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Roots music break: "Spike Driver Blues"

This is the hammer that killed John Henry
But it won’t kill me,
But it won’t kill me,
But it won’t kill me

Take this hammer and carry it to my captain… 999 more words


"Blues for Mississippi John Hurt" / a poem by Tom Evans

John Hurt walked down a dusty track

with a knapsack on his back;

Taking his time, whistling and singing,

he warn’t in no hurry.

He would pause, set down a spell, 122 more words

Mississippi John Hurt (LP) Folk Songs and Blues (1963) Piedmont (PLP13157)

Mississippi John Hurt

Folk Songs and Blues

Piedmont (PLP13157) 


Rating: ***** (Good Shit)

Hurt had recorded a few sides for Okey in the 1920s (not big sellers), and then returned to share cropping.   67 more words

Music Reviews

Put your dollar down

I bet you, you bet me,
Apple don’t grow on a cottonwood tree.
Put your dollar down,
Put your dollar down,
Come on buddy, come and put your dollar down. 277 more words


Cruel Stack O'Lee

I loved Mississippi John Hurt’s Stack O’Lee Blues long before I knew it was based on a real murder.

Click here to listen to Mississippi John Hurt’s… 930 more words

Crime & Intrigue

Mississippi John Hurt

In the Summer or Fall of ’05 (I disremember when), I worked at Starbucks, and a confluence of events compelled me towards Dylan. One of the two Mikes who worked there was a passionate Bob Dylan fan, Starbucks was in peak Dylan promotional mode, and I had been desiring – for a long time – to dig deeper into his catalogue. 377 more words

John Fahey - On the Sunny Side of the Ocean

Since he passed away 15 years ago today, it seemed fitting to devote today’s track of the day to John Fahey. As I touched on in my post about… 348 more words

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