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Various Artists St. Charles Blues - Sonny Boy Nelson & Bo Carter

Some Victor Records was one of early Blues most important labels and in October 1936 they went to the St. Charles Hotel for what would turn out to be their last significant Blues field recording session. This release is the first to focus on the results from that historical day; the session yielded some of Bo Carter's most well known pieces as well as all of Sonny Boy Nelson's pre-war recordings. The sound, as always with Nehi releases, is cleaner than ever before, revealing even more of the sonic delights laid down on that fateful day.ever.

In All of the recordings found on this release were laid down in one day in 1936, at the St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans in sessions for Victor/Bluebird that were set up by Bo Carter. By the time of the St. Charles sessions, Bo had been a star in the Blues world, as both a solo artist and a member of the Blues’ premier string-band, the Mississippi Sheiks. Bo, real name Armenter Chatman, was born in Bolton, Mississippi, on March 21, 1893, into a very musical family. His mother, Eliza, played guitar and his father, Henderson, was a fiddle player, music was all around the home and filtered down to the children with all of the brothers playing at least one instrument. Bo played guitar, banjo, clarinet, and fiddle; Lonnie and Edgar, fiddle; Harry, Willie, and Bert, guitar; Laurie, drums; and Sam, bass violin, tenor banjo, and guitar - throw alleged half-brother Charley Patton into the mix and you have one hell of a family band! The Chatman’s would play for blacks
and whites alike and as soon as a child was old enough he’d find his way around an instrument and join the band. A few of the brothers had music lessons, but most of them played by ear, Lonnie being the only one who could read music. If the brothers were asked to play at an upscale function for the white folks in Jackson, and had to play songs they didn’t know, their clients would buy them the sheet music and Lonnie would translate it to his siblings and they were good to go.exception.

 

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BC: 827565060009

 

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SONNY BOY NELSON Pony Blues
ROBERT HILL G Blues
BO CARTER Pussy Cat Blues
CHATMAN BROTHERS If You Don’t Want Me Please Don’t Dog Me ‘Round
SONNY BOY NELSON Street Walkin’
BO CARTER Sue Cow
ROBERT HILL Hill’s Hot Sauce
CHATMAN BROTHERS Please Don’t Give My Love Away
BO CARTER Bo Carter’s Advice
SONNY BOY NELSON Low Down
MISSISSIPPI MATILDA Happy Home Blues
ROBERT HILL Lumber Yard Blues
BO CARTER Flea On Me
SONNY BOY NELSON Lovin’ Blues
CHATMAN BROTHERS Stir It Now
BO CARTER Got To Work Somewhere
ROBERT HILL I’m Going To Write And Tell Mother
BO CARTER Doubled Up In A Knot
SONNY BOY NELSON If You Don’t Believe I’m Leaving, Baby
BO CARTER The Ins And Out Of My Girl
MISSISSIPPI MATILDA Hard Working Woman Blues
BO CARTER All Around Man – Part 2
ROBERT HILL You’re Gonna Look Like A Monkey When You Get Old
BO CARTER Worried G Blues
CHATMAN BROTHERS Wake Me Just Before Day
BO CARTER Don’t Mash My Digger So Deep
SONNY BOY NELSON Long Tall Woman
BO CARTER Your Biscuits Are Big Enough For Me

 

 

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