Thursday, September 08, 2005

mp3s by Big Bill Broonzy

Big Bill Broonzy

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Big Bill Broonzy mp3; Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down

"Down in the Basement Blues" (3:27, 606 kB) - 20922-1, c. Oct, 1928

"Pig Meat Strut" (2:47, 490 kB) - 16579, 2 May, 1930

"Big Bill Blues" (2:55, 513 kB) - 18385, 9 February, 1932

"How Do You Want It Done?" (2:49, 495 kB) - 11611-2, 29 March, 1932

"Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down" (2:37, 461 kB) - 96232-1, 31 October, 1935


Chicago Blues artist Big Bill Broonzy, died in 1958, unfortunately missing the 1960s blues renaissance, which surely would have proved very lucrative. Broonzy was one of a wave of artists who migrated to Chicago from the deep South in the '20s and bridged the gap between Country and Urban Blues. His warm vocal style could soar and shout, or be smooth and controlled. Broonzy was a well rounded guitar player equally adept at propulsive Country Blues and swinging single note lines for small jazz combos. He recorded prolifically, hundreds of sides -- as a sideman and as a solo artist. Ironically, as time went on, Broonzy played a less sophisticated, more rural style of blues, which reflected the tastes of white, folk music fans. He was one of the first blues artists to tour Europe and consequently had an enormous influence on the first wave of English Bluesmen like Alexis Korner -- and by proxy, Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones.

Big Bill Broonzy

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