Sunday, April 7, 2013

WASHBOARD SAM "Rockin' My Blues Away" (1941-1947)

WASHBOARD SAM "Rockin' My Blues Away" (1941-1947): Washboard Sam recorded many selections as both a leader and as a sideman for Bluebird from 1936-49. His citified country blues were a transition music between the Delta blues and early R&B while being quite likable in their own right. On this fine CD sampler, Sam's strong voice is greatly assisted by his half-brother Big Bill Broonzy's guitar. (Allmusic)Half-brother of Big Bill Broonzy, the prolific Washboard Sam was a blues favorite of the 1930s and `40s, and one of the period`s truly inventive songwriters. This CD includes, along with Peetie Wheatstraw-like slices of life, lyrics that reveal a unique sense of humor; ``Soap and Water Blues`` is among the most hilarious of insult blues. He was a good, strong tenor singer, with an evenly sustained vibrato and, uniquely, accompanied himself on washboard. He sounds like two different singers here, according to his accompaniments. Thirteen of these tracks have the generic Bluebird blues sound, in four-beat time over the rocking swing of Broonzy`s guitar and Memphis Slim`s erratic piano. The other nine are wild, with the irrepressible Roosevelt Sykes` jumping, two-beat piano and rough and ready saxophonists, including good, early J.T. Brown. (Chicago Blues)

trax:
01 My Feet Jumped Salty 02 Flying Crow Blues 03 Levee Camp Blues 04 I'm Feeling Low Down 05 She Belongs To The Devil 06 I've Been Treated Wrong 07 Evil Blues 08 Get Down Brother 09 Lover's Lane Blues 10 Rockin' My Blues Away 11 Good Old Cabbage Greens 12 River Hip Mama 13 Do That Shake Dance 14 How Can You Love Me 15 Red River Dam Blues 16 Down South Woman Blues 17 Ain't That A Shame 18 I Get The Blues At Bedtime 19 You Can't Make The Grade 20 You Can't Have None Of That 21 I Just Can't Help It 22 Soap And Water Blues
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