Rare Country Blues (1928-1937) – Full Album

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1. Lonely Seth Blues – Seth Richard
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2. Skoodeldum Doo – Seth Richard
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3. Kyle’s Worried Blues – Charlie Kyle
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4. Monkey Man Blues – Charlie Kyle
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5. Walking Blues – Charlie Kyle
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6. No Baby – Charlie Kyle
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7. Indian Squaw Blues – Freezone
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8. West Side Blues – Willie Harris
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9. What Makes A Tom Cat Blue? – Willie Harris
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10. Lonesome Midnight Dream – Willie Harris
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11. Never Drive A Stranger From Your Door – Willie Harris
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12. He Cares For Me – Leola Manning
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13. He Fans Me – Leola Manning
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14. The Arcade Building Moan – Leola Manning
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15. Satan Is Busy In Knoxville – Leola Manning
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16. Laying In The Graveyard – Leola Manning
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17. The Blues Is All Wrong – Leola Manning
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18. Low Down Blues Moan – Part 1 – Tommy Settlers And His Blue Moaner
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19. Low Down Blues Moan – Part 2 – Tommy Settlers And His Blue Moaner
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20. Shaking Weed Blues – Tommy Settlers And His Blue Moaner
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21. Big Bed Blues (Bed Bug Blues) – Tommy Settlers And His Blue Moaner
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22. Pearlie Mae Blues – Tommy Settlers With Ezekiel Lowe And Lee Bunkley
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23. Don’t Want You No More – Tommy Settlers With Ezekiel Lowe And Lee Bunkley
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24. You Don’t Mean Me No Good – Jazzbo Tommy And His Lowlanders
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25. Blaze Face Cow – Jazzbo Tommy And His Lowlanders
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Rare Country Blues

The Complete Recorded Works (1928 – 1937)

Featuring the recordings of:

Seth Richard, vocal / guitar / kazoo on 2. Charlie Kyle, vocal / guitar. Freezone, vocal / guitar. Willie Harris, vocal / guitar; prob. Charles Avery, piano; poss. Coletha Simpson or Freddie Thomas speech. Willie Harris, vocal / guitar; James Williams, piano. Willie Harris, vocal / guitar; possibly unknown 2nd guitar. Leola Manning, vocal / piano; Eugene Ballinger, guitar. Tommy Settlers And His Blue Moaner: Tommy Settlers, vocal / kazoo / percussion. Tommy Settlers With Ezekiel Lowe And Lee Bunkley, vocal; accompanied by Tommy Settlers, kazoo; Ezekiel Lowe, piano; Lee Bunkley, guitar. Jazzbo Tommy And His Lowlanders: Tommy Settlers, vocal / kazoo; Ezekiel Lowe, piano; Lee Buckley, guitar; unknown, washboard on 24.

Genres: Blues, Country Blues, Texas Blues, Mississippi Blues, Country Blues Guitar, Blues Guitar, 12-String Guitar, Bottleneck-slide Guitar, Female Blues, Gospel,

Abridged from this album’s original booklet notes. This album focuses attention on some of the lesser known artists of the pre-war period who recorded maybe only once or twice but who are none the less interesting for that. Their backgrounds, both musical and personal, are widely divergent and most are biographical blanks. What little that is known about them has been gleaned from record company files or construed from their recordings. Although his only two pre-war recordings were made in New York, according to the researches of Kip Lornell, SETH RICHARD seems likely to have been from Bedford County, Virginia. He also seemed to have been identified with the raggy Skoodeldum-Doo to such an extent that when he got a chance to record again in 1943, he used the term for a pseudonym, performing with a harmonica player as Skoodle Dum Doo and Sheffield. Similarly, despite being recorded in Memphis in 1928 CHARLIE KYLE was a Texas singer from the Songster tradition, who probably attended the session in the company of those tough members of the Dallas demi-monde, Bessie Tucker and Ida Mae Mack. Of the six tracks cut during his only session two remained “in the can” and he returned to the obscurity from which he had emerged. If little is known about Charlie Kyle at least we have a name that might be his real one, the singer of Indian Squaw Blues denies us even that familiarity hiding behind the pseudonym FREEZONE. This was his only issued recording and shared a disc with the Texas pianist Raymond Barrow’s Walking Blues. WILLIAM HARRIS, one of several singers of that name, betrays his Mississippi roots on the two tracks issued from his 1930 Chicago session for Brunswick. Particularly worthy of note is the driving slide guitar backing he supplies to Never Drive A Stranger From Your Door, a variation of the standard Make Me Up A Pallet On Your Floor. Prior to this Brunswick had issued a 78 under Harris’ name; one side of which featured the comedic What Makes A Tom Cat Blue, a song far removed from the rural roots of the later coupling. The flip side of this disc, West Side Blues, recorded at a different session from “Tom Cat”, is really a showcase for a pianist who is probably Charles Avery. Avery is also speculated to be the pianist who appears on the LEOLA MANNING recordings cut in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1929. Manning, who sounded something like Memphis Minnie, was another off-centre artist who recorded religious songs in a blues setting. If the title He Fans Me brings to mind the overheated efforts of Frankie Jaxon the illusion fails when Manning quotes Mathew 3:11 as her source. Actually Mathew 3:12 would be more accurate. TOMMY SETTLES (or possibly Settlers) used the name Jazzbo Tommy and his Paramount titles referred to his use of a “blue moaner”. Both terms disguise the fact that he actually considered himself a virtuoso on that most disparaged of all instruments the kazoo! How justified he was in this conceit is a matter for your personal assessment.

Keith Briggs Copyright 1993 & 2008 Document Records

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1. Lonely Seth Blues – Seth Richard
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2. Skoodeldum Doo – Seth Richard
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3. Kyle’s Worried Blues – Charlie Kyle
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4. Monkey Man Blues – Charlie Kyle
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5. Walking Blues – Charlie Kyle
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6. No Baby – Charlie Kyle
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7. Indian Squaw Blues – Freezone
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8. West Side Blues – Willie Harris
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9. What Makes A Tom Cat Blue? – Willie Harris
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10. Lonesome Midnight Dream – Willie Harris
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11. Never Drive A Stranger From Your Door – Willie Harris
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12. He Cares For Me – Leola Manning
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13. He Fans Me – Leola Manning
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14. The Arcade Building Moan – Leola Manning
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15. Satan Is Busy In Knoxville – Leola Manning
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16. Laying In The Graveyard – Leola Manning
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17. The Blues Is All Wrong – Leola Manning
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18. Low Down Blues Moan – Part 1 – Tommy Settlers And His Blue Moaner
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19. Low Down Blues Moan – Part 2 – Tommy Settlers And His Blue Moaner
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20. Shaking Weed Blues – Tommy Settlers And His Blue Moaner
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21. Big Bed Blues (Bed Bug Blues) – Tommy Settlers And His Blue Moaner
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22. Pearlie Mae Blues – Tommy Settlers With Ezekiel Lowe And Lee Bunkley
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23. Don’t Want You No More – Tommy Settlers With Ezekiel Lowe And Lee Bunkley
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24. You Don’t Mean Me No Good – Jazzbo Tommy And His Lowlanders
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