Various Artists - Southern Country Blues Vol.1

Charley Patton - High Water-Part2 - 3.03
Various Artists - High Water-Part2 - 3.03
Skip James - Devil Got My Woman - 2.59
Blind Lemon Jefferson - See That My Grave - 2.52
William & Versey Smith - When The Great Ship - 2.52
Garfield Akens - Cottonfield Blues-Pt.2 - 3.14
Sam Collins - The Jail House Blues - 2.29
George "Bullet" Williams - Touch Me Light - 2.46
Richard "Rabbit" Brown - James Alley Blues - 3.06
Blind Joe Taggart - Mother's Love - 2.53
Washington Phillips - I Had A Good - 2.56
Hi Henry Brown - Skin Man Blues - 2.50
Blind Willie Mc Tell - Travelin' Blues - 3.19
Lottie Kimbrough & Winston Holmes - Lost Lover Blues - 3.06
Tommy Johnson - Canned Heat Blues - 3.34
Cannon'S Jug Stompers - Minglewood Blues - 3.41
Texas Alexander & Lonnie Johnson - Leeve Camp Moan Blues - 3.03
Bobby Grant - Nappy Head-Blues - 2.47
Memphis Jug Band - K.C. Moon - 2.30
Blind Willie Reynolds - Third Street Woman - 2.39
Gitfiddle Jim - Paddlin' Madeline Blues - 3.17
Robert Johnson - Preachin' Blues - 2.50
Son House - My Black Mama-Pt.1 - 3.11
Furry Lewis - Billy Lyons And Stack O' Lee - 2.32
Henry Thomas - Bull-Doze Blues - 3.23
Bessie Tucker - Fryin' Pan Skillet - 3.25
Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was The Night - 3.18
Dallas String Band - Dallas Rag - 2.53
Ishman Bracey - Trouble Hearted - 3.21
Blind Mamie Forehand - Honey In The Rock - 2.41
Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe - Crazy Cryin' Blues - 3.29
Blind Roosevelt Graves - Woke Up This Morning - 2.52
Mississippi John Hurt - Frankie - 3.21
Jaybird Coleman - Man Trouble Blues - 3.04
Robert Wilkins - That'S No Way - 2.58
Frank Stokes - How Long - 3.17
Palmer Mcabee - Mcabee'S Railroad - 3.08
King Solomon Hill - The Gone Dead Train - 3.17
Willie Brown - Future Blues - 3.00
Blind Blake & Charlie Spandi - Hastings St - 3.13
Buddy Boy Hawkins - Voice Throwin' Bl - 2.58
Smith Casey - Shorty George - 3.15
Bozie Sturdivant - Ain'T No Grave - 3.43
Muddy Waters - I Be'S Troubled - 3.02
Big Bill Broonzy - How You Want It Done - 2.49
Georgia Cotton Pickers - She'S Coming Back - 3.03
Bukka White - Sic'Em Dogs On - 2.20
Lane Hardin - California Desert Bl - 3.16
Allen Shaw - Moanin' The Blues - 2.59
Dan Pickett - Baby How Long - 2.39
Elmore James - Dust My Broom - 2.43
Jesse James - Lonesome Day Blues - 3.00
Kid Bailey - Rowdy Blues - 2.58
Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell - Midnight Hour Blues - 3.08
Lightnin' Hopkins - Moanin' Blues - 2.26
Lowell Fulson - River Bl Pt. 2 - 2.32
Pete Harris - Jack O' Diamonds - 2.02
Rube Lacy - Mississippi Jailhouse - 3.18
Smokey Hogg - Penitentiary - 5.33
Sonny Boy Williamson - Mighty Long Time - 2.53
William Harris - Bullfrog Blues - 3.06

It’s time to revisit America’s musical Mother Lode—southern country blues. It’s hard to overstate the influence and emotional power of this rich, primal, raunchy, reverent, dynamic, gentle, joyous, aching, deeply human music. No need to discuss its importance to jazz. No need to mention that without the blues there would be no rock ‘n roll. No need to talk about the impact of the blues on 20th-century music from Tin Pan Alley to the concert stage. Country blues stands on its own, as this 3-CD set amply demonstrates. This collection, drawn from some 30 years of historic recordings, presents many of the greatest artists in the form in all of their raw power and honesty—and all their subtlety and variety. We begin with Charley Patton’s classic “High Water Everywhere.” Listen to the rhythmic interplay between guitar and voice—a deep, affecting snarl of a voice—as he tells the story of the disastrous 1927 Mississippi River flood. Then comes a very different approach to death by a very different artist: Blind Lemon Jefferson, singing “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.” The voice is higher, the rhythms less insistent, the melodic lines more complex. And so it goes throughout this wonderful set. Here is Henry Thomas, a “songster” from the 1920s singing “Bull Doze Blues,” which was famously covered by Country Joe and the Fish in the 1960s—right down to the chorus Thomas played on his “quills,” Pan-pipes made from sugar cane. Here too is the powerful, full-throated Son House in “My Black Mama,” and the great Robert Johnson singing “Preachin’ Blues.” You’ll find other famous blues shouters —Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy and Lightnin’ Hopkins—and many that aren’t so famous. Unless you’re a blues aficionado, for instance, you probably never heard of Jaybird Coleman or Gitfiddle Jim. You’ll hear women such as Blind Mamie Forehand and Lottie Kimbrough. And you’ll hear groups such as Cannon’s Jug Stompers, the Dallas String Band and the Georgia Cotton Pickers. As those names suggest, blues artists came from all over the South. Many came from the Mississippi Delta, of course, but many others came from Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and points all over the map. And while they all sang the blues, their approaches to the music were as individual as fingerprints. When the young Mick Jagger heard the blues for the first time back in the 1950s, he called it “the most honest thing I ever heard.” As The Greatest In Country Blues demonstrates, he was onto something. # # # DISC #1: Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Garfield Akers, Richard ‘Rabbit’ Brown, Washington Phillips, Blind Willie McTell, Tommy Johnson, Cannon’s Jug Stompers, Bobby Grant, Blind Willie Reynolds, Son House, Henry Thomas, Ishman Bracey, Blind Mamie Forehand, Mississippi John Hurt, Jaybird Coleman, Frank Stokes, Willie Brown, Buddy Boy Hawkins DISC #2: Skip James, William Versey Smith, Sam Collins, George ‘Bullet’ Williams, Blind Joe Taggart, “Hi” Henry Brown, Lottie Kimbrough & Winston Holmes, Texas Alexander, Memphis Jug Band, Gitfiddle Jim, Robert Johnson, Furry Lewis, Bessie Tucker, Dallas String Band, Memphis Minnie, Blind Roosevelt Graves, Robert Wilkins, Palmer McAbee, King Solomon Hill, Blind Blake DISC #3: Smith Casey, Bozie Sturdivant, Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy, Georgia Cotton Pickers, Bukka White, Lane Hardin, Jesse James, Allen Shaw, Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell, Pete Harris, Elmore James, Kid Bailey, Smokey Hogg, Dan Pickett, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lowell Fulson, Rube Lacy, Willaim Harris, Lightnin’ Hopkins

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