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Curley Weaver - Complete Recorded Works (1933-1935)

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Curley Weaver - Complete Recorded Works (1933-1935)
Curley Weaver - Complete Recorded Works (1933-1935)


Georgia slide guitar wizard Curley Weaver (1906-1962) is best remembered for his lengthy association with Blind Willie McTell, one of several guitarists who are heard on a 23-track compilation of Weaver records dating from 1933-1935. This disc appeared on Document in 1992, was reissued in 2000, and again in 2005. An expressive vocalist who sang at times like Blind Boy Fuller or Blind Blake, Weaver occasionally shifted into a plaintive falsetto while dexterously manipulating his slide over the fretted neck of the guitar. His friendship with fellow Georgians Blind Buddy Keith, Nemehiah Smith, Barbecue Bob, Charlie Lincoln, and Eddie Mapp are legendary. This is only a taste of his recorded legacy; Weaver cut his first sides in 1928 and made his final recordings in 1950 with his old friend Willie McTell. Vocalist Ruth Willis, who was closely affiliated with Weaver and his circle of musical friends, is heard in a duet with him on "Some Cold Rainy Day." Tracks 6-13 are played by the Georgia Browns, a lively little band involving guitarist Fred McMullen and Weaver's harmonica-toting pal Buddy Moss. "Tampa Strut" and "Decatur Street 81" are two of this group's choicest sides, while "Who Stole de Lock?" has a decidedly more rural feel to it than the 1932 recording by Jack Bland's Rhythmakers. Both renditions benefit from a comparison with two earlier recordings of the tune by Bryant's Jubilee Quartet, a fine gospel and secular vocal harmony group whose complete works have also been reissued by Document.


  1. Name
  2. No No Blues
  3. Leg Iron Blues
  4. Some Cold Rainy Day
  5. Tippin' Tom
  6. Birmingham Gambler
  7. Tampa Strut
  8. Decatur Street 81
  9. Next Door Man (Take 1)
  10. Next Door Man (Take 2)
  11. It Must Have Been Her
  12. Who Stole De Lock?
  13. Joker Man
  14. You Was Born To Die
  15. Dirty Mistreater
  16. Black Woman
  17. City Cell Blues
  18. Empty Room Blues
  19. Tricks Ain't Walking No More
  20. Sometime Mama
  21. Oh Lawdy Mama
  22. Two Faced Woman
  23. Early Morning Blues
  24. Fried Pie Blues

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