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Peg Leg Howell & Eddie Anthony Vol.2: 1928-1929 - Peg Leg Howell

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Genre: Blues / Artist: Peg Leg Howell / Audio CD released 1994-01-01 at Matchbox

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      23.01.2011 16:03
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      Very early blues from Georgia

      Peg Leg Howell was a farm hand that had to take up playing music on street corners on a full time basis when he lost one of his legs having been shot, Peg Leg's base was to be Atlanta, where he formed a musical gang consisting of Henry Williams and Eddie Anthony.

      A talented guitar picker and slide guitar player, he pre-dated the majority of recorded black Piedmont musicians, his vocals contain the character you would expect from a poor blues artist, who struggled to make ends meet in a life of music and crime. Like a lot of blues artists of the era, the raw sound really seems to bring out the meanings of the lyrics which often have a bit of a comical side to them.

      It's not clear to me if this album was Volume 2 of tracks by Peg Leg and Eddie Anthony or Volume 2 of songs released by Document Records but chronologically it's possible that it could be the former as the first known Peg Leg recordings are around 1926 by Columbia Records following a stint in prison for bootlegging, a career which would entice him back later on in life. As a slide guitarist Peg Leg really is ahead of his time, this band of three really manage to rock out some tasty little tunes and bring tracks like "

      This album is a little bit special because it gives listeners the chance to hear some fiddle playing of the era and region, fiddlers didn't get much of a look in at a time where blues guitarists were being recorded here, there and everywhere.

      1. Please Ma'am
      2. Rock And Gravel Blues
      3. Low Down Rounder Blues
      4. Fairy Blues
      5. Banjo Blues
      6. Turkey Buzzard Blues
      7. Turtle Dove Blues
      8. Walkin' Blues
      9. Broke And Hungry
      10. Rolling Mill Blues
      11. Ball And Chain Blues
      12. Monkey Man Blues
      13. Chittlin' Supper
      14. Away From Home

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Please Ma'am
    2 Rock And Gravel Blues
    3 Low Down Rounder Blues
    4 Fairy Blues
    5 Banjo Blues
    6 Turkey Buzzard Blues
    7 Turtle Dove Blues
    8 Walkin' Blues
    9 Broke And Hungry
    10 Rolling Mill Blues
    11 Ball And Chain Blues
    12 Monkey Man Blues
    13 Chittlin' Supper
    14 Away From Home