Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson

Blues Come to Texas

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Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson could present stunning, poignant, ironic or gripping stories, and his vocals were ideal for the slow-paced, dramatic storytelling mode. Jackson scored several regional and jukebox hits in the 1950s with his stories of woe, fame, misfortune, tribulation and perseverance. These were consistent themes emerging throughout the 20 cuts on this CD reissue from a 1960 session. It includes three unreleased cuts and a song ("Johnnie Mae") from another album. Jackson wrote (or adapted) all of the songs, and this disc is a fine portrait of an often overlooked but significant Texas blues performer.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:40 Amazon
2 2:30 Amazon
3 1:36
4 2:35 Amazon
5 2:10 Amazon
6 2:56 Amazon
7 2:24 Amazon
8 2:39 Amazon
9 2:17 Amazon
10 2:24 Amazon
11 1:57
12 3:00
13 1:56 Amazon
14 2:14 Amazon
15 1:49 Amazon
16 2:30 Amazon
17 1:56 Amazon
18 1:57 Amazon
19 2:33 Amazon
20 2:22 Amazon
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