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Blues Off the Record

Jan 16, 2021 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

With Sonny Boy Williamson III

Blues Off the Record
12:01 PM
Mississippi Jook Band - Hittin' the Bottle Stomp
Mississippi Jook Band Hittin' the Bottle Stomp
Back to the Crossroads: The Roots of Robert Johnson
12:03 PM
Little Brother Montgomery - Buddy Bolden's Blues
Little Brother Montgomery Buddy Bolden's Blues
Little Brother Montgomery (1930-1954)
12:08 PM
Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, Jimmie Noone - Buddy Bolden's Blues
Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, Jimmie Noone Buddy Bolden's Blues
The Jazz Age, Vol. 3
12:11 PM
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12:13 PM
Clarence Williams - Texas Moaner Blues
Clarence Williams Texas Moaner Blues
Clarence Williams Greatest Hits
12:17 PM
Muggys Spanier - Livery Stable Blues (Barnyard Blues)
Muggys Spanier Livery Stable Blues (Barnyard Blues)
1939–1944
12:19 PM
James P. Johnson - Snowy Morning Blues
James P. Johnson Snowy Morning Blues
Snowy Morning Blues
12:22 PM
Ma Rainey - Shave 'Em Dry Blues
Ma Rainey Shave 'Em Dry Blues
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom 1990
12:25 PM
Victoria Spivey - T.B. Blues
Victoria Spivey T.B. Blues
Victoria Spivey Vol. 1 1926-1927 1962
12:28 PM
Lucille Bogan - Black Angel Blues
Lucille Bogan Black Angel Blues
Lucille Bogan (Bessie Jackson) Vol. 2 [1930-1933] 1993
12:31 PM
Clara Smith - Good Looking Papa Blues
Clara Smith Good Looking Papa Blues
Clara Smith Vol. 1 (1923-1924) 1995
12:35 PM
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12:36 PM
Trixie Smith - Freight Train Blues
Trixie Smith Freight Train Blues
Trixie Smith Vol. 2 1925-1929 1995
12:39 PM
Walter Davis - Stormy Weather Blues, Pts. 1 & 2
Walter Davis Stormy Weather Blues, Pts. 1 & 2
Walter Davis Vol. 1
12:46 PM
Marie Flynt - Let Me Know
Marie Flynt Let Me Know
Savage Rockin' Girls
12:47 PM
Jan Robin - Honey Doll
Jan Robin Honey Doll
Savage Rockin' Girls
12:49 PM
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12:50 PM
Chuck Willis (with the Royals) - My Story
Chuck Willis (with the Royals) My Story
The Okeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-1957
12:54 PM
Big Maybelle - One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
Big Maybelle One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
The Okeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-1957 Okeh/Legacy/Epic 1993
12:56 PM
Alberta Adams - Remember
Alberta Adams Remember
Chess Blues Geffen 1992
1:01 PM
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1:03 PM
Houston Boines - Carry My Business on
Houston Boines Carry My Business on
Sun Records - Jump Blues 2012
1:04 PM
Billy Love - Hart's Bread Boogie
Billy Love Hart's Bread Boogie
Sun Records - Jump Blues 2012
1:06 PM
Kenneth Banks - High But High
Kenneth Banks High But High
Sun Record's Epic Blues Cuts pt. 2 2012
1:09 PM
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - My Time Is Expensive
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown My Time Is Expensive
The Peacock Recordings: 1949-1959 Geffen 2018
1:11 PM
Pee Wee Crayton - My Idea About You
Pee Wee Crayton My Idea About You
Pee Wee's Blues: The Complete Aladdin and Imperial Recordings Capitol Records 1996
1:14 PM
Dinah Washington - Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby
Dinah Washington Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby
Dinah '62 (Remastered) Parlophone UK 2003
1:17 PM
Louis Jordan - Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
Louis Jordan Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
Jack, You're Dead: The Essential Blue Archive 2007
1:21 PM
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1:21 PM
Harlem Hamfats - When the Sun Goes Down In Harlem
Harlem Hamfats When the Sun Goes Down In Harlem
Harlem Hamfats Vol. 4 1938-1939 1994
1:25 PM
