By David Honeyboy Edwards

ISBN-10: 1556522754

ISBN-13: 9781556522758

ISBN-10: 1556529805

ISBN-13: 9781556529801

This shiny oral picture of an the US that planted the blues is filled with rhythmic grace. From the son of a sharecropper to an itinerant bluesman, Honeyboy’s tales of fine associates Charlie Patton, enormous Walter Horton, Little Walter Jacobs, and Robert Johnson are a godsend to blues enthusiasts. background buffs will surprise at his specified point of view and firsthand money owed of the 1927 Mississippi River flood, vagrancy legislation, makeshift courts at the back of seed shops, plantation lifestyles, and the melancholy.

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She died at home. I was twelve years old. The undertaker from Shaw come out there and they put curtains up at the door. They cut her and drew the blood from her. And they bathed her in a number 3 tub, the big old tubs we used to bathe in out in the country. They bathed and dressed her, and they laid her out on a cooling board. A cooling board is something like chairs with a board across them, they laid her out on that. Then they got the casket from Cleveland. She was buried nice. She's buried at Green Grove Church—that's out from Shaw.

Tommy had a big mouth! He could holler loud. You'd think it was a big man playing when you heard him. Robert had a soft, tinny voice. I learned a few licks from Tommy, a few numbers he made. " "Catfish Blues" is Robert Petway's song. He just made that song up and used to play it at them old country dances. He just made it up and kept it in his head. You call that mother wit. He remembered every verse he ever sang; didn't have to write down nothing. I learned the "Catfish" from Robert. Robert and Tommy McClennan and me, we'd be together all the time.

And he'd be right, too. Me and Joe stayed together about eight or nine months. We come to Jackson, Mississippi, and we come to Vicksburg. I met quite a few musicians. Frank Haines, he was a guitar player; he was in Jackson. Johnny Young was down in Vicksburg, playing the mandolin. He was real young, working with a fellow named Blue Coat who played violin. We stayed with a guy who run a riverboat and sold whiskey, he kept a good-timing house. We left Vicksburg, crossed the Mississippi River to Tallulah.

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