Hell Hound On My Trail

1928

Plays: 419 •

 

Tommy Johnson “Cool Drink Of Water Blues” (3:37)
“Papa Charlie” McCoy - accompanying guitar
(Recorded February 3, 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee)

“Cool Drink of Water Blues” is a masterpiece of 1920’s Delta blues, showcasing Tommy Johnson’s eerie falsetto and masterfully manipulated vocal dynamics that established him as the premier Delta blues vocalist of his day. His effortless guitar playing, rhythmic and solid, was secondary to his exceptional singing.
Charles “Papa Charlie” McCoy (one of the major blues accompanists of his time) is backing Tommy Johnson on guitar. This was both Tommy Johnson’s and “Papa Charlie” McCoy’s first recorded song, recorded February 3, 1928 at Memphis Auditorium, in Memphis, Tennessee in an all-star session that saw “Papa Charlie” McCoy backing Tommy Johnson, Ishmon Bracey and Rosie Mae Moore over a two-day period.
“Cool Drink of Water Blues” was famously covered by Howlin’ Wolf as “I Asked For Water (She Brought Me Gasoline)” in 1956 and brilliantly by The Gun Club as “Cool Drink of Water" on their 1981 debut album "Fire of Love"

27 May 2012 Tommy Johnson Papa Charlie McCoy blues music 1928


Plays: 179 •

 

Ishmon Bracey “Saturday Blues” (3:34)
“Papa Charlie” McCoy - accompanying guitar
(Recorded February 4, 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee)

27 May 2012 Ishmon Bracey Papa Charlie McCoy blues music 1928


Plays: 293 •

 

Ishmon Bracey “Leavin’ Town Blues (unissued)” (3:32)
“Papa Charlie” McCoy - mandolin
(Recorded August 31, 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee)

27 May 2012 Ishmon Bracey Papa Charlie McCoy blues music 1928


Plays: 120 •

 

Tarter & Gay “Brownie Blues” (3:00)
Stephen Tarter - guitar and vocal
Harry Gay - guitar
(Recorded November 2, 1928 in Bristol, Tennessee)

25 May 2012 Tarter and Gay Stephen Tarter Harry Gay blues music 1928


Plays: 159 •

 

Tarter & Gay “Unknown Blues” (3:04)
Stephen Tarter - guitar and vocal
Harry Gay - guitar
(Recorded November 2, 1928 in Bristol, Tennessee)

25 May 2012 Tarter and Gay Stephen Tarter Harry Gay blues u sic 1928


Plays: 303 •

 

William (Bill) Moore “Ragtime Millionaire” (3:08)
(Recorded circa January 1928 in Chicago, Illinois)

23 May 2012 William Moore Bill Moore Ragtime blues music 1928


Plays: 69 •

 

William “Bill” Moore “Barbershop Rag” (2:56)
unknown male speaking, possibly Jimmy Bertrand or Mayo Williams
(Recorded circa January 1928 in Chicago, Illinois)

23 May 2012 William Moore Bill Moore Ragtime blues music 1928


Plays: 40 •

 

William “Bill” Moore “Raggin’ The Blues” (2:58)
unknown male speaking, possibly Jimmy Bertrand or Mayo Williams
(Recorded circa January 1928 in Chicago, Illinois)

23 May 2012 William Moore Bill Moore Ragtime blues music 1928


Plays: 1141 •

 

The Three Jacks “Spanish Shawl” (2:59)
(Recorded June 28, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois)

20 May 2012 The Three Jacks Rodney Rogers Hawaiian Guitar blues music 1928


Plays: 100 •

 

Lottie Beaman as Lottie Everson (Lottie Kimbrough)
"Going Away Blues" (2:30)
Lottie Kimbrough (1900 – unknown) was also billed as Lottie Kimborough, Lottie Beaman, and Lena Kimbrough (amongst several others). Kimbrough was a large woman, and was nicknamed “The Kansas City Butterball”
Miles Pruitt - guitar
(Recorded August 21, 1928 in Richmond, Indiana)

18 May 2012 Lottie Kimbrough Lottie Beaman Miles Pruitt blues music 1928


Plays: 61 •

 

Lottie Beaman as Lottie Everson (Lottie Kimbrough)
"Rolling Log Blues" (2:14)
Lottie Kimbrough (1900 – unknown) was also billed as Lottie Kimborough, Lottie Beaman, and Lena Kimbrough (amongst several others). Kimbrough was a large woman, and was nicknamed “The Kansas City Butterball”
Miles Pruitt - guitar
(Recorded August 21, 1928 in Richmond, Indiana)

18 May 2012 Lottie Kimbrough Lottie Beaman Miles Pruitt blues music 1928


Plays: 90 •

 

Henry Thomas “Texas Worried Blues”  (3:10)
(Recorded June 13, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois)

17 April 2012 Henry Thomas blues music 1928


Plays: 157 •

 

Henry Thomas “Texas Easy Street Blues”  (3:00)
(Recorded June 13, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois)

17 April 2012 Henry Thomas blues music 1928


Plays: 80 •

 

Blind Blake “Sweet Papa Low Down” (3:15)
(Recorded circa September, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois)
Jimmy Bertrand - xylophone
Unknown - cornet
Unknown - piano

15 April 2012 Blind Blake Ragtime blues music 1928


Plays: 60 •

 

Blind Lemon Jefferson “Lemon’s Worried Blues” (3:01)
(Recorded circa February, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois)

25 September 2011 Blind Lemon Jefferson blues music 1928