Blues The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues.html Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:50:15 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Earl Gilliam ‎– Texas Doghouse Blues (2005) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5854-earl-gilliam/21991-earl-gilliam--texas-doghouse-blues-2005.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5854-earl-gilliam/21991-earl-gilliam--texas-doghouse-blues-2005.html Earl Gilliam ‎– Texas Doghouse Blues (2005)

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1 	My Thing 	3:05
2 	Early In The morning 	2:35
3 	Twist 2 	4:05
4 	Pretty Little Doll 	2:26
5 	The Doghouse 	3:06
6 	Gat Away Blues 	3:44
7 	Thrill Groove 	3:47
8 	Petite Baby 	5:33
9 	Going Downtown 	2:35
10 	Screaming Hog 	3:46
11 	Got To Find My Baby 	3:25
12 	First Name Is Earl 	6:21
13 	Stop By Johns 	2:49
14 	Brush Those Tears From Your Eyes 	3:14
15 	Tomball Shuffle 	4:08

Earl Gilliam - Organ, Piano, Vocals
I.J. Gosey - Guitar
John Scott Richardson – Guitar (4,14)
Popa Stewart – Bass
Shedrick Cormier - Saxophone
Willie Sampson  - Drums

 

Although he has been a fixture on the Texas blues scene for decades, working with Albert Collins and others, and recorded several singles under his own name for independent labels in the 1950s, as well as appearing on three albums with Joe "Guitar" Hughes in the 1980s, Texas Doghouse Blues is Earl Gilliam's first album as a bandleader. It has all been worth the wait, as Gilliam, working closely with former Duke-Peacock session guitarist I.J. Gosey, has turned in a charming, loose set of jazzy blues shuffles that sound like they could have been recorded at a Sunday afternoon barbecue. Gilliam's voice isn't a strong one (although his shaky, fragile delivery is oddly affecting), and his lyrics tend to fall to the "party all the time" side of blues cliché, but the point here isn't his singing or his writing, but his playing, and Gilliam is simply one of the best blues organists on the planet, with a strong, driving piano style as well. At his best, Gilliam sounds like an overdriven Jimmy Smith, with Gosey's jazzy guitar lines and Shedrick Cormier's tenor sax pushing tracks like "Twist 2" into soul-jazz territory, and when Gilliam and company layer in some grease and funk, as they do on the set closer, "Tomball Shuffle," the result is irresistible. One of the standout cuts here is "Thrill Groove," which reworks B.B. King's signature "The Thrill Is Gone" into a wonderful slice of jazz-inflected blues. The groove is obviously the thing here, and with a solid rhythm section of Pops Stewart on bass, Willie Sampson on drums, and John Richardson on second guitar, Gilliam and Gosey are able to work the middle ground between hard dance blues and shuffle jazz with ease, and the joy the players take in all this is readily apparent. Texas Doghouse Blues is a charming delight, perfect for a long, hot summer afternoon gathered around the grill. ---Steve Leggett, AllMusic Review

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Earl Gilliam Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:55:30 +0000
Davey & The Blu Dog - Wake Up Call (2017) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5850-davey-a-the-blu-dog/21984-davey-a-the-blu-dog-wake-up-call-2017.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5850-davey-a-the-blu-dog/21984-davey-a-the-blu-dog-wake-up-call-2017.html Davey & The Blu Dog - Wake Up Call (2017)

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1    Just One More
2    Get On Home
3    My Two Uncles
4    My Dog Drives Me Crazy
5    Spare Change
6    On The Line
7    Stars & Stripes
8    Angry Waters
9    Don't Wanna Let You Go
10    Fine Line
11    Wake Up Call

David Michael Boyd - guitars and vocals
James (JL) Marsh - bass and vocals
David Becher - bass and vocals (alternate)
Steve Stumbo - saxophones, harp, vocals
Doug Murphy - drums and vocals
Kirk Hutchinson - keyboards

 

