novelistic blues singers

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Don't ask me what I mean.

Mercy Dee, "Fall Guy":

Julius Lester, "Stagolee." Kind of a tourist or a folkie. I like "Pine Bluff Freight Train Blues." Reminds me of a Quiet, Please episode.

Baby Boy Warren, "Baby Boy Blues"

Josh White's embellished "Jelly, Jelly," sounding like some trashy Beacon novel from the late 50s. Another folkie, but most record store clerks don't seem to think so, and he often played in the blues idiom. There's a good side-length version he did of "John Henry."

bamcquern, Monday, 16 June 2014 08:18 (seven years ago) link

feel like stagolee/stagger lee/stack-a-lee must be the archetypal novelistic blues number?

beginning, middle and end:

no lime tangier, Monday, 16 June 2014 10:19 (seven years ago) link

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