Violin, Sing the Blues for Me: African-American Fiddlers 1926-1949

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As Marshall Wyatt's thorough liner notes explain in the accompanying 32-page booklet, the violin had a more prominent role in early blues than has often been supposed. Violins were far more apt to be played than guitars in the 19th century, and even when the blues began to be recorded in the 1920s, violins were still often used, although they weren't as apt to be featured on disc as the guitar and other instruments were. This 24-track compilation with only one cut dating from after 1935 includes some fairly recognizable blues names like Peg Leg Howell, Howard Armstrong, Cow Cow Davenport, the Mississippi Sheiks, the Memphis Jug Band, Charley Patton accompanying Henry...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As Marshall Wyatt's thorough liner notes explain in the accompanying 32-page booklet, the violin had a more prominent role in early blues than has often been supposed. Violins were far more apt to be played than guitars in the 19th century, and even when the blues began to be recorded in the 1920s, violins were still often used, although they weren't as apt to be featured on disc as the guitar and other instruments were. This 24-track compilation with only one cut dating from after 1935 includes some fairly recognizable blues names like Peg Leg Howell, Howard Armstrong, Cow Cow Davenport, the Mississippi Sheiks, the Memphis Jug Band, Charley Patton accompanying Henry Sims, and Big Joe Williams a 1935 version of his signature tune "Baby Please Don't Go", although many of the performers are far more obscure. The material tends toward the more good-timey and folky side of the rural blues tradition; the violins can get into a hoedown kick, as on Peg Leg Howell's "Beaver Slide Rag," or get into a rapid ragtime mode, as on Louie Bluie & Ted Bogan's "Ted's Stomp." Because of the chronological span and wide roster of artists represented, it's a good overview of violin-informed early blues, a subgenre that hasn't gotten a whole of attention. And check out Frank Stokes' "Right Now Blues" to get your head spun around when you hear a lyric that was repeated in Chuck Berry's classic "Reelin' and Rockin'."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Old Hat Ent.
  • UPC: 670725100226
  • Catalog Number: 1002
  • Sales rank: 92,745

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Violin Blues - Johnson Boys (3:17)
  2. 2 K.C. Railroad Blues - Andrew & Jim Baxter (3:28)
  3. 3 Beaver Slide Rag - Peg Leg Howell (3:18)
  4. 4 Alma Waltz - Mississippi Mud Steppers (2:52)
  5. 5 Window Pane Blues - Tommie Bradley (3:14)
  6. 6 Travelin' Railroad Man Blues - Alabama Sheiks (2:58)
  7. 7 Pig Meat Blues - Whistler & His Jug Band (3:07)
  8. 8 Right Now Blues - Frank Stokes (3:04)
  9. 9 East Jackson Blues - Bo Chatmon (2:56)
  10. 10 Memphis Blues - Mobile Strugglers (2:50)
  11. 11 Vine Street Drag - Tennessee Chocolate Drops (2:48)
  12. 12 Broken Bed Blues - Kansas City Blues Strummers (2:31)
  13. 13 Lonesome Blues - Henry "Rubberlegs" Williams (2:51)
  14. 14 Memphis Shakedown - Memphis Jug Band (3:02)
  15. 15 Adam And Eve - Tommie Bradley (2:58)
  16. 16 Tell Me Man Blues - Henry "Son" Sims (3:16)
  17. 17 Blue Coat Blues - Tom Nelson (3:02)
  18. 18 Salty Dog - Booker Orchestra (2:39)
  19. 19 Baby, Please Don't Go - Joe Williams' Washboard Blues Singers (3:22)
  20. 20 Stop and Listen Blues No. 2 - Mississippi Sheiks (3:16)
  21. 21 Stealin' Blues - Cow Cow Davenport (2:29)
  22. 22 The Moore Girl - Andrew & Jim Baxter (2:58)
  23. 23 Highway 61 Blues - Jack Kelly & His South Memphis Jug Band (2:46)
  24. 24 Ted's Stomp - Louie Bluie (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cow Cow Davenport Piano
Lonnie Johnson Violin, Vocals
Memphis Jug Band Track Performer
Mississippi Sheiks Track Performer
Charley Patton Guitar
Frank Stokes Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Big Joe Williams Guitar
Joe Williams Vocals
Howard Armstrong Violin
Walter Vinson Guitar, Vocals
Carl Martin String Bass
Eddie Anthony Violin, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part, Track Performer
Will Batts Violin
Ted Bogan Guitar
Charlie Burse Guitar, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Bo Chatmon Violin, Vocals, Track Performer
Lonnie Chatmon Violin
Chasey Collins Washboard
Jim Fields Violin, Vocals
Nap Hayes Guitar
Paul Johnson Guitar
Charles Jones Violin
Jab Jones Jug
Jack Kelly Guitar, Vocals
Charlie McCoy Banjo, Mandolin
Tom Nelson Track Performer
Charlie Pierce Violin
Dan Sane Guitar
Henry "Son" Sims Violin, Vocals, Track Performer
Dad Tracy One-String Fiddle
Lee Warren Banjo, Mandolin
Henry "Rubberlegs" Williams Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Willie Black Banjo
Jess Ferguson Violin
Rudolph Thompson Jug
Buford Threlkeld Guitar
Jack Kelly & His South Memphis Jug Band Track Performer
Tommie Bradley Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Peg Leg Howell Guitar
Andrew Baxter Guitar, Violin, Vocals, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part, Track Performer
Matthew Prater Mandolin
Robert Burse Percussion
Roland Martin Guitar
Robert Steele Kazoo
Whistler & His Jug Band Track Performer
Alabama Sheiks Track Performer
Andrew & Jim Baxter Track Performer
James Cole Violin
Mobile Strugglers Track Performer
Tom "Blue Coat" Nelson Track Performer
Booker Orchestra Track Performer
Jim Booker Violin
Mississippi Mud Steppers Track Performer
Joe Williams' Washboard Blues Singers Track Performer
Eddie Dimmitt Mandolin
Technical Credits
Charlie Burse Composer
Charlie Pilzer Mastering
Will Shade Composer
Marshall Wyatt Producer, Liner Notes, Art Direction
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