Charlie Patton – Pony Blues

The Blues Collection

My Copy Of Charlie Patton’s Pony Blues

I’m a little upset. We recently moved and it appears that we accidentally threw out my German magazine series “The Blues Collection”. Back in the early to mid nineties, each month a new issue covered the life and career of another Blues musicians. And each issue came with a CD. I still have all the CDs, however, the magazines are gone.

I just looked it up and it seems that The Blues Collection was actually available on both, the US and the German market and consisted of over 90 magazines/CDs. I don’t have all of them but I bought a few that were of particular interest to me.

Alright, so the Charlie Patton songs listed below were recorded between June 14, 1929 and February 1, 1929. The CD features the original recordings, however, they are digitally remastered. With that being said, you have to turn up the volume a lot because I guess the original recording volume was rather low – not a surprise when you think about how the recording technology must have looked liked back in those days.

1. Tom Rushen Blues, 3:05
Charlie Patton, voc/guitar
Richmond, Indiana, June 14, 1929

2. A Spoonful Blues, 3:09
Charlie Patton, voc/guitar
Richmond, Indiana, June 14, 1929

3. Shake it and break it, 3:06
Charlie Patton, voc/guitar
Richmond, Indiana, June 14, 1929

4. Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues, 3:05
Charlie Patton, voc/guitar
Richmond, Indiana, June 14, 1929

5. Screamin’ and hollerin’ blues, 3:03
Charlie Patton, voc/guitar
Richmond, Indiana, June 14, 1929

6. Down the dirt road blues, 2:54
Charlie Patton, voc/guitar
Richmond, Indiana, June 14, 1929

7. Pony Blues, 2:57
Charlie Patton, voc/guitar
Richmond, Indiana, June 14, 1929

8. Going to move to Alabama, 2:58
Charlie Patton, voc/guitar, Henry Sims violin
Grafton, Wisconsin, ca. October 1929

9. Hammer Blues, 3:13
Charlie Patton, voc/guitar
Grafton, Wisconsin, ca. October 1929

10. Rattlesnake Blues, 2:44
Charlie Patton, voc/guitar, Henry Sims violin
Grafton, Wisconsin, ca. October 1929

11. Running Wild Blues, 2:53
Charlie Patton, voc/guitar, Henry Sims violin
Grafton, Wisconsin, ca. October 1929

12. Moon going down, 3:13
Charlie Patton voc/guitar, Willie Brown guitar
Grafton, Wisconsin, ca. May 28, 1930

13. Bird Nest Bound, 3:08
Charlie Patton voc/guitar, Willie Brown guitar
Grafton, Wisconsin, ca. May 28, 1930

14. High Sheriff Blues, 3:07
Charlie Patton, voc/guitar
New York, January 30, 1934

15. Stone Pony Blues, 2:49
Charlie Patton, voc/guitar
New York, January 30, 1934

16. 34 Blues, 2:56
Charlie Patton, voc/guitar
New York, January 31, 1934

17. Revenue Man Blues, 2:39
Charlie Patton, voc/guitar
New York, January 31, 1934

18. Poor Me, 2:59
Charlie Patton, voc/guitar
New York, February 1, 1934

I think the CD “Pony Blues” provides an excellent selection of Patton’s work. I will admit that I am not an expert on this particular blues artist, yet, I do like his stuff a lot. He covers such a broad spectrum; there are songs were he’s almost mumbling throughout the whole piece, and then on the next tune you’ll hear him stopping, hollering and picking up the pace of his guitar playing.

While Patton’s birth year is subject to an still ongoing debate, I think the experts settled on April 28, 1934 as the date of his death. In addition to that, all sources confirm that Charlie Patton – who is actually more commonly referred to as Charley Patton – was seen as the father of the delta blues. If you listen to later blues artist from the same geographical region, it is pretty obvious why.

As I said my copy of this CD was bought in Germany. I’m not sure if you can still get the American issue. But listed below is Patton compilation that I found on amazon, which is very similar to the one I have. A lot of the tracks are identical. If you really want to go back in time and listen to some of the very first delta blues recordings ever made, then I can strongly recommend this album.

Godspeed.

Published date: May 12th, 2013 by Ulrich Peise

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