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Garfield Akers

The throbbing guitar sound of Garfield Akers was a primary influence on subsequent generations of Mississippi bluesmen, with the likes of John Lee Hooker and Robert Wilkins citing him as an influence. Born around 1902 in Bates, Mississippi, Akers remains a shadowy figure; after honing his skills at local dances and house parties, he relocated to the Hernando area, where he worked by day as a sharecropper. After moving on to Memphis, in 1929 he made his first Vocalion label recordings at the Peabody, accompanied by guitarist Joe Callicott; between this first date and a 1930 session for Brunswick, four Akers performances still exist -- his two-part signature "Cottonfield Blues," "Jumpin' and Shoutin' Blues," and "Dough Roller Blues," one of the first variations on Hambone Willie Newbern's seminal "Roll and Tumble." All reflect a distinctively insistent guitar style, and also reveal a high-pitched, almost otherworldly voice. Akers remained an active presence on the south Memphis circuit throughout the 1930s, briefly resurfacing in the early 1950s before fading back into obscurity; he is believed to have died around 1959. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Mississippi Blues 1926-1941

Disc 1

1. Cottonfield Blues Part 1

2. Bedside Blues

3. Mississippi Bottom Blues

4. Poor Boy Blues

5. I'm Leavin' Town

6. Hittin' The Bottle Stomp

7. Last Kind Words Blues

8. Third Street Woman Blues

9. Muddy Water Blues

10. Fare Thee Well Blues

11. That Won't Do

12. Four O'Clock Flower Blues

13. Evil Devil Woman Blues

14. The Jail House Blues

16. Traveling Riverside Blues Take 1

17. Baltimore Blues

18. Down The Big Road Blues

19. You Scolded Me And Drove Me

20. Milk Cow Blues

21. Ten Pound Hammer

22. Noiseless Motor Blues

23. Jailhouse Fire Blues

24. 4a Highway

25. Times Has Done Got Hard

Disc 2

1. Mississippi Country Farm Blues

2. When The Levee Breaks

3. Ninety Nine Blues

4. Snake Doctor Blues

5. Little Girl In Rome

6. It's Cold In China Blues

7. Bald Eagle Blues

8. Boodle-De-Bum Blues

9. Bull Frog Blues

10. Dangerous Woman

11. Shaggy Dog Blues

14. Devil And My Brown Blues

16. Last Time Blues

17. Dough Roller Blues

18. The Crowing Rooster

19. Motherless Child Blues

20. Married Woman Blues

21. She's Young And Wild

22. Cherry Ball

23. Bad Notion Blues

24. Don't Cry Baby

25. Rowdy Blues

Disc 3

1. My Buddy, Blind Papa Lemon

2. Snatch It Back Blues

3. Machine Gun Blues

4. Revenue Man Blues

5. Mr. Freddie's Kokomo Blues

7. Barefoot Blues

8. Jumpin' And Shoutin' Blues

11. Leavin' Here Blues

12. Got The Blues About Rome

13. young Heifer Blues

14. Skippy Whippy

15. Yellow Dog Blues

16. You Can't Keep No Brown

17. Tallahatchie River Blues

18. Stered Gal

19. Motherless And Fatherless Blues

20. Don't Misuse Me, Baby

22. Out On Santa Fe-Blues

23. It's Hard Time

24. Your Good Man Is Gone

25. Cold Woman Blues

Disc 4

1. Clarksdale Moan

2. Adam & Eve In The Garden

3. Lonesome Man Blues

4. Leaving Home Blues

5. Loving Lady Blues

6. Early Mornin' Blues

7. Number Three Blues

10. Cottonfield Blues Part 2

11. Chalk My Toy

13. Two Time Blues

14. Back Door Blues

15. Way Back Down Home

16. Skinny Leg Blues

17. Meat Cutter Blues

18. Mississippi Moan

19. Married Man Blues

20. Jefferson County Blues

21. Rampaw Street Blues

22. I'll Overcome Someday

23. Good Boy Blues

24. Grand Daddy Blues

25. Let's Go Riding

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Track List: Rough Guide To Unsung Heroes Of Country Blues

1. Fishing Blues

2. Never Drive A Stranger From Your Door

3. Don't Put That Thing On Me

4. Cairo Blues

5. Keep It Clean

6. Poor Boy, Long Ways From Home

7. California Desert Blues

8. Little Girl In Rome

9. Married Man Blues

10. Fare Thee Well Blues

11. Lonesome Road Blues

12. Pick Poor Robin Clean

13. My Buddy Blind Papa Lemon

14. Old Original Kokomo Blues

15. Labor Blues

16. Section Gang Blues

17. Let's Go Riding

18. Roll And Tumble Blues

19. Please Ma'am

20. Cottonfield Blues - Part 2

21. Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do - Part 2 (Take 1)

22. Rolling Log Blues

23. You Can't Keep No Brown

24. Cherry Ball

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A rarely heard musical artist.
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Always have loved this record.class i c b l u e s fo sho.
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I love his song Cottonfield Blues. It encompasses everything about those times and the music reflected it beautifully! I even recorded my own version of Cottonfield Blues, with electric guitar, and drums. He earned it!!!

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