Sunday, June 01, 2014

WHAT YOU WANT WITH A HEN
WON’T CACKLE WHEN SHE LAY

Here’s a rare example of a Mississippi blues accordionist. His name is Walter Rhodes and he recorded four songs for Columbia in 1927, two of which were issued. Here’s his take on Patton’s “Banty Rooster Blues” with sympatico guitar accompaniment from Pet and Can (aka the Harney brothers, Maylon and Richard).


Walter Rhodes with “Pet” & “Can”
The Crowing Rooster • 1927




Coming so far this month we’ve got tunes for you from all over the roadmap—Madame Fritna, Buck Owens, The Delmore Brothers, Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Chanter Petros Manea, The Fireballs, Oscar Alemán, The Highway Q-C’s, Andre Williams; and that’s just the first two weeks. Stay tuned. . . .

2 comments:

  1. Don't you just love the sheer variety of music that these companies were willing to record back in the '20s & '30s? It conjures up all sorts of images in my mind of the people who were the intended audience That's half the fun!

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    1. The interesting thing to me is that the record companies seemed to use a scattershot approach to what artists and songs they recorded and hoped something stuck. Being in it for the money it seems they could care less if something was good or not, being happy if folks bought records to play on the record players the companies often also manufactured and sold. In that bargain for the record buyers of the time, and for us many decades later, some astoundingly wonderful music was recorded and preserved. . . .

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