Como Now
Posted in Contemporary,Field Recording,Gospel on 10.20.08

Daptone Records (home of the wonderful Sharon Jones, among others) head went down to Panola County, Mississippi to record local gospel singers – this record is a sampler of sorts – showcasing what he recorded and introducing some of the acts who will be releasing albums on their own later. The trip is documented here through a series of videos about each artist.

The quality over all is excellent – the arrangements are fresh and exciting and there is just no doubt the sheer power of these voices. These are my two favorites – Como Mamas ft. Mary Moore, a family group that sing with an urgency that’s not often heard in modern gospel music. M other favorite track is from the eldest members, husband and wife duo Brother and Sister Walker, on this disc and they only ones who were present during one of Lomax’s trips through their county, a trip that found Fred McDowell among others.

Como Mamas ft. Mary Moore – Trouble In My Way (2006)
Brother and Sister Walker – Help Me To Carry On (2006)

Where We’ll Never Grow Old
Posted in Contemporary,Country,Gospel on 10.11.08

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Charlie Louvin released a new gospel album, revisited some of his classic gospel songs from his Louvin Brothers days as well as some new takes on classic standards. Overall I find the disc rather middling – it lacks the punch of last years self-titled disc that brought him back into the music. Most of the problems lie in the production that’s overly sweet for Louvin’s voice these days – but I do find his new take on “There is a Higher Power,” the only song on this disc that makes appropriate use of the gospel choir that is featured on all the tracks.

Charlie Louvin – There Is A Higher Power (2008)
Charlie Louvin – Where We’ll Never Grow Old (2008)

Gonna Beat It Back To Memphis
Posted in 1930s,Piano Blues on 10.07.08

Document’s recordings of Monkey Joe have always been the one disc I’ve always put back on the shelf/remove from my Amazon cart, maybe it’s the nick name that always rubbed me wrong – but it is a shame that I didn’t around to listening to him until last month.

Jesse Coleman recorded his first track in 1935 – but continued to play in blues clubs until at least the 1970s. Working as both a session player – he is most known for his aggressive piano playing style and his almost welping singing style. Both of these features are present on the first track a wonderfully original blues number, “Gonna Beat It Back To Memphis” an angry blues letter to world and the blues – he’s not taking the blues lying down on this one. The wonderful Walter Vincson plays guitar on this track – but he’s all but obscured by Coleman’s piano being way too high in the mix. Th e track is credited to Monkey Joe and his Music Grinders – a group consisting of Honey’s favorite Blind Joe Davis on piano and Willie Bee James on guitar -Coleman “only” sings on this side, I Was Laying ‘Em Down, but Davis’ style compliments the track a lot better and allows for the band to really carry the track which is always a pleasure to hear in pre-war era that was dominated by solo performances.

Jesse “Monkey Joe” Coleman – Gonna Beat It Back To Memphis (1935)
Monkey Joe and his Music Grinders – I Was Laying ‘Em Down (1939)

Ain’t It Sad?
Posted in Honey,Piedmont Blues,Post-War on 10.06.08

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Today’s songs are from Carolina Slim a lesser known North Carolina blues player – great voice and a prime example of the Piedmont blues as it matured in the post-war era. Carolina Slim in particular borrows a lot from post-war Texas blues musicians. Both tracks here, Ain’t it Sad and Money Blues, show Slim at a stylistic crossroad – and one that would be extremely interesting to follow if his life wasn’t cut short at the young age of 30.

Carolina Slim – Ain’t It Sad (1951)
Carolina Slim – Money blues (1952)

Honey’s Own
Posted in 1920s,Country Blues,Honey,Instrumental on 09.22.08

I hope that everyone had a lot of fun with the St. James’ posts. I keep going back to the second set of songs personally. I think almost all of those songs are top notch. We are back to our normal, yet sporadic posts of blues joy around these parts.

