Sugar Girl Blues
Posted in 1930s,Honey,Piano Blues on 07.25.06

New York was New York. I had a blast, but I’m glad to be back in Greensboro, though we have a severe lack of rice pudding restaurants. I’ve also updated my blogroll with Basement Songs which a great blog out of NYC with a good selection of contemporary indie music and great photos.

Earl Thomas recorded four terrific sides in 1936, but was poorly received in the crowded blues piano marketplace at the time. Sounding almost exactly like Leroy Carr didn’t do him any favors either. Thomas was a skilled if not exceptional piano player and his vocal style is almost too similar to Carr’s but these songs are so good, it doesn’t really matter to me.

Earl Thomas – Sugar Girl Blues(1936)

Earl Thomas – Bonus Men (1936)


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By george on 07.27.06 1:07 pm

Anyone heard of John Ace song “Alice was a Man”?

thanks to offline

By anne on 07.29.06 11:42 pm

peter, you were in new york and you didn’t call me? fuck.

By Robert R. Calder on 09.18.09 2:16 pm

I won’t say that Earl Thomas never sounded exactly like Leroy Carr, but he certainly doesn’t on the two tracks generously provided here. He sounds rather more like Walter Davis, with a bit of the equally limited but amazingly driving George Noble in the left hand.

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