BLUES TOUR - Ridin' the Road

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Eddie and Frank Thomas Traveled the Blues Highway for Three Years, recording its story...

BLUES TOUR - Ridin' the Road

Need a good Journey of Discovery; Want to see The Delta; Like to hear and see what Alan Lomax called 'the land where the blues began'? 

Try Ridin' the Road with Eddie and Frank.  Sixty-one, 30 second clips work hand in hand with the Thomas brothers' new, 240 page memoir, 61 Down the Highway.

41. Saturday Blues (Jackson)

In the 1920's, Mr. H. C. Speir ran a music store on Farish Street in Jackson. He cut demo records for a who's who's of Delta greats. In December of 1927 on a Saturday morning, Mr. Speir heard Ishman Bracey playing on Mill Street. He liked what he heard. He said, "Now that will go over." Mr. Speir recorded Ishman's Saturday Blues, and it did "go over." In a tribute to H. C. Speir and Ishman Bracey, Eddie and Frank recorded their version of Saturday Blues on the corner of Mill and Hamilton in Jackson. It was on a Friday.

Watch the Clip (above) - Choose Your Stop and Listen (below) 

CHOOSE YOUR STOP

(below)

  1. Mississippi Blues (Memphis) 
  2.  St. Louis Blues (Memphis) 
  3. Memphis Blues (Memphis) 
  4.  Downtown Blues (Memphis) 
  5. Mississippi Bottom Blues (Peabody Hotel, Memphis)
  6.  Rocket 88 (Memphis) 
  7. Memphis Jug Blues (Memphis) 
  8.  Downhearted Blues (Orpheum Theater) 
  9. That's No Way (Central Station, Memphis) 
  10. Big Road Blues (Memphis) 
  11. When the Levee (Walls) 
  12. Kansas City (The Levee) 
  13. 61 Highway (Lake Cormorant)
  14. Shetland Pony (Clack's Store) 
  15. Future Blues (Robinsonville) 
  16. Sweet Home (Robinsonville) 
  17. Cross Road Blues 
  18. Hollywood Rag (Hollywood) 
  19. Born Blind 
  20. M & O Blues (Coahoma)
  21.  Country Blues (Stovall Farms) 
  22.  Ham Hound Crave (Mattson)
  23. Depot Blues (Mattson) 
  24. Bull Frog Blues (Dublin Break) 
  25. Poor Boy (Tutwiler, MS)
  26. Special Streamline (Swan Lake)
  27. Little Red Rooster (Swan Lake)
  28. Pea Vine Blues (Dockery Farms)
  29. Avalon Blues (the Valley Store) 
  30.  Mule Ridin' Man (Scott, MS)
  31. High Water (Mounds Landing)
  32. Catfish Blues  (Greenwood) 
  33. Yellow Dog Blues (Moorhead)
  34. Bright Lights (Dunleith) 
  35. Nelson Street (Greenville) 
  36. Vacation Blues (Hollandale) 
  37. Mean Old 'Frisco (Midnight) 
  38. Baby Please Don't Go (Rolling Fork)
  39. Kassie Jones (Vaughan) 
  40. Cypress Grove Blues (Bentonia) 
  41.  Saturday Blues (Jackson) 
  42. Sitting on Top (Jackson) 
  43. Dust My Broom (Richland) 
  44. Old Devil (Bolton) 
  45. Vicksburg Blues (Vicksburg)
  46. You Can't Judge a Book (Vicksburg) 
  47. New Someday Baby (Port Gibson) 
  48. Mississippi River Blues (Natchez) 
  49. Pres Returns (Woodville) 
  50. Juke (Marksville, Louisiana) 
  51. Midnight Special (Angola) 
  52. Jolie Blonde (Sunshine) 
  53. Buddy Bolden's Blues (New Orleans) 
  54. Bamboula (New Orleans) 
  55. Mamie's Blues (New Orleans) 
  56. Mr. Jelly Lord (New Orleans)
  57. Wolverine Blues (New Orleans) 
  58. Basin Street (New Orleans) 
  59. Hotter Than That (New Orleans) 
  60. Tomorrow Night (New Orleans) 
  61. Sweet Hour of Prayer

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