Sun 29 Sep 2013
|Bukka White||Strange Place Blues||The Complete Bukka White|
|Casey Bill Weldon||You're Laughing, Now||Casey Bill Weldon Vol. 3 1935-1938|
|Freezone||Indian Squaw Blues||Country Blues: The Essential|
|James Son Thomas||After The War||Gateway to the Delta|
|Big Joe Williams||A Change Gotta Be Made||Big Joe Williams (Storyville)|
|Wright Holmes||Alley Blues||Alley Special|
|Mother McCollum||Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane||Blues Images Vol. 11|
|Blind Gussie Nesbitt||God Is Worried At Your Wicked Ways||Blues Images Vol. 11|
|Big Joe Turner||Nobody In Mind||Big Joe Rides Again|
|Big Joe Turner||Married Woman||Rhythm & Blues Years|
|Robert Cooksey & Alfred Martin||Hock My Shoes||Bobby Leecan & Robert Cooksey Vol. 1 1924-1927|
|Sleepy John Estes||Whatcha Doin'||I Ain't Gonna Be Worried No More|
|Will Ezell||Pitchin' Boogie||Shake Your Wicked Knees|
|Frank Tannehill||Four O'Clock Morning Blues||Rare Country Blues Vol. 4 1929-c.1953|
|Lonnie Clark||Broke Down Engine||Down In Black Bottom|
|Jimmy Yancey||Jimmy's Rocks||Shake Your Wicked Knees|
|Littl Brother Montgomery||Out West Blues||Faro Street Jive|
|Otis Rush||So Many Roads||Door To Door|
|Tiny Powell||Done Made It Over||Bay Area Blues Blasters Vol 1|
|Blind Blake||Miss Emma Liza||Blues Images Vol. 11|
|Mississippi Sheiks||Cracking Them Things||Blues Images Vol. 11|
|Mance Lipscomb||You Be Kind To Me||The Unexpurgated Folk Songs of Men|
|Mance Lipscomb||Stavin' Chain||The Unexpurgated Folk Songs of Men|
|Babe Reid||One Dime Blues||Music from the Hills of Caldwell County|
|Willie Doss||Coal Black Mare||Blues at Newport 1964|
|Furry Lewis||Good Morning Judge||Good Morning Judge|
|Lightnin' Slim||Lightning Slim Boogie||The Ace Records Blues Story|
|Slim Harpo||What's Goin' On||The Legendary Jay Miller Sessions Vol. 4|
|Silas Hogan||Out And Down Blues||Trouble: The Excello Recordings|
|Charley Patton||Magnolia Blues||Blues Images Vol. 11|
|Jim Thompkins||Bedside Blues||Blues Images Vol. 11|
Another mx show today, this one leaning heavily on some great pre-war blues cuts and some excellent down-home blues sides from the post-war era. In addition we twin spin rare sides by Mance Lipscomb, a pair by Big Joe Turner a fine set of piano blues plus plenty of other interesting sides.
Today's show spotlights a half-dozen tracks from the vaults of collector John Tefteller who's record collection contains some of the rarest blues 78's in existence. According to his website he has the world's largest inventory of blues, rhythm & blues and rock & roll 78's with over 75,000 in stock. Every year around this time Tefteller, through his Blues Images imprint, publishes his Classic Blues Artwork Calendar with a companion CD that matches the artwork with the songs. The CD’s have also been one of the main places that newly discovered blues 78’s turn up. This year marks the eleventh year of the calendar and CD's and once again Tefteller has turned up some long lost 78's which I'll be featuring today. Among those are "Miss Emma Liza b/w Dissatisfied Blues” which is he last known missing record by Blind Blake. The record was found last year at a flea market in North Carolina. Cut in the heart of the depression, the record obviously sold poorly explaining its extreme rarity.
Then there's Blind Gussie Nesbit who was a guitar evangelist from Georgia. His first recording session was in 1930 in Atlanta for Columbia. Four titles were recorded but only two were issued. Five years later he had his second and final session in New York City for Decca. Ten songs were recorded in one day, but only four made it onto shellac. Between his two sessions, Nesbit also recorded two duets with Jack Gowdlock for Victor in 1931. Those were also held back. His 78 "The Joy of My Salvation b/w God Is Worried At Your Wicked Ways” is reissued for the first time on this collection. I asked John about this record and he told me that he "had the Mint copy that was used. Had it for some time and didn't realize it hadn't been re-issued until someone requested I put them out on one of my CD's."
