Highway 61 Blues 24: American Primitive

This week Scott Barretta investigates Volume Two of the Revenant Records album American Primitive featuring classic music from the 1920s by Otto Virgil, the Mississippi Moaner, Henry Spaulding, William Harris, Geechie Wiley, Mattie Mae Thomas, Elizabeth Johnson, Bailus Rose, Walter Taylor, Blues Birdhead, Pigmeat Terry, Alfred Harris, and Tennessee’s Two Poor Boys.


The John Sinclair Foundation Presents



Scott Barretta, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, September 16, 2006 [18089]


Otto Virgil: Little Girl in Rome

Mississippi Moaner: It’s Cold In China Blues

Henry Spaulding: Cairo Blues

William Harris: Kansas City Blues

Geechie Wiley: Last Kind Words

Mattie Mae Thomas: Work House Blues

Mattie Mae Thomas: Dangerous Blues

Elizabeth Johnson: Be My Kid Blues

Geechie Wiley: Pick Poor Robin Clean

Bailus Rose: Black Dog Blues

Walter Taylor: Deal Rag

William Harris: Hot Time Blues

Blues Birdhead: Mean Low Blues

Pigmeat Terry: Moaning the Blues

Alfred Harris: Mississippi Swamp Moan

Two Poor Boys: Two White Horses in a Line

Otto Virgil: Bad Notion Blues

William Harris: Bullfrog Blues

Bailus Rose: Frisco Blues



Hosted by Scott Barretta for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Joe Yorke at the University of Mississippi

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt


© 2006, 2018 Scott Barretta. Used with permission.