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Peg Leg Howell & Eddie Anthony, Vol. 1

  • 1. Coal Man Blues
    2. Tishamingo Blues
    3. New Prison Blues
    4. Fo' Day Blues
    5. New Jelly Roll Blues
    6. Beaver Slide Rag
    7. Papa Stobb Blues
    8. Sadie Lee Blues
    9. Too Tight Blues
    10. Moanin' and Groanin' Blues
    11. Hobo Blues
    12. Peg Leg Stomp
    13. Doin' Wrong
    14. Skin Game Blues
    15. Georgia Crawl
    16. Lonesome Blues
    17. Please Ma'am
    18. Rock and Gravel Blues
    19. Low-Down Rounder Blues
    20. Fairy Blues
    21. Canned Heat Blues
    22. Say I Do It
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2004

  • Credits
    ProducerJohnny Parth (Compilation)

    Personnel includes: Peg Leg Howell (vocals, guitar, violin); Eddie Anthony (violin); Henry Williams, "Sloppy" Henry (vocals, guitar, violin).
    Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia between November 1926 and August 1928. Includes liner notes by Paul Oliver.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Personnel: Peg Leg Howell (vocals, guitar); Eddie Anthony (vocals, violin); Henry "Rubberlegs" Williams (guitar).
    Liner Note Author: Paul Oliver.
    Recording information: 11/08/1926-08/13/1928.
    Atlanta street singer Peg Leg Howell wasn't really much of a guitarist, but his songs, many of which were made up of fragments of street vendor calls and other pre-blues material, have a sort of greasy and rough-hewed grace to them, and when combined with Eddie Anthony's careening fiddle runs, achieved a distinct sound (part string band, part hokum jug band) all too rare in early blues. His "Skin Game Blues" is a poignant and perfectly nuanced classic in the genre, while "Coal Man Blues" is an early statement and indictment of class distinction in the American South. This collection from Document Records gathers both of these songs, recorded in 1926, along with other worthy pieces, including "Tishamingo Blues" (which lends its title to an Elmore Leonard novel, Tishomingo Blues) and the revelatory "New Prison Blues." Filling things out here are pleasant pieces like the guitar-and-fiddle stomp "Hobo Blues," which shows how much Anthony brings to the table, and "Rock and Gravel Blues," which is made up of the usual floating verses of the day, but still manages a forward narrative push. Document has also issued a second volume of Howell's 78s, but this first installment is a little stronger in the song category. Howell and his friends have a particularly loose and interesting street sound, and curious listeners might do well to pick up both discs. The overall recorded sound is pretty decent, given the age and archival nature of the source 78s. ~ Steve Leggett

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