New Arrivals, Restocks, & Reduced - early 2017

This fiery, previously unreleased duo performance from Cleve Pozar (drums & sirens) & Gene Y. Ashton (later Cooper-Moore, piano) was recorded c. late 1973 / early 1974 at a free Sunday night concert produced by WBAI & held at a former church (now gone) on E. 62nd Street in NYC. Cleve fondly recalls the audience response to his sirens: looking around & thinking the show was going to get busted by the cops.

Some historical context: Their first solos / duos performance took place at the Cyclorama Building of the Boston Center of the Arts in January 1973. At the time of this WBAI gig, GYA / C-M had established the 501 Canal performance / living space but had not yet made his recorded debut on Alan Braufman’s Valley of Search LP, c.1975. Pozar would soon issue his Cleve Solo Percussion LP in September 1974.

Deep thanks to Cooper-Moore & Cleve for their permission to post this wonderful performance. See this interview with Pozar for much more about Cleve Solo Percussion; final copies from Cleve's stash are available here. The extensive interview with Cooper-Moore that was published in 50 Miles of Elbow Room no. 1 will also be posted here soon.




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Baby Face Leroy Trio / Little Walter Trio
Boll Weevl / Just Keep Loving Her
Louis Records
45 rpm 7"
$8

“Blues music certainly had its important periods, and there have been at least a few, but none may be quite as important, nor exciting, as the post-war years in Chicago.  While the music itself still retained many of the key ingredients that it had in the pre-war years, this time of great transition bearing the new amplified sounds saw a large number of landmark recording springing up on labels with dime-store budgets in an attempt to compete in the new Wild West. While it’s difficult to pin down the most important blues records from this time, there can be little doubt that a small handful of musicians were spearheading the charge.  Of that small handful, a trio that was at the forefront of this deeply important change included Marion ‘Little Walter’ Jacobs, the enigmatic ‘Baby Face’ Leroy Foster, and a man who is often heralded as the undisputed King of Chicago Blues, Muddy Waters.  These three musicians comprised three-quarters of a now-legendary band known then around the Windy City as the Headhunters." - Louis Records

Officially licensed and taken direct from the session acetates.  Out of print.  Hear them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhLgwVSBX58 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlRJitIgPts
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Arthur Crudup
She's My Baby / The Moon is Rising
Louis Records
45 rpm 7"
$8

Two previously unissued 1952 recordings by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, mastered directly from the original acetate that was for Champion Records of Jackson, Mississippi. Swinging rocker on the a-side, with a tough, after hours slower number on the flip. Not available elsewhere, includes a postcard / promo photo.  Another real nice release from Louis Records out of the UK. Hear some of She's My Baby.

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Arthur Doyle & His New Quiet Screamers
First House
Amish Records
LP
$20

"First House (AMI 048) is the final recordings from free jazz legend and Birmingham, Alabama native, Arthur Doyle. The LP was recorded live at the Stone July 11, 2012 and these six pieces are backed by His New Quiet Screamers, a Brooklyn-based ensemble adding muscle and movement to Doyle’s always already free, non-linear saxophone, flute, and vocal lines.

"Born in Birmingham in 1944, Doyle studied Music Education at Tennessee State University in Nashville. In his early years, Doyle worked with a wide array of musicians and in a broad range of musical styles, from R&B to Soul to traditional jazz, collaborating with everyone from future Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeter Walter Miller to Funk-Soul-Disco diva Gladys Knight. Doyle officially emerged on the international jazz scene, however, playing on Noah Howard’s iconic Black Ark (Polydor, 1968), and later on Milford Graves’ 1976 IPS LP BaBi. In 1978 Doyle debuted as a band leader and soloist with Alabama Feeling, released on Charles Tyler’s Ak-Ba label. Alabama Feeling features Charles Stephens (of the Sun Ra Arkestra) on trombone, drummers Rashied Sinan & Bruce Moore, and bassist Richard Williams. After the release of Alabama Feeling, Doyle continued to ignore boundaries and generic conventions, playing with Rudolph Grey as part of The Blue Humans, which introduced his music to NYC’s Downtown and NoWave scenes, including the likes of Lee Ranaldo, Kim Gordon, & Thurston Moore. In the early 1990s, Doyle’s work was re-introduced to another generation, through releases for labels like Ecstatic Peace & Audible Hiss. Since the late ‘90s, Doyle continued a fevered pace in terms of his collaborations, most notably with Sunny Murray, Hamid Drake, Takahesi Mizutani (of Les Rallizes Denudes), & Sabu Toyozumi, among many others.

