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Origins: Rollin' and Tumblin'-The Story of a Song

GUEST,JasO 15 Dec 10 - 07:13 PM
Bobert 15 Dec 10 - 07:22 PM
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Subject: Origins: Rollin' and Tumblin'-The Story of a Song
From: GUEST,JasO
Date: 15 Dec 10 - 07:13 PM

I've been doing a lot of research on "Rollin' and Tumblin'," the song that links the earliest blues artists -- Gus Cannon, Hambone Willie Newbern, Noah Lewis, and Charley Patton among them -- with modern artists including Bob Dylan, Jeff Beck, and Rory Block. Along the way, it was covered in various forms by Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, Cream, Johnny Winter, the Grateful Dead, and many others. One of the most hair-raising renditions was recorded in L.A.'s skid row by Eddie "One String" Jones. Today, there are more than 300 versions on youtube alone. If you're interested, I've posted all my research here, including quotes from Ry Cooder and B.B. King:

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Subject: RE: Origins: Rollin' and Tumblin'-The Story of a Song
From: Bobert
Date: 15 Dec 10 - 07:22 PM

Guess you haven't heard my version... I've been ending my performances with this song going back several years... I do it in Double Dropped D tuning with a capo on the 5th fret (make it kinda a G with a modal sound) and nobody, I mean, nobody does it like me... I get the song absolutely driving... No choppiness... Just driving...

I'll check thru yer research when time permits but glad that you have researched this song... It has to be one of the most covered blues songs out there...

B (alias "Sidewalk Bob")...

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