This Will Bring You Back
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Audio CD, May 30, 2013
This Will Bring You Back (2:31)
Raise a Ruckus (3:24)
Shake & Break It (3:00)
Pilgrim of Sorrow (4:06)
Insane Crazy Blues (3:17)
Diddy Wah Diddy (3:11)
I’m Leavin’ Town (3:39)
Whiskey Before Breakfast (2:42)
Don’t You Dare Touch It (2:12)
Total running time, 31:02
“This Will Bring You Back” is a set of ten arrangements of early American blues, gospel, and ragtime songs. Four of these songs originate with the Memphis Jug Band, begun in 1926 and led by Will Shade.
“Raise a Ruckus” is an open-ended dance song dating from at least the 18th century United States. The tune makes use of a variety of floating verses that can also be found in a number of other secular slave songs. One scholar opines that the melody derives from the African American children’s rhyme “Ten Little Angels.”
“Shake and Break It” comes from Charley Patton (1887 – 1934), an American Delta blues musician. Patton was a major influence in the work of his young friend Chester Burnett, later known as Howlin’ Wolf.
“Pilgrim of Sorrow” is my R&B adaptation of a gospel song performed a capella by the Old Regular Baptists.
“Diddy Wah Diddy” originates with Arthur “Blind” Blake (1836 – 1934), an America blues and ragtime singer and guitarist.
“I’m Leavin’ Town” comes from Mississippi bluesman Will Harris.
“Whiskey Before Breakfast” is I believe a French-Canadian fiddle tune. I’ve slowed it down and bluesed it up a little.
Dean Rathje: vocals, banjo, guitar, piano, mandolin.
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