Lean Meat Don’t Fry
Posted in 1940s,Country Blues,Honey,Post-War on 04.19.09

I know that i just post a few Memphis Minnie tracks, but my Mom called me up to tell that the book she’s reading quotes Memphis Minnie in one of the chapter intros. The book is The Help by Kathryn Stockett and is about Jackson, Mississippi during the early 1960s and my Mom says it is really great.

The song “Lean Meat Don’t Fry,” is fantastic – Minnie is rare form and is backed by a great band. The song tells a a pretty grim tale of Minnie getting revenge on her “Big Bad Wolf/and you won’t stay home at night.” The tale plays out nicely and concludes with a satisfying “cut from hip to hip.”  Bonus request from the email vaults for Memphis Minnie’s tribute to Ma Rainey, Bob Dylan used the first stanza as an ode to Alicia Keys which is still bizarre to me.

Memphis Minnie – Lean Meat Don’t Fry (take 1) (1946)

Memphis Minnie – Lean Meat Don’t Fry (take 2)(1946)

Memphis Minnie – Ma Rainey (1940)


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By Ramone666 on 04.20.09 2:11 am

Hadn´t heard these ones before, great stuff!

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By Kit on 05.05.09 8:31 am

There can never be enough Memphis Minnie. Thanks for these!

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Fantastic authentic music !!

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Love your site, and thanks to Memphis Minnie search for bringing it back to me after a computer meltdown.

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