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Re: Favorite Tune From Pre-1945?
8/1/2003 11:10 PM
Jim Burger (4613) wrote:
OK, here's a belated answer from a member of the "Delta School". I can't give you one favorite from this era, because I don't listen to much music outside of this era, so the question becomes a "what's your favorite song" type question. My favorite song changes every month or so, so one can only try to mention a few favorites. Here goes:
Favorite Robert Johnson song: Preachin' Blues -- he's out of control on this song (also his only recorded open D song!)
Charlie Patton: Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues, also Pony Blues and Backwater Blues
Tommy Johnson: Cool Drink of Water, although Big Road Blues is good, too
Son House: Preachin' Blues, County Farm Blues
John Hurt: Candy Man
Skip James: Illinois Blues (check out the Alvin Youngblood Hart cover, too!)
Favorite Slide Tune: The Twelves (the Dirty Dozen) by Kokomo Arnold -- this tune is awesome!
Willie McTell: Statesboro Blues (what else?)
Blind Blake: That'll Never Happen No More
Bill Broonzy: Hey, Hey
Muddy Waters: check out the Plantation Recordings album, it's all pre-war and a lot of it is good!
If you're looking for some pre-war-sounding blues from modern artists, check the following:
- 13 Question Method by Ry Cooder -- amazing slide work, unfortunately the album this song is on is pretty weak otherwise...
- Alvin Youngblood Hart, the album Big Mama's Door is great!
- Guy Davis, if the album Butt Naked Free doesn't have you smiling, I don't know what will!
Hope that helps throw some "Delta" into the mix for this thread...