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365 Days of Album Recommendations – June 7

Mance Lipscomb – Vol. 5, Pure Texas Country Blues


As far as I’m concerned, every single thing Mance Lipscomb ever recorded was perfect. And his “oral autobiography” I Say Me For A Parable is one of the greatest books I’ve ever read.

So I’ll get around to recommending pretty much everything of his if I can manage it.

But today, I caught myself thinking about this particular album, and so I’m recommending it!

I was thinking about it today because: a) the version of “Evil Blues” that I recorded for The National Blues is based on his performance from this album, and b) because this album features one of the simplest songs ever in the history of country blues music, that also happens to be awesome. It’s called “I Just Hang Down My Head And I Cry.” And it’s awesome.

Brand New Video! “Evil”

As we close in on the release of new Preacher Boy material, we’re startin’ to look at specific songs, performances, arrangements, etc. This one’s in the running for one of the releases, and this is some behind-the-scenes footage of the recording. It look place in a beautiful old lodge nestled way up in the Santa Cruz Mountains … most mojo-laden, to say the least…

Anyhow, the song is an open-tuning, slidge guitar re-imagining of a piece learned from a Mance Lipscomb recording. His version was called “Evil Blues.” Here, it’s just “Evil.”

For the guitar-heads amongst ye, it’s my 1936 Natty, tuned to open Gm, and capo’d at the 4th fret. Heavy tapered brass slide, and D’addario brass-wounds with a 13 on top and a wound 3rd string … National fingerpicks …

I really hope y’all enjoy this, it’s a song I’ve loved some 25 years now, and it’s both an honor and a terror to record it and present it …

Cheers all, thanks so much for payin’ me some mind…



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