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Various Artists Collections - Post War Texas Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Wolf 120.629 Giants Of Texas Country Blues Piano ● CD $15.98
17 tracks from Robert Shaw, Lavada Durst (Dr. Hepcat) and Whistlin' Alex Moore.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Arhoolie 352 Texas Blues : Bill Quinn's Gold Star Recordings ● CD $12.98
27 superb country blues performances recorded for Bill Quinn's Gold Star label between 1947 and '51. Gold Star was one of a handful of post war labels that continued to record rural blues stylings and being based in Houston he had access to some of the finest Texas blues performers. Quinn's most famous discovery was Lightnin' Hopkins whose Gold Star recordings have been reissued on Arhoolie 330 and 337 ($12.98 each). Hopkins is featured as an accompanist to his friend L.C. Williams and these tracks feature some of Lightnin's very finest instrumental work - not having to concentrate on his own singing and playing gives him more freedom to improvise. On Williams' Trying, Trying Lightnin' plays some fine barrelhouse piano. Another major talent on this collection is the brilliant singer and guitarist - a distinctive performer with a lovely melodic vocal style and a free flowing rhythmic yet lyrical guitar style which, at times, almost sounds like two guitars. One the piano side are the brilliant Thunder Smith, Lee Hunter (Ivory Joe's brother) and Leroy Ervin. The set is rounded out by singer/ guitarist Buddy Chiles, Andy Thomas (with fine guitarist Luther Stoneham) and Perry Cain - a relatively undistinguished vocalist but with great piano by Buster Pickens. Sound is generally excellent, the packaging is attractive and booklet features informative notes by Chris Strachwitz and some nice photos. Truly essential! (FS)
PERRY CAIN: All The Way From Texas/ BUDDY CHILES: Jet Black Woman/ LEROY ERVIN: Blue, Black, And Evil/ Rock Island Blues/ LEE HUNTER: Back To Santa Fe/ LIL' SON JACKSON: Bad Whiskey Bad Women/ Cairo Blues/ Evil Blues/ Freedom Train Blues/ Gambling Blues/ Gone With The Wind/ Ground Hog Blues/ Homeless Blues/ No Money No Love/ Roberta Blues/ ANDY THOMAS: Angel Child/ L. C. WILLIAMS: Black Woman/ Boogie All The Time/ Hole In The Wall/ I Won't Be Here Long/ Strike Blues/ Trying Trying/ You Can't Take It With You Baby/ You Never Miss The Water

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat ACMCD 4003 Texas Blues, Vol. 1 - Houston Hotshots ● CD $12.98
First of three CDs featuring Texas blues recordings from the late 40s and early 50s. 20 tracks from Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Silver Cooks & The Gondoliers, Edgar Blanchard & The Gondoliers, Elmore Nixon, Joe "Papoose" Fritz and others.
EDGAR BLANCHARD AND THE GONDOLIERS: Creole Gal Blues/ She'll Be Mine After A While/ CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN: Didn't Reach My Goal/ My Time Is Expensive/ SILVER COOKS AND THE GONDOLIERS: Coming Back Home/ Mr.ticket Agent/ LAVARDA DURST: Hattie Green/ I Cried/ JOE "PAPOOSE" FRITZ AND HIS ORCHESTRA: I'm Not Suspicious,but/ Summer's Coming On/ MEMPHIS SLIM AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Mean Little Woman/ The Girl I Love/ PAUL MONDAY: Irene's Boogie/ Tired Of This Life I'm Living/ ELMORE NIXON: A Hepcats Advice/ Alabama Blues/ R.B. THIBADEAUX: New Kind Of Loving/ R.b.boogie/ BETTYE JEAN WASHINGTON: Bettye Jean Blues/ Why Oh Why Did You Let Me Go

