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Joe Calicott

b. 11 October 1900, Nesbit, Mississippi, USA, d. 1969, Mississippi, USA. Joe Callicott spent his whole life in the area south of Memphis, and his music has affinities with that of his neighbour Jim Jackson and especially Frank Stokes, with whom he sometimes worked in Memphis. His chief musical associate, however, was Garfield Akers, and it was as Akers’ second guitarist that he first recorded in 1929. Callicott’s solitary 78 rpm single was recorded the following year, pairing ‘Fare Thee Well Blues’, from the songster tradition, with ‘Travelling Mama Blues’, an amalgam of contemporary verses, both sung in a high, forceful voice to a rhythmic accompaniment. Callicott virtually ceased playing in 1959 when Akers died; although he had slowed down somewhat, his guitar rhythms were still metronomic. His voice became gentler, making the sound of his music more akin to that of Frank Stokes (minus the melodic embellishments usually provided by Stokes’ second guitar or violin accompanists). He recorded some final sessions for the blues documentarian George Mitchell in the late 60s. Callicott favoured extended performances, but his ability to play in a variety of keys and tunings saves his work from the monotony that might be expected from the steady rhythmic tread, so that the overall effect is gently hypnotic.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Mississippi Moaners 1927-1942

1. The New 'Frisco Train

2. Down The Big Road Blues

3. Traveling Mama Blues

4. Gas Man Blues

6. Special Rider Blues

7. Mississippi Moan

8. Big Leg Blues

9. Lonesome Atlanta Blues

10. Cherry Ball Blues

11. Ham Hound Crave

12. Married Man Blues

14. Devil Sent The Rain Blues

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Track List: Barrelhouse Blues - Compiled And Edited By Paul Oliver

1. Barrellhouse Blues

3. Paul And Silas In Jail

4. New Jelly Roll Blues

5. Beaver Slide Rag

6. Every Day In The Week

7. CC And O Blues

8. Pick Poor Robin Clean

9. Good Old Turnip Greens

11. Traveling Man

12. John Henry (The Steel Driving Man)

13. Boll Weevil

14. Sinking Of The Titanic

15. Frankie

16. Railroad Bill

17. Cottonfield Blues Pt. 1

18. Awful Moaning Blues Pt. 1

19. Awful Moaning Blues Pt. 2

20. Matchbox Blues

21. She Moves It Just Right

22. I'm Goin' To Tell God How You Doin'

23. Dirty Deal Blues

24. Canned Heat Blues

25. Street Car Blues

26. Pawn Shop Blues

27. I'm Talkin' About You

29. Tb Moan

37. West Texas Woman

38. Feed Your Friend With A Long-Handled Spoon

40. Travelin' Blues

41. Fare Thee Well Blues

42. Unknown Blues

44. Broken Levee Blues

45. Old New Orleans Blues

46. The Jazz Fiddler

47. Times Is Tight Like That

49. Hard Working Man Blues

50. Bread And Water Blues

51. Insurance Policy Blues

53. Hittin' The Bottle Stomp

54. Santa Fe Blues

55. Brown House Blues

59. Preacher And The Bear

61. The Dallas Railway

63. Track Lining Song

64. Tie Tamping Chant

66. Old Rattler

67. Jack O'diamonds

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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: 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: Broadcasting The Blues: Black Blues In The Segregation Era

Disc 1

1. Baby, Please Don't Go

2. Match Box Blues

3. Yonder Come The Blues

4. Yellow Dog Blues

5. Walkin' Blues

7. My Soul Is A Witness

8. Long Hot Summer Days

9. Lucky Holler

10. Penitentiary Moan

11. Old Country Stomp

12. Dry Bone Shuffle

13. Mysterious Coon

15. You Shall

17. I Heard The Voice Of A Porkchop

18. Spike Driver Blues

20. Fare Thee Well Blues

21. Poor Boy, Long Ways From Home

22. Travelin' Blues

Disc 2

1. Chocolate To The Bone

3. Tennessee Dog

5. Washboard Cut-Out

6. Flying Crows Blues

7. Rules And Regulations 'Signed Razor Jim'

8. Ground Hog Blues

10. Wednesday Evening She Left Me

11. Lonesome Day Blues

14. Black, Brown And White

15. Pratt City Blues

16. Blues Before Sunrise

17. Blues Trip Me This Morning

18. Poor Man Blues

21. Cotton Pickin' Blues

23. Number 29

24. Jim Crow Blues

Disc 3

1. Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues

3. Policy Dream Blues

4. North Memphis Blues

6. They Ain't Walkin' No More

7. Ice Pick Blues

9. Parchman Farm Blues

10. Shelby County Workhouse Blues

11. Working On The Project

13. Let's Have A New Deal

14. Tallahatchie River Blues

15. St. Louis Cyclone Blues

17. Fire Department Blues

18. Give Me A 32-30

20. Build A Cave

21. Crying Mother Blues

23. The Dirty Dozen

24. Three Ball Blues

25. Milk Cow Blues

26. Cool Drink Of Water Blues

27. Some Summer Day

30. Spirit Of Boogie Woogie

31. Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room

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Track List: Ghost World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

1. Jaan Pehechaan Ho

3. Devil Got My Woman

4. I Must Have It

5. Miranda

8. Georgia On My Mind

9. Las Palmas De Maracaibo

10. Clarice

12. You're Just My Type

13. Venezuela

14. Fare Thee Well Blues

15. C.C. & O. Blues

17. That's No Way To Get Along

18. So Tired

19. Bye Bye Baby Blues

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