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Blues Routes: Heroes and Tricksters: Blues and Jazz Work Songs and Street Music

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Rooster Call
Artist: Gandy Dancers, John Henry Mealing
3:57
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John Henry
Artist: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins
5:15
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Step It Up and Go
Artist: Warner Williams
2:40
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Flipping and Flopping
Artist: Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson, Willie "Pinetop" Perkins
3:38
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Twenty-Fours a Day
Artist: Erbie Bowser, T.D. Bell, and the Blues Specialists
4:10
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Little Queen of Spades
Artist: Robert Lockwood Jr.
4:13
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One Dime Blues
Artist: Etta Baker
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Bluetail Fly
Artist: Abner Jay
2:33
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Gut Bucket Blues
Artist: Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders
4:15
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That Certain Someone
Artist: Claude Williams
4:33
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Harlem Parlor Bluese
Artist: Sammy Price
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Early in the Morning
Artist: Booker T. Laury
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Sew, Sew, Sew
Artist: White Cloud Hunters, The
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My Mind Has No Color / Doing it the Go-Go Way (medley)
Artist: Rapper Dee, C.J. (Carl Jones) and Five Gallons of Fun
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Hambone
Artist: Georgia Sea Island Singers, Doug and Frankie Quimby
2:24
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Uncle Bud
Artist: Boozoo Chavis
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Bluesifyin
Artist: Joe Louis Walker
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Total Tracks: 17   Total Length: 68:45

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Blues Routes

shc03

Bluesifyin' by Joe Louis Walker is brilliant and typical of what you would expect from JLW. Great stuff - he is an entertainer and a half. Lucky enough to see him at Byron Bay in 1994.

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Seventeen live performances on this blues compilation, drawn from 1990-1995 recordings that were done for the Folk Masters series distributed by Public Radio International; all of these were recorded at either the Barns of Wolf Trap or Carnegie Hall. There’s a lot of variety and numerous styles represented: work songs, folksy songsters, modern electric blues (Joe Louis Walker does an eight-minute “Bluesifyin”), Delta-styled blues (Robert Jr. Lockwood), piano jazz-blues, and more. It’s adventurous enough to go off into some detours that aren’t strictly blues, but certainly blues-related, as in the zydeco by Boozoo Chavis, the a cappella vocals of the Georgia Sea Island Singers, the jazz violin of Claude Williams, and the New Orleans trad jazz of Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders. Many of the performers were quite elderly when they made their contributions, and while it’s great that there is a venue for these guardians of tradition, much of the disc is overly polite in execution. When the White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians come on with their unbridled chants on “Sew, Sew, Sew,” the energy and daring really pick up. The go-go music of Rapper Dee, C.J., and Five Gallons of Fun’s “My Mind Has No Color/Doing It the Go-Go Way,” with percussion performed largely on paint buckets and other found objects, is another ambitious detour worth applauding. – Richie Unterberger

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