We are starting off with a wonderful batch of instrumentals by groups of players in Georgia in 1929. The first track is an dual harp instrumental version of “Honey, Where You Been So Long” The harmonica players are Eddie Mapp and James Moore and are back by Guy Lumpkin on guitar. Only Mapp is somewhat known for playing on a few tracks with Curley Weaver. The second track is Mapp back by Slim Barton on Guitar – and Mapp shows what a talented harmonica player he really was – as he leads this take on 4th Avenue Blues.

Eddie Mapp/James Moore – Where You Been So Long?
Eddie Mapp/Slim Barton – Fourth Avenue Blues (1929)

Standing Pat: The St. James Infirmary Blues Appendix
Posted in Mix on 09.10.08

This is the final release of The St. James Infirmary collection here at Honey. There are some real gems in this group, Blind Willie McTell, Jimmie Rodgers and Two Gallants are my favorites in this batch. Thanks again to all the readers who submit files – This couldn’t have come together without ya’ll.

1. Roy King – St. James Infirmary
2. King Oliver’s Band – St. James Infirmary
3. Boogaloosa Prayer – St. James Infirmary
4. Artie Shaw – The Chant
5. Alan Lomax – St. James Hospital
6. Alphonso Tent and Orchestra – St. James Infirmary
7. Blind Willie McTell – Dying Crapshooter’s Blues
8. Dock Boggs – Old Joe’s Barroom
9. Atlantic Syncopators – St. James Infirmary
10. Louis Armstrong – St. James Infirmary
11. Cisco Houston – St. James Infirmary
12. Snakefarm – St. James Infirmary
13. Spike Hughes – St. James Infirmary
14. Jack Acid – St. James Infirmary
15. Doc Watson and Taj Mahal – St. James Infirmary
16. Baba Blues – St. James Infirmary
17. Belmont Street Oztet – St. James Infirmary
18. California Ramblers – St. James Infirmary
19. Bobby “Blue” Bland – St. James Infirmary
20. Barebones – St. James Infirmary
21. The Louvin Brothers – Let Her Go, God Bless Her
22. Cassandra Wilson – St. James Infirmary
23. George E Lee and His Orchestra – St. James Infirmary
24. Marc Ribot – St. James Infirmary
25. G. Austin – St. James Infirmary
26. Jimmie Rodgers – Those Gambler’s Blues
27. Five Keys – St. James Infirmary
28. Las Blacanblus – St. James Infirmary
30. King Oiver & F. Marvin – St. James Infirmary
31. Barrelhouse Blues Band – St. James Infirmary
32. Rube Bloom & His Bayou Boys – St. James Infirmary
33. Pete Seeger – St. James Infirmary
34. Scatman Crothers – St. James Infirmary
35. Gaby Jogeix – Saint James Infirmary Pt. 1
36. Clark Stern – St. James Infirmary
37. Gaby Jogeix – Saint James Infirmary Pt. 2
38. Two Gallants – Dyin’ Crap Shooter Blues

Freakish Man Blues
Posted in 1930s,Piano Blues on 09.01.08

I’ve updated the Stagolee page again, reducing the number of MIA tracks, thanks to Bert and others who have sent in files recently. The Final (!!) update to St. James should be up on the donors page tonight (or at least by 9/2) – apparently I like downloading, deleting and re-downloading those files over and over again. I know I’ve lost a few on the way because of that. If you donated tracks for these collections and haven’t heard from me by tomorrow night (9/2) send me an email ( for your password.

This song was requested awhile ago, but I’m just now getting around to putting it up. I wasn’t familiar with George Hannah before this request, I just had a few of his tracks scattered across a few discs. Hannnah isn’t the best singer, but he is a very unique songwriter – focusing on the other side of city life in the pre-war era. Boy in Boat is a great observation of city life, and sound somewhat like Tom Waits in parts. Freakish Man Blues goes more into details about his own personal leanings and is quite fun. Hannah is backed on both tracks by Meade Lux Lewis who is always a pleasure to hear.

George Hannah – The Boy In The Boat (1930)
George Hannah – Freakish Man Blues (1930)

Posted in Honey on 08.06.08

I’ve updated and cleaned up the Stagolee page. I moved a bunch of songs down to the Missing in Action section (please send?) and added about 20 new songs thanks to Robert who also sent in a bunch of wonderful St James sides. Speaking of St. James – the addendum will be out this week some time so keep your eyes and RSS feeders peeled.

