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Back Door Stranger

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Audio CD, June 13, 2014
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Editorial Reviews

Poor Me (2:17)
Rockin’ Daddy (4:29)
All Around Man (2:47)
I’ll Get Along Somehow (2:53)
Back Door Stranger (4:46)
Nobody’s Business (2:52)
She Left Me the Mule to Ride (2:59)
Brother That’s All (2:29)
Musta Done Somebody Wrong (5:16)
One Way Out (2:47)
Don’t You Go Reachin’ Across My Plate (2:35)
Total running time, 36:10

“Back Door Stranger” is my adaptation of 11 classic blues songs.

Dean Rathje: vocals, guitar, slide guitar, bass.

Song Origins:

“Don’t You Go Reachin’ Across My Plate” is a talking jazz-blues song by Oscar Wills, who recorded it on his 1958 album “Flat Foot Sam.”

Charley Patton recorded “Poor Me” shortly before his passing in 1934.

Howlin’ Wolf last recorded “Rockin’ Daddy” in 1970, on the London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions.

“All Around Man” was written by Bo Carter, a member of the Mississippi Sheiks. He was known for his bawdy blues.

“I’ll Get Along Somehow” is adapted from Blind Boy Fuller’s “It Doesn’t Matter Baby.”

“Back Door Stranger” was recorded in 1940 Brownie McGhee.

“Nobody’s Business” was recorded in 1928 by Frank Stokes.

“She Left Me the Mule to Ride” was written by Sonny Boy Williamson and recorded in 1951 by Big Joe Williams.

“Brother That’s All” was recorded in 1955 by Red Hadley’s Wranglers.

“Musta Done Somebody Wrong” and “One Way Out” were recorded by Elmore James, an American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, and band leader.

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Poor Me
  2. Rockin' Daddy
  3. All Around Man
  4. I'll Get Along Somehow
  5. Back Door Stranger
  6. Nobody's Business
  7. She Left Me the Mule to Ride
  8. Brother That's All
  9. Musta Done Somebody Wrong
  10. One Way Out
  11. Don't You Go Reachin' Across My Plate

Product details

  • Audio CD (June 13, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: June 6, 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Leaf Music
  • Run Time: 37 minutes
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