Modern Downhome Blues Sessions, Vol. 4: Southern Country Blues Guitarists 1948-1952

Modern Downhome Blues Sessions, Vol. 4: Southern Country Blues Guitarists 1948-1952


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The fourth in a series spotlighting blues releases from the Bihari Brothers' California-based Modern Records label, this installment features gutbucket country-blues, mostly recorded in Atlanta and Dallas between 1948 and 1952. This isn't polished stuff, and while these sides aren't exactly field recordings, they have that same sort of ragged, immediate intimacy, and what they lack in slickness they make up for with enthusiastic abandon. Highlights include the rousing opening track, "Neglected Woman" (a piano and guitar romp featuring Alexander Herman Moore and Smokey Hogg), "Gonna Write You a Letter," which sports an ominous solo electric guitar turn from Jesse Babyface Thomas, and a tense, nuanced "Milford Blues" by Little Son Jackson. The real delights here, however, are the eight sides (including two takes of "Applejack Boogie") by Pine Top Slim. With easy, sparse, acoustic guitar accompaniment, Pine Top (exactly who he is remains somewhat of a mystery) turns in fine country-blues versions of "Applejack Boogie" and "Baby Please Don't Go." There isn't too much here for the general listener, but collectors and historians of late-period country-blues will find this disc to be a valuable archival document.

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Release Date: 07/19/2005
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667010429
catalogNumber: 1057
Rank: 99004


  1. Neglected Woman
  2. Carolina
  3. Lillie Mae Boogie
  4. If I Lose You Woman
  5. Meet Me Tonight Along the Avenue
  6. Gonna Write You a Letter
  7. Applejack Boogie
  8. I'm Gonna Carry On
  9. John Henry
  10. Baby Please Don't Go
  11. 13 Highway
  12. Bluebird Blues
  13. Keep 'Em Down
  14. (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You
  15. Dark Old World
  16. Thinking Life Over aka Sittin' Down Thinkin'
  17. Fast Life
  18. Mean Old Frisco
  19. Poor Boy
  20. Applejack Boogie
  21. Milford Blues
  22. Talkin' Boogie
  23. Night Time Anytime aka Tomorrow I May Be Gone
  24. Texas Blues
  25. Numbered Days
  26. Wee Wee Hours
  27. Dollar Diggin' Woman
  28. Boogie Like You Wanna

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