Move That Thing
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Audio CD, October 6, 2015
Church Bell Blues (Jordan) 3:31
Old Dirt Road (Rathje) 2:42
Move That Thing (Memphis Jug Band) 2:39
My Sweet Farm Girl (Ashley) 3:18
Smoke That Cigarette (Travis/Williams) 5:34
Delia (trad.) 4:28
I’ve Come To Rely On You (Rathje) 2:18
Sadie Green (Memphis Jug Band) 3:04
Bob McKinley/Take Me Back/Pallet On Your Floor (trad.) 5:03
Left My Gal In The Mountains (Robison) 3:13
Total running time, 36 minutes
“Move That Thing” combines early blues from the late 1920s with two original songs and a Texas swing number.
NOTES ON THE SONGS:
Church Bell Blues (Luke Jordan)—Luke Jordan was born around 1890 in Virginia, and died in 1945. His music seems to have its origins in vaudeville.
My Sweet Farm Girl (Clarence Ashley)—Recorded in 1931, this song is full of sexual symbolism and has its origins in black blues.
Bob McKinley/Take Me Back/Pallet On Your Floor (adapted from Henry Thomas)—This medley was recorded in 1928 by Henry “Ragtime Texas” Thomas.
Delia (trad.)—This traditional folk song may have been written in 1928 by Blind Willie McTell.
Sadie Green (Memphis Jug Band)—One writer refers to the Memphis Jug Band as “the Beatles of jug band music.” They recorded over 70 sides for Victor and Okeh between 1927 and 1934.
I’ve Come to Rely On You (Dean Rathje)—An original tune with and old-timey blues feel.
Move That Thing (Memphis Jug Band)—Recorded by the Memphis Jug Band in 1930.
Old Dirt Road (Dean Rathje)—Another original.
Left My Gal In The Mountains (Luther/Robison)—Sourced from a 1929 recording by Frank Luther and Carson Robison.
Smoke That Cigarette—a Western swing novelty song written by Merle Travis and Tex Williams. First recorded in 1947.
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