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Alec Johnson & His Band

Alec Johnson's place in blues history has been assured by his participation in a series of 1928 recording sessions held in Atlanta, the surefire talent noses of A&R bloodhounds Polk Brockman and Dan Hornsby much in evidence. Reissue labels such as Document are fond of combining these Atlanta sessions with a similar, also high-quality recording venture which took place several years later in Jackson, MS, overlapping into the black string band genre. All told, some or all of the same Johnson tracks are available on as much as a dozen different vintage country blues compilations.

Johnson's time in front of the microphones yielded a half-dozen titles, best known of which is "Sundown Blues." In fact, the word "masterpiece" has been tossed about in reference to this performance in the somewhat folky-sounding open G tuning. Students of country blues guitar are able to access a primer on how to play the piece online. Other titles by this artist, although distinctive, have the appearance of some kind of secret code -- "Miss Meal Cramp Blues," "Sister Maud Mule," "Toodle Doo" -- while procrastinators favor "Next Week Sometime," provided they get around to listening. The string band connection is totally appropriate, labels on the original releases of some of these tracks crediting a small acoustic combo, Alec Johnson and Band. ~ Eugene Chadbourne
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Good For What Ails You: Music Of The Medicine Shows (1926-1937)

Disc 1

1. The Spasm

2. Tanner's Boarding House

3. Don't Think I'm Santa Claus

6. Gonna Swing On The Golden Gate

7. Papa's 'Bout To Get Mad

9. Bye, Bye, Policeman

11. Bow Wow Blues

12. Beans

14. Tell It To Me

16. Mama Keep Your Yes Ma'am Clean

18. My Money Never Runs Out

20. Traveling Man

21. G. Burns Is Gonna Rise Again

23. Born In Hard Luck

24. He's In The Jailhouse Now

Disc 2

1. Gonna Tip Out Tonight

2. Chevrolet Car

3. It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'

4. Bring It With You When You Come

6. Go Along Mule

7. Casey Bill

8. I Got Mine

9. Hannah

10. Adam & Eve In The Garden

12. Her Name Was Hula Lou

15. Stackalee

18. Nobody's Business If I Do

21. I Heard The Voice Of A Porkchop

24. Kiss Me Cindy

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