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American Folk Blues Festival '63 Part 2 (1981)

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American Folk Blues Festival '63 Part 2 (1981)

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01. Otis Spann - Goin' Down Slow [Alternate Take]
02. Willie Dixon - Sittin' and Cryin' the Blues
03. Willie Dixon - Crazy for My Baby
04. Victoria Spivey - Grant Spivey
05. Victoria Spivey - T.B. Blues
06. Big Joe Williams - Big Roll Blues
07. Big Joe Williams - Back in the Bottom Blues
08. Big Joe Williams - I Have No Friends
09. Big Joe Williams - Baby Please Don't Cry
10. Lonnie Johnson - Careless Love
11. Lonnie Johnson - C.C. Rider
12. Lonnie Johnson - It's Too Late to Cry
13. Matt "Guitar" Murphy - Matt's Guitar Boogie
14. Memphis Slim - Bye Bye Blues

Bass – Willie Dixon
Drums – Bill Stepney 
Guitar – Big Joe Williams, Lonnie Johnson, Matt "Guitar" Murphy,  Muddy Waters
Harmonica – Sonny Boy Williamson
Piano – Memphis Slim, Otis Spann
Ukulele – Victoria Spivey
Vocals – Big Joe Williams, Lonnie Johnson, Muddy Waters, Victoria Spivey


From jazz-auction.com:

The tour was repeated in 1963, because the whole “AFBF thing” proved to be lucrative for Lippmann & Rau. They had successfully realized an innovative idea, and so they kept on presenting the “American Folk Blues Festival”. But along with the success also came difficulties. It was no longer possible to simply walk backstage and book the musicians. You had to go through the management. And the promoters were prepared for demand from smaller venues and organized a so-called “small tour” in 1963 that also had its own slimmer tour program booklet, with the title “Folk Blues USA”.

The smaller line-up of this tour segment included Memphis Slim (again), Sonny Boy Williamson, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, and Bill Stepney on drums. This well-chosen combination featuring musicians that were quite well acquainted with each others was sent across the country. And bigger stars such as Muddy Waters and Otis Spann, who were part of the concert version of the 1963 AFBF, probably wouldn’t have agreed to do additional club dates. This quartet probably stayed on after the regular tour had been completed, which would have been the second half of November. The precise date for the appearance at the Jazz House in Wiesbaden can unfortunately not be pinpointed.

The 1963 Jazz House gig was also a very delightful evening. Witnesses report that Sonny Boy Williamson could only be lured off stage with a bottle of whiskey held out to him by the hostess. And this time, sound recordings from the evening have also survived, albeit in bad quality, but with lots of atmosphere. Albert Butz remembers with a smile: “A friend of mine sat in the kitchen in front of the reel-to-reel tape recorder and desperately tried to adjust the recording levels.” Incidentally, the titles performed that evening have nothing in common with the song titles printed in the official program booklet – maybe somebody should have shown it to the musicians… It all goes to prove that this was quite an easy-going affair, almost like in a corner bar in Chicago. Sonny Boy Williamson, who contributed immensely to the success of the whole tour, was in high spirits and had the audience in the palm of his hands. --- bigozine2.com

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