VARIOUS ARTISTS 32-20 3 Rags, Breakdowns, Stomps & Blues - Vintage Mandolin Music ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, 72 mins, highly recommended Fabulous collection of rural music recordings made between 1927 and 1946 featuring the distinctive sound of the mandolin. Most of the recordings are of African-American artists doing blues and gospel along with a few white country performers. A few tracks are very familiar like Louie Bluie's State Street Rag or the Dallas String Band's Dallas Rag but there are lots of lesser known but brilliant performances here from Phebel Wright (a brilliant bluegrass mandolinist), The Blue Boys (blues musicians Matthew Prater & Nap Hayes who were issued in the Okeh hillbilly series!), John Estes (with the great "Yank" Rachel), Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers, Mississippi Mud Steppers (Charlie McCoy & Bo Carter), The Two Poor Boys (Arthur McClain & Joe Evans with a gorgeous version of Two White Horses In A Line), King David's Jug Band (with "Dude" on mandolin and Sam Jones on stovepipe!), The Carolina Peanut Boys, Paul Warmack & His Gully Jumpers and others. Every track is a delight and the excellent sound quality makes for a superb listening experience. 12 page booklet includes informed notes by Dr. Richard Cherry, rare photos and full discographical info. (FS)
THE BLUE BOYS: Easy Winner/ BLUE RIDGE RAMBLERS: Jug Rag./ ISHMAN BRACEY: Brown Mama Blues/ CAROLINA PEANUT BOYS: You Got Me Rollin'/ You May Leave, But This Will Bring You Back/ DALLAS STRING BAND: Dallas Rag/ Hokum Blues/ ARIZONA DRANES & CHOIR: I Shall Wear A Crown/ JOHN ESTES: Milk Cow Blues/ Watcha Doin'/ JOHNSON BOYS: Prater Blues/ KING DAVID'S JUG BAND: Rising Sun Blues/ LOUIE BLUIE: State Street Rag/ ARTHUR MCCLAIN & JOE EVANS: Old Hen Cackle/ AL MILLER & HIS MARKET STREET BOYS: Somebody's Been Using That Thing/ MISSISSIPPI MUD STEPPERS: Jackson Stomp/ NASHVILLE WASHBOARD BAND: Arkansas Traveller/ Going Away To Make It Lonesome/ SCOTTDALE STRING BAND: Japanese Breakdown/ GID TANNER & HIS SKILLET LICKERS: Flop Eared Mule/ Hawkins' Rag/ THE TWO POOR BOYS: Two White Horses In A Line/ PAUL WARMACK & HIS GULLY JUMPERS: The Little Red Caboose Behind The Train/ PHEBAL WRIGHT: Lint Head Stomp

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Big Town 100 The Best Of Big Town ● CD $18.98
Great collection of blues, R&B and doo-wop from Big Town Records - one of the many label run by Bay Area entrepreneur extraordinary Bob Geddins. Although the label was first formed in the 40s most of the tracks here are from the 50s and includes artists like The Thrillers, Jimmy Wilson, The Original Four Aces, Little Caesar, Frank Motley, Joe Hill Louis, Angel Face, King Solomon's Trio, James Reed, Al Harrison, Que Martin, Fats Gaines, Willie B. Huff amd The Ontarios

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS El Segundo 1004 West Coast Down Home Harmonica ● CD $16.98
25 tracks, 69 mins, highly recommended
Another fine collection from El Segundo - this time devoted to blues harmonica recordings by West Coast based musicians - mostly from the 50s and 60s with one by Johnny Dyer from 1979. There are seven tracks by the king of West Coast blues harmonica - the great George "Harmonica" Smith - these are among his most obscure recordings - some I believe issued under other artists name though featuring lots of George's stellar harp playing. I particularly like the intense Blues Is My Roots from 1967 and
Blues For Reverend King

