In the next ten days on BAK we’ve got the usual mix of soup to nuts (or mice): Jackie DeShannon, Phil Alvin, and Freddy King; we’ll turn the heat up on Christmas day, and then finish out the year with music from Jimmy Murphy, Jimmie Rodgers (and friends), The Fireballs, Roy Rogers, Frank Stokes, and the Old South Quartette. . . .
Here’s a tasty little Saturday night bonus from the truly great Lonnie Johnson. From his sixties “comeback” period, this is one song from a fruitful 1960 session featuring Lonnie and his old cohort Elmer Snowden, that produced one Bluesville LP and years later a CD filled with outtakes that are just as good as what was issued in 1960.
Lonnie Johnson with Elmer Snowden • Blue and All Alone • 1960
In October 1929 Edward Thompson recorded six sides at the Gennett studios in New York City. All were issued on the Paramount label, two 78s crediting Thompson as Tenderfoot Edwards. One of the Tenderfoot Edwards records, the top side of which you can hear here today, didn’t survive the decades in as good shape as the other two, but the good folks at Blues Images worked their magic and it is now quite listenable, if a little rough. For me, it’s the very best of all his sides, with great bent-note guitar figures set to a loping beat, and a sly vocal, sounding to my ears a bit unlike most of his other records. When his other two 78s were reissued in the late sixties he was believed to have been an Alabama artist but in recent years he’s thought to have been either from Georgia or Florida. Whatever, his six recordings are really fine and again, this one tops them all!
Tenderfoot Edwards • When You Dream Of Muddy Water • 1929
“Instrumental accordion music was the traditional dance music of the rural working people in the border area [of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Northern Mexico] and continued to be popular and sold widely via records throughout this period [of the 1940s and 1950s] and is still in demand today. Los Hermanos Cardenas (the Cardenas brothers) grew up on a ranch south of Reynosa, Tamaulipas playing for family and friends which they continue to do today and in much the same style popular several generations ago. Chencho Cardenas has always played a two row accordion and both brothers take great pride in playing traditional material in the traditional way.” —adapted from Chris Strachwitz’ 1978 liner notes to Texas-Mexican Border Music Vol. 13: Norteño Acordeon – Part 3 – South Texas and Monterrey, N.L. – The 1940’s and 50’s (Folklyric 9020)
Hermanos Cardenas • El Delfo • c. early 1950s
Chencho Cardenas, accordion; Lupe Cardenas, bajo sexto; E. Gutierrez, bass. Recorded c. early 1950s