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Southern Blues, Vol. 2 [Bonus Track]


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  • Performers include: Blind Lemmon Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell, Georgie Cotton Pickers, Pinetop Burks, Bernice Edwards, Barbecue Bob.
  • Personnel: Henry Thomas (vocals, guitar, reed pipe); Simmie Dooley (vocals, guitar, kazoo); Curley Weaver, Ed Bell, Pinetop Burks, Stick Horse Hammond, Six Cylinder Smith, Funny Paper Smith, Luke Jordan, Peg Leg Howell, Pink Anderson, Barbecue Bob, Willie Walker, Blind Boy Fuller, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell, Bob Grant (vocals, guitar); Blind Norris (vocals, kazoo); Hattie Burleson, Emma Wright, Lucille Bogan, Texas Alexander (vocals); Sam Brooks, Andrew Hogg, Rev. Gary Davis (guitar); Buddy Moss (harmonica); Leroy Williams , Don Albert (trumpet); Charlie Dixon (tuba); Alexander Herman Moore, Walter Roland, Bernice Edwards, Black Boy Shine (piano); Bull City Red (washboard).
  • Recording information: Atlanta, GA (08/16/1927-??/??/1950); Austin, TX (08/16/1927-??/??/1950); Birmingham, AL (08/16/1927-??/??/1950); Charlotte, NC (08/16/1927-??/??/1950); Chicago, IL (08/16/1927-??/??/1950); Dallas, TX (08/16/1927-??/??/1950); Forth Worth, TX (08/16/1927-??/??/1950); Grafton, WI (08/16/1927-??/??/1950); New York, NY (08/16/1927-??/??/1950); San Antonio, TX (08/16/1927-??/??/1950); Shreveport, LA (08/16/1927-??/??/1950).
  • The second of two installments from British label Acrobat, Southern Blues, Volume 2 brings together an interesting set of 78s from American blues artists. There are some well-known names here (Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Boy Fuller), but most of the singers are relatively obscure, and the rarity of the tracks is the strength of this compilation. Highlights include Henry Thomas' "Bull Doze Blues" (the reed part here was taken note for note to form the intro to Canned Heat's "Going Up Country," a hit 60 years later), Pink Anderson's "Gonna Tip Out Tonight," and Peg Leg Howell's "Rolling Mill Blues." ~ Steve Leggett
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