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O Blues, Where Art Thou?

  • 1. Key to the Highway - Brownie McGhee & His Jook Block Busters
    2. Gonna Boogie - John Lee Hooker
    3. Mean Old 'Frisco - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee/Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
    4. I Love You Baby - Andrew "Smokey" Hogg
    5. Cryin' Blues - Sonny "Hootin" Terry & His Night Owls
    6. Junco Partner - James Wayne
    7. Goin' Down Slow - Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee/Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
    8. Long Way From Texas - Lightnin' Hopkins
    9. Bulldog Blues - Bob Gaddy & His Alley Cats
    10. Please Tell Me Baby - Peppermint Harris
    11. Bad Boy - John Lee Hooker
    12. Ease My Worried Mind - Brownie McGhee & His Jook Block Busters
    13. So Sorry - L.C. Williams
    14. I Found My Baby There - Ray Charles
    15. New York Boogie - Lightnin' Hopkins
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 101

  • Credits
    ProducerJoe Bihari; Bob Shad

    Audio Remasterer: Steve Hoffman.
    Liner Note Author: Bob Shad.
    Legendary producer Bob Shad formed his own label, Sittin' In With, in 1948, and recorded a number of blues and R&B artists through the 1950s, several of which are included in this collection. These were essentially modern field recordings, tracked on a Magnecord tape machine, and the sound is generally pretty good, if a bit rough in places, all of which is made up for by the high level of immediacy and intimacy on display here. While the title recalls the Coen Brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, these are mostly electric recordings, and represent an era at least a couple of decades down the road from the time period covered in the film. Listeners expecting rural acoustic blues may be disappointed, but the charm of these recordings is everywhere evident. Highlights include the bouncy "Junco Partner" by Wayne James, and an ominous version of "Bad Boy" by John Lee Hooker. ~ Steve Leggett

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.119) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Ear-worthy blues cuts mainly recorded by Bob Shad for his 'Sittin' In With' label..."
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