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SNOOKS EAGLIN Arhoolie 348 Country Boy In New Orleans ● CD $12.98
Snooks Eaglin is a highly regarded modern New Orleans bluesman. These recordings made by folklorist Harry Oster in 1959 and 1960 were made when Snooks was still a street singer, performing a wide range of music for the passing crowds. Most of these recordings here were originally issued on Heritage, Storyville, Bluesville or Folklyric (and later Arhoolie). Snooks is a distinctive vocalist with a warm slightly slurred vocal style and accompanies himself on 6 or 12 string acoustic guitar and is an outstanding performer on either instrument. Half the cuts feature accompaniments by Lucious Bridges on washboard and Percy Randolph on harmonica or washboard - Bridges and Randolph also are featured on a couple of titles. The material is mostly blues and gospel standards like Mama Don't You Tear My Clothes/ Walking Blues (not the Robert Johnson song but Lightnin' Hopkins' reworking of Drifting Blues)/ That's All Right/ Down By the Riverside/ Death Valley Blues/ Rock Me Mama/ John Henry/ Bottle Up And Go and others plus some originals, the New Orleans theme Mardi Gras Mambo and a very effective version of country singer Jimmie Rodgers' Give Me The Good Old Boxcar. Sound is excellent but the brief notes don't really do justice to this outstanding release. Highly recommended! (FS)
SNOOKS EAGLIN: Bottle Up & Go/ Bottle Up And Go/ Country Boy Down In New Orleans/ Death Valley Blues/ Down By The Riverside/ Give Me The Good Old Boxcar/ Going Back To New Orleans/ I Had A Little Woman/ I've Had My Fun/ Jack O'Diamonds/ John Henry/ Locomotive Train/ Mailman Passed/ Mama Don't You Tear My Clothes/ Mardi Gras Mambo/ Model T And The Train/ Possum Up A Simmon Tree/ Rock Me Mama/ Rock Me Mama/ That's All Right/ This Train/ Veal Chop And Pork Chop/ Walking Blues

SNOOKS EAGLIN Original Blues Classics OBCCD 568 That's All Right ● CD $11.98
13 tracks, 38 min., recommended
Versatile New Orleans singer/guitarist Fird Eaglin, Jr., who remained under-recorded until signing with Black Top Records in 1987, cut an album of country blues in 1961 for Prestige/Bluesville. Reissued here with original liner notes, That's All Right finds Eaglin playing 6-string and 12-string guitars all by his lonesome and finessing the mellow hoarseness of his voice on a set of half traditional material, half familiar covers, including Robert Johnson's The Walkin Blues, Amos Milburn's One More Drink, Tommy McClennan's Bottle Up And Go, the title cut, and others. A fine album with some graceful guitar work. (JC)
SNOOKS EAGLIN: Alberta/ Bottle Up And Go/ Brown Skin Woman/ Don't You Lie To Me/ Fly Right Back Baby/ I Got A Woman/ I'm A Country Boy/ Mailman Passed/ Mama Don't You Tear My Clothes/ One More Drink/ That's All Right/ Walkin' Blues/ Well, I Had My Fun (goin' Down Slow)

ROBERT EALEY Top Cat 1942 If You Need Me ● CD $15.98

RONNIE EARL & THE BROADCASTERS Bullseye Blues 9552 Blues Guitar Virtuoso Live In Europe ● CD $15.98

RONNIE EARL & THE BROADCASTERS Bullseye Blues 9554 Language Of The Soul ● CD $15.98

EASY BABY Wolf 120.805 If It Ain't One Thing, It's Another ● CD $15.98
Enjoyable set of down home Chicago blues featuring singer/ harmonica player Alex "Easy Baby" Randle - his first recordings in many years. He is accompanied by a solid band including Johnny B. Moore & Eddie Taylor Jr. on guitars and Allan Batts on piano. Mostly original songs along with a couple of covers. Nothing spectacular but some honest unpretentious blues.