"His New Quiet Screamers consists of an acclaimed ensemble of musicians with a wide array of history and associations. Members have played with and/or include: Sunwatchers, Dark Meat, First's Western Ennisphere, & Matana Roberts, among others. This gatefold LP includes a commissioned essay from noted jazz historian Clifford Allen who describes His New Quiet Screamers as 'vault[ing] and envelop[ing] Doyle’s bursts' of sound to the point where Doyle 'sounds positively invigorated.' Doyle’s final recordings offer what Allen characterizes as a kind of 'unfurling' of the free jazz lexicon, offering insights on 'the spidery architecture of an obliquely-referenced standard' that defined this enigmatic artist’s entire career. Standard and experimental improvisation alike, First House offers a window on Doyle’s last performances, an artist very much at the top of his playing and artistic form. The LP is an edition of 300 copies and includes an exclusive digital download (ONLY AVAILABLE WITH LP PURCHASE) of Doyle performing with His New Quiet Screamers at Issue Project Room September 22, 2011." -Amish Records. Hear a bit: https://soundcloud.com/amishrecords/arthur-doyle-with-his-new-quiet-screamers-call-out

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Sarah Webster Fabio
Jujus / Alchemy of the Blues
Folkways
LP
$15

“Sarah Webster Fabio was a poet, scholar, activist and a leading figure in the world of African-American Studies. Born in Nashville, TN she taught at Merritt College in Oakland, CA at the same time that Black Panthers Bobby Seale and Huey Newton were students there, and she helped to start the UC Berkeley African-American Studies department. In 1976 she released this album of poetry backed by one of the funkiest bands on the West Coast, which included a number of her children. This is an absolutely stunning record of spoken word and funk, back in print on LP so you don't have to spend upwards of $2,000 on eBay. Lovingly reissued in a perfect replica of the original Folkways jacket and including a reproduction of the original information booklet.” – Folkways. A hot one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSeSNQTeIH8

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Blind Uncle Gaspard & Delma Lachney
On the Water's Edge
Mississippi
LP
$11

Restocked & a reduced price on this wonderful collection. "Twelve great songs recorded by two of Cajun musics finest and most unusual artists: Blind Uncle Gaspard & Delma Lachney. All songs originally released on 78 in the late 1920's. Fragile and dignified performances with French vocals accompanied by guitar or fiddle or sometimes both. Impeccable ballads and breakdowns. Old school 'tip on' cover." - Mississippi. Truly sublime music. Hear Blind Uncle Gaspard's Natchitoches (French Town) & Delma Lachney's Le Bebe Et Le Gambleur (The Baby And The Gambler).

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Michael Heller
Loft Jazz: Improvising New York in the 1970s
University of California Press
paperback book, 272 pages
$30

“The New York loft jazz scene of the 1970s was a pivotal period for uncompromising, artist-produced work. Faced with a flagging jazz economy, a group of young avant-garde improvisers chose to eschew the commercial sphere and develop alternative venues in the abandoned factories and warehouses of Lower Manhattan. Loft Jazz provides the first book-length study of this period, tracing its history amid a series of overlapping discourses surrounding collectivism, urban renewal, experimentalist aesthetics, underground archives, and the radical politics of self-determination.” - University of California Press

