Week Two ! ! !
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Posted in Honey on 06.01.04

Welcome to the second week of ‘Honey, Where You Been So Long,’ it’s a been a lot of fun doing this so far i hope that everyone out there is enjoying it.

TONIGHT !!!!!!
11pm-1am – Gate City Blues @ www.uncg.edu/wua

i’ll be playing the best of prewar blues and gospel. if you have any requests please leave them in the comment section of today’s post.

born william bunch, peetie (petey) wheatstraw was often referred to as ‘the devil’s son in law’ for his reckless drinking among other things. that title is a misnomer however, while he did write a lot of songs about violence and other activities, he wrote a number of powerful social commentary songs – the best of which is the 304 blues about living conditions in east st. louis and working for the WPA. 304 was the name of the slip given to workers if they had been laid off. i have posted both of these sides to wheatstraw’s work – Devilment Blues which features Charlie Jordan on guitar and Wheatstraw on piano and 304 Blues which features Lonnie Johnson on guitar and Wheatstraw again on piano.

  • Peetie Wheatstraw – 304 Blues
  • Peetie Wheatstraw – Devilment Blues
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    Country Music Friday!
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    Posted in Honey on 05.28.04

    By request I’m post two old country recordings to help everyone get through the long weekend. The first week of the blog I think has gone very well and I’ve really enjoyed working on it. I hope this weekend I can move away from this template into something better/less standard looking.

    First up is a track by Texas Gladden, from SouthWest Virginia. Gladden has the purest voice I have ever heard. Her voice holds you like your mother would, it is that comforting and that honest.

  • Texas Gladden – One Morning in May
  • The second track is by Blind Alfred Reed, a great fiddle player from West Virginia. Reed was heavily into union organizing and writing protest movement. This song is one of the better protest songs from the era.

  • Blind Alfred Reed – How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times
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    That’s the way it crumbles… cookie-wise
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    Posted in Honey on 05.27.04

    Today marks the first week of living in my new place. And I still haven’t unpacked all my stuff (or even brought my records over!) I’m trying to get most of this done today because it’s getting cluttered.

    Important blog news – All Links Have Been Fixed – thanks to everyone for letting me know and keep me updating if anything else goes down.

    our first track today is by a well known blues singer – Tampa Red singing “Hellish Old Feeling.” this track was recorded in 1938 for Bluebird and was produced by the amazing Lester Melrose who really created the “Bluebird Sound.” this song isn’t as lively and dance orientated as most of the Bluebird Sound, but still retains the sound due to the incomparable piano playing of Blind John Davis. “Hellish Old Feeling” also shows Tampa Reds movement into more Chicago blues, backed by piano and dropping the country kazoo from his sound.

    I love this line “you came home this morning walkin’ like an old wet goose/lookin’ like baby, something had just turned you loose.

  • Tampa Red – Hellish Old Feeling
  • The second track today is from an Atlanta based singer Barbecue Bob. This track Easy Rider Don’t You Deny My Name” a spin off the typical “easy rider” female blues singers, but instead of using it as a boasting song he uses it warning song. I like this version a lot because the guitar work is a straight Atlanta blues/Blind Willie McTell song, but with bob’s amazing vocal talent. I could listen to him all day, so laid back yet with a sense of despair and frustration. Barbeque Bob’s brother was another famous blues singer Charley Lincoln (who tragically killed himself after being imprisoned for murder, the brothers would tour with Curley Weaver (McTell’s side man) and Buddy Moss as the Georgia Cotton Picker, who are an amazing string blues band.

  • Barbecue Bob – Easy Rider Don’t You Deny My Name
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    7 p.m. is the new high noon.
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    Posted in Honey on 05.26.04

    Sorry about the delay. I found out that I was just infection of a gland not like cancer. So that was good news.

    Just one quick song today. Tomorrow is going to feature two really great songs and Friday I’ll be posting a few early country tunes, by request.

    Marylin Scott was another piedmont blues singer and keeping with that tradition she either sung party songs or gospel. For a singer who recorded as much as she did (about 16-20 sides) there is very little information about her. This song ‘I Got What My Daddy Likes’ really typifies the piedmont blues song, some great double entendres and a wonderful sense of humor. Oh man when goes “I got what my daddy likes/I got what my baby likes” in the third chorus, I just melt.

  • Marylin Scott – I Got What My Daddy Likes
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    Doctor Ack Ula.
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    Posted in Honey on 05.26.04

    today’s update will acutally happen this evening, because i have to see the doctor between now and my next class.

    stay tunned!

