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King Of The Delta Blues

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Levee Camp Blues
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Government Fleet Blues
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Walking Blues
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Shetland Pony Blues
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Camp Hollers
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Delta Blues
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Special Rider Blues (Pt. 1)
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Special Rider Blues
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Low Down Dirty Dog Blues
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Depot Blues
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Demonstration Of Concert Guitar Tuning (The Key Of Minor)
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American Defense
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Am I Right Or Wrong
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Walking Blues
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County Farm Blues
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The Pony Blues
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Jinx Blues (No. 1)
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Jinx Blues (No. 2)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 18   Total Length: 63:34

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eMusic Features

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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 »

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Preachin’ the Blues

By Mike McGonigal, Contributor

"Yes, I'm gonna get me religion, I'm gonna join the Baptist Church/ You know I wanna be a Baptist preacher, just so I won't have to work" — Son House, "Preachin 'the Blues" Blues singers recorded dozens of superb gospel sides during the commercial recording heyday of the '20s and '30s, and later during the folk and blues revival of the late '50s and early '60s. Many blues singers had gospel songs in their repertoire, but… more »

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The Politic Melodic: A Campaign Song History

By Yancey Strickler, Contributor

In ways that grow more important by the day, the 1972 presidential contest between incumbent Republican Richard Nixon and Democrat George McGovern has dictated the tone, style and execution of every election since. It birthed the modern-day primary format; it defined and honed the press 'approach to all political coverage; it featured the most effective use of the presidency itself as a campaign asset; and, finally, even in defeat, McGovern's campaign dramatically shifted every campaign's… more »

They Say All Music Guide

King of the Delta Blues is a single-disc set that collects Son House’s Library of Congress sessions for Alan Lomax in 1940 and 1941, and House’s huge rasping voice and vibrant slide guitar style are everywhere here, both on the solo selections and on a handful of African-American string band pieces that finds friends Leroy Williams (harmonica), Fiddlin’ Joe Martin (mandolin), and Willie Brown (guitar) lending a hand. These intimate field recordings, which were tracked at Clack’s Store near Cormorant, Mississippi, combined with House’s complete Paramount recordings from 1930, which amounted to three double-sided 78s (“My Black Mama,” “Preachin’ the Blues,” and “Dry Spell Blues”), form the true heart of House’s legacy, since his rediscovery sides for Columbia in the 1960s catch him, quite honestly, with diminishing powers. Catfish got it exactly right by combining everything here with House’s powerfully dynamic Paramount 78s for 2000′s Preachin’ the Blues, and it remains the only truly essential Son House purchase. – Steve Leggett

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