CD I Can't Be Satisfied: Early American Women Blues Singers, Vol. 1: Country (CD 169592),
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I Can't Be Satisfied: Early American Women Blues Singers, Vol. 1: Country

  • 1. Lonesome Day Blues - Ruby Glaze
    2. Papa's Got Your Bath Water On - Hattie Hart/Memphis Jug Band
    3. Black Hand Blues - Hattie Hudson
    4. Going Away Blues - Lottie Kimbrough
    5. Mind Reader Blues - Bertha Lee
    6. Outdoor Blues - Memphis Minnie
    7. That Lonesome Rave - Bertha Henderson
    8. I Ain't Givin' Nobody None - Mae Glover
    9. School Girl Blues - Rosie Mae Moore
    10. Dead Drunk Blues - Lillian Miller
    11. My Low Down Brown - Lizzie Washington
    12. My Back to the Wall - Irene Scruggs
    13. Eagles on a Half - Geeshie Wiley
    14. Penitentiary - Bessie Tucker
    15. Rolling Log Blues - Lottie Kimbrough
    16. State of Tennessee Blues - Memphis Jug Band/Jennie Clayton
    17. Shake It Daddy - Mae Glover
    18. Twelve Pound Daddy - Pearl Dickson
    19. Voice of the Blues, The - Irene Scruggs
    20. Be My Kid Blues - Elizabeth Johnson
    21. Pick Poor Robin Clean - Geeshie Wiley
    22. Yellow Bee - Bertha Lee
    23. Down the Big Road Blues - Mattie Delaney
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2026

  • Credits
    ProducerDon Kent; Richard Nevins

    Full title: I Can't Be Satisfied: Early American Women Blues Singers Vol. 1:
    Musician (10/97, p.89) - "...these songs have a vitality in the lyrics, an urge to say something, that has disappeared almost completely in modern blues, where the emphasis has shifted so much to instrumental prowess..."
    Personnel: Bertha Lee (vocals).
    Audio Remasterer: Richard Nevins.
    Liner Note Author: Don Kent.
    Required listening, I Can't Be Satisfied, Vol. 1 is the "Country" volume in a two-part series of early American blueswomen (Volume 2 is the "Town" volume). It is an absolutely essential compilation of early country blueswomen, many of whom appear on virtually no other recordings. This definitive archival collection of underdocumented, classic blueswomen and the better known bluesmen who performed with them includes such artists as Ruby Glaze backed by husband Blind Willie McTell and Hattie Hart who performs here with the Memphis Jug Band. Also heard are the only two available tracks by the intense Bertha Lee (Charlie Patton's wife during the last years of his life), "Yellow Bee" and "Mind Reader Blues." The sound quality of these 1920s recordings varies from mild, surface noise to the intense hiss of Geeshie Wiley's "Eagles on a Half," but some listeners will find that the power and rarity of this music outweighs such aesthetic inconveniences. If you want to hear incredible, tough women sing country-blues, get this. ~ Joslyn Layne

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