My Rough and Rowdy Ways, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
My Rough and Rowdy Ways, Vol. 2 features 23 songs from the '30s about badmen and hellraisers, by artists ranging from legends like Uncle Dave Macon, Mississippi John Hurt, and Big Bill Broonzy to obscure music pioneers like George Reneau and groups like the Haywood County Ramblers. The mix of white, country, and black, blues artists is one of the better in this series, the music meshing together to form a kind of audio panorama of story-songs dealing with life on the far side of law and order -- "Otto Wood the Bandit" by the Carolina Buddies, aka Odell Smith [fiddle] and Norman Woodlief [guitar], segues into Mississippi John Hurt's "Frankie," followed by Uncle Dave Macon's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
My Rough and Rowdy Ways, Vol. 2 features 23 songs from the '30s about badmen and hellraisers, by artists ranging from legends like Uncle Dave Macon, Mississippi John Hurt, and Big Bill Broonzy to obscure music pioneers like George Reneau and groups like the Haywood County Ramblers. The mix of white, country, and black, blues artists is one of the better in this series, the music meshing together to form a kind of audio panorama of story-songs dealing with life on the far side of law and order -- "Otto Wood the Bandit" by the Carolina Buddies, aka Odell Smith [fiddle] and Norman Woodlief [guitar], segues into Mississippi John Hurt's "Frankie," followed by Uncle Dave Macon's rip-roaring banjo workout "Railroadin' and Gamblin'" anyone seeking a track that defines Macon's claw-hammer style of banjo playing need look no further than this cut. Among the too little heard bluesmen featured here are Sloppy Henry "Canned Heat Blues" and Peg Leg Howell "Skin Game Blues", who also plays on Henry's cut, and Robert Wilkins, whose "Old Jim Canan's" features a superb guitar duet between the singer and Little Son Joe, later the husband of Memphis Minnie. Country highlights include Georgia based fiddle wildman Earl Johnson "Nobody's Business" and George Reneau's "Jesse James," which features singing by future star crooner Gene Austin. Yazoo has done a generally good job of remastering these cuts, so the sound on most of it David Miller's "That Bad Man Stackolee" and Uncle Dave Macon's "Late Last Night When Willie Come Home" are the big exceptions holds together at a decent volume without any excessive artificial processing or distracting noise. The only drawback is the booklet, which is extremely confusing, since it refers extensively to artists and material on Vol. 1 of this collection, a separate CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/1998
  • Label: Yazoo
  • UPC: 016351204028
  • Catalog Number: 2040
  • Sales rank: 206,522

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cocaine (3:07)
  2. 2 Otto Wood the Bandit (3:12)
  3. 3 Frankie (3:24)
  4. 4 Railroadin' and Gamblin' (2:39)
  5. 5 That Bad Man Stackolee - David Miller (2:49)
  6. 6 Canned Heat Blues - Sloppy Henry (2:58)
  7. 7 Ain't Nobody's Business (3:01)
  8. 8 Skin Game Blues (3:07)
  9. 9 Late Last Night When My Willie Came Home (3:02)
  10. 10 Dice's Blues (2:49)
  11. 11 Sailing out on the Ocean (3:13)
  12. 12 Louisville Burglar - The Hickory Nuts (2:49)
  13. 13 Old Jim Canan's (2:54)
  14. 14 Billy the Kid (3:01)
  15. 15 Georgia Black Bottom - The Georgia Crackers (3:11)
  16. 16 Ethan Lang (3:06)
  17. 17 The Wrong Road - Hall Brothers Jazz Band (2:18)
  18. 18 Wild Bill Jones - Eva Davis (3:24)
  19. 19 Bad Man Napper - Leothus Lee Green (3:41)
  20. 20 Jesse James - George Reneau (3:01)
  21. 21 My Rough and Rowdy Ways (2:30)
  22. 22 Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down (2:42)
  23. 23 This Train - Garland Jubilee Singers (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Track Performer
Mississippi John Hurt Track Performer
Uncle Dave Macon Track Performer
Vernon Dalhart Track Performer
Sam McGee Track Performer
Robert Wilkins Track Performer
Bob Campbell Track Performer
The Carolina Buddies Track Performer
Bill Cox Track Performer
Earl Johnson Track Performer
Emry Arthur Track Performer
Peg Leg Howell Track Performer
Dick Justice Track Performer
Haskell Wolfenbarger Track Performer
The Hickory Nuts Track Performer
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
John Lee Hooker Composer
Neil Sedaka Composer
Max Roach Composer
Rev. Gary Davis Composer
Don Kent Liner Notes
Richard Nevins Remastering
Charles K. Wolfe Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
T. J. Amall Composer
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