Ishman Bracey

King of the Blues, Vol. 12

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An early associate of Tommy Johnson, Ishman Bracey recorded sparingly on his own, and only 19 of his sides (all recorded between 1928 and 1930 for the Victor and Paramount labels) have been located. All of these are collected here, including a track where Bracey backs up vocalist Rosie Mae Moore on guitar ("Stranger Blues"), four tracks featuring Bracey as a member of the intriguing New Orleans Nehi Boys with clarinetist Kid Ernest Michall and pianist Charley Taylor, and numerous alternate takes. It isn't a very sizable legacy, and while Bracey was both a competent singer and guitarist, he wasn't strikingly so, making this collection one that mostly only serious blues collectors and historians will need. It essentially duplicates Document's Complete Recorded Works (Document's set also adds four Charley Taylor sides, two of which feature Bracey on guitar).

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