Alabama Blues: 1927-1930

Various Artists

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Alabama Blues: 1927-1930 Review

by Jason Ankeny

Alabama Blues: 1927-1930 compiles the complete known recorded output of six obscure rural blues acts: George "Bullet" Williams, Clifford Gibson, Ollis Martin, Bertha Ross, Jaybird Coleman and Frank Palmes (which may actually be merely a pseudonym of Coleman's). As the liner notes point out, it's interesting to note that almost all of the artists featured here play the harmonica, an instrument whose relatively low cost made it the ideal accompaniment for the era's bluesmen, especially those from such an economically depressed area as rural Alabama; there's a clear regional sensibility linking their music, its primitive power and emotional intensity reflections of the blues at its purest.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bullet Williams / George "Bullet" Williams 02:48 Amazon
2
George "Bullet" Williams 02:44 Amazon
3
George "Bullet" Williams 02:53 Amazon
4 George "Bullet" Williams 02:56 Amazon
5
George "Bullet" Williams 02:49 Amazon
6
Ollis Martin 03:03 Amazon
7
Jaybird Coleman / Frank Palmes 02:53 Amazon
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Jaybird Coleman / Frank Palmes 02:55 Amazon
9
Bertha Ross 03:05 Amazon
10
Jaybird Coleman 02:37 Amazon
11
Jaybird Coleman 03:10 Amazon
12 Jaybird Coleman 03:06 Amazon
13
Jaybird Coleman 02:49 Amazon
14
Jaybird Coleman 03:04 Amazon
15
Jaybird Coleman 03:10 Amazon
16
Jaybird Coleman 03:05 Amazon
17
Jaybird Coleman 02:54 Amazon
18 Jaybird Coleman 03:07 Amazon
19 Jaybird Coleman 03:05 Amazon
20
Clifford Gibson 03:01 Amazon
21 Clifford Gibson 03:03 Amazon
22
Clifford Gibson 02:55 Amazon
23
Clifford Gibson 02:45 Amazon
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