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Saturday, February 9, 2013

CJD Month: MEAT HEAD JOHNSON and His Blues Hounds

Of the many different names the Champ and Brownie McGhee recorded under in the late 40s, it's difficult to beat Meat Head Johnson and the Blues Hounds (although I will also give it up for Duke Bayou and the Mystic Six).  It's pretty difficult to beat Meat Head's recordings, too, mainly because not only does Brownie McGhee play guitar on them, he's joined by spo-dee-o-dee loving brother Stick.  

Barrel House Mama

The song "Old Old Woman" was recorded under the name "Old Woman Blues" for Apollo, but the Meat Head version is better - better lyrical delivery and wilder guitar.  Get your morning exercise!

Listen to "Old Old Woman"

And while we're at it, I'd be remiss if I didn't note that Dupree played on a Brownie McGhee session for Savoy in 1947.  Here's "Auto Mechanic Blues".