We are a progressive blues band, interested in respecting the genre while moving towards new horizons. Our influences range from the early recordings of bluesmen like Blind Willie Johnson to more modern players like Stevie Ray Vaughan. Each of us has musical experience and training that adds jazz, rock, swing and classical elements to the fun we're having with this music! --- daveyandthebludog.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Davey & The Blu Dog Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:38:44 +0000
Wildmen Bluesband - It's Freezing In My Heart (2017) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5848-wildmen-bluesband/21980-wildmen-bluesband-its-freezing-in-my-heart-2017.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5848-wildmen-bluesband/21980-wildmen-bluesband-its-freezing-in-my-heart-2017.html Wildmen Bluesband - It's Freezing In My Heart (2017)

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1. Piece Of Man
2. Tore Down
3. It's Freezing In My Heart
4. Side Tracked
5. Reconsider Baby
6. Do I Move You
7. Stop Watching Your Enemies
8. Get Out Of My Life Woman
9. What Kind Of Man
10. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
11. Got To Move
12. Help Me Through The Day
13. When The Time Is Right

Saskia de Nijs - vocals, Hammond organ
Jos de Wilde - guitar, harp, vocals
Jan Heijmans - keyboards
Mark van Lieshout - bass
Hans van Gaalen – drums

 

Wildmen Bluesband is full of Groove, Vibe and a blue feel you cannot hide from, the music touches you straight in the heart. Smokin' vocals, screaming Hammond and one of the bluest guitars around these days, all paved on a rock solid basis... If you do not have the blues, you will get them now for sure.....be warned!" ---Julian Sas, wherevent.com

 

Other bands covered the entire gamut of electric-fuelled and acoustic traditional blues music with visitors from the Netherlands in the shape of the Wildmen Blues Band – led by a raw, raucous power-house of a singer in blueslady Saskia de Nijs" ---Ian Patience, Rhythms, wherevent.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Wildmen Bluesband Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:37:25 +0000
Little Walter - Rock Bottom (2017) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5496-little-walter/21974-little-walter-rock-bottom-2017.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5496-little-walter/21974-little-walter-rock-bottom-2017.html Little Walter - Rock Bottom (2017)

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CD 1:
01. My Babe [0:02:34.33]
02. Juke [0:02:43.21]
03. Teenage Beat [0:02:56.70]
04. You're So Fine [0:03:03.30]
05. Tell Me Mama [0:02:46.19]
06. Too Late [0:02:34.56]
07. I Hate To See You Go [0:02:16.30]
08. Off The Wall [0:02:49.00]
09. Sad Hours [0:03:10.57]
10. Mean Old World [0:02:54.13]
11. Who [0:02:23.26]
12. Blues With A Feeling [0:03:05.59]
13. Rock Bottom [0:02:16.73]
14. Oh Baby [0:02:46.33]
15. Last Night [0:02:43.71]
16. Key To The Highway [0:02:46.08]
17. Everything's Gonna Be Alright [0:02:50.35]
18. I Had My Fun [0:02:02.25]
19. Crazy Mixed Up World [0:02:00.28]
20. Break It Up [0:02:27.50]
21. Boom Boom Out Go The Lights [0:02:42.69]
22. Back Track [0:02:49.29]
23. Blue Midnight [0:03:00.06]

CD 2:
01. Your'd Better Watch Yourself [0:03:04.71]
02. Roller Coaster [0:02:54.01]
03. One More Chance With You [0:02:47.71]
04. Mellow Down Easy [0:02:37.34]
05. Thunderbird [0:02:48.44]
06. Tonight With A Fool [0:02:53.39]
07. Temperature [0:01:59.62]
08. Quarter To Twelve [0:03:10.27]
09. Nobody But You [0:02:06.66]
10. Me And Piney Brown [0:02:33.30]
11. Flying Saucer [0:03:03.22]
12. Lights Out [0:02:44.73]
13. It Ain't Right [0:02:55.12]
14. Rocker [0:03:06.61]
15. That's Alright [0:02:48.69]
16. I Just Keep Loving Her [0:02:29.55]
17. I Got To Go [0:02:42.43]
18. Everybody Needs Somebody [0:02:53.17]
19. Don't Have To Hurt No More [0:03:03.60]
20. Confessin' The Blues [0:03:03.16]
21. Take Me Back [0:03:06.26]
22. Ah'w Baby [0:02:52.60]
23. Can't Hold Out Much Longer [0:02:59.38]
24. Blue Light [0:03:16.45]

 

