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Leroy Carr

Born in Nashville, Leroy Carr moved to Indianapolis as a child. While he was still in his teens, he taught himself how to play piano. Carr quit school in his mid-teens, heading out for a life on the road. For the next few years, he would play piano at various parties and dances in the midwest and south. Carr wandered back toward Indianapolis, where he met guitarist Scrapper Blackwell in 1928. The duo began performing and shortly afterward they were recording for Vocalion, releasing "How Long How Long Blues" before the year was finished. The song was an instant, surprise hit. For the next seven years, Carr and Blackwell would record a number of classic songs for Vocalion, including "Midnight Hour Blues," "Blues Before Sunrise," "Hurry Down Sunshine," "Shady Lane Blues" and many others. Lery Carr was the most influential male blues singer and songwriter of the first half of the 20th century, but he was nothing like the current stereotype of an early bluesman

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Ethan Margolis: Perfect Mission of Feeling

Read "Ethan Margolis: Perfect Mission of Feeling" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Describing guitarist, composer, bandleader, producer and conceptualist Ethan Margolis as a citizen of the world barely does him or his music justice. Born and raised in jny: Cleveland (OH), Margolis left the US when he was 21 to study the art of Gypsy flamenco guitar in Spain. He stayed there for more than a decade, living ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Autumn in Augusta: Autumn in Augusta - Songs My Mama Would Like

Read "Autumn in Augusta - Songs My Mama Would Like" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Autumn in August--Songs My Mama Would Like is a love letter in the form of a jazz combo. Vocalist Lucy Smith honors her mother with an extended-play disc, presented by the jazz trio plus singer.Chiming in at just short of 19 minutes over five songs, the collection is a simplicity scrubbed repertoire of Public ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

The London Blues of Zoë Schwarz

Read "The London Blues of Zoë Schwarz" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The American music genres blues and jazz are the subatomic particles of every note played since their commission to media in the early part of the last century. While one did not beget the other, were this a Venn diagram, there would exist an overlapping of blues and jazz in that place behind the roadhouse on ...

Sloppy Drunk

Label: Catfish Records (UK)
Released: 2000
Track listing: Disc One: How Long, How Long Blues/ Tennessee Blues/ You Got to Reap What You Sow/ Low Down Dirty Blues/ Box Car Blues/ How Long, How Long Blues- Part 2/ Baby Don

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Leroy Carr: Sloppy Drunk

Read "Sloppy Drunk" reviewed by Derek Taylor

The title of this generous collection doesn’t mince words about the principal vice of its subject. Carr was one of the most famous and self-debasing artists in the history of the blues. So much so that his battles with the bottle are nearly as legendary as his talent. Forming one of the first high profile partnerships ...


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