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Jessie Mae Hemphill
s/t
Mississippi
LP
$15

Jessie Mae Hemphill was one of the great musicians from northern Mississippi. Kin to the also legendary Sid Hemphill and Rosa Lee Hill, she played in fife-and-drum bands as a young woman and the experience seems to have influenced the hypnotic rhythms and “endless boogie” nature of her sound. She had a bit of a flirtatious delivery, with language that isn’t necessarily coy, but a tone that suggests a genuine, youthful vim. RL Boyce is a very noteworthy addition to a few tracks, with a joyous drumming style with a loose, almost free groove that is a perfect accent to Hemphill’s songs. It’s a great sound that has aged extremely well, and her music thankfully continues to find many new welcoming ears. This compilation draws mainly from her She Wolf & Feelin’ Good albums that were cut in the 1980s, plus a couple scattered tracks. Co-release with Moi J'Connais, who originally issued this collection some years back. Hear Shake It, Baby.

This very fine documentary has terrific footage of her, Jessie “Chip” Daniels (at 13:35 & 19:35), RL Boyce, Napolian Strickland, Compton Jones (at 24:26), & more: https://youtu.be/OaevRGENk3g

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Lightnin' Hopkins
Hopkins Sky Hop / Early Mornin' Boogie
Herald
45 rpm 7"
$8

Lightnin' Hopkins' discography can be tough to navigate, but a good rule of thumb is that his records on Herald are often particularly strong. This recent reissue pairs two of his most raucous sides for the label. Hear 'em: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCI4dFciWiE / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhpEmdQrIN8

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Cordell Jackson
The Split
Moon Records
45 rpm 7" EP
$12

Cordell Jackson was an innovative guitarist and songwriter who cut her own idiosyncratic path, establishing Moon Records in 1956, releasing killer classics by artists such as Allen Page.  In her later years she certainly was a striking image: a seemingly stately older lady in old-fashioned garb who loved to rock. This original pressing from the late-80s release has four instrumentals, charming as all get out.  Picture sleeve may have slight wear or discoloration at the edges.  Hear the title track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtZjK8x5kGU

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Rev. Charlie Jackson
Wrapped Up Tangled Up in Jesus / Morning Train
Booker Records
45 rpm 7"
$9

Officially licensed reissue of Rev. Charlie Jackson’s first 45. All his original singles are in high demand, this one especially so: 2 hot, classic sides. Edition of 500. Hear clips of Wrapped Up Tangled Up in Jesus & Morning Train.

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Curtis Jones
1937-1940
Document
LP
$6

Curtis Jones was a popular blues singer/pianist, with an understated and enjoyable style that goes down real easy. A bit samey, but if you’re down with that late ‘30s Chicago piano blues sound, you’ll probably enjoy the ride. Jones also gets points for singing about hunching decades earlier than Hasil Adkins. Probable accompanists include Washboard Sam, Big Bill Broonzy, Willie Bee (James), and Kansas Joe McCoy, with occasional jazzy touches courtesy of Punch Miller. Hear Down in the Slums: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaf1a3MNjB4

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Paul "Wine" Jones
Mule
Fat Possum
LP
$9

“Paul Jones of Belzoni, Mississippi, a small town with a rich blues heritage in the heart of the delta, is a professional welder. He lives with his wife Bessie Mae in a house he purchased with the sweat of his brow. Before becoming a welder, Jones worked in a Delta cotton gin; before that, like many of his Delta neighbors, he worked on a farm. And throughout his adult life, Paul Jones has been a bluesman, known and admired by a number of his fellow Delta musicians but seldom venturing far from home. His style is deeply rooted in the rural blues of the delta, but so distinctly original and idiosyncratic that his sound will not easily be mistaken for that of any other artist. Rock-solid bass-string drones, expansively sonic guitar textures, a seasoning of wah-wah riffs, and a voice that can sound vinegary, molasses-like, or simply, urgently passionate, as the song demands - these are some of the qualities that make Paul Jones a unique and formidable talent.