King Solomon Hill - Tell Me Baby
King Solomon Hill Tell Me Baby
Backwoods Blues (1926-1935)
1:27 PM
Crying Sam Collins - Hesitation Blues
Crying Sam Collins Hesitation Blues
Jailhouse Blues
1:30 PM
Frank Fairfield - If the River Was Whiskey
Frank Fairfield If the River Was Whiskey
Music from The American Epic Sessions (Deluxe) Lo-Max/Columbia 2017
1:32 PM
Louis Armstrong and His All Stars - Hesitation Blues
Louis Armstrong and His All Stars Hesitation Blues
Satch Blows the Blues 2002
1:37 PM
Rev. Gary Davis - Hesitation Blues
Rev. Gary Davis Hesitation Blues
Classics Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways
1:43 PM
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1:43 PM
Fury Lewis - I Will Turn Your Money Green
Fury Lewis I Will Turn Your Money Green
In His Prime 1927-1928
1:46 PM
Blind Lemon Jefferson - Pneumonia Blues
Blind Lemon Jefferson Pneumonia Blues
Best Recordings of Blind Lemon Jefferson 2017
1:49 PM
Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport - Jim Crow Blues
Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport Jim Crow Blues
Cow Cow Davenport Vol. 1
1:53 PM
Luke Jordan - If I Call You Mama
Luke Jordan If I Call You Mama
The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of: Super Rarities
1:55 PM
Luke Jordan - Tom Brown Sits in His Prison Cell
Luke Jordan Tom Brown Sits in His Prison Cell
"Too Late, Too Late" Vol. 8
1:58 PM
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2:02 PM
Dick Justice - Brown Skin Blues
Dick Justice Brown Skin Blues
Old Time Music from West Virginia
2:05 PM
Little Hat Jones - Two String Blues
Little Hat Jones Two String Blues
Texas Blues (1927–1935)
2:08 PM
Minnie Wallace - The Old Folks Started It
Minnie Wallace The Old Folks Started It
Ruckus Juice & Chittlins, Vol. 2 2006
2:11 PM
Phebel Wright - Lint Head Stomp
Phebel Wright Lint Head Stomp
Rags, Breakdowns, Stomps & Blues
2:15 PM
Jed Davenport - Beale Street Breakdown
Jed Davenport Beale Street Breakdown
Memphis Masters: Early American Blues Classics (1927-34) 2006
2:16 PM
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2:17 PM
Jug Rag - Blue Ridge Ramblers
Jug Rag Blue Ridge Ramblers
Rags, Breakdowns, Stomps & Blues
2:20 PM
Scottdale String Band - Carbolic Rag
Scottdale String Band Carbolic Rag
Rags, Breakdowns, Stomps & Blues
2:23 PM
Bobby Leecan - Macon Georgia Cut Out (feat. Blind Bobby Baker)
Bobby Leecan Macon Georgia Cut Out (feat. Blind Bobby Baker)
Guitar Maestro Suitcase Breakdown Frog 2018
2:26 PM
Willie '61' Blackwell - Don't Misuse Me, Baby
Willie '61' Blackwell Don't Misuse Me, Baby
Carl Martin / Willie '61' Blackwell 1930–1941
2:29 PM
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2:29 PM
Big Bill Broonzy - Backwater Blues
Big Bill Broonzy Backwater Blues
Big Bill Broonzy Sings Folk Songs 1956
2:32 PM
Blind Blake - Georgia Bound
Blind Blake Georgia Bound
Ragtime Guitar's Foremost Fingerpicker 1990
2:35 PM
Robert Johnson - From Four Until Late
Robert Johnson From Four Until Late
King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. 2 1970
2:38 PM
Charley Patton - Mean Black Cat Blues
Charley Patton Mean Black Cat Blues
Charley Patton Vol. 1 (1929) 1990
2:41 PM
Blind Willie Johnson - John the Revelator
Blind Willie Johnson John the Revelator
Dark Was the Night (Mojo Workin')
2:45 PM
Son House - John the Revelator
Son House John the Revelator
Father of the Delta Blues: The Complete 1965 Sessions Legacy/Columbia 1992
2:47 PM
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2:48 PM
Noah Lewis - Like I Want to Be
Noah Lewis Like I Want to Be
Gus Cannon & Noah Lewis, Vol. 2 (1929-1930) 2005
2:51 PM
Palmer McAbee - Lost Boy Blues
Palmer McAbee Lost Boy Blues
The Great Harp Players
2:55 PM
Doctor (Peter) Clayton - Ain't No Business We Can Do
Doctor (Peter) Clayton Ain't No Business We Can Do
Doctor (Peter) Clayton 1935-1942 1993
2:59 PM
Jody Williams - Hide Out
Jody Williams Hide Out
The Leading Brand 1978
Chat is archived.