Little Walter's fiery temperament came out in his searing, jazz-inflected, and always innovative electric harp playing, and whether paired with Muddy Waters or on his own, he was simply the Jimi Hendrix of the instrument in the postwar period. This two-CD, 47-track set collects his essential tracks from the 1950s, and no one seriously interested in the blues harp can be without them. Sides like “Mean Old World,” “You Better Watch Yourself,” “My Babe,” and the title track here, “Rock Bottom,” are classics by anyone’s definition. Oh, and Little Walter was a pretty good singer too, although that usually gets forgotten when he tears off into one of his amazing lead harp lines. ---Steve Leggett, AllMusic Review

 

Just a quick note to recommend this double CD. Little Walter plays blues harp and sings with a passion and fire that really comes through in these recordings. "Roller Coaster" features some of his most fluid playing, and again the man just puts everything into his performances. I envisioned lightning bolts shooting from his harp! If you want to hear an extremely talented musician playing his guts out, get this collection. You won't regret it. ---Thomas Brugge, amazon.com

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Mel Brown ‎– The Wizard / Blues For We (2011) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/2515-mel-brown/21969-mel-brown--the-wizard--blues-for-we-2011.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/2515-mel-brown/21969-mel-brown--the-wizard--blues-for-we-2011.html Mel Brown ‎– The Wizard / Blues For We (2011)

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The Wizard
1 	Ode To Billie Joe 	4:23
2 	Swamp Fever 	6:07
3 	Blues For After Hours 	6:34
4 	African Sweets 	3:11
5 	Stop 	4:21
6 	Chunk A Funk 	4:55
7 	Miss Ann 	4:10
8 	W-2 Withholding 	2:14
Blues For We
9 	Twist And Shout 	2:39
10 	Blues For We 	2:57
12 	Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da 	3:36
12 	Son Of A Preacher Man 	3:33
13 	Set Me Free 	2:37
14 	Freaky Zeke 	4:19
15 	Indian Giver 	3:40
16 	Stranger On The Shore 	3:37

Mel Brown - Composer, Guitar, Vocals
Bass – Ronald Brown (tracks: 1 to 8)
Drums – Paul Humphrey (tracks: 1 to 8)
Guitar – Mel Brown, Terry Evans (tracks: 1 to 8)
Tenor Saxophone – Clifford Solomon (tracks: 1 to 8)
Trumpet – Mack Johnson (tracks: 1 to 8)
Arranger, Conductor, Orchestration – Artie Butler (tracks: 9 to 16)

 

This remastered two-fer combines guitarist Mel Brown's second Impulse release from 1968, The Wizard, with Blues for We released the following year. The Wizard is a straight-ahead soul-jazz date picking up where Chicken Fat left off with a few originals alongside funky renditions of “Ode to Billie Joe” and Pee Wee Crayton’s R&B hit of the late '40s “Blues After Hours.” Blues for We relies more on an interesting selection of cover versions ranging from “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and “Son of a Preacher Man” to the bubblegum staple by the 1910 Fruitgum Company “Indian Giver” and Acker Bilk’s “Stranger on the Shore,” which was the theme of a BBC television drama. Brown’s guitar work on both sessions is fluid and greasy, as are the funky drum licks, but occasionally, the arrangements drift into superior background music. New liner notes are absent, but the original packaging -- front and back cover art and liner notes -- remain intact. --- Al Campbell, AllMusic Review

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Mel Brown Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:30:47 +0000
Stone Blues - Rock Blues Ultimate Collection (2017) CD2 http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5838-stone-blues/21963-stone-blues-rock-blues-ultimate-collection-2017-cd2.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5838-stone-blues/21963-stone-blues-rock-blues-ultimate-collection-2017-cd2.html Stone Blues - Rock Blues Ultimate Collection (2017) CD2

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14. Slidin' Slim & Eric Hansson — I Believe
15. Jose Luis Pardo — J L Shuffle (Feat. Bob Stroger)
16. Hurricane Hearn — Mean Old Whisky
17. Kauffey Temple — Mr. Bojangles
18. Raphael Wressnig & Igor Prado — Suffering With The Blues
19. AJ & The Badcats — Texas Baby
20. The Apocalypse Blues Revue — Devil Plays a Strat
21. Jay Willie Blues Band — Hell On Wheels
22. Darrell Mansfield — The Mountain
23. Jimmy Thackery And The Drivers — You Can't Come Back
24. Zac Harmon — Grandma's Prayer
25. Rory Block — Fixin' To Die Blues
26. Patty Reese — I Won't Let You Down

