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Melvin 'Lil' Son' Jackson

Lil' Son Jackson was a stylistic throwback from the moment he first turned up during the immediate postwar era. Born Melvin Jackson, he was a Texas country bluesman of the highest order whose rustic approach appealed wholeheartedly to the early-'50s blues marketplace. His dad loved blues, while his mother played gospel guitar. Their son's initial experience came with a spiritual aggregation called the Blue Eagle Four. A mechanic by trade, he served in the Army during World War II before giving the idea of being a professional blues musician a shot. In 1946, he shipped off a demo to Bill Quinn, who owned a Houston diskery called Gold Star Records. Quinn was suitably impressed, inking Jackson and enjoying a national R&B hit, "Freedom Train Blues," in 1948 for his modest investment. It would prove Jackson's only national hit, although his 1950-1954 output for Imperial Records must have sold consistently, judging from how many sides the L.A. firm issued by the Texas guitarist. Jackson's best Imperial work was recorded solo. Later attempts to squeeze his style into a small band format (his idea, apparently) tended to emphasize his timing eccentricities. His "Rockin' and Rollin'," cut in December of 1950, became better known through a raft of subsequent covers as "Rock Me Baby." He gave up the blues during the mid-'50s after an auto wreck, resuming work as a mechanic. Arhoolie Records boss Chris Strachwitz convinced Jackson to cut an album in 1960, but his comeback proved fleeting. Jackson died of cancer on May 30, 1976, in Dallas, Texas. ~ Bill Dahl
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Track List: Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey

Disc 1

1. Goin' Crazy With The Blues

2. Lock And Key

3. All I Want Is A Spoonful

4. Match Box Blues

6. Southern Rag

7. What's The Matter Blues

8. Stack O' Lee Blues

9. Pine Top's Boogie Woogie

10. Indiana Avenue Stomp

12. Shake It And Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama)

14. Blue Goose Blues

15. The Dirty Dozen

17. P**sy Cat Blues

18. Searching The Desert For The Blues

19. Cows, See That Train Comin'

20. West Dallas Drag

21. Ramblin With That Woman

22. W.P.A. Blues

23. Honky Tonk Train Blues

Disc 2

1. Terraplane Blues

2. Ice Pick Mama

3. Gamblin' Jinx Blues

5. Good Boy

6. Alley Boogie

7. Meat Shakin' Woman

9. Special Agent (Railroad Police Blues)

10. Roll 'Em Pete

11. Jersey Belle Blues

12. Brown Skin Girl

13. Beer Drinking Woman

14. Me And My Chauffeur Blues

15. Baby, Please Don't Go

16. Dive Bomber

18. Kid Man Blues

19. Boogie Chillen'

20. You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Dead And Gone)

22. 3 O'Clock Blues

23. Dust My Broom

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