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Life Gave Me a Dirty Deal

  • 1. Life Gave Me a Dirty Deal - (previously unreleased)
    2. Going Back to the Country
    3. Sad, Sad Sound
    4. She Turns Me On
    5. Hard Luck
    6. Trying to Be Contented
    7. Life Is a Nightmare
    8. It's Time to Make a Change
    9. Stay off Lyons Avenue
    10. My Blues
    11. I'm Getting Tired
    12. Over Ten Years Ago
    13. I Got My Passport
    14. I'm in the Big City
    15. Houston, the Action Town
    16. Running Shoes
    17. Just a Blues
    18. It Don't Take Too Much
    19. Struggle Here in Houston
    20. Railroad Tracks
    21. Watch Your Buddies
    22. When the Deal Goes Down
    23. Being Black and I'm Proud
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 375

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Strachwitz

    Personnel: Weldon "Juke Boy" Bonner (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Alvin J. Simon (drums).
    Recorded in Houston, Texas between 1967-1969 and Berkeley, California. Includes liner notes by Chris Strachwitz and Larry Skoog.
    All songs written by Weldon Bonner.
    Contains songs originally released on Arhoolie (LP 1036) and Arhoolie (LP 1045).
    Personnel: Juke Boy Bonner (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Alvin J. Simon, Alan Simon (drums).
    Liner Note Authors: Chris Strachwitz; Larry Skoog.
    Recording information: Berkeley, CA (11/30/1968-05/05/1969); Houston, TX (11/30/1968-05/05/1969).
    Photographer: Chris Strachwitz.
    Likely the most consistent and affecting collection you'll encounter by this singular Texas bluesman, whose strikingly personal approach was stunningly captured by Arhoolie's Chris Strachwitz during the late '60s in Houston. Twenty-three utter originals include "Stay Off Lyons Avenue," "Struggle Here in Houston," "I Got My Passport," and the title track. Bonner sang movingly of his painfully impoverished existence for Arhoolie, and the results still resound triumphantly today. ~ Bill Dahl

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (12/94, p.157) - "...His guitar playing is precise and his rack harmonica playing stunningly effective, but what really got to me was his powerful imagry...he sings about the frustrations of daily life and the horrible toll of urban a non-preachy...upbeat way..."
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