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Old Hat 1004 Down In The Basement - Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, 73 mins, essential
Fabulous collection of rare 78s from the 20s and 30s drawn from the collection of one of the most diligent and knowledgeable collectors in the country Joe Bussard. The 24 tracks here encompass blues, old time country, jazz and one Cajun title. Many of these tracks have been reissued before but the combination of excellent quality 78s and a superb remastering job by Christopher King makes them sound better than ever. Artists include The Stripling Brothers, Luis Russell & His Orchestra, Weems String Band, A.A. Gray & Seven Foot Dilly, Charley Jordan, The Sweet Brothers & Ernest Stoneman, Bessie Brown, Soileau and Robin, Uncle Dave Macon, Fields Ward & The Grayson County Railsplitters, The Down Home Boys, Gitfiddle Jim and others. Includes incredible 72 page booklet with pictures of all the 78s, pictures of some of the artists, pictures of Joe and Joe's cat! It features notes and discographical details on all the tracks as well as anecdotes by Joe about how he acquired the records and lots of other interesting stories. A bit of an ego trip but loads of fun and the music is unbeatable! (FS)
GENE AUTRY: Atlanta Bound/ BIG BILL: How You Want It Done?/ BLIND BLAKE AND CHARLIE SPAND: Hastings Street/ BLIND GARY: You Got To Go Down/ BESSIE BROWN: Song From A Cotton Field/ BILL BROWN AND HIS BROWNIES: Hot Lips/ JAMES COLE'S WASHBOARD FOUR: Runnin' Wild/ COLEMAN & HARPER: Old Hen Cackle/ THE CORLEY FAMILY: Give The World A Smile/ THE DIXON BROTHERS: The School House Fire/ GITFIDDLE JIM: Paddlin' Blues/ A.A. GRAY AND SEVEN-FOOT DILLY: The Old Ark's A'Moving/ THE GRINNELL GIGGERS: Plow Boy Hop/ BILL JOHNSON'S LOUISIANA JUG BAND: Get The "L" On Down The Road/ CHARLEY JORDAN: Keep It Clean/ UNCLE DAVE MACON: Uncle Dave's Beloved Solo/ LONG CLEVE REED AND LITTLE HARVEY HULL (DOWN HOME B: Original Stack O'Lee Blues/ LUIS RUSSELL & HIS ORCHESTRA: The (New) Call Of The Freaks/ SOILEAU AND ROBIN: Easy Rider Blues/ THE STRIPLING BROTHERS: The Lost Child/ THE SWEET BROTHERS & ERNEST STONEMAN: I Got A Bulldog/ FIELDS WARD & THE GRAYSON COUNTY RAILSPLITTERS: Ain't That Trouble In Mind/ THE WEEMS STRING BAND: Greenback Dollar/ FESS WILLIAMS AND HIS ROYAL FLUSH ORCHESTRA: Hot Town

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Stompin' 318 Stompin', Vol. 18 ● CD $16.98
The latest in this great series of up tempo blues and R&B is devoted to mostly down home and country blues and includes some fine and incredibly obscure recordings from the likes of Jimmie Newsome, Lick Slick & Slide, The Bees, Robert Jefferson, Otis Hinton, J&J Deuces, The Wild Child, Emright and Mattie and others slightly more familiar like Pee Wee Hughes, James Walton, Mule Thomas (aka Jesse Thomas), Tommy Brown, etc. Some tracks have been reissued on CD before but quite a few are making their first appearance on CD.
THE BEES: Tough Enough/ BIG BILL & HIS GUITAR: Little City Woman/ TOMMY BROWN: Southern Women/ EMRIGHT & MATTIE: That Minute There With You/ FRANK FLOYD: Rock A Little Baby/ HARMONICA "BLUES KING" HARRIS: I Need You Pretty Baby For My Own/ CLEDUS HARRISON: Don't Run/ OTIS HINTON: Walking Downhill/ PEE WEE HUGHES: I'm A Country Boy/ J&J DEUCES: Sweet Woman Blues/ ROBERT JEFFERSON: I Got My Equalizer/ LAZY SLIM JIM: Wine Head Baby/ LICK, SLICK & SLIDE: I Got Drunk/ GUITAR TOMMY MOORE: I Ain't Botherin' Nobody/ Your Car Machine/ MR. RAIN: Who Dat?/ JIMMIE NEWSOME: Do That Thing/ I'm Afraid I Love You/ Long Gone Lonesome Blues/ My Little Child/ ALONZO SCALES: My Baby Likes To Shuffle/ ALVIN SMITH: On My Way/ MULE THOMAS: Blow My Baby Back Home/ JAMES WALTON: Miss Jesse James/ THE WILD CHICK: Down In The Chile'