Mason sent in this AWESOME St. James video of pre-Oingo Bongo theater group Mystic Knights doing their take of the song from a documentary called Forbidden Zone. The Same user has them doing Minnie The Moocher and recreating the Betty Boop cartoon that’s pretty awesome also (it’s not work safe).

So Young, So Cold , So Fair : The Saint James Infirmary Blues
Posted in Honey on 07.10.08

I’m happy to present So Young, So Cold, So Fair: The Saint James Infirmary Blues, a collection of songs of loss and love regarding The St. James Infirmary. Honey was established over four (!) years ago around the idea that it was too hard actually listen to pre-war blues without buying out of print or import blues records. I try to present the music on this site without too much editing – I don’t make everyone suffer through every single female blues side I get my hands on (though you might think so by reading my email) and as everyone points out I haven’t posted Robert Johnson (This is changing soon) but I think most blues collections have covered the basics to death – and that my site as the next step where you can hear Jessie Derrick and not just Ma Rainey.

This idea of presenting the blues then evolved into I really want to listen to 80 versions of Stagolee and 100 versions of St. James Infirmary right now. With these large collections I don’t edit for quality – The Doors version on here is almost as bad as the Beach Boys take on Stagolee – thought the quality of St. James Songs is far higher than Stagolee. By far. Enjoy!

1. A BIG thanks for everyone who contributed to this collection – it would of have been twenty versions by Jack Teagarden with out you.
2. The numbering is off because I didn’t remove duplicates until after I ordered and numbered the tracks.
3. There will be an appendix with Dock Boggs and a few other people released later.
4. Please share the page, not the links.

01-Doc Watson With Richard Watson & Jack Lawrence — St. James Infirmary

02-Cephas & Wiggins — St. James Infirmary
03-Garland Wilson — St. James Infirmary/ When Your Lover Has Gone
04-Bobby Blue Bland — St. James Infirmary
05- Henry Red Allen — St. James Infirmary
06-Rosa King — St. James infirmary
07-Dick Curless w — St. James Infirmary
08-Hot Lips Page — St. James Infirmary
09-Henry Red Allen — St. James Infirmary