ARCHIE EDWARDS Mapleshade 56952 Blues 'n Bones ● CD $15.98
13tracks, 49 mins, highly recommended
Available again with a different label & number. Edwards is a fine singer and guitarist in the Piedmont blues tradition. The material is varied and includes originals including the semi autobiographical My Old Schoolmates and I Called My Baby Long Distance with nice slide, old blues favorites like John Henry and Sittin' On Top Of The World, country dance tunes like Hen's Cackle and the Jimmie Rodgers' classic T For Texas performed with baritone ukelele. A few cuts feature the effective bones playing of Richard "Mr. Bones" Thomas and/or the harmonica of Mark Wenner. Well recorded with detailed and informative notes on Archie, his playing companions and the songs by Dr. Barry Lee Pearson. There are not too many older country blues performers who can still perform well but Archie is a most welcome exception. (FS)

BIG BOY TEDDY EDWARDS Document DOCD 5440 Complete Recorded Works, 1930-1936 ● CD $14.98
BIG BOY TEDDY EDWARDS: Alcohol Mama/ Dancing The Blues Away/ Family Troubles/ Good Doing Daddy (take A)/ Good Doing Daddy (take B)/ Hoodoo Blues/ I Ain't Gonna Give You None/ I'm Gonna Tell My Mama On You/ If I Had A Girl Like You/ It Was No Dream/ Louise (80608)/ Louise (c-708)/ Louisiana/ Love Will Provide For Me/ Lovin' Blues/ Run Away Blues/ Them Things/ W-p-a-blues/ Who Did You Give My Barbecue To? - Part 1 (80605)/ Who Did You Give My Barbecue To? - Part 2 (80606)/ Who Did You Give My Barbecue To? -1 (c-752)/ Who Did You Give My Barbecue To? -2 (c-753)/ Wild Woman Blues

CLARENCE EDWARDS Red Lightnin' RLCD 0090 Swamps The Word ● CD $14.98
Clarence Edwards' debut album on the Sidetrack label  was one of the best down home releases of the year. For its compact disc release Red Lightnin' have remixed and remastered the sessions, added 5 previously unissued songs and provided nice full color cover and extensive notes. Clarence is a fine down home singer and guitarist from Louisiana who first showed up on a collection of field recordings made by folklorist Harry Oster some 30 years ago. He has recorded sporadically since then but this wasa the first full album under his own name. Edwards is an excellent warm singer and an effective guitarist. He plays both acoustic and electric here and is joined by various sidemen in various configurations including Louisian piano great Henry Gray, harmonica player Harmonica Red and Michael Ward who contributes some effective fiddle on some tracks. The material is mostly fairly familiar blues standards like I Done Got Over/ Drivin' Wheel/ Lonesome Bedroom Blues/ Hi Heel Sneakers/ Stoop Down Baby, etc though Clarence gives them a distinctive touch, etc along with a couple of originals. The sound on many of the tracks recreates the Excelleo sound of the late 50s and 60s and this comparison is reinforced by the use of a mock "Excellento" label on the disc. Recommended. (FS)

CLARENCE EDWARDS Wolf 120.925 Louisiana Swamp Blues Vol. 4 ● CD $14.98
I like Clarence Edwards a lot. His dark soulful voice and funky guitar style epitomize down home Louisiana blues. While this is not quite as strong as the Red Lightnin' disc  (RLCD 091) this is an excellent collection. Although most of the songs are blues standards (Driving Wheel/ Hi Heel Sneakers/ Coal Black Mare/ Done Got Over, etc. On most tracks he is accompanied by a solid small group. Three cuts feature Clarence accompanying himself on acoustic guitar for some lovely country blues. The disc is rounded out by two sides by singer/ harmonica player Oscar "Harp" Davis doing a couple of Jimmy Reed songs - unexceptional but nice filler. Booklet includes brief interviews with Edwards and Davis. Being a Wolf release you can have fun counting how many dumb mistakes there are in the list of song titles. Still the music is great and that is what counts. (FS)

