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Texas Field Recordings (1934/1939)

  • 1. Square Dance Calls - Pete Harris
    2. He Rambled - Pete Harris
    3. Buffalo Skinners, The - Pete Harris
    4. Blind Lemon's Song - Pete Harris
    5. Red Cross Store, The - Pete Harris
    6. Alabama Bound - Pete Harris
    7. Is You Mad at Me? - Pete Harris
    8. Thirty Days in Jail - Pete Harris
    9. Carrie - Pete Harris
    10. Jack O'Diamonds (1) - Pete Harris
    11. Jack O'Diamonds (2) - Pete Harris
    12. Jack and Betsy - Pete Harris
    13. Standing on the Border - Pete Harris
    14. Stavin' Chain (210)
    15. Stavin' Chain (215)
    16. Ella Speed
    17. I Met You Mama
    18. I Feel That Old Black Woman Is a Jinx to Me
    19. Police Special
    20. Hattie Green
    21. It Was Early One Morning - Jack Johnson
    22. Worry Blues
    23. I Wouldn't Mind Dyin' if Dyin' Was All - Smith Casey
    24. When I Git Home - Smith Casey
    25. Gray Horse Blues - Smith Casey
    26. Shorty George - Smith Casey
    27. West Texas Blues Duet With Roger Gill) - Smith Casey
    28. Santa Fe Blues - Smith Casey
    29. Hesitating Blues - Smith Casey
    30. Jack O'Diamonds - Smith Casey
    31. Mourning Blues - Smith Casey
    32. Two White Horses Standing in Line - Smith Casey
    33. East Texas Rag (Country Rag) - Smith Casey
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5231

  • Credits
    ProducerJohnny Parth

    Personnel: Pete Harris , Smith Casey (vocals, guitar).
    Audio Remasterer: Gerhard Wessely.
    Liner Note Author: Dr. David Evans .
    Recording information: Brazoria Texas (05/1934-04/1939); Clemens State Farm (05/1934-04/1939); Dormitory (05/1934-04/1939); Dormitory, Clemens State Farm, Brazoria, TX (05/1934-04/1939); Richmond (05/1934-04/1939); Richmond, TX (05/1934-04/1939); State Penitentiary (05/1934-04/1939).
    This set of field recordings done in Texas in 1934 and 1939 shows the tremendous influence of Blind Lemon Jefferson, as both Pete Harris and Smith Casey, who have the bulk of the tracks here, have repertoires almost entirely based on Jefferson's work. Harris does "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" here as "Blind Lemon's Song," and takes a couple of stabs at "Jack O' Diamonds," also a Jefferson staple. "Carrie" is less in the Jefferson vein, and features some nice slide guitar work. Casey also does "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" here, only under the song's more common title, "Two White Horses Standing in a Line," and a song called "I Wouldn't Mind Dyin' if Dyin' Was All" that is definitely Jeffersonian in construction. Jesse Lockett has a single track, Augustus Haggerty has four, and Tricky Sam also adds three tracks, including the pleasant, rag-inspired "Ella Speed," to round out the disc. Nothing here is indispensable, but as a historical collection it is sure to interest students and scholars of early Texas blues. ~ Steve Leggett

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