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Stone Blues Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:42:15 +0000
Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins - Backin Business (1999) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5844-beverly-guitar-watkins/21958-beverly-guitar-watkins-backin-business-1999.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5844-beverly-guitar-watkins/21958-beverly-guitar-watkins-backin-business-1999.html Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins - Backin Business (1999)

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 1. Miz Dr. Feelgood - 4:21
 2. I'm Gonna Rock Some More - 2:55
 3. Tell Me Daddy - 3:46
 4. My Baby Left Town - 3:22
 5. Right String But Wrong Yo-Yo - 2:30
 6. Impeach Me Baby - 4:09
 7. Red Mama Blues - 6:31
 8. You Make Me Feel So Good - 3:51
 9. Too Many Times - 3:37
10. Blue In The Night - 4:13
11. What About Me - 3:36
12. Back In Business - 4:49

Sam Anderson 	Sax (Tenor)
Sammy Blue 	Guitar
Eddie Boyd 	Sax (Tenor)
Ardie Dean 	Drums
Doug "Little Brother" Jones 	Guitar
Carl Leyland 	Piano
Jon Schwenke 	Bass
Curtis Smith 	Guitar, Vocals
Chris Uhler 	Congas, Percussion
Mike Vernon 	Producer, Shaker, Tambourine
Beverly "Guitar" Watkins 	Guitar, Vocals
Albert White 	Guitar, Vocals 

 

Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, best known for performing with Piano Red in his outfit Doctor Feelgood and the Interns during the early '60s, returns to active recording with Back in Business, a collection of tracks that finds her comfortably covering electric blues, R&B, and old-fashioned rock & roll. Subtle gospel and jazz shadings appear from time to time, but Watkins generally concentrates on rocking the house, revisiting Piano Red-era classics (including "Right String but the Wrong Yo-Yo"), and introducing some eminently likable new compositions. All in all, a successful return. ---Steve Huey, AllMusic Review

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:49:04 +0000
Paul Filipowicz - Go For The Throat [1996] http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/2830-paul-filipowicz/21953-paul-filipowicz-go-for-the-throat-1996.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/2830-paul-filipowicz/21953-paul-filipowicz-go-for-the-throat-1996.html Paul Filipowicz - Go For The Throat [1996]

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1.Big Jake - 9:38
2.What's The Matter With That Jenny - 3:36
3.I Wasn't Born In Hell - 4:08
4.Dancing On The Bar Room Floor - 2:49
5.24 Hour A Day Blues Man - 5:46
6.Blue Angel - 3:18
7.Donna Mae - 3:35
8.Fender Bender - 3:45
9.Passionate Crime - 7:43
10.Mule Box - 7:01

 

PAUL FILIPOWICZ is one of the last blues guitar players that literally was brought up on Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Hound-Dog Taylor.

With strong Chicago roots you can hear Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Sammy Lawhorn, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Dawkins and Luther Allison in his playing. PAUL FILIPOWICZ 30 years of one nighters, touring, parties, clubs fairs, festivals, radio, TV appearances, excursion boats and just about any other venue namable. He has molded his playing into a distinct original immediately identifiable sound. 'This guy ain't no copy cat.' FILIPOWICZs song writing has matured over his period and with the help of the Dallas based 'GILA MONSTER' label has been able to showcase his talent by recording two CDS in the past year.

SINGER, SONGWRITER, GUTAIR and HARP. Born Chicago 3-24-50. Raised in the Lockport, III. corn fields in the 1950's. My sisters played piano in church and of course we all sang. About the only other music we could get was the radio.

One night while cruising the dial Filipowicz pulled in a radio station out of Tulsa. They played Wolf, Sonny Boy (II) and Muddy back to back. That was his first exposure to blues. He first witnessed live blues in 64 or 65. "While waiting out side a club on Chicago's South Side (it was boiling hot about 2 p.m. and all these people were going into this air conditioned club) Otis Rush and his band were tearing it up right there in broad daylight. Electric guitar was it".

