God’s Got A Crown
Posted in 1920s,Gospel,Honey on 01.29.07

Thanks to Richard on giving a heads up on the new Sam Jackson movie Black Snake Moan, it looks fantastic and features Son House, Blind Lemon Jefferson and other pre and post war blues songs on the soundtrack. The production company is named “Southern Crosses the Dog” and it’s directed by Craig Brewer of Hustle and Flow fame. The trailer on the website makes it seem like a reverse Foxy Brown, but the description on the site itself makes it seem less seedy than that.

I still can’t get enough of Arizona Dranes – this set is easily my most listened to album this year so far.

8. Arizona Dranes – I’m Going Home On The Morning Train

9. Arizona Dranes – Lamb’s Blood Has Washed Me Clean

10. Arizona Dranes – I’m Glad My Lord Has Saved Me

11. Arizona Dranes – I Shall Wear A Crown

12. Arizona Dranes – God’s Got A Crown

13. Arizona Dranes – He Is My Story

14. Arizona Dranes – Just Look

Arizona Dranes
Posted in 1920s,Gospel,Honey,Meta on 01.23.07

Apparently I never realized how broken the Stagolee Archives are. I fixed some of the files, but apparently I’ve lost all of my backups of Stagolee songs, so I’ll need some help fixing the links. I’ll post the ones I need later today or tomorrow.

This album is the Complete Recorded Works of Arizona Dranes 1926-1929, as released by Document Records. It is currently out of print and asks for silly prices on eBay/Amazon. Rare gospel singers aren’t only for the rich – so here are the first batch of songs off that record.

1. Arizona Dranes – In That Day

2. Arizona Dranes – It’s All Right Now

3. Arizona Dranes – John Said He Saw A Number

4. Arizona Dranes – My Soul Is A Witness For The Lord

5. Arizona Dranes – Crucifixion

6. Arizona Dranes – Sweet Heaven Is My Home

7. Arizona Dranes – Bye and Bye We’re Going To See The King

The Missing Sam Collins
Posted in 1930s,Country Blues,Honey on 01.18.07

It snowed in Greensboro today, forcing me to find, and wear my heavy coat, which I don’t think I’ve worn since 2005. Arizona Danes will start tomorrow, but I know if I don’t do this now I’m going to forget all about it, so here are the remaining Sam Collins tracks that Yazoo didn’t collect on their release – my favorites are the first couple tracks he did with John D. Fox.
Sam Collins with John Fox – Worried Man Blues

Sam Collins with John Fox – The Moanin’ Blues 

Sam Collins – Lonesome Road Blues

Sam Collins – Signifying Blues

Sam Collins – I’m Still Sitting On Top Of The World 

Sam Collins – My Road Is Rough And Rocky (How Long, How Long?) 

Washed Me Clean
Posted in Gospel,Honey,Meta,Texas Blues on 01.17.07

We’ve been working hard on a new revision for the website, I think it will be ready by next month – but I’m most excited about our new logo which looks pretty awesome:

Arizona Dranes (Drane) was a Texas gospel singer who recorded a couple dozen tracks during the 20s, and mixed scared singing and up and coming Texas blues sounds like barrelhouse piano to make up her unique sounds. This sound is so incredibly fresh and exciting today – Dranes leads the chorus while playing piano in a style that would never be aloud in any church of the time and predicts Ray Charles’ blend of gospel and soul by some thirty years. I believe her complete works are out of print now – so if interest is high I’ll post the rest of her songs this week.

Arizona Dranes – Lamb’s Blood Has Washed Me Clean 

He’s Got His Eyes On You
Posted in 1920s,Gospel,Honey on 01.10.07

If Chinatown, My Chinatown didn’t make you rush out and buy How Low Can You Go? Hopefully this track By Rev. D.C. Rice and His Sanctified Congregation will. D.C Rice is one of the best overall preachers from the pre-war era, his voice and band were leagues ahead of most and on this track he’s backed by the wonderful Bill Johnson, who Dust To Digital spends disc 3 of the box set on, and of course his amazing chorus who really make the track I think.

Buy this box set direct from the wonderful people at Dust To Digital.

Rev. D.C. Rice and His Sanctified Congregation – He’s Got His Eyes on You (1929)

Chinatown, My Chinatown
Posted in 1930s,Honey,Jazz on 01.09.07

Dust To Digital (the wonderful people behind Goodbye, Babylon) released a smattering of wonderful albums towards the end of last year. Apparently I was the last one to know about this, so I’m late posting samples from their new box set How Low Can You Go? The first major anthology of string bass in pre-war music. This Fletcher Henderson led jazz track from 1930 features John Kirby on string bass and was a big come back record for Henderson which would take him in to the 1930s and would eventually lead to Henderson finding and backing some of the best female blues singers of the era.

Buy this box set direct from the wonderful people at Dust To Digital.

Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra – Chinatown, My Chinatown 

Press My Button, Ring My Bell
Posted in 1930s,Female Blues,Honey on 01.03.07

Happy New Year, blues seekers.  I have lots of back burner projects I’m going really try finally get out of the door this year, such as Honey’s Intro to Blues that’s been half written for like 6 months now. This May will be Honey’s fourth year as the premier pre-war blues mp3 blog, and hopefully our best year yet.

To start off the year I picked Lil’ Johnson’s raunchy classic “Press My Button, Ring My Bell” one of her best dirty blues songs – and while the subject matter is pretty obvious it is still one of the better written songs she preformed.  She is backed on piano by the wonderful Black Bob which also help to raise this performance above normal dirty blues dreck.

Lil’ Johnson – Press My Button, Ring My Bell (1936)