Midnight Blues

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Texas bluesman Andrew "Smokey" Hogg's greatest talent was his dogged persistence, since he couldn't keep a steady rhythm to save his life, and paired as he usually was with professional rhythm sections who were understandably baffled by Hogg's sonic detours, it is truly a miracle that he recorded as much and as long as he did. Calling Hogg's style rough-hewn might be more than generous, but somehow he managed to connect with an audience, lending credence to the old band saying that "the drunker they are, the better we'll sound," because this is music for the unsteady of feet, and it lurches more than it rocks or rolls. This set collects 20 tracks Hogg recorded for Modern ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Texas bluesman Andrew "Smokey" Hogg's greatest talent was his dogged persistence, since he couldn't keep a steady rhythm to save his life, and paired as he usually was with professional rhythm sections who were understandably baffled by Hogg's sonic detours, it is truly a miracle that he recorded as much and as long as he did. Calling Hogg's style rough-hewn might be more than generous, but somehow he managed to connect with an audience, lending credence to the old band saying that "the drunker they are, the better we'll sound," because this is music for the unsteady of feet, and it lurches more than it rocks or rolls. This set collects 20 tracks Hogg recorded for Modern Records between 1947 and 1952, many of which haven't seen the light of day until now, along with four sides released on Combo Records in 1951. Song after song starts out hopefully, only to derail into rhythmic chaos as the drummer and bass player struggle to find firm footing on what is hopelessly shifting ground. It really is fascinating to behold, and songs like "Believe I'll Change Towns" and the almost internally coherent "It's Rainin' Here" manage to work mostly because Hogg just never quits charging ahead. Most of these tracks, though, like the needlessly trombone-burdened "Misery Blues," are dead in the water two beats into the arrangement -- although calling any of this arranged can only apply to arranging that all the musicians involved are in the same room at the same time, which seems to have been the case, despite all aural evidence to the contrary. Still, Hogg's need to express himself is downright noble in this context, and there is nothing of pretense about him. There's no way to doctor this stuff, so what you hear is what you get.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667002820
  • Catalog Number: 1019
  • Sales rank: 208,658

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Can't Keep Your Business Straight - Smokey Hogg (1:44)
  2. 2 Believe I'll Change Towns - Smokey Hogg (2:25)
  3. 3 Late Prowling Girl - Smokey Hogg (2:41)
  4. 4 Misery Blues - Smokey Hogg (2:51)
  5. 5 Baby Don't You Tear My Clothes - Smokey Hogg (2:27)
  6. 6 Trouble in Mind - Smokey Hogg (2:14)
  7. 7 Walking Dr. Bill - Smokey Hogg (2:17)
  8. 8 Midnight Blues - Smokey Hogg (2:48)
  9. 9 I Don't Want You - Smokey Hogg (2:33)
  10. 10 Smokey's in Town - Smokey Hogg (2:41)
  11. 11 Highway 51 - Smokey Hogg (2:33)
  12. 12 Let's Get Together and Drink Some Gin - Smokey Hogg (2:38)
  13. 13 It's Rainin' Here - Smokey Hogg (2:36)
  14. 14 New Year's Eve Blues - Smokey Hogg (2:43)
  15. 15 Worrying Over You - Smokey Hogg (2:53)
  16. 16 Pack Your Grip - Smokey Hogg (2:18)
  17. 17 Anytime Is the Right Time - Smokey Hogg (2:31)
  18. 18 I'm Gonna Find Your Trick - Smokey Hogg (3:00)
  19. 19 My Baby's Worrying Me - Smokey Hogg (2:41)
  20. 20 Bottle Up and Go - Smokey Hogg (2:41)
  21. 21 Oohw Baby - Smokey Hogg (2:43)
  22. 22 Love Me With a Feeling - Smokey Hogg (2:51)
  23. 23 You Brought It on Yourself - Smokey Hogg (4:53)
  24. 24 I Just Can't Help It /I Just Can't Help It - Smokey Hogg (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andrew "Smokey" Hogg Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Hadda Brooks Piano
Sharkey Hall Drums
Wesley Prince Bass
Austin McCoy Piano
Al Wichard Drums
Bill Davis Bass
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Peter J. Clayton Composer
Roosevelt Sykes Composer
Richard M. Jones Composer
Robert Brown Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Hudson Whittaker Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Discographical Information
Joe Josea Composer
Jules Taub Composer
Jules Bihari Composer
William Bunch Composer
Andrew Hogg Composer
Traditional Composer
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