Learning by ear was about the only way to go about a blues education in those days. "I had been playing without a pick and the first time I heard Sam (Magic Sam) it clicked. The phrasing was what I was hearing." Over the 30 plus years of fronting his own band he has played venues from the midwest to Denver, to stints in Texas and Miss, and opened for everybody from the "Thunderbirds" to "Edger Winter". But his fondest memories are of the shows with "Hound Dog TayJor" and "Mighty Joe Young" in the 70's. After a version of Sams's "All Your Love" Joe told him "that was nice, keep it up" and Mr. Taylor would even grunt when he'd see him. "I know you're a blues man and you know you're a blues man and every time you take the stage you've got to prove if' Luther Allison once told Paul.

With 4 CD's under his belt since 1996, 3 for the Dallas Texas Gila Monster label (1999 #7 Texas Blues new releases, Real Blues mag.) and positive reviews in such publications as, "Living Blues", "Blues Access", "Blues Revue", "Big-City Blues", "Soul Bag", and many more Filipowicz remains true to the music he loves, Blues.

CHICAGO born Wisconsin-based PAUL FILIPOWICZ is probably the only Blues Guitar player that will ever make the Top 15 Texas Blues New Release Albums 2 years in a row. --- paulfilipowicz.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Paul Filipowicz Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:33:54 +0000
Sara Robinson Band - If I Cannot Fly, Let Me Sing (2017) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5843-sara-robinson/21948-sara-robinson-band-if-i-cannot-fly-let-me-sing-2017.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5843-sara-robinson/21948-sara-robinson-band-if-i-cannot-fly-let-me-sing-2017.html Sara Robinson Band - If I Cannot Fly, Let Me Sing (2017)

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01. Muse
02. Love Love
03. Real Good Time
04. If You Know, Then You Know
05. Oh
06. Moon Song
07. Sledgehammer

Sara Robinson – vocals
Yod Aquarian Paul – guitar, backing vocals
Paul Cardone – bass
Konstantine Bosch – drums

 

This recording began in November 2016 at Brian’s studio (BMO) where the band started with the idea to do four songs for pre-production. We tracked live as a band so by four of the clock on day one we had the basic tracks for seven songs done and at this point we turned to each other and said “So, I guess we are making a record then.”

Brian did a great job capturing a really thick bass and drum sound on a reel to reel Tascam ms16 and we decided to take it over to Flying Blanket and finish up with Bob. We spent a lovely while tracking guitars and doubling parts adding strings or mellotron or bells and developing a really top notch sonically huge sound for this record with soaring vocals cradled by a giant’s hands. Yod used his 1975 Musicman HD-130 guitar amplifier on the leads but in a departure from the norm he used a 1964 Fender Bassman with a 2x12 cabinet for the rhythm parts. Vintage reverbs and compressors were used to ramp up the drums and bass into a punchy dirty rock sound.

A very special thank you to my boys (in the band) for sharing their talents and friendship with me and truly believing in me and us. My beautiful mama Michelle and daddy William for loving me with an all consuming love that is truly rare. Thank you Dad and Aunt Shannon as well for giving me not even half the vocal talent they have. Last but not least, my best friend and older brother Jamie for constantly uplifting me, sharing his talents with me, and telling me how proud of me he is. I love you guys and wouldn't be me with out you.

A very special thank you to the entire Cardone Family, Kevin Redlich, Tim Ray, the Robinson Family, Curtis Grippe, the Zubia Family, Winston Watson, Kennedy Roberts, Banana Gun, Wyves, Bruce Canole, Sympathy F, Matt Whyte, KWSS (.org - 93.9fm), Connie Maverick & Buck, Ryan Probst, Billy G, the Didier Family, Garnet, the Q & Brew, Brannon and Brian from Last Exit, Marsh, and ALMF. ---Album Notes, cdbaby.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Sara Robinson Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:59:14 +0000
Alger "Texas" Alexander ‎– Texas Troublesome Blues (1927-1950) [2009] http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5840-alger-qtexasq-alexander/21943-alger-qtexasq-alexander--texas-troublesome-blues-1927-1950-2009.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5840-alger-qtexasq-alexander/21943-alger-qtexasq-alexander--texas-troublesome-blues-1927-1950-2009.html Alger "Texas" Alexander ‎– Texas Troublesome Blues (1927-1950) [2009]

