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Sidewalk Blues



Released: 2009

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Produced by Tim Sparks
Recorded by Rod Volker, Steve Elliot, Bob Pierce, Bruce Muckala, Phil Kerr
Design by Lacey Koby
Photography by Gale Kass

Tonewood Records

The tunes in this collection evoke a time in the early 20th Century when American Roots music crystallized and was transformed by the effects or recording and radio. Some of these selections were written for guitar while others are adaptations from piano and jazz band arrangements. On Sidewalk Blues you'll hear Ragtime and Jazz from New Orleans Sportin' Houses and Harlem Speakeasies mixed with Country Blues and Gospel tunes that evoke a world of tobacco fields, fire-breathing itinerant preachers, moonshine on Saturday night and rapturous Gospel singing on Sunday morning.

These tracks were recorded at different times and locations over the last few years and have been chosen for quality and spirit of performance. Video lessons of Mississippi Blues, Maple Leaf Rag, Victory Rag, Jelly Roll Blues and Amazing Grace can be found on the "Roots, Rags and Blues" CD-ROM, available from Truefire.com.

Track list

  1. Mississippi Blues (Willie Brown)
  2. Sidewalk Blues (Jelly Roll Morton)
  3. Oriental Blues (Eubie Blake)
  4. Potato Head Blues (Louis Armstrong)
  5. In a Mist (Bix Beiderbecke)
  6. The Alligator Crawl (Fats Waller)
  7. How Great Thou Art (Traditional)
  8. There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salt O' My Tears (Fred Fisher)
  9. The Pearls (Jelly Roll Morton)
  10. Maple Leaf Rag (Scott Joplin)
  11. This Great Caravan Keeps On Rolling Along (Vep Ellis)
  12. Goin' Back to Mississippi Blues (Willie Brown, Arrangement by Tim Sparks)
  13. Carolina Shout (James P. Johnson)
  14. I'll Fly Away (Albert Brumley)
  15. Victory Rag (Maybelle Carter)
  16. Jelly Roll Blues (Jelly Roll Morton)
  17. Amazing Grace (Traditional)

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"A must have for fans of Tim Sparks and for anyone who loves fingerstyle guitar playing" - Chip O'Brien, Minor 7th

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