“At 48, Paul is old enough to have heard some of the Delta’s most celebrated blues stylists as a youth, young enough to be a post - B. B. King 'modernist' if he'd chosen to go that way. Instead he developed a style that is unabashedly 'country' and 'in the tradition' but with modern shadings - that wah-wah pedal - and a dexterous manner of subsuming rhythm and lead functions in to a guitar style with the momentum and unpredictability of a runaway steamroller.” - Fat Possum. Hear Diggin' Momma's Tatters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKJvs1qzb5E
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Junior Kimbrough
Meet Me in the City
Fat Possum
LP
$10

"Fat Possum's original stars and some of its greatest discoveries will be available as part of its 25th-anniversary series. Junior Kimbrough will be represented by a vinyl reissue of Meet Me in the City, released a year after the trance-blues master's 1998 death. The majority of these recordings pre-date Junior's 1992 Fat Possum release All Night Long. Though the production quality many not quite be up to the standards of Junior's 'studio' albums, the intensity of the performances more than make up for it. Every effort was made to preserve the integrity of the original home stereo recordings.

"David 'Junior' Kimbrough, quite possibly the most important blues guitarist of the second half of the 20th century, redefined blues. His approach to music is so hugely different from anything that came before him that he ranks among the three greatest bluesmen of all: Son House, Bukka White, and Fred McDowell. An originator, Junior did more than build on a certain tradition or perfect a certain style, he re-imagined the blues and developed a sound all his own." - Fat Possum. Hear the massive, ominous Baby Please Don't Leave Me.

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St. Louis Jimmy Oden
1932-1948
RST
LP
$8

Warm and inviting blues from the great St. Louis Jimmy Oden, who is perhaps best remembered these days as the composer “Going Down Slow,” which became a standard recorded by Howlin’ Wolf and many others.  On this LP, Oden is often accompanied on piano by Roosevelt Sykes and his vocal delivery provides a reflective, end-of-the-night vibe, which is one that frequently resonates with me these days. On a couple tracks there is nice accompaniment from an unknown violinist, somewhat in the Mississippi Sheiks style; indeed “Six Feet in the Ground” is to the tune of “Sitting on Top of the World”.  The two songs with Muddy Waters and His Blues Combo (circa 1948) are also standouts, with Muddy taking some barbed, honey-bee style guitar solos. Hear Florida Hurricane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQf0qFHNjw0. Limited stock, one corner dinged on the covers.

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Dan Rose
Wayne County Ramblin'
Little Ruby Pictures
DVD
$14

Dan Rose was born and raised in a suburb of Detroit and is highly-regarded for good reasons, among them the videos he's made for The Gories, Junior Kimbrough, Cordell Jackson, & more. Wayne County Ramblin' is his first feature film, independently produced and over a decade in the making. Fittingly, it is a very personal, lovingly-created, and idiosyncratic work, with a roadtrip theme that is interspersed with vodun, folklore, the African-American migration north, and more. Many musicians are featured in acting roles, including Otha Turner, Bernice Pratcher Turner, Nathaniel Mayer, Tav Falco, Iggy Pop, Mick Collins, Cordell Jackson, and many others. Plenty of information may be found at Wayne County Ramblin'. Tech notes from Little Ruby: "This DVD has been created in the NTSC television standard, intended for home DVD players and personal computers. Playability may prove difficult, or impossible, outside North America (region 1)." See the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4CgBwesc2Q

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Christian Schwindt Quintet
For Friends and Relatives
Frederiksberg Records
2LP
$35

"Finnish Holy Grail Jazz! Expanded from a single disk to a double 140g vinyl album in old school deluxe gatefold with new liner notes insert telling the story of the group and the Finnish jazz scene in the '60s, includes unpublished photos, remastered from the original tapes, limited to 500 copies." - Frederiksberg Records. Hear Helsinki at Noon.

