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This Ain't No Rock N' Roll

This Ain't No Rock N' Roll

Late in his career, legendary country bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell (1906–1972) would often begin his performances by saying he didn’t “play no rock an’ roll,” playing instead the “natural blues.” Although he was known for his acoustic bottleneck guitar sound, this 1969 recording features McDowell on amplified guitar in two different settings: in a studio environment and at Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz’s house. In both sessions, McDowell amply demonstrates that the “natural blues” can be played on an amplified guitar.

Track Listing

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My Baby Fred McDowell 2:33
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102
Levee Camp Blues Fred McDowell 5:34
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103
When the Saints Go Marching In Fred McDowell 3:11
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104
Diamond Ring Fred McDowell 4:26
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105
Dankin's Farm Fred McDowell 3:28
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106
You Ain't Treatin' Me Right Fred McDowell 2:49
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107
Ethel Mae Blues Fred McDowell 5:29
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108
Meet Me Down in Froggy Bottom Fred McDowell 3:41
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109
Mama Said I'm Crazy Fred McDowell 6:01
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110
I Heard Somebody Calling Me Fred McDowell 5:56
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111
Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning Fred McDowell 3:58
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112
I Wonder What Have I Done Wrong Fred McDowell 4:26
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113
I Worked Old Lu and I Worked Old Bess Fred McDowell 5:32
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114
Jim, Steam Killed Lula Fred McDowell 4:13
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115
Worried Now, Won't Be Worried Long Fred McDowell 3:08
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116
Going Away, Won't Be Gone Long Fred McDowell 3:29
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117
Going Down That Gravel Bottom Fred McDowell 4:32
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118
Bye, Bye Little Girl Fred McDowell 4:17
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