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7. Stop And Listen Blues – Mississippi Sheiks
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8. Lonely One In This Town – Mississippi Sheiks
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9. We Are Both Feeling Good Right Now – Mississippi Sheiks with Bo Chatman (Bo Carter)
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10. Cracking Them Things – Mississippi Sheiks with Bo Chatman (Bo Carter)
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11. Grinding Old Fool – Mississippi Sheiks with Bo Chatman (Bo Carter)
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12. Jake Leg Blues – Mississippi Sheiks with Bo Chatman (Bo Carter)
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13. Back To Mississippi – Mississippi Sheiks with Bo Chatman (Bo Carter)
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14. West Jackson Blues – Mississippi Sheiks with Bo Chatman (Bo Carter)
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16. Yodelling Fiddling Blues – Mississippi Sheiks
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17. Baby Keeps Stealin’ Lovin’ On Me – Mississippi Sheiks
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18. River Bottom Blues – Mississippi Sheiks
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19. Bootlegger’s Blues – Mississippi Sheiks
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Mississippi Sheiks

Complete Recorded Works 17 February 1930 – 15 October 1936

Vol. 1: 17th February 1929 to 12th June 1930

Featuring the recordings of:

Walter Vincson (Jacobs), vocal / guitar on 1, 6, 7, 8; Lonnie Chatman, vocal / violin on 1, 2, 3; possibly Bo Chatman (Carter), 2nd violin on 8; Walter Vicson or Lonnie Chatman, vocal on 2, 3, 5. Mississippi Sheiks With Bo Chatman (Carter), vocal / guitar / violin on 9, 10, 12, 13; Sam Chatman, vocal / guitar. Walter Vincson, vocal / guitar, speech on 20 / yodelling on 16; ; probably Lonnie Chatman, violin Bo Chatman (Carter), vocal on 15, 17/ speech on 20 / guitar (possibly not on all sides).

Genres: Blues, Mississippi Blues, Country Blues, String Band, Country Blues Guitar, Blues Violin, Hokum, National Guitar

Abridged from this album’s original booklet notes. It wasn’t until February 1930 that the Mississippi Sheiks encountered Okeh’s field recording unit in Shreveport, Louisiana, some distance from their base in the Jackson, Mississippi area. Their name was made up at the recording session at the request of producer Polk Brockman, and was apparently inspired by the pop hit “Sheik of Araby”, although the word was common in black speech, thanks to Rudolph Valentino. At their first session, the Sheiks recorded their two biggest hits. Sitting On Top Of The World, with its mournful delivery in ironic contrast to the jaunty words, was a perfect song for the coming Depression, and attracted a host of cover versions. Stop And Listen Blues was musically based on Tommy Johnson’s “Big Road Blues”, and gave Walter Vinson a chance to display his considerable guitar prowess, playing with unrestrained force. The lyrics, recounting a girlfriend’s funeral, are equally impressive, and this song, too, was widely covered. There was more to the Sheiks than blues, though; they were accustomed to playing for white dances, and The Sheik Waltz and The Jazz Fiddler reflect this side of their work, and were issued in Okeh’s old-time series, while Lonely One In This Town is more pop than blues. The waltz, which includes Charles K. Harris’s “After The Ball” among its strains, is also a showcase for Lonnie’s technique. Driving That Thing was the first of the many sexual metaphors they employed when playing a rural version of the hokum popularized by Tampa Red and others. Alberta Blues was a version of “Corrine Corrina”, which Bo Chatmon had recorded in 1928 which became a standard, recorded by blacks, hillbillies, folk revivalists and pop singers. At their next session, spread over four days in San Antonio, the Sheiks were equally eclectic, ranging from the tough and very black West Jackson Blues to the sentimental, white-influenced Jail Bird Love Song. This may be one of the sessions on which Sam Chatmon appears; compare the singing on Grinding Old Fool to that on the earlier Driving That Thing. Jake Leg Blues and Bootleggers’ Blues were alcohol-related topical commentary, the first blaming the “jake leg” epidemic caused by adulterated Jamaica Ginger on Prohibition, the second adapted from “To The Pines”. Topical in a different way were Yodeling Fiddling Blues and Loose Like That, respectively indebted to Jimmy Rodgers and Tampa Red. (Tampa’s “Chicago Moan” also inspired River Bottom Blues.) Stars themselves by now, as all-round entertainers the Mississippi Sheiks weren’t above covering the work of two of the most popular musicians in the country.

Chris Smith Copyright 1991 & 2008 Document Records.

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4. The Sheik’s Waltz – Mississippi Sheiks
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7. Stop And Listen Blues – Mississippi Sheiks
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8. Lonely One In This Town – Mississippi Sheiks
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11. Grinding Old Fool – Mississippi Sheiks with Bo Chatman (Bo Carter)
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12. Jake Leg Blues – Mississippi Sheiks with Bo Chatman (Bo Carter)
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13. Back To Mississippi – Mississippi Sheiks with Bo Chatman (Bo Carter)
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14. West Jackson Blues – Mississippi Sheiks with Bo Chatman (Bo Carter)
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15. Jail Bird Love Song – Mississippi Sheiks
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16. Yodelling Fiddling Blues – Mississippi Sheiks
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17. Baby Keeps Stealin’ Lovin’ On Me – Mississippi Sheiks
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