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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Unsung Heroes of Country Blues, Vol. 2 [Slipcase]

Track List

>Bothering That Thing - Kansas Joe McCoy
>She's a Fool Gal - Ed Bell
>Niagra Fall Blues - Kid Cole
>Cat's Got the Measles, The - Papa Charlie Jackson
>Lonesome Man Blues - George Torey
>This Will Bring You Back - Memphis Jug Band
>Mississippi Bottom Blues - Kid Bailey
>Snatch It and Grab It - Buddy Boy Hawkins
>Guitar Rag - Sylvester Weaver
>Lonesome Atlanta Blues - Bobby Grant
>Ragtime Millionaire - William Moore
>Man Trouble Blues - Jaybird Coleman
>Grand Daddy Blues - Jelly Jaw Short
>Religion Is Something Within You - Blind Joe Taggart
>Rag Baby - Willie Baker
>Hey Mama: It's Nice Like That, Pt. 2 - Jim Jackson
>Poor Boy Blues - Ramblin' Thomas
>Shake Me Like a Dog - Pillie Bolling
>Down the Big Road Blues - Mattie Delaney
>Woman Woman Blues - Ishman Bracey
>Dupree Blues - Willie Walker
>Mama Don't Rush Me - Charley Lincoln
>Alabama Blues, Pt. 1 - Billy Bird
>Bye Bye Baby Blues - Little Hat Jones

Album Notes

The second volume of World Music Network's excellent Rough Guide to Unsung Heroes of Country Blues series offers an even deeper look at some of history's forgotten early blues pioneers. Among the generous two-dozen tracks here are gems like Sylvester Weaver's "Guitar Rag," which is credited as the first recorded blues instrumental. Most of the tracks, like George Torey's snaky "Lonesome Man Blues" and Jelly Jaw Short's "Grand Daddy Blues" feature solo guitar accompaniment, often with early slide and bottleneck techniques. Scattered throughout the collection are a handful of songs that feature banjo (Papa Charlie Jackson's "The Cat's Got the Measles"), piano (Jaybird Coleman's "Man Trouble Blues"), or small ensembles like the Memphis Jug Band's "This Will Bring You Back." For the most part, though, the foundations of blues guitar in all its glory are laid out here by the genre's originators who likely never saw the massive influence their music would have on future generations. ~ Timothy Monger


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