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat ACMCD 4004 Texas Blues, Vol. 2 - Rock Awhile ● CD $12.98
20 more rare sides from the late 40s/ early 50s - Goree Carter, Jessie Thomas, Lonnie Lyons, L.C. Williams, Joe Houston Trio, Fatman Smith, Memphis Slim, Elmore Nixon, etc.
CARL CAMPBELL: Getting' High/ Oo Wee Baby/ GOREE CARTER: Come On Let's Boogie/ Tell Me Is There Still A Chance/ Hoy Hoy/ My Love Coming Down/ Rock Awhile/ JOE "PAPOOSE" FRITZ: Make Her See Things My Way/ PEPPERMINT HARRIS: Blues Pick On Me/ JOE HOUSTON: Jumpin' The Blues/ SMILIN "SMOKEY" LYNN: Leave My Girl Alone/ LONNIE LYONS: Down In The Groovy/ Sneaky Joe/ Flychick Bounce/ MEMPHIS SLIM AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Sittin' And Thinkin'/ ELMORE NIXON: I Went To See A Gypsy/ CLARENCE SAMUELS: I'm Gonna Leave You Baby/ FATMAN SMITH & CALADONIA'S BOYS ORCHESTRA: I Wonder Why/ JESSIE THOMAS: Let's Have Some Fun/ L.C. WILLIAMS with J.C.CONNEY'S COMBO: Louisiana Boogie

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat ACMCD 4005 Texas Blues, Vol. 3 - Gonna Play The Honky Tonks ● CD $12.98
20 more sides from the late 40s/ early 50s - Carl Campbell, Willie Johnson, Goree Carter, Joe "Papoose" Fritz, Fatman Smith, Walter Brown, Henry hayes, Rocky Thompson, Marie Adams, Jimmy McCracklin and others.
MARIE ADAMS: I'm Gonna Play The Honky Tonks/ WALTER BROWN: ABC Blues/ The Search/ CARL CAMPBELL: Goin Down To Nashville/ GOREE CARTER: I've Got News For You/ I'll Send You/ JOE "PAPOOSE" FRITZ: Better Wake Up Baby/ Real Fine Girl/ PEPPERMINT HARRIS: Fat Girl Boogie/ HENRY HAYES: I'm Just Another Fool/ WILLIE JOHNSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Sampson St. Boogie/ LONNIE LYONS: Betrayed/ Helpless/ JIMMY McCRACKLIN: She's Gone/ ELMORE NIXON: You See Me Smiling/ SONNY PARKER: Worried Life Blues/ FATMAN SMITH: Giddy Up,giddy Up/ ROBERT SMITH: Freeway Boogie/ ROCKY THOMPSON: Bullcorn Blues

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Wolf 120.631 Texas Blues Party, Vol. 2 ● CD $15.98
Subtitled "The Very Best Of Texas Blues Today" the 12 tracks here feature Pete Mayes, Joe Hughes, Curly "barefoot" Miller, Robert Ealey and Robin SYlar.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Topcat 1962 Texas Blueswomen ● CD $14.98
Chonita Turner, Jav-Lyn and Lady Lotion recorded live at the Texas Bles Cafe in 1996.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Flyright 941 Texas Country Blues, 1948-1951 ● CD $16.98
23 tracks, 63 mins, highly recommended
Flyright doesn't put out too many blues releases these days but when it does you can be sure of something special which is certainly the case here. Some incredibly rare recordings by some very obscure performers and most of it exceptionally good. Among the highlights here are two sides by the superb vocalist Andrew Thomas with some brilliant guitar work from Luther Stoneham who also shows up on the two sides by the outstanding Sunny James. Willie Lane is another exceptional guitarist who is featured here with two songs (also on Document 5223). James Tisdom has five songs here (two from a recently discovered acetate) and is a fine singer and guitarist who sings a couple of songs from the Big Bill Broonzy repertoire. One of the few "names" here is Frankie Lee Sims with Cross Country Blues. Other artists include Rattlesnake Cooper, Sonny Boy Davis (the only piano player here), Leroy "Country" Johnson, Monister Parker (probably the weakest performer here), Cleo Harves and David "Honeyboy" Edwards (a Mississippi bluesmen but recorded in Houston and a superb performance!). Excellent sound and informative notes by Chris Bentley. (FS)

 

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