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Kid Bailey

Singing guitarist Kid Bailey's historical significance lies in the fact that he collaborated with Charley Patton and a circle of Delta blues musicians who swapped melodies, riffs, and lyrics during the late 1920s and early ‘30s. That web of individuals included Willie Brown (a major influence upon Patton), Tommy Johnson, Ishman Bracey, and Son House. Bailey also sounded like Furry Lewis, Ed Bell, Garfield Akers, and Bukka White. Like Patton, Bailey hailed from Sunflower County in northwest Mississippi, and is said to have been born near Doddsville, south of Drew, which is south of Clarksdale. His first name has never been determined.

Bailey's importance is in no way diminished by the fact that he only cut one 78 rpm phonograph record: "Rowdy Blues" backed with "Mississippi Bottom Blues." His sole session took place on September 25, 1929 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN, with an unidentified second guitarist. It was issued as Brunswick 7114. Contrary to the connotation of its title, "Rowdy Blues" is a poignant, wistful love song. Son House later claimed that the recording was by Willie Brown and Charley Patton. He must have been thinking of Brown's grittier "M & O Blues" and "Future Blues" which are similar to Bailey's "Rowdy Blues"; as is Patton's "Pony Blues."

Bailey and Brown, of course, were distinctly different individuals and still sound that way on their records. "Mississippi Bottom Blues" seems to have been derived from Freddie Spruell's 1928 recording of "Low Down Mississippi Bottom Man." It also has elements in common with Tommy Johnson's "Big Fat Mama" as well as Patton's "Devil Sent the Rain." Bailey continued to perform throughout the Mississippi Delta region until the '50s, without ever managing to make any more records. Like many of his fellow Delta bluesmen, Bailey made music that was, in the words of blues historian Samuel Charters, "…too intensely personal to appeal to any kind of large audience."
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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

5. I'm Leavin' Town

6. Hittin' The Bottle Stomp

7. Last Kind Words Blues

10. Fare Thee Well Blues

11. That Won't Do

14. The Jail House Blues

15. Black Spider Blues

16. Traveling Riverside Blues Take 1

17. Baltimore Blues

18. Down The Big Road Blues

20. Milk Cow Blues

23. Jailhouse Fire Blues

25. Times Has Done Got Hard

Disc 2

3. Ninety Nine Blues

4. Snake Doctor Blues

5. Little Girl In Rome

6. It's Cold In China Blues

9. Bull Frog Blues

10. Dangerous Woman

15. Take A Little Walk With Me

16. Last Time Blues

17. Dough Roller Blues

22. Cherry Ball

23. Bad Notion Blues

25. Rowdy Blues

Disc 3

1. My Buddy, Blind Papa Lemon

7. Barefoot Blues

8. Jumpin' And Shoutin' Blues

12. Got The Blues About Rome

14. Skippy Whippy

15. Yellow Dog Blues

17. Tallahatchie River Blues

18. Stered Gal

19. Motherless And Fatherless Blues

21. I'm Gonna Train My Baby

22. Out On Santa Fe-Blues

23. It's Hard Time

Disc 4

1. Clarksdale Moan

3. Lonesome Man Blues

5. Loving Lady Blues

9. Little Boy Blue

10. Cottonfield Blues Part 2

13. Two Time Blues

14. Back Door Blues

16. Skinny Leg Blues

18. Mississippi Moan

19. Married Man Blues

20. Jefferson County Blues

24. Grand Daddy Blues

25. Let's Go Riding

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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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Track List: The Blues Come From Mississippi

1. Levee Camp Blues

2. Casey Jones

3. Death Letter

4. Baby Please Don't Go

5. Screamin' And Hollerin' Blues

6. That's All Right Mama

7. Steady Rollin' Man

8. Canned Heat Blues

9. Pony Blues

10. Take Your Hand Out Of My Pocket

11. Stop The Train Conductor

12. Mississippi Blues

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This is one of the best blues artists that ever lived, and he deserves a freaking biography page too! Friggin Pandora

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