I didn't really want to put one of his Paramount sides on a mix CD......remember these were set up for new listeners, who I didn't figure would have the patience to endure the scratchy quality of the recordings (That being said, once you get a taste of Skip James' music, I strongly suggest that you check these recordings out. They're are on a par with the recordings of Son House, Bukka White, and yes, Robert Johnson). Fortunately, even though James basically vanished from sight after his Paramount recordings.....they didn't sell very well and he only received $40 and a train ticket for his efforts, so he opted to become an ordained minister, also driving a tractor and working as a supervisor on various plantations......he was rediscovered by blues fans in the early 60's and was able to perform and record again.
Today! release was the first time I heard him and it was amazing. The recording was crystal clear, one of the best recordings of the rediscovered Mississippi country blues artists, and he really seemed to be at the height of his powers, almost like it was just 1932 instead of 1964. He sounded incredible as he re-created many of his old songs, plus a few new ones. He was in the hospital when he was found, and sadly, he battled illness for most of his "Comeback" years, passing away in 1969. The song I selected for our Blues Fix Mix CD was the opening track on Today! "Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues" really showcases James' haunting vocals and his delicate guitar picking and, trust me, that's only the tip of the iceberg.
If you'd like to read more about Skip James, check out this FBF post from 2013.
Your Blues Fix Mix CD (Volume One) to date......
Track 1: "Cold Women With Warm Hearts," Magic Slim & the Teardrops
Track 2: "Son of Juke," Billy Branch
Track 3: "Feel Like Blowing My Horn," Robert Lockwood, Jr.
Track 4: "Big Boy Now," Big Jack Johnson
Track 5: "Blues Man," B.B. King
Track 6" "Four Cars Running," Larry Garner
Track 7: "Cadillac Blues," Johnnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents
Track 8" "Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues," Skip James
More to come.........