Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Three guys, two with guitars, a Mississippi “string band” if you will. Duet vocals. Traditional lyrics cobbled together. Six sides total from two sessions in 1927. Black Patti recordings issued and then leased out to other labels. Different artist names label to label. Long “Cleve” Reed and Little Harvey Hull (The Down Home Boys); Papa Harvey Hull and The Down Home Boys; Sunny Boy and His Pals; Daddy Moon Hayes and His Boys; Original Louisiana Entertainers; Long “Cleve” Reed – Little Harvey Hull – Down Home Boys. Rare as all get-out. “Stack”/“Mama” only known copy; owner declined five figure sale offer. All more than worthy of your ears. Hear a bygone era going going went.

Harvey Hull, vocals (lead vocal on “Gang of Brown Skin Women,” “Don’t You Leave Me Here,” “Mama You Don’t Know How”); Long “Cleve” Reed, vocals (lead vocals on “The France Blues,” “Two Little Tommies Blues,” “Original Stack O’ Lee Blues”), humming, guitar; Sunny Wilson, guitar.

Long “Cleve” Reed & Little Harvey Hull (The Down Home Boys)

Get ’em, Find ’em: 18 Classic Blues Songs from the 1920’s Vol. 8, 24 Classic Blues Songs from the 1920’s Vol. 12, Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of, Mississippi Moaners, Never Let the Same Bee Sting You Twice

Illustration: (left to right) Long “Cleve” Reed, Papa Harvey Hull, Sunny Wilson, from 1927 Chicago Defender ad

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