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Sonny Simmons
Global Jungle
no label / private release
cassette
$15

Original cassette issue of this somewhat elusive Sonny Simmons session, recorded in 1982 & first released on this format in 1985. Notable also for an appearance of Earl Freeman on side A. Hear some of Global Jungle.

“Sonny Simmons is a revered and unrelenting pioneer, one of the remaining few. His dozen or so recordings from 1961-1970 established him as one of the most exciting new horn players of that era. During the ‘70s and ‘80s, Simmons stayed true to his art form, writing some of his major compositions, working with local musicians, and ‘dealing with it.’ Unfortunately, this time period produced little recorded material.

Global Jungle is one of the rare recordings that captures Simmons’ prolific work of the 1980s. Listening to these compositions, one hears searing white hot saxophone, the long winded legato, and multiple tonguing techniques for which Simmons is noted. The fluidity of this recording is further enhanced by the spontaneous and direct response from the rhythm section. Global Jungle is raw and real. It is life drama.” - notes from the CD issue, which is also in stock

Sonny Simmons: alto saxophone & vocals
Kirk Charles Heydt: cello
Dylan Morgan
: drums
Earl Freeman: electric fretless bass (side A)
Perry Thorsell: acoustic bass (side A)
Freddie "Bon Ganni" Williams: acoustic bass (side B)
Jeffrey Donald: vocals (side B)

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Frankie Lee Sims
She Likes to Boogie Real Low / Well Goodbye Baby
Vin
45 rpm 7"
$8

Cousin and occasional accompanist to Lightnin’ Hopkins, Frankie Lee Sims cut some rocking electric blues sides for Specialty and Ace. This reissue of his outstanding 45 for the Vin label resurrects two of his hardest swinging numbers. 2010 reissue. Hear She Likes to Boogie Real Low: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paZA4GrwMRY

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John E. Tinsley
Country Blues Roots Revived
Manufactured Recordings / Steady Sounds
LP & 7"
$18

"Manufactured Recordings is pleased to announce they’re co-releasing a very special reissue of John E. Tinsley’s Country Blues Roots Revived with Steady Sounds. This recording has not been available since the 70’s and is a rarity treasured by lovers of the piedmont blues style.

"John E. Tinsley was born in 1920 in Chestnut Mountain, Virginia and later moved to Henry County in an area just outside of Martinsville. According to the liner notes of Virginia Traditions: West Piedmont Blues, Tinsley began playing guitar at the age of 15 at the behest of his neighbor and was influenced by other Piedmont & East Coast bluesmen such as Blind Boy Fuller, Josh White, & Buddy Moss.

"Tinsley and friend, Fred Holland, first recorded 'Truble Blues' and 'Keep Your Hands Off Her' as a 78 for Bassett, Virginia's Mutual Records in 1952. Following the poor sales of the 78, Tinsley briefly left the world of secular music behind, playing religious music exclusively in the mid-1950s. However, in 1978, he recorded this session on Country Blues Roots Revived for the primarily bluegrass label Outlet Recordings, accompanied on most cuts by his son William on piano & J.P. Young on harmonica. [This reissue] also includes his lone 78rpm release as a bonus 7"." - Manufactured.

Though I've been a fan for a while, I was pleasantly surprised this record was reissued. Tinsley was a fairly obscure artist, no big backstory, and his appeal & approach are generally low-key: it's "just" enjoyable, easygoing music. Hear Rattlesnake Daddy: https://soundcloud.com/manufacturedrecordings-1/john-e-tinsley-rattlesnake-daddy

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John E. Tinsley
Country Blues Roots Revived
Manufactured Recordings / Steady Sounds
CD
$12

CD version, full description above.

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Various Artists
Ghost Memories
Mississippi
LP
$13

"The long awaited sequel to our Six Feet Under compilation! Absolute killer country and rock and roll songs from the late 1950's - early 1960's. Minor chords abound in both rocking tunes and straight up weepers. The real stuff - no goofy novelties or commercial palp. Honest people's music. All incredibly hard to find tunes from small label 45s." - Mississippi. Hear Willie Hays' Walkin' the Streets After Dark & Harold L & the Offbeats' Three Years.

