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Blind Joe Taggart

If one ever ran into Blind Joe Taggart in a dark alley, the only possible protection would be to have Blind John Henry Arnold with you. According to the famous folk singer and blues artist Josh White, there was only one man on earth who was meaner than Taggart, and that was Arnold. White obviously knew what he was talking about, having been abused and kicked around by both men, as well as the even more famous Blind Lemon Jefferson. Back in the old days when blind blues virtuoso roamed the streets displaying their genius for coins, someone had to lead them around. White was perhaps the most famous of a class of ex-lead boys for blind blues singers, a form of apprenticeship that has disappeared from the modern blues scene along with performers of the class of Taggart and his ilk. Performers trying to survive in such a lifestyle can hardly be blamed for developing what can be best described as street-hardened personalities.

Taggart was a fairly typical itinerant performer of the '20s, and most of the available information on him was handed down in interviews from White, who first met him when he was known as Joel Taggart in Greenville, SC. White's description of the difference between the two tyrants has become famous. Arnold was "mean, honest mean." Taggart, on the other hand, was "tricky, nasty mean. " Furthermore, he was not really blind, something that puts him in a subclass of blind blues musicians who actually had some vision available to them. Taggart had cataracts and could "see a little," according to White.

Of more importance than what Taggart could or couldn't see was the fact he was noticed in 1926. The Brunswick-Balke-Collender company from Chicago, which was beginning a series of record releases under the Vocalion label, was keenly aware that similar series of so-called "race" records were selling like hotcakes. Many types of performers were recorded during the '20s, and among these stacks of historic sides were this label's first ventures into recording singing evangelists, basically the gospel equivalent of country blues players. Near the end of that year, Taggart became the first full-time guitar evangelist to cut a side. The material he recorded was a happy meeting between his obvious versatility as a performer and the label's desire to try as many approaches as possible to the hitmaking destination. Taggart recorded several vocal duets with Emma Taggart, who was most likely his wife. Alternative takes that were released much later from these sessions helped create a further revision in the opinion of this artist held by blues scholars.

Not discovered by the mass blues audience during the folk revival of the '60s as was fellow meanie Blind Lemon Jefferson, Taggart basically had to wait for the CD-driven thoroughness of the Document label to fully illustrate the amount of ingenuity and inventiveness he brought to each of his performances. He also recorded duets with James Taggart, assumed to be his son. Like many busy blues artists, Taggart cut corners around recording contracts by recording under other names, including the pseudonyms Blind Joe Amos, Blind Jeremiah Taylor, Blind Tim Russell, and Blind Joe Donnel. Some of this activity was an attempt not to fool record labels but the Lord above, who it was assumed might not approve of Taggart playing the "devil's music" and could be tricked by a pseudonym. Taggart's music is sometimes considered to feature some of the oldest roots of any country blues artist. This includes melodic and stylistic influences from the Civil War era, considered a time when black and white musicians were perhaps not as restricted in access to each other's musical traditions as they would become later. ~ Eugene Chadbourne
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Rev. Gary Davis & Guitar Evangelists, Vol. 2

