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Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

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Category: Jump blues +/- boogie

"Chew Tobacco Rag"
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“Chew Tobacco Rag” Done R&B

Celebration of King Records Month 2018 Getting an Early Start in August! Lucky Millinder‘s version of the classic country hit “Chew Tobacco Rag” could easily have been included on my Gusto cassette King compilation, Country Tunes Done R&B: Billboard‘s review in the April 21, 1951 edition was very optimistic about the single’s

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Gatemouth: Refuses to Be Fenced In

Artists who steadfastly resist to be pidgeonholed – Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown being one such notable example – always pique my curiosity.  Music writer, Michael Perry, in his article about Gatemouth Brown from the November-December 2001 issue of “alt-country” magazine, No Depression, describes an independence of spirit so fierce that it

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“Barnyard Boogie”: Jump Blues + Lap Steel Guitar

I have to confess – I’ve been listening pretty closely for several decades now, and I still can’t tell what makes [insert name of “first rock & roll record” here] the first recording with the rock & roll beat, whether it be 1951’s “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston (backed by

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