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Blues With a Message

Various Artists
Blues With a Message

All blues songs have a message, and it is often a statement of the singer’s hopes and fears for themselves and their community. In this collection, producer Paul Oliver presents a mix of country and urban bluesmen (including Essie Jenkins) singing about the trials of being black in America in the 1940s, ʼ50s, and ʼ60s. Among the songs are versions of “Tom Moore’s Farm,” “Tom Moore’s Blues,” “John Henry,” “Depression Blues,” “Stockyard Blues,” and “Things Are Going to Get Better.”

Track Listing

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I Have to Paint My Face Sam Chatmon 2:50
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102
John Henry John Jackson 3:53
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103
Walked Down So Many Turn Rows Mercy Dee 3:08
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104
Tom Moore's Farm Mance Lipscomb 3:41
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105
Tom Moore's Blues Lightnin' Hopkins 5:01
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106
River Blues Lowell Fulson 5:19
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107
Levee Camp Blues Fred McDowell 5:36
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108
The 1919 Influenza Blues Essie Jenkins 4:04
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109
Why I Like Roosevelt Willie Eason 5:59
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110
Little Soldier Boy Doctor Ross 3:03
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111
Prisoner's Talking Blues Robert Pete Williams 5:14
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112
I Got to Climb a High Mountain Johnie Lewis 3:15
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113
Depression Blues Herman E. Johnson 4:46
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114
Stockyard Blues Johnny Young & Big Walter Horton 3:24
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115
What Will I Tell The Children Juke Boy Bonner 3:30
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116
It's Enough Juke Boy Bonner 2:59
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Things Gonna Get Better Bee Houston 3:10
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118
Back Home Blues Big Joe Williams 4:21
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