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A1 	Range In My Kitchen Blues 	2:58
A2 	Mama, I Heard You Brought It Right Back Home 	2:50
A3 	Death Bed Blues 	2:30
A4 	Bantam Rooster Blues 	3:11
A5 	Deep Blue Sea Blues 	3:09
A6 	Mama's Bad Luck Child 	3:14
A7 	St. Louis Fair Blues 	2:54
A8 	Gold Tooth Blues 	2:53
B1 	Johnny Behren's Blues 	3:00
B2 	Texas Special 	3:10
B3 	Days Is Lonesome 	3:31
B4 	Last Stage Blues 	3:03
B5 	Texas Troublesome Blues 	3:13
B6 	One Morning Blues 	2:35
B7 	Deceitful Blues 	2:50
B8 	Bottoms Blues 	2:46

Guitar – Carl Davis (tracks: B2, B6, B7), Eddie Lang (tracks: A7), Leon Benton (tracks: B8),
Dennis "Little Hat" Jones (tracks: A8, B1), Lonnie Johnson (tracks: A1, A3 to A6),
Sam Chatman (tracks: B3 to B5), Walter Vinson (tracks: B3 to B5), Willie Reed (tracks: B6, B7)
Piano – Eddie Heywood (tracks: A2), Edwin "Buster" Pickens (tracks: B8)
Violin – Bo Chatman (tracks: B3 to B5)
Vocals – Alger Alexander

Remastered from rare original 78s at Sexton Studio.

 

Alger "Texas" Alexander (September 12, 1900 – April 18, 1954) was an American blues singer from Jewett, Texas. Some sources claim that he was the cousin of Lightnin' Hopkins, but no direct kinship has ever been established. It was also claimed that he was the uncle of Texas country blues guitarist Frankie Lee Sims.

A short man with a big, deep voice, Alexander started his career performing on the streets and at local parties and picnics in the Brazos River bottomlands, where he sometimes worked with Blind Lemon Jefferson. In 1927 he began a recording career that continued into the 1930s, recording sides for the Okeh and Vocalion record labels in New York, San Antonio, and Fort Worth.

Songs he recorded include "Mama's Bad Luck Child," "Sittin' on a Log," "Texas Special," "Broken Yo Yo" and "Don't You Wish Your Baby was Built Up Like Mine?"

His early records for Okeh are notable not only for the personal originality of his songs, but for the musical motifs against which they are set. On April 9, 1934, Alexander recorded backed by the Mississippi Sheiks. Their line-up featured Bo Carter on violin, plus Sam Chatman and Walter Vinson on guitar. The eight tracks recorded included "Seen Better Days", and "Frost Texas Tornado Blues", the latter of which spoke of the tornado which destroyed Frost, Texas on May 6, 1930, leaving 41 dead.

Alexander did not play a musical instrument himself, and over the years he worked with a number of other artists including King Oliver, Eddie Lang, Lonnie Johnson, Little Hat Jones, the Mississippi Sheiks, and Lightnin' Hopkins. He sang in the free rhythm of work songs, such as the migrant cotton pickers he performed for might have sung, which posed a challenge for those accompanying him. Indeed, his singing is difficult to follow, and on his gramophone records his accompanists can often be heard resetting their watches to 'Alexander Time'. Lonnie Johnson devised free-form guitar melodies in counterpoint to his vocal lines.

In 1939, Alexander allegedly murdered his wife, resulting in a stay in the state penitentiary in Paris, Texas from 1940 to 1945. Research by writer Coy Prather in the Spring 2014 issue of Texas Music Magazine revealed that the often printed prison stay by Alexander may be a myth. There are no records of Alexander ever serving a sentence in a Texas prison, and there was never a prison in Paris, Texas. Prather believes Alexander may have served time on a county work farm for playing lewd music in public. After that he returned to performing and recording, and Alexander made his last recording in 1950 with Benton's Busy Bees (Leon Benton, guitar and Buster Pickens, piano), before dying at the age of 53 of syphilis in 1954. --- worldlibrary.org

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