10-Louis Armstrong — St. James Infirmary
11-Kid Ory & Henry Allen — St. James Infirmary
12-Roosevelt Sykes — St. James Infirmary
14-Stan Kenton — Gambler’s Blues
16-Henry ‘Red’ Allen — St. James Infirmary
17-Angela Brown, Albert C.Humprey & Christian Chritstl — St. James Infirmary
18-Buddy Blue — St. James Infirmary
19-Turk Murphy Jazz Band — St. James Infirmary
20-Louis Armstrong — St. James Infirmary
21-Doc Watson with Richard Watson & Jack Lawrence — St. James Infirmary
22-The Dirty Dozen Brass Band — St. James Infirmary
23-Henry Red Allen — St. James Infirmary
24-Snooks Eaglin — St. James Infirmary
25-Blind John Davis — St. James Infirmary
26-Mojo Buford — St. James Infirmary
27-Jack Teagarden — St. James Infirmary
28-Jack Teagarden, Family & Friends — St. James Infirmary
29-Jack Teagarden — St. James Infirmary
30-Jack Teagarden — St. James Infirmary
31-Jack Teagarden — St. James Infirmary.m4a
32-Jack Teagarden — St. James Infirmary
33-Kansas City Frank and His Footwarmers — St. James Infirmary
34-Humphrey Lyttelton — St. James Infirmary
35-Marva Wright — St. James Infirmary
36-Cab Calloway And His Orchestra — St. James Infirmary
37-Jonah Jones — St. James Infirmary
38-George Lewis Oxford 10 — St. James Infirmary
39-Julia Lee — St. James Infirmary
40-Butch Thompson — St. James Infirmary
41-Billie And De De Pierce — St. James Infirmary
42-Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band — St. James Infirmary
43-Little Mack Simmons — St. James Infirmary
44-Doc Evans, Knocky Parker, Albert Nicholas — St. James Infirmary blues
45-Bob Crosby — St. James Infirmary
46-Jack Teagarden — St. James Infirmary
47-Buck Clayton — St.James Infirmary
48-Artie Shaw — St. James Infirmary – Part 1
49-Dave Van Ronk — Gambler’s Blues
50-Artie Shaw — St. James Infirmary – Part 2
51-Dr. John — St. James Infirmary
52-R. Crumb — St. James Infirmary
53-Ben Webster — St. James Infirmary
54-Pete Fountain — St. James Infirmary
55-Sidney Bechet — St. James Infirmary
56-Jack Teagarden — St. James Infirmary.m4a
57-Jack Teagarden — St. James Infirmary.m4a
58-Artie Shaw & His Orchestra — St. James Infirmary, Pts. 1-2
59-Cab Calloway & His Orchestra — St. James Infirmary
60-Cab Calloway & His Orchestra — St. James Infirmary
61-Stuff Smith — St. James Infirmary
62-Bill Coleman — St. James Infirmary
63-Mattie Hite– St. Joe’s Infirmary (Those Gambler’s Blues)
64-Duke Ellington — St. James Infirmary
65-Pete Seeger — St. James Hospital
66-Louis Armstrong — St. James Infirmary
67-Jack Teagarden — St. James Infirmary
68-The Doors — St. James Infirmary
69-Blind Willie McTell — Dying Gambler
70-Art Hodes — St. James Infirmary
71-Josh White — St. James Infirmary
72-Animals — St. James Infirmary
73-Arlo Guthrie — St. James Infirmary
74-Brownie McGhee — St. James Infirmary Blues
75-Cab Calloway — St. James Infirmary
76-Chris Thomas King — St. James Infirmary
77-Creed Taylor Orchestra — St. James Infirmary
78-Bessie Smith — Dying Gambler’s Blues
79-Dixieland Rhythm Kings — St. James Infirmary
80-Ernest Tubbs — Drivin’ Nails In My Coffin
81-Hot Lips Page — St. James Infirmary
82-Jackie Wilson — St. James Infirmary
83-Joe Cocker — St. James Infirmary
84-Johnny Kendall And The Heralds — St. James Infirmary
85-Kathy Kersh — St. James Infirmary
86-Kent DuChaine — St. James Infirmary
87-Louis Armstrong — St.James Infirmary
88-Peter Fountain & Al Hirt — St. James Infirmary
89-Perez Prado — St. James Infirmary
90-Ramblin’ Jack Elliott & Dave Van Ronk — St. James Infirmary
91-Louis Armstrong — St. James Infirmary
92-Hokum Boys — St. James Infirmary
93-Hokum Boys — St. James Infirmary
94-Cab Calloway — St. James Infirmary
95-Jimmy Smith — St. James Infirmary
96-Tom Jones & Jools Holland — St. James Infirmary
97-The Triffids — St. James Infirmary
99-James Solberg Band — St. James Infirmary Blues
100-Alex Hill And His Orchestra — St. James Infirmary
101-Harlem Hot Chocolates — St. James Infirmary
102-Suspense — St. James Infirmary (Radio Drama)
103-Alex Harvey — St. James Infirmary
105-The Ventures — St. James Infirmary
106-White Stripes — St. James Infirmary Blues
107-Wingy Manone & His Orchestra — St. James Infirmary
109-Harry Connick Jr. — St. James Infirmary
110-Blind John Davis — St. James Infirmary
112-Blind Willie McTell — Dying Gambler
117-Cab Calloway — St. James Infirmary
121-What Me Worry Jug Band — St. James Infirmary

St. James Preview !!!
Posted in Mix on 06.29.08

For those who have donated – the full download for the St. James Infirmary is ready to be downloaded here. If you contributed, and haven’t donated, please send me an email and I’ll send you a password.
I’m working on a post for everyone else with each track being able to be donwloaded – but it is taking sometime to type in all those hyperlinks!


Update: link fixed.