CD Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 [Bill Gaither (Blues Guitar)] (CD 866662),
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Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 [Bill Gaither (Blues Guitar)]

  • 1. You Done Showed Your D-B-A, No. 2
    2. Tee-Ninecy Mama (Little Sweet Mama)
    3. Just the Wrong Man
    4. Jiving Man Blues
    5. You're a Mean Mistreater
    6. Sunrise Blues
    7. Orneriest Girl in Town
    8. 'Leven Light City
    9. Prisoner Bound
    10. New Bad Luck Child
    11. New Little Pretty Mama
    12. I'm Wise to Your Little Sweet Line of Jive
    13. I Just Keep on Worryin'
    14. Blake Street Blues
    15. New Evil Hearted Blues
    16. Won't You Tell Me Baby
    17. Tired of Sleeping by Myself
    18. Rocky Mountain Blues
    19. In the Wee Wee Hours
    20. Do Like You Want To
    21. Thousand Years and a Day
    22. Mean Old World to Live In
    23. Do Like I Want To
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5252

  • Credits
    ProducerJohnny Parth; Johnny Parth (Compilation)

    Personnel: Bill Gaither (vocals, guitar); Honey Hill (piano).
    Audio Remasterer: Gerhard Wessely.
    Recording information: Chicago, IL (10/21/1936-06/23/1938); New York, NY (10/21/1936-06/23/1938).
    The second volume in Document's five-part Bill Gaither retrospective presents 23 recordings made between October 1936 and June 1938, including two numbers that specifically reference the region where he lived, worked, and played during much of this period. One of two songs sung by Frank Busby, "'Leven Light City" is about Kokomo, IN, which is due north of Indianapolis. "Blake Street Blues" was inspired by life in the African American community that existed along Indiana Avenue in the heart of Indianapolis as early as the 1860s. When Gaither cut his record, the biggest news in that district was the construction of the Lockefield Garden Apartments, a racially segregated public housing project that improved living conditions in the district for a little over a decade before urban decay set in. On this collection, Gaither, who strums guitar throughout in duet with pianist Honey Hill, sings mainly about craving female companionship, discovering how untrustworthy some of his girlfriends turned out to be, and feeling like an outsider wherever he went. ~ arwulf arwulf

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