|From left to right - Jim Lande, Eric Selby, David Bird|
Bay Rum Blues -- Ashley & Foster 1933
Floating Bridge -- Sleepy John Estes -- 1937
Boats Up River -- John Jackson 1965
Nothing in Rambling -- Memphis Minnie -- 1944
Red River -- Josh White 1933
How Long Blues -- Leroy Carr -- 1928
France Blues -- Harvey Hull with Cleve Reed -- 1927?
The World is Going Wrong -- Mississippi Shieks -- 1931
Back Door Stranger -- Brownie McGhee - 1940
Richmond Blues -- Blind Boy Fuller -- late 1930s?
Early in the Morning -- Louis Jordan -- 1947
Shake it and Break it -- Charley Patton -- 1929
Ain't Your Business -- Slim Harpo -- album 1961 (wonder if there was an earlier single?)
I like what you do -- original
Hard Time Killing Floor -- Skip James 1931
Who Do You Love -- Bo Diddley -- 1956
David later commented that he based "Red River Blues" on John Jackson's rendition and learned "Richmond Blues" from John Cephas' and Phil Wiggins rendition. I would not be surprised that many folk would be unfamilar with all but a few of these songs. I have never heard anybody interpret John Estes' "Floating Bridge" nor the Harvey Hull and Cleve Reed recording. Certainly it was a treat to listen to such a fine set of songs that it seems some who call themselves blues lovers might criticize for originality (i.e. not enough original songs).