I Got A Razor In My Bosom
Posted in 1920s,Country Blues,Honey on 02.20.07

I was going to post a Walter Vinson track today, but I kept listening to this Mary Butler track (featuring Vinson on guitar) and now I’m on a quest to track down her recorded works. Vinson was part of the Mississippi Sheiks, one of the most prolific groups recording in the pre-war era its a wonder how he had time to play on other peoples’ sides as well as record a dozen or more solo numbers. This track was recorded in 1928 and is the first recording of Vinson away from the Sheiks and its an impressive number, Vinson’s guitar work is outstanding and Mary Butler’s vocals don’t over power his playing. It’s obvious that this recording was Vinson’s not Mary’s.

Mary Butler with Walter Vinson – Mad Dog Blues (1928)


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By vicodin on 03.26.07 8:29 pm

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By Steve from Oz on 04.02.07 4:45 am

Great track! Watch out for those bosoms guys…

Actually Dixon & Godrich say the guitar on this track is probably by Charlie McCoy rather than Walter Vinson, and I’m certain it’s so based on the aural evidence (they were very fine and similar guitarists but with Charlie you can hear the mandolin surfacing in those treble trills – just like his guitar work with Tommy Johnson – plus he can’t quite snap the bass the way Walter did).

I also tend to agree with D&G’s thoughts that Mary Butler is probably Rosie Mae Moore (Charlie’s squeeze at the time, before he met Geechie Wiley)… don’t you just love these old blues pseudonym puzzles!


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