Richard from Rocky Hill 12:43:12 PM
HI S.B.IIIrd -- Trixie Smith "Freight Train Blues" was an especially wonderful selection. Do you have info about the outstanding early jazz combo backing her?
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 12:45:50 PM
Hi Richard! It's very frustrating, but during these remote broadcasts I'm relying on digital files and often lack access to good liner notes.
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 12:46:12 PM
I was curious too and found this on the allmusic.com review of the CD: " The 1938 set matches Trixie with the fiery young trumpeter Charlie Shavers, a restrained Sidney Bechet on soprano, and a four-piece rhythm section. Although she had not recorded in a dozen years, Trixie Smith is in prime form on such numbers as "Freight Train Blues," two versions of "My Daddy Rocks Me" and "He May Be Your Man (But He Comes to See Me Sometime)."
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 12:47:01 PM
This is also usefully corroborated by a DRAM entry! https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/2000291979/63866-Freight_train_blues
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 12:47:25 PM
Curiously Sidney Bechet is credited with both Clarinet and Soprano sax...
Richard from Rocky Hill 12:47:54 PM
Thanks! You manage to be amazingly informative even from remote.
Richard from Rocky Hill 12:49:20 PM
Well well, Sidney Bechet on that session! I'll give my ear a little credit for hearing that it was some truly exceptional playing, hence my inquiry.
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 12:49:49 PM
As well you should!
Richard from Rocky Hill 12:52:10 PM
Yes, it can be confusing when session players are credited with two or more instruments. It's often true, but which "axe" on which cut? That's where we must be grateful to discographer-researchers who manage to uncover the details of classic roots music sessions.
Richard from Rocky Hill 12:59:57 PM
That Big Maybelle recording was PRICELESS !!! I swear, it's one of the greatest KILLER R&B tracks I've EVER heard. The lyrics, the arrangement, and especially how she starts off the verses softly and coyly, then winds up and socks it at the end. All I can say is, Yougogirl! :-))
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 1:03:59 PM
Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!
Elliot 1:17:13 PM
Ha! I had no idea 'Iz U' by Nelly had a predecessor
Richard from Rocky Hill 1:18:50 PM
Ditto the personnel behind the fab Dinah Washington now. It's an arrangement and studio orchestra worthy of Nelson Riddle's work on the famed Frank Sinatra come-back recording sessions of the 1950s.
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 1:19:04 PM
This is the second time in the past few weeks that my ignorance of Nelly has become and obvious gap in my early 2000s cultural knowledge!
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 1:21:59 PM
Richard -- the album is Dinah '62. I'm looking for the credits!
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 1:24:30 PM
It seems like Fred Norman was responsible for the arrangements: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/fred-norman-mn0000141772/biography
Elliot 1:24:37 PM
Nelly is my high school's most famous alumnus, and it took me years to learn that the rest of the world didn
Elliot 1:24:44 PM
't care about him as much as we did
Richard from Rocky Hill 1:25:16 PM
Thanks, SB IIIrd, you're the man!
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 1:25:16 PM
Mine is Andy Milonakis. Ditto?
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 1:26:35 PM
And you're welcome Richard!
Richard from Rocky Hill 1:27:55 PM
Thanks, Elliot, for the Nelly info. I need a lot more education on rap and who the greatest rappers are right now.
Brian D 1:30:15 PM
Love the many Hesitations
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 1:31:43 PM
Thanks Brian! A few more coming...
Brian D 1:41:41 PM
Re the opening comments: I heard the other Freight Train on Weird Old America (E Cotten) and went down a lil online sheet music rabbit hole playing diff versions on my gtr.
Brian D 1:42:37 PM
And then.. . Your show started...
Brian D 1:43:19 PM
One o those moments
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 1:44:23 PM
Elizabeth Cotten almost didn't get credit for that song!
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 1:45:32 PM
She says she wrote in in the 1910s. She never recorded anything back then and more or less gave up performing. She was a nanny in the Seeger family. Peggy Seeger took the song to England, where it was stolen and made into a skiffle hit.
