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Geeshie Wiley

Geeshie Wiley is best known for her stunning version of "Last Kind Word Blues," a minor-key modal blues recorded in the 1930s for Paramount Records. Wiley's vocal on "Last Kind Word Blues" is by turns weary, wise, angry, defiant, despairing, even wistful, and is simply one of the best performances in early country blues. Not much is known about her life, unfortunately. According to bluesman Ishman Bracey (who may or may not have it right), she was from Natchez, MS, and at one time or another was romantically linked to Charlie McCoy. She is rumored to have worked in a medicine show in Jackson, MS, in the 1920s. There is also some evidence that Wiley was married to Casey Bill Weldon for a time, follwing his divorce from Memphis Minnie. What is certain, however, is that she recorded "Last Kind Word Blues" and "Skinny Leg Blues" in Grafton, WI, in March of 1930, with Elvie Thomas backing her up on second guitar. Thomas also recorded two songs for Paramount at the session, "Motherless Child Blues" and "Over to My House," with Wiley providing second guitar and vocal harmonies. The pair reunited a year later in Grafton to record two more sides for Paramount, "Pick Poor Robin Clean" and "Eagles on a Half," then both vanished like ghosts into the haze of blues history. ~ Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Rough Guide To Delta Blues

1. Special Streamline

2. Bye Bye Blues

3. Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues

4. I'll Go With Her

5. Country Farm Blues

6. Who's Been Here?

7. Trouble Hearted Blues (Take 2)

8. The World Is Going Wrong

9. That Won't Do

10. M & O Blues

11. It's Cold In China Blues

12. The Evil Devil Blues

13. Stered Gal

14. Dough Roller Blues

15. Tallahatchie River Blues

16. Dirty Mistreater

17. Rowdy Blues

18. Eagles On A Half

19. Traveling Mama Blues

20. Barefoot Blues

21. Mississippi Jailhouse Groan

22. Last Time Blues

23. Street Walkin'

24. I'm Talking About You

25. Poor Me

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Track List: The Return Of The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

Disc 1

2. Roll And Tumble Blues

3. Hard For To Love

6. Last Kind Words Blues

7. Old Jaw Bone

8. Oh Molly Dear

9. High Water Everywhere Pt. 1

11. Woman Woman Blues

15. Dupree Blues

20. Bull At The Wagon

22. Stack-O-Lee

23. Sail Away Ladies

Disc 2

3. Charmin Betsey

4. Milwaukee Blues

8. Rolling Log Blues

10. Tim Brook

11. Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed

12. Billy Lyons And Stack O’Lee

14. Lonesome Home Blues

18. I’ll Lead A Christian Life

20. Sun To Sun Blues

21. The Letter That Never Came

22. Some These Days I’ll Be Gone

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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. Whoopee Blues (Take 2)

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: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Super Rarities

Disc 1

2. Mississippi County Farm Blues

4. I'm Going Back Home

5. Fightin' In The War With Spain

8. Slidin' Delta

10. Rollin' Dough Blues

11. Ginseng Blues

15. Two Step De La Prairie Soileau

16. Operator Blues

18. Jim Strainer Blues

20. Old Rub Alcohol Blues

21. Mistreatin' Mama

Disc 2

1. Sweet Mama

3. Clarksdale Moan

5. Down In Texas Blues

7. I'm Leavin' Town (But I Sho' Don't Wanna Go)

8. Wild Cat Rag

9. Whoopee Blues

10. Davey Crockett

11. Skinny Leg Blues

15. If I Call You Mama

16. My Mind Is To Marry

18. Don't Speak To Me

19. Married Man's Blues

20. Sweet Betsey From The Pike

21. Boll Weevil

23. Bells Of Love

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Track List: I Can't Be Satisfied: Early American Blues Singers Vol. 1 - Country

4. Goin' Away Blues

6. Outdoor Blues

8. I Ain't Givin' Nobody None

13. Eagles On A Half

14. Penitentiary

15. Rolling Log Blues

17. Shake It Daddy

20. Be My Kid Blues

21. Pick Poor Robin Clean

23. Down The Big Road Blues

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Track List: Mississippi Masters: Early American Blues Classics 1927 - 35

1. Dough Roller Blues

2. Kansas City Blues

3. Little Girl In Rome

4. Tallahatchie River Blues

5. Last Kind Words Blues

6. Fare Thee Well Blues

7. Bull Frog Blues

11. The Gone Dead Train

12. Cottonfield Blues Part 1

13. Cottonfield Blues Part 2

14. Hot Time Blues

15. Skinny Legs Blues

18. Down The Big Road Blues

19. Whoopee Blues

20. Motherless Child Blues

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Track List: Before The Blues Vol. 2

1. Dalas Rag

2. How Long

3. Skin Game Blues

5. Just A Spoonful

7. There's A Brown Skin Girl Down The Road Somewhere

9. Deep Blue Sea Blues

10. Cold Morning Shout

11. Been Listening All The Day

15. Vine Street Drag

16. It's Nobody's Fault But Mine

17. Last Kind Words Blues

19. Jack O'Diamond Blues

20. Reuben Oh Reuben

21. Memphis Stomp

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Track List: American Primitive Vol. 2: Pre-War Revenants (1897-1939)

Disc 1

2. Deal Rag

3. Motherless Child Blues

4. Big Bed Bug (Bed Bug Blues)

5. I Got Your Ice Cold Nugrape

7. Black Dog Blues

8. Workhouse Blues

10. My Mama Always Talked To Me

12. Friday Moan Blues

13. Pick Poor Robin Clean

14. It's Cold In China Blues

15. Black Sheep Blues

16. Old Hen Cackle

17. Frisco Blues

18. Hot Time Blues

19. Take A Look At That Baby

20. Skinny Leg Blues

21. Little Birdie

22. Little Girl In Rome

23. Dangerous Blues

24. Mean Low Blues

25. Be My Kid Blues

Disc 2

1. Last Kind Words Blues

2. Poor Mourner

3. Jamestown Exhibition

4. There's A City Built Of Mansions

5. Cairo Blues

6. Two White Horses In A Line

7. Shrimp Man

8. Don't Mistreat Your Good Boyfriend

9. Bull Frog Blues

10. Pretty Polly

11. Go Down Moses

12. Over To My House

13. Shaking Weed Blues

14. Big Mac From Macamere

15. Moaning The Blues

16. Original Blues

17. John Henry Blues (Take 3)

18. Sobbin' Woman Blues

19. Bad Notion Blues

20. Eagles On A Half

21. Mississippi Swamp Moan

22. Red Cross The Disciple Of Christ Today

23. Kansas City Blues

24. As Free As A Little Bird Can Be

25. No Mo' Freedom

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Track List: The Best There Ever Was: The Legendary Early Blues Performers

1. Dough Roller Blues

2. Big Road Blues

4. Ain't No Tellin

5. Cypress Grove

6. I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole

7. Mama, Tain't Long Fo' Day

9. I'll Go With Her Blues

10. Squabblin Blues

11. It Won't Be Long

12. What's The Matter Blues

13. Last Kind Word Blues

14. Bullfrog Blues

15. You Gonna Quit Me Blues

16. The Gone Dead Train

17. Outdoor Blues

18. Prison Cell Blues

19. Graveyard Digger's Blues

20. Big Chief Blues

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