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Various Artists
Jubilee to Gospel
JEMF
LP
$10

Subtitled “A Selection of Commercially Recorded Black Religious Music, 1921-1953,” this compilation delivers as promised, tracing the development of gospel singing from jubilees through to quartets such as the Fairfield Four. Tracks selected by gospel scholar William H. Tallmadge. Full track listing on the artist & label pages. Hear Heavenly Gospel Singers – This Old World is in a Bad Condition, Selah Jubilee Singers – I Want Jesus to Walk Around My Bedside, & Birmingham Jubilee Singers – I Heard the Preachin’ of the Elders

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Various Artists
Running from the Law
Mississippi
LP
$13

"The third volume of the Six Feet Under series! Absolute killer country and rock and roll songs from the late 1950's - early 1960's. Minor chords abound in both rocking tunes and straight up weepers. The real stuff - no goofy novelties or commercial palp. Honest people's music. All incredibly hard to find tunes from small label 45s." - Mississippi. Hear Gene Nitz's Running from the Law & Cecil Moore's Diamond Back.

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Various Artists
Six Feet Under
Mississippi
LP
$13

"Compilation of unbelievable rockabilly, country, & early rock instrumentals. All obscure and hard to find and not a loser in the bunch. A mind blower for fans of the Cramps, Lee Hazlewood, real deal rock 'n' roll, & out there country. Songs about graveyards, misery, trains, ghosts, & so on." - Mississippi. Hear Johnny Waleen's Mystery Train.

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Robert Lee "Lil' Poochie" Watson & Hezekiah Early
Natchez Burnin'
Broke and Hungry Records
CD
$12

"Multi-instrumentalist Hezekiah Early (born in 1934) and guitarist Robert Lee Watson (born in 1951) have both been singing and playing the blues in and around Natchez, Mississippi, for decades…While Early has previously recorded with guitarists Elmo Williams & James Baker and trombonist Pee Wee Whittaker [in Hezekiah & the Houserockers], this is apparently Watson’s maiden recording.

"The long musical association between Early & Watson allowed Broke & Hungry’s Jeff Konkel to record this disc in a single, three-hour session at a Cleveland, Mississippi, studio in February 2016—after all, they’d been 'rehearsing' together in the local venues for years. Walton belts out the vocal on the opening 'Got My Eyes on You' backed by his own rudimentary but propulsive guitar and Early’s rack-mounted harmonica & powerhouse drumming that belies his age. Watson keeps things rocking on deconstructed versions of Chuck Willis' 'Feel So Bad,' Louis Jordan's 'Ain't That Just Like a Woman,' Fats Domino's 'Hello Josephine,' and Rosco Gordon's 'Just a Little Bit' and applies his gravelly yet expressive voice to more ruminative fare on his own 'Mama Don’t Love Papa' and Lightnin' Hopkins' 'Mr. Charlie.' The two men share the vocals on 'Shooby Dooby Doo' and Big Joe Turner’s 'Flip, Flop and Fly,' while Early steps away from his drum seat to sing and play his own homemade guitar on 'Baby Please Don't Go' and 'Somebody Changed the Lock' while Watson lays out.

"What this music may lack in sophistication, it more than makes up for in spontaneity and excitement—you can add Watson and Early to a long list of Mississippi guitar–drum combos that ranges from Trent Ayers and Cedric Burnside through T-Model Ford and Spam and all the way back to Woodrow Adams and Fiddlin' Joe Martin." —Jim DeKoster/Living Blues. Hear their great Shooby Dooby, a tune Early also played with the Houserockers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7K7U5W_Gug See also this very nice Offbeat article about the duo & Mr. Early's American Made 10" with Elmo Williams.