Brian D 1:47:06 PM
First heard Hesitation Blues by Hot Tuna (Jorma). First heard River Was Whiskey... lyric as Diving Duck Blues by Taj Mahal. Those guys like many are the gateway into Folk Blues. Then I heard so many variations of them by others
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 1:47:26 PM
The Seeger family, who later recorded Elizabeth, helped restore the copyright to her.
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 1:48:06 PM
My big gateways to this material were Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin, but I love Taj and Jorma too!
Brian D 1:52:19 PM
Yes that Cotten Seeger connection is something. That whole revival period where older musicians got a new chapter of their career late in life. Festival appearances, new LPs, young audience etc
Brian D 1:59:11 PM
Elizabeth's O Babe It Ain't No Lie (my gateway was Grateful Dead). That lyric is so gentle sounding out of her mouth. But it's pretty intense! And I understand she wrote it very young or based it on childhood about an old woman in the neighborhood that treated her badly.
Brian D 2:00:33 PM
And then that leads me to Louis Collins... ah so many great tunes
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:02:35 PM
:)
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:07:51 PM
If you want an excellent account of the Folk Revival and its renewal of the careers of great African American blues and gospel stars of the 1920s & '30s (also white old-timey and "hillbilly" performers), check out Baby Let Me Follow You Down: The Illustrated Story of the Cambridge Folk Years by Eric von Schmidt & Jim Rooney. It focuses on the Cambridge-Boston scene (local stars like Joan Baez) but has lots on the nearby Newport (Rhode Island) Folk Festival, Seegers, Libba Cotten, etc.
Brian D 2:08:50 PM
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby - my gateway was also cartoons! Thank you for the book rec Richard from RH!
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:10:19 PM
Thanks for the recommendation Richard! I know the von Schmidt name from Bob Dylan who credits him on his first album with teaching him "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down" in the "green pastures of Harvard University." I did my undergrad degree there -- Club Passim, a hub of that scene, still operates (or did before the pandemic at least!)
Brian D 2:10:39 PM
First thing I thought of too Sonny Boy about Dylan/Eric (aka Ric)
Brian D 2:12:11 PM
Wow expensive book on the resale market!
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:12:51 PM
Someone should do a reprint!
Brian D 2:13:03 PM
Ahh the mando... nice in there
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:13:40 PM
Thanks, Brian D. These modern gateways ARE important! Bob Dylan, for example, has been very happy about being a gateway to Woody Guthrie, the Carter Family and lots of general "roots" American music for younger listeners.
Elliot 2:20:23 PM
Question from ignorance here: are the bass sounds in these recordings made by deep-voiced singers with kazoos?
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:20:43 PM
I think they are jugs!
Brian D 2:20:50 PM
More Mando!
Elliot 2:21:12 PM
ah, of course! that's much easier to visualize
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:21:16 PM
But I'll picture them as bass kazoo from now on
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:25:50 PM
Now this.... is a kazoo i think?
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:26:56 PM
(on "Macon Georgia Cut Out")
Elliot 2:27:07 PM
Just in time! Those chord changes were begging for a kazoo solo
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:30:58 PM
YIKES! I just checked out book sales outlets for Baby Let Me Follow You Down ... Talk about sticker shock! :-0 I'm going to guard my copy with an advanced security system, savage guard dog, spiked-wood pitfalls, etc. etc. ;-))
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:31:28 PM
But there are some fairly inexpensive used copies for sale ...
Brian D 2:34:35 PM
Great widely used melody on this one (2:32 pm)
Brian D 2:34:47 PM
From Four Until Late is one
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:35:18 PM
You've anticipated me, Brian.
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:35:41 PM
Four Until Late up next
Brian D 2:35:48 PM
oops... spoiler alert haha
David Shortell 2:47:35 PM
I saw Thee Headcoats sing "John the Revelator" (sans instrumentation, like this Son House version) in their final New York show.
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:49:28 PM
Very cool!
Brian D 2:56:39 PM
Good day all
Sonny Boy Williamson III (host) 2:57:42 PM
Good day Brian!
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:58:09 PM
Lots of music business for us all yet to do -- great weekend, all!
Richard from Rocky Hill 2:58:36 PM
And thanks so much SBW IIIrd!