Classic Blues from Smithsonian Folkways, Vol. 2

Classic Blues from Smithsonian Folkways, Vol. 2


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Like the first volume, this brings together a lengthy single-disc program of blues of various shades from the vaults of Folkways. Most, though not all, of these 22 tracks are acoustic, with acoustic guitar blues being well represented with selections from Leadbelly, Pink Anderson, Son House, Honeyboy Edwards, Big Bill Broonzy, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Josh White, as well as lesser-known figures like Cat Iron, who plays an eerie slide guitar on "Poor Boy a Long, Long Way from Home." Give the compilation credit for supplying a good deal of variety, however, also dipping into piano blues by Roosevelt Sykes, Memphis Slim, and Mary Lou Williams; though Williams is known as a jazz pianist rather than a blues one, she's the accompanist for Nora Lee King's blues-jazz outing "Blues -- Until My Baby Comes Home." There's also room for a little full-band blues too, with Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry's "Dark Road" (on which they're backed by a drummer), and the much fuller "Down in the Alley," an early electric band recording by the Chambers Brothers. And a couple of white performers make it into the program too, those being Barbara Dane, Roscoe Holcomb (with "Graveyard Blues"), and a young Lucinda Williams (who covers "Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor"). A solid and wide-ranging collection this is, but like its predecessor, it suffers from an absence of original recording or release dates for much of the material, though the annotation in the 24-page booklet is otherwise extensive.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074014820
catalogNumber: 40148

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lucinda Williams   Vocals,12-string Guitar
Mary Lou Williams   Piano
Henry Brown   Piano
Brownie McGhee   Guitar,Vocals
George Chambers   Bass
Lester Chambers   Harmonica
Willie Chambers   Guitar
John Grimaudo   Guitar
Brian Keenan   Drums
Gene Moore   Drums
Sonny Terry   Harmonica,Vocals
Warner Williams   Guitar,Vocals
Edith North Johnson   Vocals
Jay Summerour   Harmonica
Nora Lee King   Vocals
Joe Chambers   Guitar

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
John Lee Hooker   Composer
Lead Belly   Composer,Author
Roosevelt Sykes   Composer
Billy Eckstine   Composer
Earl Hines   Composer
Tampa Red   Composer
Trade Martin   Composer
Alan Lomax   Engineer
Pat Terry   Cover Photo
Brownie McGhee   Composer
Samuel Charters   Engineer
Verna Gillis   Engineer
Tamara Johnson   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Jeff Place   Archival Assistant
Robert Ellen   Composer
Barry Lee Pearson   Liner Notes,Annotation
Traditional   Composer
Harold Dorwin   Photo Assistance
Mark Gustafson   Photo Assistance
Brian Shimkovitz   Photo Assistance

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