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Although the Mississippi Sheiks were very popular, the record included on this CD, “Cracking Them Things b/w Back To Mississippi” is very rare. Tefteller reached out to the community of blues record collectors for a copy but none was to be found. Obviously someone has a copy because it was issued on Document's complete reissue of the Sheiks output although Tefteller's reissue sounds light years better. This transfer comes from the original metal master that still resides in the Sony/Columbia vaults.
We also feature pristine, newly discovered 78's by Jim Thompkins, "Bedside Blues", and Charlie Patton's "Magnolia Blues" that are superior to previous issued copies. Thompkins (credited in the Brunswick ledger as Peg Leg Jim Thompkins) cut two songs, “Bedside Blues” and “Down Fall Blues”, the latter never issued. When issued on 78 the flipside of “Bedside Blues” was "We Got To Get That Thing Fixed" by Speckled Red. This copy is a much superior copy to the one previously issued and comes from an old store stock copy in Dallas.
In addition, several years ago Tefteller uncovered a huge cache of Paramount promotional material. Paramount marketed their "race records", as they were called, to African-Americans, most notably in the pages of the Chicago Defender, the weekly African-American newspaper, and sent promotional material to record stores and distributors. Tefteller bought a huge cache of this artwork from a pair of journalists who rescued them from the rubbish heap some twenty years previously and has been reprinting the artwork in his annual calendars. Other newly discovered record promotional material are reprinted in the calendars and this year is notable for great photos of Henry Thomas, Mother McCollum (her "Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane" is featured today), Furry Lewis and Bessie Smith.
Every year Tefteller manages to top himself with these calendars and the 2015 edition is already one to get excited about. If you haven't heard the news, Tefteller just won an ebay auction for Tommy Johnson's extremely rare "Alcohol And Jake Blues b/w Ridin' Horse" (Paramount 12950) for a whopping $37, 000 which as far a I know is the most ever paid for a blues 78. I asked John about the record and he wrote me that he "picked up the Tommy Johnson on Thursday, LOOKS Beautiful! Will play it at Nevins house next week in NJ." That's Richard Nevins head of Yazoo records who also does all the remastering for the CD's.
The two Mance Lipscomb numbers featured today come form the rare anthology The Unexpurgated Folk Songs of Men collected by Mack McCormick. I had pulled this record out recently when I was writing notes for a reissue of the great Buster Pickens album on Heritage which will be put out by Document. There happens to be two Pickens numbers on the album which hopefully will be reissued as well. The contents were described in the notes as "…An informal song-swapping session with a group of Texans, New Yorkers, and Englishmen exchanging bawdy songs and lore, presented without expurgation…" The album was originally issued in a generic white cover without any printing. Song titles are listed on the disc labels, but none of the many performers are credited anywhere on the release. Included inside the cover sleeve was a large, 14-page booklet explaining the history of the songs, as well as a large disclaimer presenting the recorded material as a scholarly document which, along with the generic white sleeve and anonymous performers, were evidently measures taken against possible charges of obscenity. Some of the performers have been ostensibly identified by researchers. The album was later reissued with a cover as Raglan R 51.
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We hear several fine pianists today including Will Ezell, Frank Tannehill, Lonnie Clark, Little Brother Montgomery and Jimmy Yancey. Born in Texas, pianist Ezell played in the jukes around Shreveport before moving to Detroit and Chicago. He was a frequent accompanist for Paramount Records and even took Paramount’s star, Blind Lemon Jefferson's body back to Texas for burial. Ezell cut sixteen sides for the label between 1927 and 1929 and backed artists such as Lucille Bogan, Elzadie Robinson, Bertha Henderson, Blind Roosevelt Graves and others.
A pianist from Dallas, Frank Tannehill backed Pere Dickson on his two 1932 recordings made in his hometown. Tannehill began his own recording career with two songs recorded in Chicago in 1937. 1938 found him in a San Antonio studio waxing four more songs. His third and final session was in 1941 in Dallas for a four song session. He was never heard from again.
"Out West Blues" was first recorded by Little Brother at his legendary 1936 session in New Orleans. Our version comes from a marvelous record he cut for Folkways called Farro Street Jive. Brother cut three fine record for Folkways in the 60's including Blues and Church Songs.