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Audio CD, March 17, 2014
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Editorial Reviews

Shake ‘em On Down (3:42)
Rag Mama Rag (3:42)
Bad Luck Blues (3:47)
Soon One Mornin’ (2:58)
Crow Jane (2:56)
Four Until Late (2:51)
Grinnin’ In Your Face (3:26)
You Gonna Quit Me Baby (2:35)
Leavin’ Trunk (3:11)
Everything I Do Is Wrong (3:54)
See See Rider (2:49)
Milk Cow Calf’s Blues (3:52)
See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (3:35)
Total running time, 43:18

These are some of my favorites blues roots songs. I perform them with electric guitar, acoustic dobro played upright as slide guitar, bass, drums, and on one old rag, the banjo.

Dean Rathje: vocals, guitar, dobro, banjo, bass.

Song Origins:

"Shake 'Em on Down" is a Delta blues song recorded by Bukka White in 1937. It is his best-known song and became part of the repertoire of Chicago blues.

Blind Boy Fuller (born Fulton Allen, 1907 – 1941) was an American blues guitarist and vocalist. He was one of the most popular of the recorded Piedmont blues artists. Fuller recorded “Rag Mama Rag” in 1927.

"Blind" Lemon Jefferson (Lemon Henry Jefferson; 1893 –1929) was an American blues singer and guitarist from Texas. He was one of the most popular blues singers of the 1920s, and has been titled "Father of the Texas Blues.” He wrote two of the songs I perform on this CD: “Bad Luck Blues” and “See That My Grave is Kept Clean.”

“Soon One Mornin’ (Death Come Creepin’ in My Room)” appears to be an anonymous Negro spiritual. It was anthologized in Lomax’s “Our Singing Country,” collected from Vera Hall and Dock Reed of Alabama in 1917.

It’s hard to trace the exact source of “Crow Jane”, but it’s a song that has outlasted many others from the early days of the blues. Its roots lay in the Piedmont region of Virginia and North and South Carolina. Rev. Gary Davis was known to perform it during the 1920s, and the first recording was made in 1927 by guitarist Julius Daniels.

“From Four Until Late” is a song recorded by blues artist Robert Johnson in 1937.

“Grinnin’ in Your Face” was written by Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. (1902 – 1988), an American blues singer and guitarist.

Arthur "Blind" Blake (1896 – 1934) was an American blues and ragtime singer and guitarist. From him I learned the song “You Gonna Quit Me Baby.”

John Adam Estes (1899 – 1977), best known as Sleepy John Estes, was an American blues guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist born in Ripley, Lauderdale County, Tennessee. The John Estes song “Milk Cow Blues” is included on this CD as “Leavin’ Trunk,” making room for another song of a similar name.

Born in Mansfield, LA in 1923, singer and harmonica blower Sidney Maiden made his mark on the blues with the classic "Eclipse of the Sun." The song “Everything is Wrong” is by Maiden.

"See See Rider", also known as "C.C. Rider" or "See See Rider Blues" or "Easy Rider" is a popular American 12-bar blues song. It was first recorded by Gertrude "Ma" Rainey in 1924, and since then has been recorded by many other artists.

"Milk Cow Blues" is a blues song written and originally recorded by Kokomo Arnold in 1934. Robert Johnson recorded a version of Kokomo Arnold's song, re-titled "Milkcow's Calf Blues", at his last recording session on June 20, 1937.

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Shake 'em On Down
  2. Rag Mama Rag
  3. Bad Luck Blues
  4. Soon One Morning
  5. Crow Jane
  6. Four Until Late
  7. Grinnin' In Your Face
  8. You Gonna Quit Me Baby
  9. Leavin' Trunk
  10. Everything I Do Is Wrong
  11. See See Rider
  12. Milk Cow Calf's Blues
  13. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

Product details

  • Audio CD (March 17, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: February 10, 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Leaf Music
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • ASIN: B00J0JU200
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