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One Room Country Shack and Other Struggling Blues

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One Room Country Shack and Other Struggling Blues
One Room Country Shack and Other Struggling Blues


Mercy Dee Walton was a pianist, singer and songwriter, whose oeuvre encompassed blues, jump blues and R&B, invariably bewailing the unattractiveness of rural life.

Invariably billed on record as just Mercy Dee, he remains chiefly important for his US Top 10 R&B hits 'Lonesome Cabin Blues (Log Cabin Blues)' and 'One Room Country Shack'. The latter song became established as a Blues standard, and was later closely associated with Mose Allison.

A powerful body of work, this compilation is a selection of popular sides and rarities, recorded between 1949-55, variously for Spire, Imperial, Colony, Rhythm, Flair, and Specialty.

His 1955 Flair release 'Come Back Maybellene', an answer disc to Chuck Berry's 'Maybellene', was a big record among specialist Rock & Roll collectors.

He sadly died of a cerebral haemorrhage in 1962, just a year after recording a fine comeback album, "Mercy Dee", for Arhoolie.


  1. Name
  2. Baba-Du-Lay Fever (G. I. Fever)
  3. Lonesome Cabin Blues
  4. Evil And Hanky
  5. Homely Baby
  6. Bird Brain Baby
  7. Crepe On Your Door
  8. Straight And Narrow
  9. Old Fashioned Ways
  10. Pay Off (Anything In The World)
  11. Trailing My Baby
  12. Romp & Stomp Blues
  13. Oh, Oh, Please
  14. Come Back Maybellene
  15. Have You Ever (Alternate Take)
  16. Stubborn Woman
  17. One Room Country Shack
  18. My Woman Knows The Score
  19. Misery Blues
  20. The Great Mistake
  21. Strugglin With Blues
  22. Rent Man Blues
  23. Fall Guy
  24. The Drifter
  25. Winter Blues
  26. Get To Gettin
  27. Dark Muddy Bottom
  28. My Woman And The Devil
  29. Problem Child
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