CD Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4 [Bill Gaither (Blues Guitar)] (CD 867292),
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Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4 [Bill Gaither (Blues Guitar)]

  • 1. Army Bound Blues
    2. Sing Sing Blues
    3. Kentland Blues
    4. Lazy Woman Blues
    5. See My Grieve Blues
    6. Wintertime Blues
    7. Another Big Leg Woman
    8. Greyhound Blues
    9. Changing Blues
    10. Jungle Man Blues
    11. Hard Way to Go
    12. New So Much Trouble
    13. Mean Devil Blues
    14. Stony Lonesome Graveyard
    15. Cheatin' Blues
    16. Bloody Eyed Woman
    17. Bachelor Man Blues
    18. Evil Yalla Woman
    19. It's Too Late Now
    20. Sweet Woman Blues
    21. Triflin' Woman Blues
    22. Rainy Morning
    23. Fairy Tale Blues
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5254

  • Credits
    ProducerJohnny Parth; Johnny Parth (Compilation)

    Personnel: Bill Gaither (vocals, guitar); Honey Hill (piano).
    Audio Remasterer: Gerhard Wessely.
    Recording information: Chicago, IL (09/13/1939-10/22/1939).
    Volume four in Document's five-fold set of Bill Gaither's complete recorded works contains his last 23 Decca recordings which date from September and October of 1939. Having cut his only records without Indianapolis pianist Honey Hill in New York City (where an alto saxophonist also sat in on one date), Gaither returned to Chicago where he and Hill joined forces with a string bassist and ground out a definitive series of Midwestern blues with poignant lyrics that are typical of Gaither's psychological profile. All of his emotional elements are in evidence here: embittered cynicism, moody self-absorption, and self-pity exacerbated by his disappointing relationships with women. The cornerstone of this unhappy obsession appears to have been an abruptly terminated affair with a certain Rose Lee, who met him and left him in Louisville in 1934, then rejoined him there six years later and lived with him until he was conscripted into the army in 1942. Some of these songs were written by Honey Hill, a solid pianist who was Gaither's right-hand man. These are Hill's last known recordings. Gaither's story is played out in the fifth and final volume of his complete works as reissued by Document in the '90s. ~ arwulf arwulf

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