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Blues Kings Of Baton Rouge 2CD Set

Blues Kings Of Baton Rouge 2CD Set
An awesome collection! These two CDs contain a more or less chronological taster of the blues from Baton Rouge, one of the several cities alongside the mighty Mississippi that has been thought of or thinks of itself as a blues town. Features Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim, Lazy Lester, Raful Neal, Smoke Babe, Tabby Thomas and many more!

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An awesome collection!

These two CDs contain a more or less chronological taster of the blues from Baton Rouge, one of the several cities alongside the mighty Mississippi that has been thought ...
An awesome collection!

These two CDs contain a more or less chronological taster of the blues from Baton Rouge, one of the several cities alongside the mighty Mississippi that has been thought of or thinks of itself as a blues town. Like New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis and some smaller places, Baton Rouge's local blues players made a big contribution to the recorded legacy of the blues. We really don't know what the blue sound of Baton Rouge was before about 1954, when its first bluesman was recorded, and by the 1970s the blues as current, recorded, black music was dying out, melding with R&B and the sounds of soul. Those newer sounds were still a part of black culture and, increasingly, of white culture locally and internationally, but a different muse, a different music, a different story.
We concentrate on the period between 1954 and 1971, featuring here, together for the first time, those Baton Rouge singers and players who got onto records, one way or another. Some were aspiring professionals aiming for the stars, or at least for a local juke box spin, while others were local 'folk' performers plucked from their everyday life to sing for the man with the remote tape machine and a microphone. 

Track Listing

Disc 1:
    • Slim Harpo - Blues Hang-Over
    • Butch Cage and Willie B. Thomas - Who Broke The Lock
    • Lightnin’ Slim - Bad Luck
    • Lightnin’ Slim - Bugger Bugger Boy
    • Schoolboy Cleve - Strange Letter Blues
    • Clarence Edwards - Smokestack Lightning
    • Robert Pete Williams - Angola Special
    • Butch Cage and Willie B.Thomas - Jelly Roll
    • Slim Harpo - I'm A King Bee
    • Lonesome Sundown - My Home Is A Prison
    • Lightning Slim - Mean 'Ol Lonesome Train
    • Clarence Edwards - Stack O' Dollars
    • Robert Pete Williams - Come Here Baby
    • Sally Dotson and Smokey Babe - Your Dice Won't Pass
    • Lazy Lester - They Call Me Lazy
    • Jimmy Dotson - Looking For My Baby
    • Raful Neal - Crying Hard
    • Lazy Lester - I'm A Lover Not A Fighter
    • Lightnin’ Slim - Lightnin's Troubles
    • Slim Harpo - One More Day
    • Lightning Slim - Rooster Blues
    • Lightnin’ Slim and Lazy Lester - Trip To Chicago (alt)
    • Slim Harpo - What A Dream
    • Smokey Babe and Clyde Causey - Black Gal
    • Smokey Babe and Lazy Lester - Mississippi River So Deep And Wide
    • Herman E. Johnson - Depression Blues
Disc 2:
    • Slim Harpo - Rainin' In My Heart
    • Lightning Slim - I'm Tired Waitin' Baby
    • Tabby Thomas - Hoodo Party
    • Lonesome Sundown - My Home Ain't Here
    • Jimmy Anderson - Naggin'
    • Silas Hogan - Trouble At Home Blues
    • Lightnin’ Slim - Winter Time Blues
    • Jimmy Anderson - Goin Thru the Park
    • Lightnin’ Slim - I'm Evil
    • The Nitehawks (Bo Melvin) - Boogie Chillun
    • Whispering Smith - Mean Woman Blues
    • Silas Hogan - I'm Goin In The Valley
    • Silas Hogan - Dark Clouds Rollin'
    • Lightnin’ Slim - Can't Live This Life No More
    • Isaiah Chattman - Cold In Hand
    • Slim Harpo - Baby Scratch My Back
    • Slim Harpo - I'm Gonna Miss You (Like The Devil)
    • Silas Hogan - Hoo Doo Blues
    • Henry Gray - Showers Of Rain
    • Arthur Kelley - Number Ten At The Station (and number 12 is on the road)
    • Arthur Kelley - How Can I Stay (When All I Have Is Gone)
    • Moses Smith - Baton Rouge Breakdown
    • Silas Hogan - Honey Bee Blues
    • Silas Hogan - I Didn't Tell Her To Leave
    • Slim Harpo - The Music's Hot
    • Robert Pete Williams - Goodbye Slim Harpo
    • Slim Harpo - Talking Blues (aka Blues Hangover)

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