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Memphis Minnie

Tracking down the ultimate woman blues guitar hero is problematic because woman blues singers seldom recorded as guitar players and woman guitar players (such as Rosetta Tharpe and Sister O.M. Terrell) were seldom recorded playing blues. Excluding contemporary artists, the most notable exception to this pattern was Memphis Minnie. The most popular and prolific blueswoman outside the vaudeville tradition, she earned the respect of critics, the support of record-buying fans, and the unqualified praise of the blues artists she worked with throughout her long career. Despite her Southern roots and popularity, she was as much a Chicago blues artist as anyone in her day. Big Bill Broonzy recalls her beating both him and Tampa Red in a guitar contest and claims she was the best woman guitarist he had ever heard. Tough enough to endure in a hard business, she earned the respect of her peers with her solid musicianship and recorded good blues over four decades for Columbia, Vocalion, Bluebird, OKeh, Regal, Checker, and JOB. She also proved to have as good taste in musical husbands as music and sustained working marriages with guitarists Casey Bill Weldon, Joe McCoy, and Ernest Lawlars. Their guitar duets span the spectrum of African-American folk and popular music, including spirituals, comic dialogs, and old-time dance pieces, but Memphis Minnie's best work consisted of deep blues like "Moaning the Blues." More than a good woman blues guitarist and singer, Memphis Minnie holds her own against the best blues artists of her time, and her work has special resonance for today's aspiring guitarists. ~ Barry Lee Pearson
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Track List: Queen Of The Delta Blues Volume 2

Disc 1

1. My Baby Don't Want Me No More: Take 1

2. My Baby Don't Want Me No More: Take 2

3. Wants Cake When I'm Hungry

4. Down in the Alley: Take 1

5. Down in the Alley: Take 2

6. Blues Everywhere

7. Keep On Sailing

8. Please Don't Stop Him

9. Walking And Crying Blues

10. I'm Going Don't You Know

13. New Caught Me Wrong Again

14. Stop Lying On Me

15. I Hate To See The Sun Go Down

16. As Long as I Can See You Smile

17. Has Anyone Seen My Man

18. Good Biscuits

19. I've Been Treated Wrong

20. Keep On Walking

21. Keep On Eatin'

22. I'd Rather See Him Dead

Disc 2

3. Black Widow Stinger

4. Good Soppin'

5. Poor And Wandering Woman Blues

6. Bad Outside Friends

7. Worried Baby Blues

8. Call The Fire Wagon

9. Low Down Man Blues

10. Don't Lead My Baby Wrong

11. Keep Your Big Mouth Closed

12. Lonesome Shack Blues

13. Nothing In Rambling

14. Boy Friend Blues

15. Finger Print Blues

16. It's Hard To Please My Man

17. Ma Rainey

18. In My Girlish Days

19. Me And My Chauffeur Blues

20. Down By The Riverside

21. I Got To Make A Change Blues

22. Pig Meat On The Line

23. My Gage Is Going Up

24. This Is Your Last Chance

25. Can't Afford To Lose My Man

Disc 3

1. I'm Not A Bad Gal

2. You Got To Get Out Of Here

3. Don't Turn The Card

4. Looking The World Over

5. It Was You Baby

6. You Need A Friend

7. I Am Sailin'

8. Remember Me Blues

11. Fashion Plate Daddy

12. When You Love Me

13. Please Set A Date

16. True Love

17. When My Man Comes Home

18. I'm So Glad

Disc 4

5. The Man I Love: Take 3

6. The Man I Love, Take 4

7. The Man I Love: Take 5

8. Got To Leave You (No. 2): Take 1

9. Got To Leave You (No. 2): Take 2

10. Killer Diller Blues (No. 2)

12. Hold Me Blues (No. 2)

13. Fish Man Blues: Take 2

14. Fish Man Blues: Take 3

15. Western Union

16. My Man Is Gone Again: Take 1

17. My Man Is Gone Again: Take 3

18. Lean Meat Won't Fry: Take 1

19. Lean Meat Won't Fry: Take 2

20. Three Times Seven Blues

21. Daybreak Blues: Take 2

23. Million Dollar Blues

25. Shout The Boogie, Take 4

Disc 5

1. Tears On My Pillow

6. Tonight I Smile With You

7. Jump Little Rabbit

8. Down Home Girl

9. Night Watchman Blues: Take 1

10. Night Watchman Blues: Take 2

11. Why Did I Make You Cry

14. Kissing In The Dark

15. World Of Trouble

16. In Love Again

17. What A Night

18. Ethel Bea (feat. Little Son Joe)

20. I'd Write A Letter (feat. Little Son Joe)

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Fabulous. Honored to hv found this
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pixiegrrrl
fantastic!
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Sweet sweet sweet
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Everybody wants to buy my kitty, I wouldn't sell that to save your soul
(Oh play it, catch a rat)
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Grew up listening to Memphis Minnie & never get tired of listening to her legendary vocals!
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The best blues singer/guita r player EVER. In my honest opinion
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" NICE PLAYING GAL, LOTS OF "SOUL". MR. F. THOMAS CLARK
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Broonzy was never married to Minnie
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That's Big Bill Broonzy on Guitar. They were married at the time!
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I just heard Mephis Minnie Right now and What a voice! and Guitar! Go Minne go! =0 =)
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Puts you in the mood! doesn't it? Chuck
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horacio78613
Memphis Minnie is truly an American Gem for all of time.
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sweetmamma
Memphis Minnie is the bomb! I am only sad that pandora doesn't have my favorite song of hers: broken heart!

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