks started it
The young folks got it
Everybody’s crazy about the downtown stomp

All of you men when you’re…
You done lost your strut (and it ain’t your fault?)

The old folks started it
The young folks got it
Everybody’s crazy about the downtown stomp

As sure as a little fish can’t live on dry land
A women with a strut can always get a man

The old folks…

Minnie Wallace – The Old Folks Started It (Link Fixed)

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Jesse James
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Posted in Honey on 04.14.06

So the new Bruce Springsteen album, “We Shall Overcome: The Songs of Pete Seeger,” is out next week, filled with traditional folk songs made popular (i guess) by Pete Seeger, although some of them were written and made famous before that by Woody Guthrie. After I got over my initial confusion over the album, I did come to appreciate the very unpretentious renditions of these songs that so many people cover without any self-awareness or trace of fun (although the title track falls on its face in that regard). This track Jesse James is by far the best one the album, and it is a lot of fun – it recalls the bright-eyed whimsy of Dylan and the Band’s Basement Tapes.

Bruce Springsteen – Jesse James 

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Baltimore
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Posted in 1920s,Female Blues,Honey on 04.13.06

Bertha Idaho only recorded four songs in her professional career that started in 1919 as a traveling act singing and dancing along side her husband, John. Unfortunately she did not get into the recording studio until 1929 catching the tail end of the female blues popularity. It’s a great loss for us because she has a strong voice, that recalls Bessie Smith, though she is able to stand on her own, unlike a lot of singers that followed in Smith’s footsteps. This track “Down On Pennsylvania Avenue” features Clarence Williams on piano (though it was rumored that she accompanied herself) and is a great description of Baltimore’s seedy side.

Bertha Idaho – Down On Pennsylvania Avenue (1929)

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Clarksdale
Posted in 1920s,Delta,Honey on 04.11.06

This maybe a Honey, Where You Been So Long exclusive, but I’m modest enough not to label it as such, or come up with an something like Honey Pots to describe these types of posts. That said, the mailman delivered me the wonderful new Yazoo collection “The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of,” to my door Saturday and I haven’t put it down since. The main reason of course is because of the two long-lost sides by Son House recorded at the 1928 Paramount sessions in Wisconsin. These songs Clarksdale Moan and Mississippi Country Farm Blues reveal House at his youngest and most vibrate, Clarksdale Moan in particular is bursting with House’s voice and has jumped up my lists of favorite blues recordings of all time.

If you like the songs, be sure to pick up the album at your local record store. It has a really fun cover by Robert Crumb and the linear notes in typical Yazoo fashion do note reveal personal or recording dates. I also almost broke the cds trying to wrangle them out of the plastic casing, so be careful.


Son House – Mississippi Country Farm Blues

Son House – Clarksdale Moan 

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Didn’t I
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Posted in Honey,Post-War,Soul on 04.07.06

I finally got my hands on that Darondo reissue “Let My People Go,” and it’s fantastic. He sounds a lot like Al Green, and is backed by some really good, laid back Philadelphia meets Memphis production. His story is being told and told again all over the place, and it’s all collected here along with some pretty choice videos and samples of the other tracks. They are out of stock on the CD at the moment, but Amazon has it for a few more dollars.
Darondo – Didn’t I

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I’ve Been Duped And I’ve Been Scorned
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Posted in 1920s,Gospel,Honey on 04.06.06

Everyone go visit Tuwa’s Shanty and give him a big thanks for hooking me up with a Google Analytics account. Also download the awesome Big Joe Turner song at the bottom of the page.

John Byrd and Walter Talyor (Washboard Walter) were gospel singers, but were influenced and tempted by blues a lot more than some of their contemporaries. The first song Heavenly Airplane features Taylor singing and Byrd preaching backed by Mae Glover at times. It’s a great effect and more rewarding to listen to than a lot of the ranting preaching tracks. The allmusic review of this song calls it comic, which seems pretty judgemental and awful.

John Byrd and Walter Taylor -  The Heavenly Airplane (1929)

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Wanna Go Home
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Posted in 1920s,Female Blues,Honey on 04.05.06

I’m doing a little experimenting with categories. The odds of going back through the last year and adding the proper tags it for all the past posts is pretty slim, but if any adventurous Honey reader has some time on their hands I’ll open my home for you to do so, though I’m not holding my breath.

I’ve posted about Clara Smith a other times, but it has been almost a year now, so I figure she’s due again. This track recorded in 1929, features Smith at her most broken, backed by just a cello and reed organ. One of the best moanin’ blues tracks I’ve heard.

Clara Smith – Wanna Go Home (1929) (link fixed)

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