Friday, February 28, 2020

Jesus taught his disciples to say

Greatest Gospel Gems

Sublime. . . .

The Swan Silvertones • The Lord’s Prayer • 1959

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Been so long, the carpet has faded on the floor

Really the Postwar Blues

Sonny Boy Williamson’s amazing solo piece “Mighty Long Time” with only a vocal bass as accompaniment was heard when a friend loaned a borrowed, cracked Trumpet 78; the flip side “Nine Below Zero” had a nasty chunk missing mid-crack but the 78 revolution and big needle just plowed right through it like it was a freshly paved highway. This is blues poetry of the highest rank.

Sonny Boy Williamson • Mighty Long Time • 1952

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Saturday, February 08, 2020

If I don’t find her in Philippine Islands,
she’s in Ethiopia somewhere

Really the Postwar Blues

When I first heard Elmore James’ original version of “Dust My Broom” with Sonny Boy Williamson I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I hadn’t because I hadn’t yet heard “Please Find My Baby”! Well, once I got to the final track on side 2 of Memphis and the Delta, then I knew it, I had been transported to realms way beyond my blues neophyte dreams. This is broom dusting as fierce as it gets . . . Elmore’s off the rails “broom” riff and over the top vocals, held in place by Ike Turner’s pounding piano, well, just have a listen, anything I write here is just a feeble distraction to the main event. Elmore would dust his broom plenty in the coming years but, to this fan, “Please Find My Baby” is the pinnacle.

Elmore James • Please Find My Baby • 1953

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Must not have been those blues that I had

Really the Postwar Blues

Really the Postwar Blues picks up in the middle of our prewar series Really the Country Blues Classics to give an idea of what happened after WWII, when a new national mood as well as the addition of amplified instruments changed the way down home country blues presented itself. Depression’s over, war’s over, a sort of new prosperity is beginning to settle in and the whole country and its various musics plugged into it and things began to jump. . . . First up we have Johnny Shines updating Robert Johnson’s “Walking Blues” with liquid slide guitar and thumping bass locking right into the developing tough Chicago Blues sound. We’ll come back to the prewar country blues sounds later, but let’s ramble for a while across the land and listen to some great postwar down home blues. . . .

Johnny Shines • Ramblin’ • 1952

Get it: Down Home Blues – Chicago – Fine Boogie
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