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Old Time Black Southern String Band Music


  • 1. Bugle Call Blues
    2. Some Day Baby
    3. Mean Old Frisco
    4. Piano Blues, The
    5. Hen Cackle
    6. Dirty Dozen, The
    7. Rock Me Mama
    8. It Ain't Gonna Rain No More
    9. Easy Rider Blues
    10. Whoa Mule
    11. I Had a Dream Last Night (All I Had Was Gone)
    12. Careless Love Blues
    13. Sneaky Ways
    14. Since I Layed My Burden Down
    15. You've Gotta Move
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9045

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Strachwitz; Chris Strachwitz (Reissue)
    EngineerDr. Harry Oster

    Willie B. Thomas/Butch Cage: James "Butch" Cage (vocals, fiddle); Rosalie Wilkerson, Willie B. Thomas, Robert Jenkins.
    Personnel: Butch Cage (vocals, fiddle); Willie B. Thomas, Robert Jenkins (vocals, guitar); Rosalie Wilkerson (vocals).
    Liner Note Authors: Chris Strachwitz; Harry Oster.
    Recording information: Zachary, Louisana (1960).
    Photographer: Harry Oster.
    Louisiana fiddle and guitar duo Butch Cage and Willie B. Thomas were recorded in 1959 by folklorist Harry Oster, who sought to capture a record of the fast-vanishing tradition of string bands who played dance and worship music for parties and church services. Primitive-sounding yet compelling, Cage and Thomas's versions of rarely heard ancient country blues songs like "I Had a Dream Last Night" and "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More" are a window into a bygone age, while their performance of "The Dirty Dozen" brings to light a song that, like the blues itself, has been constantly evolving for generations.

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.64) - "The 15 songs on this album...were never released and represent the duo's broad repertoire of Cajun, country, blues, pop, and gospel music."
    Living Blues (p.77) - "[E]xuberant, rowdy, rambunctious, and most succinctly, just plain old fun."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[V]igorous 1960s recordings...[with] the rural hoedown music of 'Hen Cackle' and 'Whoa Mule'."
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