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Guitar SLIM and Jelly BELLY – Carolina Blues And Other Down Home Blues Hits (NYC 1944) 1997

Posted in BLUES, Guitar SLIM, Jelly BELLY on November 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Guitar SLIM and Jelly BELLY – Carolina Blues And Other Down Home Blues Hits (NYC 1944) 1997


This 29-track collection of mostly previously unreleased sides recorded in 1944 with the New Orleans piano player known only as Jelly Belly is an anomaly in the New Orleans guitarist’s catalogue. Throughout CAROLINA BLUES, Guitar Slim is playing …    Full Descriptionacoustic guitar in a country blues style more associated with the Mississippi Delta than the more sophisticated New Orleans-style electric blues of the rest of his career. The results are illuminating for fans, because it’s easier to hear the influence of earlier players like Son House and Lightnin’ Hopkins on Guitar Slim’s idiosyncratic playing style in this more stripped-down setting. The combination of original blues and standards like “Betty and Dupree” shows Slim, better known for his Flamboyant live performances, in a more intimate light, and while it’s not the best starting point for novices, fans will find it fascinating.
Pure authentic country blues in the East Coast tradition from guitarists and singers Alex Seward and “Fat Boy” Hayes, billed as Guitar Slim & Jelly Belly on these recordings made in the 1950s. The two alternate as vocalists and even trade off verses on some selections. Alex Seward (Guitar Slim), a friend and associate of Brownie McGhee’s, sings in a polished, urban style while Mr. Hayes contributes the rougher, rural vocals. The CD contains nearly the entire commercially recorded output of the duo.
This is not The more famous Guitar Slim despite the coupling with a great Guitar Slim Album above. This is another Guitar Slim who like many African Americans in NYC in the 1940s was originally from North Carolina, playing in the Piedmont style of finger picked blues on an acoustic guitar with another player named Jelly Belly. This is good blues, acoustic East Coast blues of a type that seems to get forgotten these days when everyone things Delta Blues was more than a local style in one section of Mississippi and adjoining parts of Arkansas. Unless you are deeply interested in Piedmont Blues from the 1940s, get the real Guitar Slim, one of the essential blues masters, before you get this CD.

This is fun music but this aint the real famous lasting electrified totaly New Orleans Guitar Slim. Worth a listen though if you like the blues.

The more famous Guiitar Slim caputred on the other album, an album no person interested in blues, rock, or R & B should live without was Eddie Jones. He was born in Mississippi and lived and performed in New Orleans and was a prisoner of war during the Korean War. He is most famous for writing “The Things We Used to do.” Eddie Guitar Slim Jones was known as the Master of the Stratacaster was one of the most important electric blues stylists. Of course, like all great bluesmen, he is first last and always a great great singer.

Jones was also a colorful new Orleans character. In the early 1980s, a researcher interviewed a man who he believed had been Davis’s tailor back in the 50s, about stories he had about Guitar Slim. The man went on and on for an hour with stories of wild clothes and show off doings he’d seen Guitar Slim do in New Orleans. Finally, the interviewer started to ask about how he tailored the fancy outfits Slim wore on stage. The man answered he wasn’t a tailor; he was a truck driver. All the stories were just what an everday working guy remembered from Slim’s flamboyant days in New Orleans.
By Tony Thomas.
This album includes all 14 titles in the LP released in the 60 to which are added another 15 titles that had not been reprinted since their release in 78 rounds … It’s Chris Strachwitz (14) who signs the liner notes that we learn more about Alec Seward and Louis Hayes. In the early 60 Strachwitz bought almost by chance the dice acetates of these recordings.

He places these records in their context, namely the 1940s when many rural South would seek work and money in large industrial cities. Mississippi migrants amounted to Chicago, Texas, they went to the West Coast, and Southeast states they went back to Baltimore and New York.

Similarly as in Chicago, there was in New York the confrontation between the rural blues that bringing with them new migrants, more sophisticated and blues played by big bands and that appealed to older citizens. Although New York for over twenty years, Alec Seward was linked to country-blues style of his native Carolina and in 1944 he recorded with Louis “Fat Boy” Hayes numerous titles under the names of Guitar Slim & Jelly Belly, The Backporch Boyes, Blues or Kings Bluesboys.

Chris Strachwitz found the address of Louis Hayes through Brownie McGhee and he thus learned more about these records. They were conducted under contract (Local 802), recorded by Mort Brown in a studio on Broadway, above the restaurant, Jack Dempsey. Most of the 78 laps out under the label owned by True Blue Alec Seward himself.
Guitar Slim (Alec Seward)- Vocals, Guitar
Louis “Fat Boy” Hayes- Vocals, Guitar
01. Ups And Downs Blues 2:28
02. Crooked Wife Blues 2:32
03. Snowing And Raining 2:43
04. No More Hard Time 2:18
05. She’s Evil And Mean 2:40
06. Mike and Jerr 2:26
07. Don’t Leave Me All By Myself 2:45
08. South Carolina Blues 2:37
09. Crying Won’t Make Me Stay 2:40
10. Big Trouble Blues 2:51
11. Humming Bird Blues 2:37
12. Right And Wrong Woman 2:52
13. Southern Whistle Blues 2:28
14. Jail And Buddy Blues 2:52
15. Mean Girl Blues 2:38
16. Travelin’ Boy’s Blues 3:01
17. Railroad Blues 2:53
18. Yellow And Brown Woman 2:39
19. Bad Acting Woman 2:30
20. Christmas Time Blues 2:43
21. Cooking Big Woman 3:00
22. You’re My Honey 2:38
23. Early Morning Blues 2:38
24. Isabel 2:50
25. Hard Luck Blues 2:41
26. Unhappy Home Blues 2:35
27. Working Man Blues 2:34
28. Why, Oh Why 2:31
29. Betty And Dupree 2:42

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