:: Title :: Down On The Levee Blues (false start)
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Pugh, Joe B. (Forrest City Joe) [harmonica]
:: Setting :: Charley Houlin's juke joint
:: Location :: Hughes (St. Francis County), Arkansas (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Arkansas
:: Session :: Hughes 10/59
:: Date :: 10/1/1959
:: Reference Information :: T911.0, Track 1 (00:00:37)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Recordings of Forrest City Joe (accompanied on some tracks by "His Aces"), as well as by the Boy Blue band. John Cowley, in Alan Lomax: Blues Songbook [Rounder 1866], writes this about Charley Houlin: "Gambling tout, whiskey merchant, and sometime bootlegger, Houlin migrated to Hughes from eastern Texas. He became a U.S. Marshall, demonstrating his reputation as a sharpshooter, and set up shop running a whiskey store/juke joint where many blues musicians (such as B.B. King) played. It was Houlin who directed Lomax to the settlements? two high-powered juke bands that entertained his black patrons?the groups run by Forrest City Joe and Boy Blue." Alan lists the drummer and guitarist for some of this session as being Thomas Martin and Sonny Boy Rogers, respectively, but it is not certain whether they play on all the tracks. We have, therefore, referred strictly to Alan's notes for accompanist information. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: Southern U.S. 1959 and 1960



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