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

Joe Scott joenscott at mail.com
Fri Aug 30 10:09:08 PDT 2013

You're mistaken about when guitar became popular. Guitar was very popular during the first decade of the century in the South. Recordings like this represent some of the stuff that was being played on guitar in the South in about 1905, before blues were popular:
"Frankie And Albert" Charlie Patton
"Boat's Up The River" John Jackson
"Ragtime Millionaire" Bill Moore
"Old Dog Blue" Jim Jackson
"Kassie Jones" Furry Lewis
"Hop Joint" John Hurt
"You Shall" Frank Stokes
"Freight Train" Elizabeth Cotten
"Railroad Bill" Brownie and Stick McGhee
"Stackalee" Frank Hutchison
"Easy Winner" Nap Hayes and Matthew Prater
"John Henry" Henry Thomas
"Green Corn" Cowboy Roy Brown
"Reuben Oh Reuben" Emry Arthur
"Rabbit On The Log" John Lee Hooker
Patton's friend Booker Miller recalled that Patton said he began playing guitar when he was about 19, which would be about 1910. John Hurt, among many others, was playing guitar earlier.
Joseph Scott
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From: Erwin Kluwer
Sent: 08/29/13 11:45 AM
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Subject: Re: [78-L] Is it really rarest blues record?, or, Troubled earth

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 > _______________________________________________ > 78-L mailing list > 78-L at klickitat.78online.com > http://klickitat.78online.com/mailman/listinfo/78-l > _______________________________________________ 78-L mailing list 78-L at klickitat.78online.com http://klickitat.78online.com/mailman/listinfo/78-l

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