The Hokum Boys / Bob Robinson

The Complete Hokum Boys & Bob Robinson 1935-1937

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Although hokum had its heyday from 1928-31, the name of the Hokum Boys was revived for some recording dates during the years 1935-37. This CD features selections from a couple very different editions of the Hokum Boys, plus numbers from the related Chicago Five and Bob Robinson. The first seven numbers find the double entendres less subtle than earlier, the music more country-blues-oriented, and the selections featuring Big Bill Broonzy and Casey Bill Weldon on guitars and vocals, and sometimes pianist Black Bob, bassist Bill Settles, and Washboard Sam on washboard. The other performances have singer Bob Robinson (who was with the 1929 version of the band) as a dominant vocalist, Arnett Nelson taking erratic clarinet solos and the supporting cast including on various numbers Broonzy, Black Bob, and trumpeter "Mr. Sheiks." Although not quite up to the level of the 1929 Hokum Boys, there are many fun performances on this CD, including "Keep Your Mind On It," "Nancy Jane," "Do You Catch On," "You Can't Have None of That," "Down in the Alley," and "Just Diddling Around." Two previously unreleased alternate takes are included on the recommended 25-song program.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:39
2
3:05
3
3:05
4
3:06
5
3:09
6
3:01
7
3:04
8
feat: Chicago Five
3:02
9
feat: Chicago Five
3:02
10
3:11
11
3:02
12
3:06
13
3:07
14
3:32
15
3:21
16
3:11
17
3:10
18
2:59
19
2:54
20
3:01
21
2:56
22
2:57
23
2:55
24
2:59
25
2:59
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