My Baby Rocks Me
Posted in 1930s,Female Blues,Honey on 12.27.06

Thanks for all the well wishes over the holidays, and all the requests for out of print blues songs, I’m busy searching the depths of Honey H.Q. for some of these numbers, but it should be a fun few weeks as I start posting my findings. Also thanks to the poster who let me know that there are a few more Sam Collins tracks not on the Yazoo record I posted, I’ll get those songs up this week sometime.

This track is a request for one of Trixie Smith’s last recordings, and it’s a good one. My Daddy Rocks Me is a sexy and assured number from Trixie and doesn’t fall into the violent or minstrel styling of some of her work. Trixie is back by Sidney Bechet on clarinet and Sammy Price on piano. Unfortunately, she would only release one more song after this session, and would die without the body of work she deserved.

Trixie Smith – My Daddy Rocks Me (1938)
Trixie Smith – My Daddy Rocks Me No. 2  (1938)

If You Get To Heaven, Tell The Judge For Me
Posted in Contemporary,Folk,Honey on 12.22.06

I’m back. Technology around me is crumblin’ but this website keeps on runnin’. Send some more ideas for out of print blues albums/discographies and I’ll see what I can do about putting them up as the Law hasn’t caught up with me yet.

I’ve been meaning to post about the new Ramblin’ Jack Elliot – I Stand Alone, which was released earlier this year on Anti-. It’s a fantastic collection of songs his daughter suggested for him to finally put on record. Jack’s voice is still strong – and his guitar playing hasn’t really diminished at all either. He is backed by Nels Cline (of Wilco among other projects) Flea, DJ Bonebrake (X) and Lucinda Williams/Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) on harmony. This track – Arthritis Blues is one of the more stripped down songs, and it comes off wonderfully. As a bonus – I also uploaded his take on our namesake, though it bares only slight resemblance to the Ma Rainey song we are named after.

Ramblin Jack has a great website with links to buy the album.

Ramblin’ Jack Elliot – Arthritis Blues

Ramblin’ Jack Elliot – Honey, Where You Been So Long? 

Out of Town
Posted in Honey,Meta,Piedmont Blues on 12.13.06

I’m out of town until the 20th. I hope everyone is still enjoying the Sam Collins.

For last minute Holiday gifts please consider donating to the Music Make Foundation, they do a great job of not only providing aging blues artists with access to health care but also do wonderful recordings with them. Right now if you make a donation you get a great CD/DVD set. Check it out at:

The Music Maker Foundation

Lead Me All The Way
Posted in 1920s,Country Blues,Honey on 12.07.06

The final batch of Cryin’ Sam Collins tracks. I hope everyone has enjoyed this album – and by the looks of the bandwidth – you have. If you have any ideas about rare or out of print albums you’d like to see hit me up at pkpatnaik at and I’ll see what I can do.

11. Do That Thing

12. I Want To Be Like Jesus In My Heart

13. Loving Lady Blues

14. Midnight Special Blues

15. Lead Me All The Way

16. Graveyard Digger’s Blues 

The Next Five
Posted in 1920s,Country Blues,Honey on 12.05.06

The Cryin’ Sam Collins’ train keeps on coming with the next five tracks off the release.

6. Yellow Dog Blues

7. Pork Chop Blues

8. Dark Cloudy Blues

9. Hesitation Blues

10. It Won’t Be Long 

Christmas Comes Early
Posted in 1920s,Country Blues,Honey on 12.04.06

Long time readers will remember that I’m not a fan of Christmas music, I am however a fan of the season. So here is my gift to the devoted readers of the blog: Sam Collins – Jailhouse Blues. This CD was released by Yazoo sometime ago and is now out of print. Here are the first five tracks from the album. I’ll post the rest by the end of the week and they’ll stay up until the end of the month, so don’t wait to download!
1. Devil In The Lion’s Den

2. Slow Mama Slow

3. The Jailhouse Blues

4. Riverside Blues

5. New Salty Dog