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Remixed blues songs: Skip James – ‘Devil Got My Woman’

 Remixed blues songs: Skip James – ‘Devil Got My Woman’

Skip James learned guitar from bluesman Henry Stuckey around 1924. They were both blues musicians in the Bentonia style that Stuckey learned from Bahamian soldiers during world war I in France. Almost a century later Skip James’s songs are still a inspiration for musicians who like to remix songs of old bluesmen. ‘Devil Got My Woman’ is a song that is turned into cool remix by DJ JX Jetson.  

JX Jetson’s remix is remarkable for the hard beat which makes this song really grooving, the vocals are smoothly mixed into the beats. The bass adds a fine feeling melody to the song. Near the end of the remix you will hear some rap vocals from probably Jay Z saying ” I know you gonna miss me…”. JX Jetson chose a song from Skip James last record before his death in 1969.

James was born in Bentonia Mississippi in 1902. He was the son of a Bootlegger who later  converted and turned into a preacher. His style is mostly known for the open D-minor tuning, James first recorded for Paramount Records in 1931 when he convinced talent scout and recordstore owner H.C. Sears. Sears immediately send James to the record label. Unfortunately these recordings sold poorly and he drifted into obscurity. For the next 30 years Skip did not record any record.

Rediscovery Skip James in the sixties

In the sixties of the twentieth century the Folk Blues revival led to the resiscovery of many delta bluesan. Three musicians searched Skip James up, but unlike other rediscovered Delta Bluesman the discovery of Skip was only by chance. They found him in a hospital in Tunica, Mississippi. Since his discovery in the sixties Skip James released four more albums. Read more about his re-discovery by John Fahey, Bill Barth, and Henry Vestine here.

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Skip James – ‘Devil Got My Woman’

You know, I could be right
You know, I could be right
Then again, I could be wrong
But it was nothin’ but the ol’ devil
He done got my baby
Now he done gone

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Lyrics; “Devil’s Got My Woman” 

You know, I’d rather be the ol’ devil
Well, I’d rather be the devil
Then to be that woman’ man
You know, rather be the devil
Than to be that woman’ man

You know, I’m so sorry
You know, so sorry
That I ever fell in love wit’ you-ooo-hoo-oo
Because you know you don’t treat me
Baby, like you used ta do-hoo

You know, I laid down last night
You know, I laid down last night
And I thought to take me some rest
But my mind got to rambling
Like a wild geese from the west

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Blues Songs in the Remix John Lee Hooker

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John Lee Hooker photo flicr creative commons mtphrames

Blues Songs in the Remix

The blues has been an inspiration for musicians for over a century. Even now some of the biggest hits around are inspired by great blues music. And therefore we post some of the best remixes of the blues on this website. We earlier wrote about Son House, Muddy Waters and Keb´ Mo´, today blues legend John Lee Hooker, who is very well remixed by JPod an Canadian DJ.

Shake it Baby Original

JOHN LEE HOOKER – Shake it Baby from ZX on Vimeo.

 

Jpod Remix of the blues: John Lee Hooker

Ha-ha-ha
Shake that thing, Baby
One time for your Daddy
I love ya
You’re cookin’ when you jive
Honey, you’re workin’
You’ve got the pots on
And the gas workin’ high

What we like about this remix is the rhythm and the way Jpod keeps the original structure of the song alive. He adds some funky drums and keys and turns is into a happy feeling groove cocktail.

JPOD’s trademark sound is a tasteful fusion of soulful sounds with crispy rhythms and bold basslines. He uses hip-hop breakbeats and bouncy electro basslines as the foundation for organic expressions of world, reggae, folk, bluegrass and more.

JPOD is online at Soundcloud and Facebook, follow him here.

JPOD also owns a digital label called Swing Set Sounds which seeks to arm DJs not only with great music but also with tools to create their own custom remixes.

Shake It Baby JPOD Blues Remix John Lee Hooker

Lyrics Shake It Baby

Shake it Baby
Shake it Baby
Shake it Baby
Show me
Show me
come on Gal
Shake it right now

W-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-H Yeah!
Shake it Baby
Shake it Baby
Shake that thing

Me an’ you
Me an’ you
Nobody else would do
Nobody else but you
Shake it Baby
Shake it Baby
Shake it Baby
One time
One time for me
Now rock!

Ha-ha-ha
Shake that thing, Baby
One time for your Daddy
I love ya
You’re cookin’ when you jive
Honey, you’re workin’
You’ve got the pots on
And the gas workin’ high

One time for me
One time for me
One time for me
Shake Baby
Shake it Baby
Shake it Baby
Shake it Baby
Shake that thing
Shake that thing
Shake that thing
Shake that thing
One time, Baby
One time
One time
One time
One time
One more time
One more
An’ one more
An’ one more
One more time
One more time
One more time
One more time
One more time
One more time
Just one more time
And, uh, one more time
Once again
One time
And one more time
And one more time
And one more time
One more time, Baby
Shake it Baby
One more time
For me
For me
For me
For me
For me
For me

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Remix of the Blues: Son House

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blues songs remix – Turntable spinning – photo by tengilorg wiki commons

Remix of the Blues: Son House

Son House never thought when he picked up his guitar back in 1928 that his songs would be remixed 90 years later. A lot of producers and DJ’s remix songs and of course the Blues is not forgotten. This first article in the ‘Blues in the remix’ serie: Son House who was brilliantly remixed by Karlo FInkers.

Remix John The Relevator

Karlo FInkers made a fantastic summer feeling blues song remix of ‘John The Relevator’, the combination of the relaxing beat, piano and the deep soul of Son House is the key to this hit.

Origins of John The Relevator

John the Relevator refers to the Apostle John in his role as the author of the Book of Revelation the last book of the new testament. A portion of that book focuses on the opening of seven seals and the resulting apocalyptic events. In its various versions, the song quotes several passages from the Bible in the tradition of American spirituals. The song is a Gospel Blues traditional, first recorded by Blind Willie Johnson in 1930.

Son House Blues remix John the Relevator

Son House recorded the song in the 1960s a couple of times. His version is very soulful his deep voice is truly the blues feeling. The song is without instrumental backing.

 

Other Remixes of hte Blues song

Other DJ’s also made a remix of the great song, this is a more reggae influenced remix of the blues.

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