Disc 1

1. I Will Not Be Removed

2. Everybody's Got To Be Tried

3. I'll Be Satisfied

4. Take Your Burden To The Lord

5. I Wish My Mother Was On That Train

6. Just Beyond Jordan

7. Keep On The Firing Line

8. The Half Ain't Never Been Told

9. C & O Blues

10. The Storm Is Passing Over

11. God's Gonna Separate The Wheat From The Tares

12. Been Listening All The Day

13. Goin' To Rest Where Jesus Is

14. There's A Hand Writing On The Wall

15. Scandalous And A Shame

16. I've Crossed The Separation Line

17. Lord Don't Drive Me Away

18. Religion Is Something Within You

19. Mother's Love

20. Wonder Will My Troubles Then Be Over

21. Strange Things Happening In The Land

22. Waded In The Water Trying To Get Home

23. He Done What The World Couldn't Do

24. Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down

25. I Ain't No Sinner Now

26. Pressin' Up That Shiny Way

27. In That Pearly White City Above

Disc 2

1. I Wonder Will My Mother Be On That Train?

2. God's Gonna Separate The Wheat From The Tares

3. When I Stand Before The King

4. I Ain't No Sinner Now

5. Charity

6. I Love Traveling

7. I Want My Crown

8. We're Gonna Have A Good Time

9. Precious Lord

10. You've Got To Move (When The Lord Gets Ready)

11. I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore

12. You've Got To Move (When The Lord Gets Ready)

13. Can't No Grave Hold My Body Down

15. Precious Lord

17. I Don't Want To Go Down There Part 2

18. This Heart Of Mine

20. I Can't Tarry

22. There Is Nothing Like The Holy Spirit

23. Storm Thru Mississippi

24. Strange Things

Disc 3

1. When The Saints Go Marching In

2. Rock Of Ages Chicago

3. Your Enemy Cannot Harm You

4. I've Got A Key To The Kingdom

5. Trust In God And Do Right

6. I Believe I'll Go Back Home

7. Down On Me

8. Lord, I'm True Vine

10. Within My Mind

11. There'll Be No Grumblers There

12. I Want To Live (So God Can Use Me)

13. How Long

14. Life Is A Problem

15. How Long

16. God's Little Birds

17. The Bible's Right

18. The Gambling Man

19. I'm Going To That City

20. Swing Low Sweet Chariot

22. Pure Religion

24. Motherless Children

25. I'll Just Stand And Wring My Hands And Cry

Disc 4

1. I'm Throwin' Up My Hands

2. Cross And Evil Woman Blues

3. I Am The True Vine

4. I Am The Light Of The World

5. O Lord Search My Heart

6. I Saw The Light

7. You Can Go Home

8. Twelve Gates To The City

9. Have More Faith In Jesus

10. You Got To Go Down

11. I Belong To The Band - Hallelujah!

12. The Great Change In Me

13. Lord, I Wish I Could See

14. Lord Stand By Me

16. Civil War March

17. I Cannot Bear My Burden By Myself

18. I'm Gonna' Meet You At The Station

19. I Want To See Him

20. When I Take My Vacation In Heaven

21. You Can't Hide

22. Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane

23. Oh Lord I'm Your Child

24. Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

25. Stand By Me

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Track List: Goodbye, Babylon

Disc 1

3. Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind On Jesus)

