Let Me Tell You About The Blues: The Evolution Of New Orleans Blues

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 14 Feb 2011

"3 Discs of Crescent City Sounds."   UNCUT

"Chill the beer, baste the ribs and fire up the gumbo. Brilliant stuff."   BLUES MATTERS


CAT No: FVTD095UPC TEXT: 5055311000954

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Music was paramount in New Orleans, a town where they liked jazz with their blues. Regular blues musicians like Richard ‘Rabbit’ Brown got on disc when the record companies came to town. In general bluesmen and women came from out of town for their sessions, Texans like Lillian Glinn, Will Day, Oscar Woods and Blind Willie Johnson or Mississippians Bo Carter, the Mississippi Sheiks and Walter Jacobs, or out-of-towners like Little Brother Montgomery. New Orleans also saw the first recordings by fascinating Cajun musicians like Amédé Ardoin, Dewey Segura, Lawrence Walker and Cléoma Falcon, who put down their version of 12-bar blues.

New Orleans became a blues town in the late 1940s, when the likes of Roy Brown, Smiley Lewis, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Guitar Slim, T-Bone Walker, Little Richard and Ray Charles made their way to Cosimo Matassa’s tiny studio to lay down a series of classic songs that defined rhythm & blues. The city had the best backing musicians, too, who took wild, jazz-inflected solos while laying down rhythm tracks that managed to be both loose and tight. Bluesmen like Papa Lightfoot, Boogie Bill Webb, Roosevelt Sykes and Elmore James kept their music righteous, along with Jesse Allen, Earl King, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie Lang and Sammy Myers.Memorable songs collected here include ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight’, ‘The Fat Man’, ‘Stack-A-Lee’, ‘The Things That I Used To Do’, ‘Let The Good Times Roll’, ‘Directly From My Heart’, ‘Mardi Gras In New Orleans’, ‘Dust My Blues’, ‘I Wonder Who’ and the original ‘See You Later Alligator’. Who said the blues has to be sad?



  1. James Alley (Richard (Rabbit) Brown)
  2. Where Have All The Black Men Gone (Lillian Glinn)
  3. Central Avenue Blues (Will Day)
  4. Electrocuted Blues (Mary Butler)
  5. Good Old Turnip Greens (Bo Chatman)
  6. Far Away From Home Blues (Dewey Segura)
  7. God Moves On The Water (Blind Willie Johnson)
  8. The Reverend Is My Man (Christina Gray)
  9. Blues De Basille (Amédé Ardoin)
  10. Times Is Tight Like That (Bo Carter & Walter Jacobs)
  11. Les Blues De La Prison (Amédé Ardoin)
  12. Lean To One Woman (The Mississippi Sheiks)
  13. Alberta (Lawrence Walker)
  14. These Jackson Women Will Not Treat You Right (Harry Carter)
  15. Vicksburg Blues No. 2 (Little Brother Montgomery)
  16. Raise Your Window (Falcon Trio)
  17. Ride My Mule (Bo Carter)
  18. Rats Been On My Cheese (Walter Jacobs)
  19. Evil Hearted Woman (Oscar Woods (The Lone Wolf))
  20. You Gonna Look Like A Monkey When You Get Old (Robert Hill)
  21. Bo Carter’s Advice (Bo Carter)
  22. If You Don’t Want Me Please Don’t Dog Me Around (Chatman Brothers)
  23. Lumber-Yard Blues (Robert Hill)
  24. Young Heifer Blues (Tommy Griffin)
  25. Crescent City Blues (Little Brother Montgomery)


  1. Good Rockin' Tonight (Roy Brown)
  2. Annie’s Blues (Annie Laurie)
  3. Here Comes Smiley (Smiley Lewis)
  4. New Orleans Lover Man (Chubby “Hip Shakin’” Newsom)
  5. Girt Town Blues (Dave Bartholomew)
  6. Never Missed My Baby (Erline Harris)
  7. New Orleans Women Blues (James Locks (as James “Blazer Boy” Locks))
  8. Mardi Gras In New Orleans (Professor Longhair & His Shuffling Hungarians)
  9. Shrewsbury Blues (Tommy Ridgley)
  10. 3 X 7 = 21 (Jewel King)
  11. The Fat Man (Fats Domino)
  12. Pack Your Rags And Go (Larry Darnell)
  13. Bat-Lee Swing (George Miller & His Mid-Driffs)
  14. Stack-A-Lee (Part 1) (Archibald)
  15. Blow Your Top (Rodney Harris)
  16. Street Walkin' Daddy (Alma Mondy)
  17. New Arrival (Eddie Jones & His Playboys)
  18. Jealous Blues (Ray Lewis)
  19. Mailman Blues (Lloyd Price)
  20. Joe’s Kid Sister (James Locks (as Blazer Boy))
  21. P.L. Blues (Papa Lightfoot)
  22. Crawdad Hole (Big Joe Turner)
  23. Bad Dog (Boogie Bill Webb)
  24. I’ll Never Let You Go (Ray Johnson)
  25. I Wonder Who (Ray Charles)


  1. The Things That I Used To Do (Guitar Slim)
  2. Something’s Wrong (Herbert “Woo Woo” Moore)
  3. Goin’ Down (Fats Matthews)
  4. Pony Tail (T-Bone Walker)
  5. Jock-A-Mo (Sugar Boy Crawford (as Sugar Boy & His Cane Cutters))
  6. Say Baby (Willie Johnson)
  7. Wine, Women & Whiskey (Papa Lightfoot)
  8. When The Sun Goes Down (Leonard Lee)
  9. You Ain’t So Much A Much (Blanche Thomas)
  10. Eating And Sleeping (Earl King)
  11. Runnin’ Wild (Pee Wee Crayton)
  12. Single Life (Billy Tate)
  13. Sweet Old Chicago (Roosevelt Sykes)
  14. Country Woman (Boo Breeding)
  15. Dust My Blues (Elmore James & His "Broom Dusters")
  16. Directly From My Heart (Little Richard)
  17. Who’s Been Fooling You? (Big Boy Myles & The Shaw-Wees)
  18. See You Later Alligator (Bobby Charles)
  19. Let The Good Times Roll (Shirley & Lee)
  20. Let The Four Winds Blow (Roy Brown)
  21. Goodbye Blues (Jesse Allen)
  22. Troubles, Troubles (Eddie Lang)
  23. There’s A Will There’s A Way (Ernie K-Doe)
  24. That Certain Door (Snooks Eaglin (as Ford Eaglin))
  25. You Don’t Have To Go (Sammy Myers)