Downhome Blues 1959

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All Music Guide - Campbell
Downhome Blues 1959 contains 46 tracks, spread out over two CDs, tracing the rural blues guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell's earliest recordings. The sessions take place on the front porch of his Como, MS farm between September 21-25, 1959 and recorded by folk researcher Alan Lomax with assistance from Shirley Collins. On the first disc, McDowell is heard playing acoustic guitar and is occasionally joined by guitarist Miles Pratcher with Fannie Davis on kazoo and comb, with vocals by McDowell's wife Annie Mae, James Shorty, Sidney Carter, and Rose Hemphill. The second disc includes one McDowell track, "Shake 'Em on Down," with the remaining cuts spotlight other Lomax ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Downhome Blues 1959 contains 46 tracks, spread out over two CDs, tracing the rural blues guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell's earliest recordings. The sessions take place on the front porch of his Como, MS farm between September 21-25, 1959 and recorded by folk researcher Alan Lomax with assistance from Shirley Collins. On the first disc, McDowell is heard playing acoustic guitar and is occasionally joined by guitarist Miles Pratcher with Fannie Davis on kazoo and comb, with vocals by McDowell's wife Annie Mae, James Shorty, Sidney Carter, and Rose Hemphill. The second disc includes one McDowell track, "Shake 'Em on Down," with the remaining cuts spotlight other Lomax recordings from the same time by bluesmen Forrest City Joe, Boy Blue, Willie Jones and the fife and drum duo of Ed Young and G.D. Young. Although this material has been reissued over the years, 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. As far as budget blues sets are concerned, this is one of the best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2011
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065422721
  • Catalog Number: 4227
  • Sales rank: 135,166

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When You Get Home, Write Me a Few Little Lines (3:26)
  2. 2 Drop Down Mama (2:51)
  3. 3 Shake 'Em On Down (3:21)
  4. 4 Fred McDowell's Blues (4:11)
  5. 5 Goin' Down To the River (4:18)
  6. 6 You Gonna Be Sorry (6:43)
  7. 7 You Done Tol' Everybody (6:10)
  8. 8 Woke Up This Morning With My Mind On Jesus (3:18)
  9. 9 Soon One Mornin' (3:13)
  10. 10 Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning (2:44)
  11. 11 Wished I Was In Heaven Sitting Down (2:11)
  12. 12 Germany Blues (3:11)
  13. 13 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (2:58)
  14. 14 Freight Train Blues (3:06)
  15. 15 Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning (3:11)
  16. 16 Been Drinkin' Water Out of a Hollow Log (2:58)
  17. 17 I Want Jesus To Walk With Me (3:08)
  18. 18 61 Highway Blues (3:09)
  19. 19 Lord Have Mercy (1:54)
  20. 20 Worried Mind (3:35)
  21. 21 What's the Matter Now (4:57)
  22. 22 Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning (0:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Shake 'Em On Down (2:45)
  2. 2 Cool Water Blues - John Dudley (3:04)
  3. 3 Po' Boy Blues - John Dudley (2:35)
  4. 4 Clarksdale Mill Blues - John Dudley (2:22)
  5. 5 Jim and John - G.D. Young (3:08)
  6. 6 Hen Duck - G.D. Young (3:07)
  7. 7 Chevrolet - G.D. Young (4:07)
  8. 8 Oree - G.D. Young (2:39)
  9. 9 Sittin' On Top of the World - G.D. Young (2:43)
  10. 10 All Night Long - Bob Pratcher (3:35)
  11. 11 I'm Gonna Live Anyhow 'til I Die - Bob Pratcher (2:35)
  12. 12 Buttermilk - Bob Pratcher (3:21)
  13. 13 Levee Camp Reminiscence - Forrest City Joe (5:18)
  14. 14 Train Time - Forrest City Joe (4:33)
  15. 15 Red Cross Store - Forrest City Joe (3:40)
  16. 16 You Gotta Cut That Out - Forrest City Joe (2:59)
  17. 17 Stop Breaking Down - Forrest City Joe (2:53)
  18. 18 Drink On Little Girl - Forrest City Joe (2:53)
  19. 19 She Lived Her Life Too Fast - Forrest City Joe (3:22)
  20. 20 She Don't Love Me That Way - Forrest City Joe (3:23)
  21. 21 Forrest City Jump - Forrest City Joe (2:57)
  22. 22 Boogie Children - Boy Blue (2:56)
  23. 23 Joe Lee's Rock - Boy Blue (3:38)
  24. 24 You Got Dimples In Your Jaw - Willie Jones (3:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mississippi Fred McDowell Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Fannie Davis Comb
Miles Pratcher Guitar, Vocals
Boy Blue Vocals
Bob Pratcher Guitar
Ed Young Fife
Lonnie Young Bass Drums, Vocals
John Dudley Guitar, Vocals
Forrest City Joe Harmonica, Piano, Vocals
G.D. Young Snare Drums
Willie Jones Guitar, Vocals
Darnel Walker Drums
Sonny Rogers Guitar
Thomas Martin Drums
Technical Credits
Neil Slaven Liner Notes
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