I’m Still Sloppy Drunk
Posted in 1930s,Country Blues,Piedmont Blues on 10.07.07

Ruth Willis might be my favorite female country blues singer. Of course Memphis Minnie gets all the mainstream press and the cool kids and their overpriced reissues love Geeshie Wiley (though its hard to fault them for that) but Ruth Willis gets my heart. Best known for her fantastic work with Blind Willie McTell she also recorded a handful tracks with Fred McMullen (himself a lost Georgia blues treasure) that I think are even better than her work with McTell. Willis is backed on this track by McMullen and Curley Weaver (or perhaps Buddy Moss) but it’s Willis’ vocal ability that really sells this track – driving each word into your heart with incredible precision.

Ruth Willis – I’m Still Sloppy Drunk (1933)


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By The Doorkeeper on 10.08.07 3:47 am

Amen to that. Ruth has a gorgeous voice and has such an unusual husk to it sometimes , that it seems like she is harmonising with herself! Well I like to think so, any way.

Great track, this.


By VD on 10.12.07 1:26 am

It’s not a concept I usually agree with musically, but in Memphis Minnie’s case – she is certainly the cream that rose to the top.

By Andrew on 01.07.08 7:48 am

found tis site via The Guardian

By John on 01.19.08 3:12 pm

found site in guardian – son loves it too

By richard linster on 04.21.08 10:06 am

I have done some research on Ruth Willis. Are you interested?

By Kaaren on 06.17.08 10:16 pm

Looking for Mary Ruth Willis who once lived in FL

By jake on 09.14.08 5:29 am

hello kaaren,
I am the son of Mary-Ruth Willis, that used to live in FL. I am searching google, etc for old Olivet MI, information and when entering my mother’s name I came to this page. Feel free to contact me at jake_schombs@yahoo.com.

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