Country Blues Troubadours 1938-1948

Country Blues Troubadours 1938-1948

by Sonny Terry
     
 
Country Blues Troubadours contains 125 tracks, spread out over five CD's, tracing blind harpist Sonny Terry and guitarist Brownie McGhee's earliest recordings between 1938 and 1948. JSP not only does an admirable job remastering the tracks, but providing recording dates, personnel, and a bit of history that is easily accessible in

Overview

Country Blues Troubadours contains 125 tracks, spread out over five CD's, tracing blind harpist Sonny Terry and guitarist Brownie McGhee's earliest recordings between 1938 and 1948. JSP not only does an admirable job remastering the tracks, but providing recording dates, personnel, and a bit of history that is easily accessible in individual jewel cases, as opposed to a bulky booklet. Recorded in New York and Chicago, the Piedmont duo encounter, both separately and collectively, blues, jazz, and R&B veterans including Washboard Slim, Baby Dodds, Curley Russell, Hal "Cornbread" Singer, Gene Ramey, Big Chief Ellis, Blind Boy Fuller, Stick McGhee, and Champion Jack Dupree. The discs are divided into five themes: "Getting started and getting around," "Blind Boy Fuller and what followed," "Library of Congress and living with Leadbelly", "New York residents and established artists," and "Mainly Brownie and an interlude with Champion Jack." As far as budget-blues box sets are concerned, this is one of the best.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/2004
Label:
Jsp Records
UPC:
0788065772123
catalogNumber:
7721

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Mountain Blues
  2. The New John Henry
  3. Fox Chase
  4. Lost John
  5. Train Whistle Blues
  6. New Love Blues
  7. Harmonica Blues
  8. Harmonica and Washboard Breakdown
  9. Harmonica Stomp
  10. Harmonica and Washboard Blues
  11. Forty-Four Whistle Blues
  12. Blowing the Blues
  13. Touch It Up and Go
  14. Picking My Tomatoes
  15. Me and My Dog Blues
  16. Born for Bad Luck
  17. I'm Callin' Daisy
  18. Step It Up and Go
  19. My Barkin' Bulldog Blues
  20. Let Me Tell You 'Bout My Baby
  21. Poison Woman Blues
  22. Back Door Stranger
  23. Be Good to Me
  24. Not Guilty Blues
  25. Coal Miner Blues

Disc 2

  1. Step It Up and Go No. 2
  2. Money Spending Woman
  3. Death of Blind Boy Fuller
  4. Death of Blind Boy Fuller
  5. Got to Find My Little Woman
  6. I'm a Black Woman's Man
  7. I'm a Black Woman's Man
  8. Dealing With the Devil
  9. Double Trouble
  10. Double Trouble
  11. Woman I'm Done
  12. Key to My Door
  13. Million Lonesome Women
  14. Ain't No Tellin'
  15. Try Me One More Time
  16. I Want to See Jesus
  17. Done What My Lord Said
  18. I Want King Jesus
  19. What Will I Do (Without the Lord)
  20. Key to the Highway 70
  21. Key to the Highway 70
  22. I Don't Believe in Love
  23. So Much Trouble
  24. Goodbye Now
  25. Jealous of My Woman

Disc 3

  1. Unfair Blues
  2. Barbecue Any Old Time
  3. Workingman's Blues
  4. Sinful Disposition Woman
  5. Back Home Blues
  6. Deep Sea Diver
  7. It Must Be Love
  8. Swing, Soldier, Swing
  9. Swing, Soldier, Swing
  10. John Henry
  11. Fox Chase
  12. Fox Chase
  13. The Red Cross Store
  14. Sweet Woman
  15. Fox Chase
  16. That's the Stuff (Watch Out)
  17. Knockabout Blues (Carolina Blues)
  18. Easy Ridin' Buggy
  19. Women Lover Blues
  20. Run Away Woman
  21. Shake Down
  22. Movin' to Kansas City
  23. Railroad Bill
  24. Rocks in My Bed
  25. Tennessee Shuffle

Disc 4

  1. Precious Lord Hold My Hand
  2. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again
  3. Rum Cola Papa
  4. Mean Old Frisco
  5. Sportin' Life Blues
  6. Worried Life Blues
  7. Brownie's Guitar Boogie
  8. Lovin' With a Feeling
  9. Night Time Is the Right Time
  10. Bad Blood
  11. I Don't Care
  12. Big Legged Woman
  13. B.M. Blues
  14. Evil But Kindhearted
  15. Seaboard and Southern
  16. Dissatisfied Woman
  17. How Can I Love You
  18. Hello Blues
  19. Whoopin' the Blues
  20. Leavin' Blues
  21. Riff and Harmonica Jump
  22. All Alone Blues
  23. Me and My Dog
  24. Pawn Shop Blues
  25. The Way I Feel

Disc 5

  1. Go on Blues
  2. Auto Mechanic Blues
  3. I'm Talking About It
  4. Dollar Bill
  5. Country Boy Boogie
  6. Harmonica Rag
  7. Screamin' and Cryin' Blues
  8. Beer Garden Blues
  9. Worried Man Blues
  10. Aunt Jane's Blues
  11. Ma Belle
  12. So Long Baby
  13. Poor Boy Blues
  14. Custard Pie Blues
  15. Early Morning Blues
  16. Crow Jane Blues
  17. Hot Headed Woman
  18. Wrong Man Blues
  19. Married Woman Blues
  20. Robbie-Doby Boogie
  21. My Fault
  22. Brown Mule Blues
  23. Hard Bed Blues
  24. My Bulldog Blues
  25. Gin Headed Woman

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sonny Terry   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals
Champion Jack Dupree   Piano
Blind Boy Fuller   Guitar
Buddy Moss   Guitar
Hal Singer   Tenor Saxophone
Big Chief Ellis   Piano
Ralph Willis   Guitar
Gene Ramey   Bass
Baby Dodds   Drums
Brownie McGhee   Guitar,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Pops Foster   Bass
Arthur Herbert   Drums
Heywood Jackson   Drums
Sticks McGhee   Guitar,Vocals
Curly Russell   Bass
Franklin Skeete   Bass
Count Edmundson   Bass
Jordan Webb   Harmonica
Lannie Scott   Piano
Melvin Merritt   Piano
George "Bull City Red" Washington   Washboard
Sammy "Stick" Evans   Drums

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Champion Jack Dupree   Composer
Blind Boy Fuller   Composer
Peg Leg Sam   Composer
Johnnie "Geechie" Temple   Composer
Big Joe Turner   Composer
Johnny Winter   Composer
Allen Collins   Composer
Steve Walsh   Composer
Brownie McGhee   Composer
Jeff Carlisi   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Bill Jackson   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Sticks McGhee   Composer
Neil Slaven   Liner Notes
Sonny Terry   Composer,Vocal Effect
Larry Steele   Composer
Donnie Van Zant   Composer
Ronnie Van Zant   Composer
H. Whittaker   Composer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Lew Herman   Composer
Brother George & His Sanctified Singers   Composer
Walter Brown McGhee   Composer
Major Merriweather   Composer
Robert Ellen   Composer
Fulton Allen   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bill Shepherd   Composer

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