Back in the twenties there were quite some talented Blues musicians in the Georgia region. By 1926 there was this guy called Robert Hicks aka “Barbecue Bob” who had a big contribution to the Atlanta and Piedmont Blues style. With his Brother he set up a fantastic blues super group called the Georgia Cotton Pickers.
Georgia Cotton Pickers – “Diddle-Da-Diddle”
The first song that shows the sound of the Cotton Pickers perfectly is “Diddle-Da-Diddle”. I’m getting verry happy of the beautiful piedmont blues guitar, swinging harmonica and soul filled vocal parts.
Lonnie Coleman Atlanta Recording Old Rock Island Blues
Atlanta Bluesman Lonnie Coleman Recorded two songs for Columbia records in 1929. One of the songs is “Old Rock Island Blues”, a traditional blues song containing some fine rhythmic Banjo and soulful vocals.
I found this song today as part of a great record called The Atlanta Blues released by Folkways Records in 1966. It includes a lot of great songs in the piedmont, georgia rag, and Jug band style. All very soulful and recorded in the late 20s or early 30s. Featured artist like Barbecue Bob, Blind Willie Mc Tell and Peg Leg Howell are worth listening.
Sounds like: Blind Willy McTell | Bukka White | Reverend Gary Davis | Mississippi John Hurt
Well, I heard that hoot owl singing, As they were taking down the tents The stars above the barren trees, Were his only audience. Them charcoal gypsy maidens can strut their feathers Well. But nobody can sing the blues Like Blind Willie McTell
– Bob Dylan –
Blind Willie McTell
The famous Blind Willie Mc Tell song Mamma, Let Me Scoop for You. recorded in 1932. Blues blog Willie, the groovy, delta singer. (born William Samuel McTier May 5, 1898 – August 19, 1959).
Blind Sammie of Hot shot Willie is known for his fingerstyle blues. You can also call it Piedmont blues, a guitar style to play the blues. It is the eastcoast blues. Blind Willie played it, using his thumb to play the bass.
Blind Willie’s Nicknames
For those interested? Willy had a Whole lot of Nicknames: Barrelhouse Sammy (The Country Boy), Blind Doogie, Blind Sammie, Blind Willie, Georgia Bill, Red Hot Willie (Glaze), Hot Shot Willie, Pig ‘n’ Whistle Red.
Bob Dylan Tribute to Blind Willie Mc Tell
Bob Dylan Made a great song about blind Willy Mc Tell. I think it is a fantastic Tribute. You know what I mean, read the last lines.
Lyrics Blog Blind Willie mc tell
Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, “This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
I traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell
Well, I heard that hoot owl singing
As they were taking down the tents
The stars above the barren trees
Were his only audience
Them charcoal gypsy maidens
Can strut their feathers well
But nobody can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell