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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Smokestack Lightnin' - Butch Cage/Clarence Edwards

The Old Time Black Southern String Band tradition had rarely been recorded and by the 1960's had almost died out. When, in 1959, folklorist Harry Oster "discovered" Butch Cage (fiddle and vocals) and Willie B. Thomas (vocals and guitar) in Zachary, Louisiana they had been supplying the dance music at house parties and dances as well at church services for their back-country neighbors. This CD represents some of their broad repertoire of old time fiddle tunes, blues, pop and gospel music and is a rare glimpse into a world that has all but vanished from America's musical landscape. 1. Bugle Call Blues 2. Some Day Baby 3. Mean Old Frisco 4. The Piano Blues 5. Hen Cackle 6. The Dirty Dozen 7. Rock Me Mama 8. It Ain't Gonna Rain No More 9. Easy Rider Blues 10. Whoa Mule 11. I Had A Dream Last Night (All I Had Was Gone) 12. Careless Love Blues 13. Sneaky Ways 14. Since I Layed My Burden Down 15. You've Gotta Move “If you haven’t heard this driving, raucous, almost free-form black country dance music, then I envy you for the treat you will experience…It’s not all blues; there’s gospel, ragtime, country dance tunes and popular song, but the blender that Cage and Thomas put these genres through gives them a unique flavor that belongs to the rural community they lived in and served as musicians.” -Paul Vernon, fROOTS

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