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Violin, Sing The Blues For Me
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Description African-American Fiddlers 1926-1949

The violin played a significant role in the early history of recorded blues, with its crying vibratos and sliding notes creating a dramatic and soulful sound. Here are 24 tracks of this rare music featuring the Mississippi Sheiks, Lonnie Johnson, Memphis Jug Band, Booker Orchestra, Andrew Baxter, and many more. Included are two early instrumentals by the multi-talented Howard Armstrong, also known as Louie Bluie, whose career in music spans seven decades. A 32-page full-color booklet presents detailed history, complete discography, and a wealth of rare photographs and illustrations.
Track Listing Violin Blues - Johnson Boys
K. C. Railroad Blues - Andrew & Jim Baxter
Beaver Slide Rag - "Peg Leg" Howell & His Gang
Alma Waltz - Mississippi Mud Steppers
Window Pane Blues - Tommie Bradley
Travelin' Railroad Man - Alabama Sheiks
Pig Meat Blues - Whistler & His Jug Band
Right Now Blues - Frank Stokes
East Jackson Blues - Bo Chatman
Memphis Blues - Mobile Strugglers
Vine Street Drag - Tennessee Chocolate Drops
Broken Bed Blues - Kansas City Blues Strummers
Lonesome Blues - Henry Williams & Eddie Anthony
Memphis Shakedown - Memphis Jug Band
Adam And Eve - Tommie Bradley
Tell Me Man Blues - Henry Sims
Blue Coat Blues - "Blue Coat" Tom Nelson
Salty Dog - Booker Orchestra
Baby, Please Don't Go - Joe Williams' Washboard Blues Singers
Stop & Listen Blues No.2 - Mississippi Sheiks
Stealin' Blues - Cow Cow Davenport
The Moore Girl - Andrew & Jim Baxter
Highway No.61 Blues - Jack Kelly & His South Memphis Jug Band
Ted's Stomp - Louie Bluie & Ted Bogan
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As diverse an instrument as the violin/fiddle is (it has 2 names even!), one music genre not generally associated with the instrument is the blues. But, boy, are there exceptions. In the 1920's, the guitar-driven blues eclipsed the generally fiddle-led stringband as the dominant form of rural black musical expression/entertainment. It was during the transitional period when a lot of interesting and exciting moments can be found involving the blues and the violin. The main sources for these moments are blues musicians heavily influenced by the stringbands, and the stringbands incorporating blues into their sound to stay fresh. This CD is full of examples of these wonderful moments and earns a place among the most important, and, even better, most enjoyable blues collections ever. The revelations just don't stop, from the opening cut, "Violin Blues" by Lonnie Johnson, whose peerless virtuosity on the guitar should have precluded him from being a brilliant blues violinist but didn't, to the last, "Ted's Stomp" by the loveable duo of Louie Bluie and Ted Bogan. In between, take your pick; they're all outstanding - a few examples: Peg Leg Howell's hard driving instrumental "Beaver Slide Rag"; the Mississippi Mud Steppers' "Alma Waltz," whose beautiful melody is also played on the rare banjo-mandolin; Tommy Bradley's hilarious "Adam and Eve" ("Adam & Eve in the garden of Eden/surely musta shook that thing"). A few key performers appear more than once, such as Andrew and Jim Baxter and the various incarnations of the Chatman Brothers, also known as the Mississippi Sheiks. Dugan Trodglen

Label ODHT - Old Hat
Number 1002
Subsidiary Artists: Johnson Boys
Andrew & Jim Baxter
Peg Leg Howell & His Gang
Mississippi Mud Steppers
Tommie Bradley
Alabama Sheiks
Whistler & His Jug Band
Frank Stokes
Bo Chatman
Mobile Strugglers
Tennessee Chocolate Drops
Kansas City Blues Strummers
Henry Williams & Eddie Anthony
Memphis Jug Band
Tommie Bradley
Henry Sims
Blue Coat Tom Nelson
Booker Orchestra
Joe Williams' Washboard Blues Singers
Mississippi Sheiks
Cow Cow Davenport
Jack Kelly & His South Memphis Jug Band
Louie Bluie & Ted Bogan
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