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It's Tough to Be Me

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Audio CD, March 30, 2012
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Editorial Reviews

I Never Cried (Darby arr. Rathje) 4:33
Looking Glass (Rathje) 1:59
Since I Fell for You (Johnson arr. Rathje) 4:46
Who Broke the Latch? (Carter arr. Rathje) 3:44
It’s Tough to Be Me (Rathje) 2:23
Rag Mama Rag (Fuller arr. Rathje) 3:46
The Everlasting Blues (Rathje) 2:59
Back Door Stranger (McGhee arr. Rathje) 3:18
Dear Companion (trad. arr. Rathje) 4:30
Dyin’ Crapshooter Blues (McTell arr. Rathje) 3:48

Total running time, 35:48

“It’s Tough to Be Me” brings together three original acoustic blues songs and seven derivative works originating with artists including Brownie McGhee, Blind Boy Fuller, Blind Teddy Darby, Willie McTell, and Bo Carter (aka Bo Chatmon, aka Armenter Chatmon, also of the Mississippi Sheiks).

The songs comprise acoustic blues, blues rock, and country.

Dean Rathje: voices, guitars, dobro, banjo, piano, bass.

This product is manufactured on demand using CD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Never Cried
  2. Looking Glass
  3. Since I Fell for You
  4. Who Broke the Latch?
  5. It's Tough to Be Me
  6. Rag Mama Rag
  7. The Everlasting Blues
  8. Back Door Stranger
  9. Dear Companion
  10. Dyin' Crapshooter Blues

Product details

  • Audio CD (March 30, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: March 22, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Leaf Interactive Media, Inc.
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • ASIN: B007Q3J4YM
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