Blues & Bones (CD)


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Format: CD 
Label: Mapleshade 
Year: 1994 

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 

TRACKS: 

1 John Henry 
2 Meet Me In The Bottom 
3 Called My Baby Long Distance 
4 That Won't Do 
5 My Old School Mates 
6 Hen's Cackle 
7 Saturday Night Hop 
8 Baby, Please Gimme A Break 
9 T For Texas 
10 Sitting On Top Of The World 
11 Payday 
12 Take Me Back, Baby 
13 Little Girl 

Originally recorded in 1989 

PERSONNEL: 

Bones – Richard "Mr. Bones" Thomas 
Harmonica – Mark Wenner 
Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele – Archie Edwards 
Producer – Pierre M. Sprey 

Heavily influenced by both Blind Boy Fuller, Barbecue Bob and his mentor, Mississippi John Hurt, nimble-fingered Piedmont-style guitarist Edwards was 71 years old in 1989 when he recorded these thirteen titles from an extensive repertoire. From originals to covers, Edwards’ finger-picking propulsively mixes down-home string band, jug and Southeast blues strains together. 

His original compositions include the anecdotal country blues “My Old School Mates,” the rocking, circular chord dancing instrumental “Saturday Night Hop” (that must have been a dance favorite at many a Franklin County, Virginia house party) and the bluesy jazz of “Baby, Please Give Me a Break.” There’s a vivid cover of the Jimmy Rodgers’ inspired country classic “T for Texas” (where Edwards plays baritone ukulele), Hurts’ “Take Me Back Baby” and a bluesy “John Henry.” 

Sing Out! praises: “It isn’t just the song selection that makes this set fantastic. The washboard-sounding bones of Richard Thomas and Slim Harpo-influenced harmonica from veteran Mark Wenner add extra dimension to Edwards’ casual, ultra syncopated rhythms and drawling.” 

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