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Harp Blowers (1925-1936)

  • 1. Black Snake - John Henry Howard
    2. Do Lord Do Remember Me - John Henry Howard
    3. I've Started for the Kingdom - John Henry Howard
    4. Gonna Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy - John Henry Howard
    5. Pan-American Blues - DeFord Bailey
    6. Dixie Flyer Blues - DeFord Bailey
    7. Up Country Blues - DeFord Bailey
    8. Evening Prayer Blues - DeFord Bailey
    9. Muscle Shoals Blues - DeFord Bailey
    10. Old Hen Cackle - DeFord Bailey
    11. Alcoholic Blues, The - DeFord Bailey
    12. Fox Chase - DeFord Bailey
    13. John Henry - DeFord Bailey
    14. Ice Water Blues - DeFord Bailey
    15. Davidson County Blues - DeFord Bailey
    16. C. & N.W. Blues - D.H. Bert Bilbro
    17. Mohana Blues - D.H. Bert Bilbro
    18. Yes, Indeed I Do - D.H. Bert Bilbro
    19. We're Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight
    20. Chester Blues - D.H. Bert Bilbro
    21. Prisoner Blues - George Clarke
    22. Court-House Blues - George Clarke
    23. More Blues (Harmonica Blues) - George Clarke
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5164

  • Credits
    ProducerJohnny Parth

    Performers include: John Henry Howard, De Ford Bailey, George Clarke, H. Bert Bilbro.
    Personnel: John Henry Howard (vocals, guitar, harmonica); D.H. Bert Bilbro, George Clarke (vocals, harmonica); DeFord Bailey (harmonica).
    Audio Remasterer: Gerhard Wessely.
    Liner Note Author: Paul Reddick.
    Recording information: Atlanta, GA (08/12/1925-08/05/1936); Charlotte, NC (08/12/1925-08/05/1936); Chicago, IL (08/12/1925-08/05/1936); Nashville, TN (08/12/1925-08/05/1936); New York, NY (08/12/1925-08/05/1936); Richmond, IN (08/12/1925-08/05/1936).
    This is a rather fascinating CD that features music from some of the earliest harmonica players on record. The forgotten John Henry Howard sounds fine on his only recordings (four songs from 1925 in which he sings and plays both harmonica and guitar), and also here are the only three cuts by George Clarke, a harmonica player from 1936. However, the real reason to acquire this disc is for the performances of DeFord Bailey and D.H. Bert Bilbro. Bailey was a star on the Grand Ole Opry during 1925-1940, a virtuoso solo harmonica player who could imitate trains, barnyard animals, and all types of sounds. He recorded just 11 selections in his career despite his fame, all dating from 1927-1928; among the more impressive cuts are "Old Hen Cackle," "The Alcoholic Blues," and "Fox Chase." Bilbro is more obscure, but remains on Bailey's level, as he shows during the remarkable "C. & N.W. Blues" in which he does a close re-creation of a train. An essential acquisition for vintage blues collectors. ~ Scott Yanow

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