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The Blues in St. Louis, Vol. 1: Daddy Hotcakes

The Blues in St. Louis, Vol. 1: Daddy Hotcakes

When George “Daddy Hotcakes” Montgomery sings “Mustard Greens,” his rich, rugged voice shifts from a call-and-response conversation about eating cornbread and mustard greens to lyrics about growing up in the country. The impulse of the moment is what drives him. Samuel Charters, who recorded Daddy Hotcakes in 1961, continues to marvel at Hotcakes’ ingenuity twenty years later: “I never have recorded anyone who was quite like him.... Using his imagination and a store of blues phrases to help him through occasional hesitations he simply made up the songs as he went along…. I never could be sure what was coming next.” Hotcakes developed his style wandering across the South and taking on various performing jobs on the road. He settled in St. Louis in the 1940s, where he continued performing on the streets and entertaining people in St. Louis streetcars. This compilation explores Daddy Hotcakes’ creativity and imagination, key ingredients for the St. Louis blues.

Track Listing

Strange Woman Blues Daddy Hotcakes 3:11
The Deep Blue Sea Daddy Hotcakes 2:44
Well, I've Been Down to Memphis Daddy Hotcakes 4:02
Pull My Windowshade Low Daddy Hotcakes 2:49
Wine Blues Daddy Hotcakes 3:17
Mustard Greens Daddy Hotcakes 3:53
Corrine Corrina Daddy Hotcakes 2:28
Don't Sass My Grandmother Daddy Hotcakes 2:30
Hawaiian Dream Blues Daddy Hotcakes 1:47
I Ride My Horses Most Anywhere Daddy Hotcakes 3:10
I've Got a Woman Who's Very Nice to Me Daddy Hotcakes 3:05