Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Guitar Slim/Jelly Belly: Carolina Blues-New York City 1944 (1997) Arhoolie 460


Pure authentic country blues in the East Coast tradition from guitarists and singers Alex Seward and “Fat Boy” Hayes, billed as Guitar Slim & Jelly Belly on these recordings made in the 1950s. The two alternate as vocalists and even trade off verses on some selections. Alex Seward (Guitar Slim), a friend and associate of Brownie McGhee's, sings in a polished, urban style while Mr. Hayes contributes the rougher, rural vocals. The CD contains nearly the entire commercially recorded output of the duo.

“Their heyday was the '40's and they were one of the last outposts of the then outdated country blues, although with a very sophisticated city overtone. Their playing meshed beautifully together as did their voices ... an amazing bargain for anyone who loves the gentler sounds of the Carolinas.”


1. Ups And Downs Blues
2. Crooked Wife Blues
3. Snowing And Raining
4. No More Hard Time
5. She's Evil And Mean
6. Mike And Jerry
7. Don't Leave Me All By Myself
8. South Carolina Blues
9. Crying Won't Make Me Stay
10. Big Trouble Blues
11. Humming Bird Blues
12. Right And Wrong Woman
13. Southern Whistle Blues
14. Jail And Buddy Blues
15. Mean Girl Blues
16. Travelin' Boy's Blues
17. Railroad Blues
18. Yellow And Brown Woman
19. Bad Acting Woman
20. Christmas Time Blues
21. Cooking Big Woman
22. You're My Honey
23. Early Morning Blues
24. Isabel
25. Hard Luck Blues
26. Unhappy Home Blues
27. Working Man Blues
28. Why, Oh Why
29. Betty And Dupree

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