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Jazz And Blues Legends

The Rough Guide To Blues Legends: Blind Lemon Jefferson

Various

RGNET1298CD

Dubbed the 'Father of the Texas Blues', Blind Lemon Jefferson had a mesmerizing guitar-picking style and an impressive vocal range. A true blues legend, his approach influenced the likes of Charley Patton, Robert Johnson and Son House. This Rough Guide presents a lovingly remastered selection of his varied repertoire, from deepest blues to raucous ragtime and God-fearing gospel.

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Track List

01    One Dime Blues            
02    Easy Rider Blues            
03    Jack O’Diamonds (Take 2)        
04    Match Box Blues            
05    Beggin’ Back                
06    Bad Luck Blues            
07    He Arose From The Dead        
08    Rambler Blues            
09    See That My Grave Is Kept Clean    
10    That Crawlin’ Baby Blues        
11    Hot Dogs                
12    All I Want Is That Pure Religion        
13    Corinna Blues (Take 2)        
14    Black Snake Moan            
15    Where Shall I Be            
16    Mosquito Moan            
17    Black Horse Blues            
18    Wartime Blues            
19    Rabbit Foot Blues            
20    Rising High Water Blues        
21    Prison Cell Blues            
22    I Want To Be Like Jesus In My Heart    
23    Dry Southern Blues                
24    Blind Lemon’s Penitentiary Blues        
25    Broke And Hungry                 

Dubbed the 'Father of the Texas Blues', Blind Lemon Jefferson had a mesmerizing guitar-picking style and an impressive vocal range. A true blues legend, his approach influenced the likes of Charley Patton, Robert Johnson and Son House. This Rough Guide presents a lovingly remastered selection of his varied repertoire, from deepest blues to raucous ragtime and God-fearing gospel.

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Blind Lemon Jefferson sang his own epitaph throughout this life, a grizzly anecdote that forms the refrain of his most well-known and most-covered song, 'See That My Grave Is Kept Clean'. Characteristic of his style, the lyrics to the song are laced through with sour notes of irony that are underpinned by his brooding bluesy guitar.

Blind Lemon Jefferson's life is a riddle of ironies and inconsistencies to the modern-day investigator. Even the extent of his sight impairment is contestable. What can be known for certain is the far-reaching arm of his lasting influence. His style formed the basis of the blues paradigm echoed by the likes of Charley Patton, Furry Lewis and Barbecue Bob. His classic recordings also influenced such legends as Robert Johnson, Son House, B.B. King and Lightnin' Hopkins. Stretching even further, folk and rock musicians such as Bob Dylan and Carl Perkins later reflected his influence, too.

Jefferson's songs have varying inspirations: 'Jack O'Diamonds' is a Texan folk ballad sung by railroad men gambling in hot and dusty bars, while 'Corinna Blues' was inspired by the popular American song 'See See Rider Blues', first recorded by Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey in 1924. His songs also give differing impressions of the man: 'Black Snake Moan' paints him out as a womanizer, while 'All I Want Is Pure Religion' regarded in connection with stories of his refusal to play on a Sunday for any amount, suggests an altogether different image. Marvel at the mystery and drown in Jefferson's heady bluesy brew on this lovingly remastered Rough Guide.

The bumper bonus album explores the artists that Jefferson inspired. His sound resonated with the likes of Skip James, Leadbelly, Blind Willie McTell and Memphis Minnie, all heard here.