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    It's all about mood. Sometimes it's slobber in the beer time with Merle Haggard singin' bout them swingin' doors, a jukebox and a bar stool. Other times it's wandering around some beach in Jamaica with Bob Marley and "No Woman No Cry". Who hasn't driven in the rain with The Doors and "Riders On The Storm"? If not...why?

    It's them old prewar blues however that stops me in my tracks. I'm talkin' those old 1920/30's recordings by guys/girls like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Skip James, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Papa Charley Jackson. Those old primitive tunes are simply amazing. So..ah..hmm..different. Unique would fit. Robert Johnson (murdered by a jealous husband) being a God like figure in the genre. Then we fast forward to the 50's and legends like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny Boy Williamson etc. Would you believe The Rolling Stones got their name from an old Muddy Waters tune? Brian Jones was a huge Elmore James fan. If you've heard Stevie Ray doing "Sky Is Cryin'" that's an old Elmore James classic. Clapton also covered it. You're familiar with "Statesboro Blues" by The Allman Brothers, that's an old Blind Willie McTell tune from the 20's. Steve Miller's "Mercury Blues" is an old Kid Douglas tune. Led Zeppelin's "Levee Song" is an old Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McKoy tune. That sort of thing goes on and on and on. Elvis's "That's Alright Mama" being a Big Boy Crudup tune.

    Other than punk, heavy metal, jazz and classical, I like it all and have it all. From The Platters to Prince, from James Brown to Savoy Brown, from Jimmie Rodgers to Jimmy Rogers, it's all good. My musical library is immense, so much music, so many choices. Sometimes I just stand there......what to listen to.....hmm? I also like to mix and match, my own little productions. My latest consisted of....

    David Alan Coe
    Townes Van Zandt
    Merle Haggard
    Bonnie Raitt
    Delbert McClinton
    Tom Waits
    Lucinda Williams
    Willie Nelson
    Johnny Cash
    Kris Kristofferson
    Steve Earle
    Tony Joe White
    Emmylou Harris
    Shelby Lynne
    Jerry Jeff Walker
    "Ramblin'" Jack Elliott
    Waylon Jennings

    Always try to have a theme when mixin' n' matching. Prison Blues, Train Songs, Booze Blues, 60's Rock, Oldies.. etc etc etc.

    You gotta hear Waylon Jennings doing his version of House of the Rising! A tune most think Eric Burdon and the Animals originated. That's a nope. I have Lead Belly doing a version from the late 40's. Old tune!

    A day without music........why?


    Like many classic folk ballads, the authorship of "The House of the Rising Sun" is uncertain. Musicologists say that it is based on the tradition of broadside ballads such as the Unfortunate Rake of the 18th century which were taken to America by early settlers. Many of these had the theme of "if only" and after a period of evolution, they emerge as American songs like "Streets of Laredo". The tradition of the blues combined with these in which the telling of a sad story has a therapeutic effect.

    The oldest known existing recording is by versatile Appalachian artists Clarence "Tom" Ashley and Gwen Foster and was made in 1933. Ashley said he had learned it from his grandfather, Enoch Ashley. Alger "Texas" Alexander's The Risin' Sun, which was recorded in 1928, is sometimes mentioned as the first recording, but this is a completely different song. The Callahan Brothers recorded the song in 1934.

    The song might have been lost to posterity had it not been collected by folklorist Alan Lomax. Lomax and his father were curators of the Archive of American Folk Song for the Library of Congress from 1932. They searched the country for songs. On an expedition with his wife to eastern Kentucky Lomax set up his recording equipment in Middlesborough, Kentucky in the house of someone called Tilman Cable. On 15 Sept 1937 he recorded a performance by Georgia Turner, the 16 year-old daughter of a miner. He called it The Risin' Sun Blues. Lomax later recorded a different version sung by Bert Martin. Lomax, in his seminal 1941 songbook Our Singing Country, credited the lyrics to Georgia Turner, with reference to Bert Martin's version. The melody bears similarities to a traditional English ballad, Matty Groves.[1][2]

    Roy Acuff, who recorded the song commercially on November 3, 1938, may have learned the song from Clarence Ashley with whom he sometimes performed. In 1941, Woody Guthrie recorded a version. In late 1948 Lead Belly recorded a version called "In New Orleans" in the sessions that later became the album Lead Belly's Last Sessions (1994, Smithsonian Folkways). In 1957 Glenn Yarbrough recorded the song for Elektra Records. The song is also credited to Ronnie Gilbert on one of the old Weavers albums with Pete Seeger that was released in the late '40s or early '50s. Joan Baez recorded it in 1960 on her premier album.[3]

    In late 1961, Bob Dylan recorded the song for his first and self-titled album, Bob Dylan, released in March 1962. Dylan claims a writer's credit for the song. In an interview on the documentary No Direction Home, Dave Van Ronk said that he was intending to record it at that time, and that Bob Dylan copied his version of the song.

    An interview with Eric Burdon of The Animals revealed that he first heard the song in a club in Newcastle and it was sung by a Northumbrian folk singer called Johnny Handle. The Animals were on tour with Chuck Berry and chose it because they wanted something distinctive to sing.[1] This interview refutes assertions that the inspiration for The Animals' arrangement came directly from Dylan's recording, from Josh White or Nina Simone (who recorded it before Dylan on Nina at the Village Gate). Regardless, the Animals enjoyed a huge hit with the song, much to Dylan's chagrin when his version was referred to as a cover of The Animals' version — the irony of which was not lost on Van Ronk. Dave Van Ronk went on record as saying that the whole issue was a "tempest in a teapot", and that Dylan stopped playing the song after The Animals' hit because fans accused Dylan of plagiarizing the Animals' version. Bob Dylan has said he first heard The Animals' version on his automobile radio and "jumped out of his car seat" because he liked it so much.

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    Go to youtude and type in....Charley Patton. He has to be heard to be believed.

  • #2
    You are listening to some great music. Enjoy!
    Ever check out, ? Great source of Americana music.


    • #3
      Originally posted by Bruce Kritzler
      You are listening to some great music. Enjoy!
      Ever check out, ? Great source of Americana music.
      I agree 8-)

      Never been to On my way...thanx!!!!