The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #31503   Message #410461
Posted By: Stewie
03-Mar-01 - 05:58 PM
Thread Name: Help: Leadbelly and dobros
Subject: RE: Help: Leadbelly and dobros
Leadbelly played slide also on an unissued ARC recording from 1935 - 'My Friend Blind Lemon'. It was issued, however, on a couple of Columbia LPs and has now been reissued on CD on Leadbelly 'Easy Rider' Catfish KATCD131. At one point, he seeks to imitate the piano on slide: (spoken) 'He told her listen while he played the piano piece for her'. Apart from the spoken intro, the song has little to say about Blind Lemon. The piece seems to be mainly an excuse for Leadbelly to demonstrate his slide playing. He knew Jefferson, but they did not 'run together' for the 'so many years' that he suggested in his introduction. It is odd that he used a slide for a performance ostensibly related to Jefferson - not a style particularly associated with Blind Lemon.