Louisiana Country Blues

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
A reissue on compact disc of a reissue on Arhoolie of an album originally released on the Folk Lyric label, this combines two albums of Louisiana country blues material on one CD. Smoky Babe may have been a semi-pro musician, but the feel of the 12 sides suggests that he was full command of his powers when folklorist Dr. Harry Oster hit the "record" button. Combined with another album's worth of material from the equally obscure Herman E. Johnson who performs four tracks on electric guitar in a most chaotic manner, this is back porch country blues of the highest order. Just because neither is a "famous name," don't let that keep you checking ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
A reissue on compact disc of a reissue on Arhoolie of an album originally released on the Folk Lyric label, this combines two albums of Louisiana country blues material on one CD. Smoky Babe may have been a semi-pro musician, but the feel of the 12 sides suggests that he was full command of his powers when folklorist Dr. Harry Oster hit the "record" button. Combined with another album's worth of material from the equally obscure Herman E. Johnson who performs four tracks on electric guitar in a most chaotic manner, this is back porch country blues of the highest order. Just because neither is a "famous name," don't let that keep you checking this superlative release out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/1996
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297044025
  • Catalog Number: 440

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smoky Babe Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Sally Dotson Vocals, Track Performer
Willie Dotson Vocals, Track Performer
Herman E. Johnson Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Henry Thomas Harmonica, Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Johnny Winter Composer
Sam Hopkins Composer
Robert Brown Arranger, Composer
Brownie McGhee Composer
Herman E. Johnson Arranger, Composer, Contributor
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Harry Oster Engineer, Liner Notes
Sonny Terry Composer
Chris Strachwitz Producer, Reissue Producer
Wayne Pope Art Direction, Cover Design
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