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The Rough Guide To Hokum Blues

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The Rough Guide to Hokum Blues
The Rough Guide to Hokum Blues


This Rough Guide presents classic recordings from the heyday of the hokum craze - collection of humorous songs which show a fun and racy side to the blues. Featuring many legendary country bluesmen including Blind Lemon Jefferson, Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Willie McTell and Charley Patton, plus by blues divas Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Memphis Minnie.

With its early minstrel show origins, hokum was a novelty style that showed a completely different side to the blues that was upbeat, salacious and light hearted. Its spicy style often made repeated and continual sexual references by using clever and subtle (but not always) innuendo. Its popularity would last through the 1930s and its influence has remained part of the blues ever since.


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  2. Bo Carter - Cigarette Blues
  3. Blind Boy Fuller - Truckin' My Blues Away No. 2 (Take 2)
  4. Big Bill Broonzy - Hokum Stomp
  5. Bessie Smith - Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl
  6. Blind Blake - Too Tight Blues No. 2
  7. Rufus & Ben Quillian - Satisfaction Blues
  8. Charley Jordan - Keep It Clean
  9. Lucille Bogan - Barbecue Bess
  10. Allen Brothers - Bow Wow Blues
  11. Dallas String Band with Coley Jones - Hokum Blues
  12. Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie - What's The Matter With The Mill?
  13. Bogus Ben Covington - Adam And Eve In The Garden
  14. Barbecue Bob - Honey Your Going Too Fast
  15. Papa Charlie Jackson - Shake That Thing
  16. Lil Johnson - Sam The Hot Dog Man
  17. Charley Patton - Shake It And Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama)
  18. Noah Lewis' Jug Band - Selling The Jelly
  19. Ma Rainey - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  20. Casey Bill Weldon - Your Wagon's Worn Out Now
  21. Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon - Can't You Wait Till You Get Home
  22. Mississippi John Hurt - Candy Man Blues
  23. Blind Willie McTell - Warm It Up To Me
  24. Blind Lemon Jefferson - Black Snake Moan
  25. Tampa Red & Georgia Tom - It's Tight Like That
  26. Walter Coleman - Mama Let Me Lay It On You
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