Lonnie Coleman’s Atlanta Recording Old Rock Island Blues

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.

Atlanta Blues

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

Lyrics “Old Rock Island Blues”

‘ve got the Rock Island blues, waiting for the Rock Island fare
I’ve got the Rock Island blues, I’m waiting for the Rock Island fare
I took the Rock Island train and take a Rock Island ride somewhere

 

Well I’m goin away, train comin’, get on board, ooo
I’m goin away, train comin’, get on board
…baby, hang crepe on your door

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