Texas Songster, Vol. 4: Live! At the Cabale

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Though you don't often hear the name of Mance Lipscomb on the lips of today's young blues fans, the influence of this commanding singer, songwriter, guitar and fiddle player was far-reaching. In the '60s, Lipscomb - a Texas sharecropper for most of his life -- often played Bay Area clubs and coffeehouses. There, rising performers such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and members of the Grateful Dead caught his shows, reveled in his stories, and took home licks and lyrics that he shared. LIVE! AT THE CABALE was recorded at one of those club dates in 1964 (with two additional cuts from a 1972 Sacramento show) and features tunes not found on other Lipscomb releases. From the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Though you don't often hear the name of Mance Lipscomb on the lips of today's young blues fans, the influence of this commanding singer, songwriter, guitar and fiddle player was far-reaching. In the '60s, Lipscomb - a Texas sharecropper for most of his life -- often played Bay Area clubs and coffeehouses. There, rising performers such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and members of the Grateful Dead caught his shows, reveled in his stories, and took home licks and lyrics that he shared. LIVE! AT THE CABALE was recorded at one of those club dates in 1964 (with two additional cuts from a 1972 Sacramento show) and features tunes not found on other Lipscomb releases. From the opening "Baby Don't You Lay It on Me" through covers of "Shine on Harvest Moon" and "Key to the Highway," his deep, resonant vocals drip like warmed-up sorghum over hoe cakes, while his rhythmic guitar licks are spiced with Lipscomb's lean style of picking. Since Lipscomb grew up at the turn of the last century, his repertoire draws not only on the blues, but string band music, African-American folk traditions, church songs, and show tunes, making LIVE! AT THE CABALE a well-rounded listen to the sounds of rural Texas before the great migrations North and West.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
All but three of the 21 tracks on Texas Songster, Vol. 4: Live! At the Cabale were previously unreleased; all but two of them recorded live at the Cabale in Berkeley in 1964 the other two were done live in Sacramento in 1972. Mance Lipscomb made many albums, and it was a wise decision on compiler Chris Strachwitz's part to focus on songs that were not available on previous CDs by the singer. Repertoire aside, this is very much of a piece with the "songster" style Lipscomb projects on other recordings: good-natured acoustic tunes that draw from boogie, ragtime, and folk, with a warm vocal delivery and accomplished guitar picking. Some of the songs, in fact, will be pretty familiar to most blues fans, if not always duplicated by Lipscomb on other CDs: "Meet Me in the Bottom," "Trouble in Mind," "Key to the Highway," "Rock Me Mama," and "Baby Don't You Lay It on Me" which sounds close to the folk standard "Baby Let Me Follow You Down". One of the tracks, incidentally, is largely a 12-minute spoken story, "Early Days Back Home."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1999
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297048221
  • Catalog Number: 482
  • Sales rank: 90,574

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mance Lipscomb Primary Artist, Guitar, Violin, Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
John Lee Hooker Composer
Oliver Sain Composer
Sam Hopkins Composer
James Black Composer
Brownie McGhee Composer
Milton Campbell Composer
Lightnin' Hopkins Composer
M. Jones Composer
Mel London Composer
Chris Strachwitz Producer, Engineer
Traditional Composer
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