Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Blues, all shades & colors—Twenty-three faves from the past 49 years, just a drop in the proverbial bucket got a hole in it—presented in somewhat coherent fashion with an occasional nod to flow, and in two Parts. (The Subliminal Kid’s 2002 liner notes follow.)

1965 being the launch into the deep blue sea year that it was, and being fooled of course by “Act Naturally,” what better road to head down after walking subterranean homesick 4th street like a rolling stone than to Eric Von Schmidt’s dream of Blind Gary Davis in Cambridge folky get-up. That’ll get you there sure’s you born, doesn’t matter if you’re fixing to die. Some later Muddy Waters & His Guitar—Little Walter got it: “Take me wit’cha man when you go!”—and Howlin’ Wolf shivered me timbers as well as the tone arm with moonlight moanings. As if born in Chicago we rolled & rhumba’d to the odds & ends of Jimmy Reed & myriad Vee-Jay albums till it got to be 4 p.m. and a paler though tougher sound emerged wasn’t blues e-zactly but still I clung to that feedback note held interminably as aforementioned Morganfield whupped that slide back and forth and Big Crawford slung one last note out from his big bass fiddle into South Michigan recording mic. Tom Moore having been run out of Texas disguised himself as Mr. Tom Green until slashed to bits by Johnny Shines and Lee Jackson, Mississippi not a good place to run a farm after dark: “The groundhogs be bringin’ you yo’ mail.”

Part Two shuffles in with a joyous so glad I got good religion post-Army late night Nashville party session and the white boys gettin’ all the way down to Lowell Fulson blues and “E” commanding those blues to give yourself just a little more time as drum rolls sax & git-tars collide with Monday morning and Fulson himself back on the county farm till Texas & Oklahoma migrate to Oakland & L.A.: Hot dogs & barbecue on the avenue OK, just stay far from Tin Pan Alley: pistol shots, two by fours, shouts of “Needed Time” ascend from the mourners bench as back in Alabama Jerry McCain holds steady. 

Bob Dylan • Baby, Let Me Follow You Down • 1962

“Baby, Let Me Follow You Down” is the second song on side B of Dylan’s first album.


  1. As I mentioned to you once before, this is my favourite song from the first album ('twas then and it still is to this day.)

    By the way, I don't know which Charlie Musselwhite song the cover photo refers to, but I had no idea when I posted one on the private site that you were also on that wavelength. If it's the same song, I'm happy to remove it. (Hope you got the invite!)

  2. P.S. And it's in wonderful, glorious MONO! I agree - it's the only way to listen to these early sides.