Sunday, May 1, 2011

R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz, and Country

This is the CD compilation of old-time music R. Crumb put together to go with his book R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz, and Country. It's split up into three parts each devoted to one of the genres celebrated by the book. I'm kind of partial to the middle third which focuses on country music pioneers like Dock Boggs, Burnett & Rutherford, and Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers. The choices for the Blues portion that starts the record aren't too unexpected (Skip James, Charley Patton, Memphis Jug Band), but perfect music for a sunny Sunday afternoon nonetheless. The last third, devoted to early Jazz, makes me want to throw on a one piece bathing suit and take the train over Coney Island. Stand outs from this portion of the record include "Sobbin' Blues," "Mojo Strut," and "King Joe."

Have a nice Sunday.

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