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    “Concrete Steps”
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    Posted in Honey on 05.25.04

    The local store has had Dr. Brown’s Black Cherry Soda on sale now for about two months for 49 cents (1 liter) while the normal 12 oz cans are still 99 cents. The one I got today tastes really funny though, like it is stale though that might be because I hurt my tongue last night trying to drink an ultra thick Reese’s Cup milk shake.

    Tonight is the night of my first radio show of the summer. The Station WUAG (check the links section) streams online, so everyone can listen. I play pre-war blues and gospel from 11pm – 1am (EST) so be sure to check it out. If you want to hear any particular songs leave me a message in the comment section and I’ll be sure to get it on the air.

    Only one song tonight because I’ve been listening to this one song for almost 13 hours in a row now (almost I stopped to listen to ‘this moment in black history’ and veiver albums) so it’s what I’m really feeling right now.

    Pink Anderson, from South Carolina, while lesser known then the others played an important role in the development of the Piedmont Blues. Piedmont Blues known for its flashy guitar playing and good natured attitude on life (as well as a deeply country religious side) is normally associated with Blind Boy Fuller and Rev. Gary Davis. Pink Anderson was a touring partner with Gary Davis both early in life when Anderson recorded a few sides with Columbia and then later when they were both “re-discovered” in the late 50′s and into the 60′s. Anderson is a good of guitar player as Blind Boy Fuller mixed with a lower pitched Sonny Terry voice. This song also features vocals from Simmie Dooley (great blues name) who is featured on all of Anderson’s early sides, but I haven’t heard anything with just Dooley solo.

    Anderson’s son Little Pink Anderson is also a very good blues singer and has a few cds out on the Music Maker Foundation (see links section) his homepage with info on himself as well as his day is – http://www.littlepink.20m.com/

  • Pink Anderson – Every Day of the Week Blues
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    Welcome to the Working Week OH!
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    Posted in Honey on 05.24.04

    So we’ve started off the first week of active blogging with deleting my complete post. Apparently I shouldn’t hit F5 for any reason.

    Anyway, I dunno how to make a new item on the side bar with like all my warnings and disclaimers and whatnot, so if any experienced blogger user wouldn’t like to help me out, that would be fantastic.

    the format for this blog will be that I’ll update it every day around noon or 1 with one or two new mp3s. on friday I’ll either put up more mp3s or maybe non-blues stuff.

    We have two great songs today, Sara Martin with I Want Every Bit of it And I Don’t Like it Second Hand and Elvie Thomas with Motherless Child Blues.

    Sara Martin was the last great blues queen. with the smash success of Papa Charlie Jackson, female blues singers lost their commerial appeal and many of them had to go into acting or seek other forms of employment. Martin has a unusual phrasing – one that escapes most imimdaters of her style – but it allows for new and fresh interpretations of some sung to death, blues standards. This track – I Want Every Bit of it and I Don’t Like it Second Hand – is from one of her las Okeh recordings (and last recordings in general) and is backed by the amazing Clarence Williams and his Blue Five, though it’s not the best line they would have.

  • Sara Martin – I Want Every Bit of it and I Don’t Like it Second Hand
  • Elive Thomas is one of those great enigmatic blues figures. Not much is known about her, though a little more is know about the guitar lead on this song, Geeshie Wiley, but that is limited that she may have been from Natchez and may have been with Charlie McCoy. It is easy to hear that Wiley is an amazing talented guitar player(as a side known it is often written that she was a great female guitar player, but that seems to limited her talent, she is easily the equal to William Harris or Blind Blake) whose influnces are a deep as they are diverse. This track is titled “Motherless Child Blues” but does not come musically or lyrically from most known verisons of the track. Elive’s voice is hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking.

    My mother told me just before she died(x3)
    Oh daughter daughter please don’t be like me (x2)
    To fall in love with every man you see

  • Elive Thomas – Motherless Child Blues
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    Little Son Joe – Black Rat Swing
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    Posted in Honey on 05.22.04

    Little Son Joe or Ernest Lawlar biggest claim to fame was that he was Memphis Minnie’s husband for most of his life. He mostly recorded under Little Son Joe or even Mr. Memphis Minnie. He play mostly as Memphis Minnie’s partner, but he recorded a number of solo tracks under his own name. This track – Black Rat Swing features a great blues driving guitar with great lyrics

    i’ll take you downtown/pay your doctor bill/now i get in a little trouble/and you try to get me killed/you is one black rat

    download:

  • Little Son Joe – Black Rat Swing (gone!)
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    Posted in Honey on 05.22.04

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