4. Present Joys

5. All I Want Is That Pure Religion

6. Satisfied

7. As The Life Of A Flower

8. Thou Carest Lord, For Me

9. Lift Him Up That's All

10. Rock My Soul

12. Crucifixion

13. Crying Holy Unto The Lord

14. I'll Never Go Back

15. God's Gonna Separate The Wheat From The Tares

16. Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit

17. I Belong To The Band - Hallelujah!

18. River Of Jordan

19. Sow Good Seeds

20. I'll Be Satisfied

21. Troubled 'bout My Soul

22. Dry Bones

23. Jesus My All

24. Creep Along, Moses

26. He Gave Me A Heart To Love

27. O Day

Disc 2

1. There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down

3. The Bible's Right

4. Standing In The Need Of Prayer

6. How About You?

7. Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader

8. Murillo's Lesson

9. Glory, Glory, Glory, Glory To The Lamb

10. Come Over Here

11. I'm Gonna Cross The River Of Jordan

12. Milky White Way

13. Deliverance Will Come

14. Daniel In The Den Of Lions

16. No More, My Lord

17. This World Can't Stand Long

18. God's Getting Worried

19. Get Right Church

20. Move, Members, Move

21. Lover Of The Lord

23. On My Way To Heaven

24. The Bible's True

25. Ship Of Glory

28. When The Saints Go Marching In

Disc 3

1. Down On The Old Camp Ground

2. My Lord's Gonna Move This Wicked Race

4. Ain't Gonna Lay My Armor Down

5. I'll Fly Away

6. Heavenly Vision

7. Lord, I Just Can't Keep From Crying

8. Lower My Dying Head

9. You've Got To Move

11. Golden Gate Gospel Train

12. I'll Be Rested (When The Roll Is Called)

13. Down On Me

14. Goin' To Rest Where Jesus Is

15. Got Heaven In My View

16. Judgment

17. I Want Two Wings To Veil My Face

18. We Got The Same Kinda Power Over Here

19. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today

20. That Great Day

21. I'm Bound For Home

22. I Am In The Heavenly Way

23. Over In The Glory Land

24. Death In The Morning

25. In The Land Where We'll Never Grow Old

26. Bathe In That Beautiful Pool

Disc 4

1. Walking My Lord Up Calvary Hill

2. Christ Arose

3. If You See My Savior

4. Let Jesus Lead You

5. Found A Wonderful Savior

6. He Is My Story

7. I Remember Calvary

8. Take Your Burden To The Lord And Leave It There

10. Hide Me In The Blood Of Jesus

12. Standing On The Promises

13. Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane

15. I Mean To Live For Jesus

16. When Was Jesus Born?

17. Come To The Savior

18. I Want Jesus To Walk With Me

19. He's Coming Soon

20. Return Again

21. I Am The True Vine

22. Sweet Story Of Old

23. I'll Lead A Christian Life

24. I'm Leaning On The Lord

25. Where He Leads Me I Will Follow

26. Jesus Is Getting Us Ready For The Great Day

Disc 5

3. Hallelujah To The Lamb

4. You Need Jesus On Your Side

5. You'd Better Mind

8. Keep On The Firing Line

9. Romans Ten And Nine

10. Standing Outside

11. Sinner You Better Get Ready

12. I Got To Cross The River Of Jordan

13. Free At Last

14. The Whole World In His Hand

15. Amazing Grace

16. Honey In The Rock

17. On Jordan's Stormy Banks We Stand

20. Primrose Hill

21. Keep On The Sunny Side

23. When The Saints Go Marching In

24. We Are Almost Down To The Shore

25. Strange Things Happening Every Day

Disc 6

1. Gettin' Ready For Christmas Day

4. The Downfall Of Nebuchadnezzar

5. The Liar

8. If I Have A Ticket Lord Can I Ride

9. You Must Be Born Again

11. Oh, Lord Remember Me

12. Christ, The Teacher

13. King Of Kings

14. O Lord I'm Your Child

15. Moses Was Rescued By A Negro Woman

16. That White Mule Of Sin

21. The Gambler's Doom

23. God Is Mad With Man

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Track List: Gospel: Negro Spirituals-Gospel Songs / 1926-1942

Disc 1

1. Let Your Light Shine On Me

2. Mother's Children Have A Hard Time

3. I'll Go Where You Want Me To Do

4. He's Got His Eyes On You

5. The Need Of Prayer

6. True Friendship

7. Goin' On To Heaven In The Sanctified Way

8. Thou Carest Lord For Me

9. Sign Of The Judgement

10. Take Your Burden To The Lord...

12. Memphis Flu

13. He Got Better Things For You

14. No Hiding Place

15. The Black Diamond Express To Hell (I & II)

16. If You See My Savior

17. Precious Lord, Take My Hand

18. The Prodigal Son

Disc 2

1. Oh, My Lord

2. God Shall Wipe All Tears Away

3. I Want Jesus To Walk Around My Bedside

4. When The Saints Go Marching In

5. When I Stand Before The King

6. Tell Me What Kind Of Man Jesus Is

8. Twelve Gates To The City

9. Moan, You Moaners

10. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen

11. The Valley Of Time

12. The Sun Didn't Shine

13. Do Lord Send Me

14. Shake Mother's Hand For Me

15. This Train

16. Rock Me

17. I'm Free At Last

18. Wade In The Water

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Track List: Rough Guide To Unsung Heroes Of Country Blues, Vol. 2

1. Bothering That Thing

2. She's A Fool Gal

3. Niagra Fall Blues

4. The Cat's Got The Measles

5. Lonesome Man Blues

6. This Will Bring You Back

7. Mississippi Bottom Blues

8. Snatch It And Grab It

9. Guitar Rag

10. Lonesome Atlanta Blues

11. Ragtime Millionaire

12. Man Trouble Blues

13. Grand Daddy Blues

14. Religion Is Something Within You

15. Rag Baby

16. Hey Mama - It's Nice Like That, Pt. 2

17. Poor Boy Blues

18. Shake Me Like A Dog

19. Down The Big Road Blues

20. Woman Woman Blues

21. Dupree Blues

22. Mama Don't Rush Me

23. Alabama Blues, Pt. 1

24. Bye Bye Baby Blues

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Alan lomax recorded him, keeping his music alive
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" GOOD BLUES FROM B.J. TAGGART " A BIG HARTED PERSON !!! MR.F. THOMAS CLARK
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In That Pearly White City Above: one of his greatest songs ever, and I'm not really all that spiritual.
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Bless their hearts, I wonder why there are so many blind blues singers?.... . I think I just answered my own question.
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