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Skip James 1931

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Devil Got My Woman
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Cypress Grove Blues
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Cherry Ball Blues
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Illinois Blues
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Four O'Clock Blues
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Hard-Luck Child
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Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues
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Yola My Blues Away
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Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader
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Be Ready When He Comes
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Drunken Spree
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I'm So Glad
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Special Rider Blues
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How Long Buck
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Little Cow And Calf Is Gonna Die Blues
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What Am I To Do Blues
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22-20 Blues
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If You Haven't Any Hay Get On Down The Road
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 18   Total Length: 53:21

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John Morthland

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John Morthland has been writing about music since the days of electronically rechanneled stereo and duophonic sound. His name has darkened the mastheads of Roll...more »

04.22.11
Skip James, Skip James 1931
2005 | Label: Document Records / The Orchard

If ever an artist personified how the blues could be simultaneously earthy and mystical, it's this wild-card from Bentonia, just outside the Delta. James cut all his landmark records in one year and then went into the ministry, forsaking music — or at least recording — until he became one of the great finds of the '60s revival three decades later. Perhaps he quit after a year because his haunting, otherworldly sound was too intense… read more »

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Where Did the Blues Begin?

By John Morthland, Contributor

The biggest debate in blues circles these days is, "where did the blues begin?" Ever since the blues revival of the 50s and 60s, the answer has been "the Mississippi Delta." But in recent years, more than a few blues buffs have argued, that while the Delta is where the harshest form of blues indeed gelled, there is very little evidence to suggest that blues started there. Further, Delta blues in its heyday was almost… more »