[78-L] Is it really rarest blues record?, or, Troubled earth

Erwin Kluwer ekluwer at gmail.com
Thu Aug 29 10:45:03 PDT 2013

Charlie played Green River from  1915 on (as researched by  Calt, etc)Some
of his most famous  arrangments were basically in place (as for Pony Blues,
etc) around 1910... That means people /musicians heard him allready play
for two decades before he first  recorded..... Patton had huge following,
respect and  some serious  talented imitators itroughout Mississippi..again
20 years  before he recorded....(Around  1910 very few people even played
even Guitar in the South (banjo and fiddle was the thing then),,, The one
of the first (it might be THE first) archetypical guitar hero's

On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM, Joe Scott <joenscott at mail.com> wrote:

> ... "'Can you be more specific': just listen to for example to Green River
> Blues.. It can directly projected on a full rock (band ) arrangment...
> In terms of drive, bass,-treble counter point . etc, etc This is a blue
> print...."
> It's wonderful, but when Jimmy Preston recorded "Rock The Joint" in 1949,
> e.g., was that one of the recordings he'd ever heard? I don't think it has
> any drive relevant to rock music that countless other blues recordings of
> the era don't have.
> " ..No one has this done before (at least this good and managed to
> get recorded)"
> Some examples of recordings that are earlier, similar, and imo as good:
> "Jail House Blues" Robert Wilkins
> "Judge Harsh Blues" Furry Lewis
> "K.C. Railroad Blues" Andrew and Jim Baxter
> "One Dime Blues" Lemon Jefferson
> "Poor Boy Long Ways From Home" Gus Cannon and Blind Blake
> "Skin Game Blues" Peg Leg Howell
> or if you want something that sounds way more like rock and roll than
> "Green River Blues" or any of those do,
> "Hastings St." Blind Blake and Charlie Spand
> was also earlier.
> Charlie Patton began recording about five and a half years into the
> history of commercial recordings of folk-style self-accompanied blues
> singer/guitarists. There wasn't all that much that he did first on record.
> Joseph Scott
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