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Stompin' 319 Stompin', Vol. 19 ● CD $16.98
24 tracks, 65 mins, highly recommended
Previously issued as Tapper 2 "Country Blues Obscurities" this new Stompin' reissue has better sound and superior packaging with label shots and notes on all the songs. A terrific collection of rare down home blues cuts, mostly from the 50s. Most are making their first appearance on CD and a few have never been reissued before. I don't think I would call this "country blues" since most of it features small blues bands but whatever way you cut it the music is fabulous. Among the many treasures are L.C. Green's fantastic When The Sun Is Shining which alone is worth the price of the CD and would cost you many times the price of this CD to buy the original 78. There is one side of Freddy King's first single from 1956 where he sounds very different to the artist we're used to with Robert Lockwood doing the guitar honors. There are two wonderful tracks by Joe Hill Louis, one issued as by Little Joe; Eddie Burns echoes Sonny Boy #1 on his Hello Jessie Lee and the music of Buddy Lewis (aka Ernest Lewis) updates the sound of Texas bluesman J.T. "Funny Papa" Smith. But it's all good and among the other fine artists here are Little Sam Davis, Harmonica "Blues King" Harris, J&J Deuces (who are these guys?), Albert & Charles (a weird slide guitar instrumental appropriately titles Weird), Sonny Boy Williams, Bud Harper (originally issued as by Jesse Belvin!), Juke Boy Barner, Jesse Pipkin, The Richard Brothers (their salutory and hilarious Drunk Drivers Coming) and more. (FS)
ALBERT & CHARLES: Weird/ JUKE BOY BARNER: Rock With Me Baby/ JESSE BELVIN (BUD HARPER): Going Away Baby/ EDDIE BURNS: Hello Miss Jessie Lee/ LEROY DALLAS & HIS GUITAR: Jump Little Children Jump/ LITTLE SAM DAVIS: Goin' To New Orleans/ EMRIGHT: One Of These Days/ L.C. GREEN: The Sun Was Shining/ HARMONICA "BLUES KING" HARRIS: Blues King Mango/ HARVEL HILL JR.: She Fool Me/ J&J DEUCES: Little Woman Blues/ CLIFFORD KING: Wamt To Jump With You Baby/ FREDDY KING: That's What You Think/ JOHN LEE: Alabama Boogie/ BUDDY LEWIS: You've Got Good Business/ LITTLE JOE: Keep Your Arms Around Me/ JOE HILL LOUIS: Joe's Jump/ JESSE PIPKIN & BAND: Work With It/ THE RICHARD BROS.: Drunk At The Depot/ HENRY SMITH: Good Rocking Mama/ JOE WILLIAMS: Stack O' Dollars/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMS: Alice Mae Blues/ Another Half A Pint

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Stompin' 320 Stompin', Vol. 20 ● CD $16.98
Another fine 22 track collection of blues and R&B rarities ranging from the early 50s to early 60s.Usual quality production.
JIMMY ANTHONY: 'Fore Day In The Morning/ BABY DEE: Don't Live Like That No More/ DEAN BARLOW: Don't Leave Me Baby/ SONNY BROOKS: Champ Ale/ THE COCAS: Flip Your Daddy/ FLOYD DIXON: Don't Leave Me Baby/ STICKS EVANS WITH ALVIN CLARK: Go-Go-Go-Blow/ CHESTER GUYDON: You Gotta Help Me Some/ LES HARRIS: Nobody Else But You/ GERALD HUNTER & QUINTONES: Geralds Boogie/ MARI JONES: Riba Daba Doo/ KITTY KAYE & THE CATS: Fishtruck Boogie/ RICHARD LEWIS: Still Drifting/ PIG MEAT MARKHAM: Let's Have Some Heat/ STICKS MCGHEE: Oh What A Face/ FREDDIE MITCHELL: Preachin'/ LARRY PURNELL: Hot Nuts/ PEARL REEVES & CONCORDS: You Can't Stay Here/ RIFF RUFFIN: Money For My Honey/ TABBY & HIS MELLOW, MELLOW MEN: Church Members Ball/ PAUL TATE: How Can I Love You/ ED TOWNSEND: Come On And Walk With Me

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Stompin' 321 Stompin', Vol. 21 ● CD $16.98
This volume features 23 tracks from the late 50s and early 60s - mostly R&B with hints of soul.
FABULOUS LITTLE JOE ARLEE CARRUTHERS: Down In New Orleans/ Hot Wire Baby/ CLIFF CHAMBERS: Don't Talk Back/ DON & DEWEY: Kill Me/ THE EGYPTIANS: Flipping Their Top/ That's Alright/ PHIL FLOWERS: The Dances/ AL GARRIS: That's All/ JIMMY GOOD: Watch Dog/ LENNY JOHNSON: Walk Ginny Walk/ LIL'(PREACHER) ROY: Won'tcha Be My Girl/ LITTLE MUMMY: Oh Baby Please/ Where You At Jack/ SKIP MANNING: Ham 'N' Eggs/ PIANO SLIM: Whamy In The Gizzmo/ THE PREMIERS: Run Along Baby/ JOHNNY STEWART: A Whole Lot Of Lovin'/ SAMMY TAYLOR: Switchin' In The Kitchen/ FLASH TERRY: On My Way Back Home/ KID GUITAR THOMPSON: My Baby Done Me Wrong/ BILL WATTS: Let's Go Steady/ JOHNNY (THE TWIST) WILLIAMS: Teach Me How/ DUANE YATES: Hold It

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Yazoo 2065 Down On The Levee-The Piano Blues Of St. Louis, Vol. 2 ● CD $16.98
23 tracks of superb piano blues from the vital St. Louis scene featuring Henry Brown, Pinetop & Lindberg, Blind Squire Turner, Doretha Trowbridge, Specks Pertum, Wesley Wallace, Stump Johnson, Pinetop and others from the collection of Francis Wilford-Smith.

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