Levee Camp Moan's self-tilled LP, released in 1969 on the County Recording Service label (SVVS 132), is without a shadow of doubt one of the UK s rarest and most prestigious private pressings to emerge out of Britain's thriving underground blues scene of the late 60's….
This 52 disc Ultimate Collection features music from the Delta to the Big Cities. This special first edition also includes a historic puck harmonica. How blue can you get? You will find your favorites here and discover some hidden gems, as the 'ABC of the Blues' brings together the best of the best.
Delta blues is one of the earliest styles of blues music. Created by black musicians who lived and worked on the farms in north Mississippi, these men and women drew on influences from church songs, prison songs, African rhythms, and early American folk traditions to fashion a new form of music. Unbeknownst to them, the music created in this relatively small area that lies between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers would spread the world over and shape musical history.
This DVD presents rare and historical recordings from 1965-1970 of some of the greatest exponents of this blues technique. Black bottleneck guitar styles were probably initially inspired by lap-style Hawaiian slide guitar which enjoyed immense popularity shortly after its inception in the mid-1890s. By 1903, it was already in vogue in Mississippi (and probably elsewhere) according to testimony from W. C. Handy, Gus Cannon and others. Although particularly popular in Mississippi and Louisiana, bottleneck styles could be found the length and breadth of the rural South.
If Mamie Smith s Crazy Blues is the very first blues record then OKeh must stand proudly as the pioneering Blues label. This 2CD set showcases OKeh s superlative output in the early half of the Twentieth century with songs that would go on to define modern music.
This excellent video focuses primarily on Mississippi Delta bottleneck blues guitarists, and within that framework illustrates several different playing styles… The highlights of the video are the two numbers by Son House. 'Levee Camp Moan' is preceded by a short but hilarious lecture from House about the dangerous business of love. Both this clip and his 'Death Letter Blues' typify a Son House live performance - he begins each song with a soft-spoken introduction, then takes a deep breath, hunches over the guitar, and explodes into sound and fury.