DAVID "HONEYBOY" EDWARDS Earwig 4922 Delta Bluesman ● CD $15.98
DAVID "HONEYBOY" EDWARDS: Alan Lomax Introduction/ Bad Whiskey And Cocaine/ Big Katie Allen/ Black Cat/ Decoration Day/ Eyes Full Of Tears/ Hellatakin' Blues/ I Met Peetie Wheatstraw In '39/ I Studied Up That Song Myself/ I'm From The Library Of Congress/ Just A Spoonful/ Number 12 At The Station/ Roamin' And Ramblin' Blues/ Rocks In My Pillow/ Spread My Raincoat Down/ Stagolee/ Tear It Down Rag/ The Army Blues/ They Called It Big Kate/ Water Coast Blues/ We Used To Sing That When I Was A Kid/ When I Came To Memphis/ Who May Your Regular Be/ Wind Howlin' Blues/ Worried Life Blues/ You Got To Roll/ You Got To Roll (Levee Camp Song)

DAVID "HONEYBOY" EDWARDS Earwig 4940 The World Don't Owe Me Nothing ● CD $15.98
Recent recordings cut live with Carey Bell and Rick Sherry.

DAVID "HONEYBOY" EDWARDS Evidence 26039 White Windows ● CD $12.98
Early 90s recordings of this veteran Mississippi bluesman who has been living in Chicago for many years. Edwards sings and plays acoustic and electric guitar on a fairly familiar selection of songs 61 Highway/ Shake 'Em On Down/ Take A Little Walk With Me/ Roll & Tumble Blues, etc along with a few originals. The performances are generally unmemorable - the years have taken a toll on Honeyboy's voice and guitar technique. (FS)
DAVID "HONEYBOY" EDWARDS: 61 Highway/ Build Myself A Cave/ Don't Say I Don't Love You/ Don't You Lie To Me/ Drop Down Mama/ Goin' Down Slow/ It's Been So Long/ Lay My Burden Down/ Roll & Tumble Blues/ Shake 'Em On Down/ Take A Walk With Me/ The War Is Over/ West Helena Blues

DAVID "HONEYBOY" EDWARDS Genes 9914 Don't Mistreat A Fool ● CD $15.98
Previously unissued 1969 session from this fine Chicago based Mississippi bluesman. Includes accompaniments by Big Joe Williams, Big Walter Horton, Johnny Shines and Michael Stewart.

DAVID "HONEYBOY" EDWARDS Smithsonian Folkways 40132 Mississippi Delta Bluesman ● CD $15.98
Reissue of Folkways 3539 from 1979 featuring this fine bluesman in an all acoustic set featuring a selection of Mississippi blues favorites (Big Fat Mama/ Catfish Blues/ Pony Blues, etc), songs from the repertoires of Howlin' Wolf, Junior Parker and Bobby Bland and a couple of originals.
DAVID "HONEYBOY" EDWARDS: Big Fat Mama/ Blues Worry Me All The Time/ Bumble Bee/ Catfish Blues/ Further On Up The Road/ I Feel So Good Today/ Next Time You See Me/ Pony Blues/ Remarks By Honeyboy Edwards/ Ride With Me Tonight/ Sweet Home Chicago/dust My Broom/ Things Gonna Be Alright/ You're The One

DAVID "HONEYBOY" EDWARDS Testament TCD 6002 Crawling Kingsnake ● CD $13.98
Previously unissued 1964 and '67 recordings cut for Pete Welding by this outstanding Mississippi bluesman. Includes cuts with singer/ harmonica player John Lee Henley and an 18 minute interview.
DAVID "HONEYBOY" EDWARDS: Angel Child/ Blue And Lonesome/ Blues Like Showers Of Rain/ Bull Cow Blues/ Crawling King Snake/ Honeyboy Speaks With Pete Welding About Robert Johnson & Tommy Johnson/ Ida Lou Blues/ Just Like Jesse James/ Long Tall Woman Blues/ Love Me Over Slow/ Love Me Over Slow/ My Baby's Gone/ Skin & Bones Blues/ Sweet Home Chicago

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