Let Me Play Your Vendor
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Audio CD, June 17, 2011
Deadheads and Suckers (2:57)
Let Me Play Your Vendor (3:01)
Blood In My Eyes for You (4:50)
Rollin' Dough Blues (3:31)
Mind Your Own Business (3:00)
Green Willow (4:08)
Stop and Listen (3:40)
Hang Your Head In Shame (2:40)
The Spasm (3:20)
The Day My Father Died (4:24)
Total running time, 35:31
This CD combines acoustic and electric blues and country blues.
"Deadheads and Suckers" is one name for a traditional song also sometimes referred to as "Police and High Sheriff." I took some of the lyrics from a 1927 recording by harmonica whiz Ollis Martin.
"Let Me Be Your Vendor" is a song I learned from the recordings of Washboard Sam (Robert Brown). A vendor is an old name for a juke box. My guess is that the Seeburg Company, which produced some of the earliest juke boxes, later came to be referred to as "Sea Bird."
"Blood in My Eyes for You" and "Stop and Listen" originated with the Mississippi Sheiks, a 1930s guitar and fiddle group. The group consisted of Bo Carter, Sam Chatmon, and Walter Vinson.
My adaptation of "Rollin' Dough Blues" comes from the work of Jack Gowdelock, a musician from around Charlotte, NC, who made only two recordings.
"Mind Your Own Business" was written by Hank Williams (1923-1953), one of the most important country music artists of all time. "Green Willow" is my adaptation of an old folk song originally called "Awake, Awake," which I learned from the plaintive ballad singing of Dillard Chandler.
"Hang Your Head in Shame" was popularized by both Bob Wills and Red Foley in 1944. It was written by Rose, Nelson, and Nelson.
"The Spasm" was written and performed by Daddy Stovepipe (Johnny Watson, Mobile, Alabama, 1867-1963) and his sidekick Mississippi Sarah Setting.
"The Day My Father Died" is an original song.
Dean Rathje: voice, acoustic guitar, dobro, electric guitar and bass, banjo, mandolin.
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