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Blues Come to Texas

Blues Come to Texas CD artwork
Blues Come to Texas CD artwork
Blues Come to Texas vinyl LP artwork
Blues Come to Texas vinyl LP artwork

Melvin “Lil’ Son” Jackson performed as a country blues musician from 1948 until the mid-1950s, when he gave up his singing career after being injured in a car accident. In 1960, Arhoolie founder Chris Strachwitz found Jackson working as a mechanic in Dallas and cajoled Jackson into recording an album of his songs. This reissue contains most of the tracks from those sessions including “Red River Blues” and “Rock Me,” two variations on his 1950s hit “Rockin’ and Rollin’.” Although a talented guitarist, Jackson’s limited repertoire and reluctance to perform in public impeded any hopes of restarting his musical career.

Track Listing

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Blues Come To Texas Lil’ Son Jackson 1:40
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Cairo Blues Lil’ Son Jackson 2:30
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Ticket Agent Lil’ Son Jackson 1:36
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Louise Blues Lil’ Son Jackson 2:35
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Sugar Mama Lil’ Son Jackson 2:10
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The Girl I Love Lil’ Son Jackson 2:56
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Santa Fe Blues Lil’ Son Jackson 2:24
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Turn Your Lamp Down Low Lil’ Son Jackson 2:39
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Groundhog Blues Lil’ Son Jackson 2:17
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Gambler Blues Lil’ Son Jackson 2:24
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Charley Cherry (Take 1) Lil’ Son Jackson 1:57
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Charley Cherry (Take 2) Lil’ Son Jackson 3:00
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West Dallas Blues Lil’ Son Jackson 1:56
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Rollin' Mill Went Down Lil’ Son Jackson 2:14
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Red River Blues Lil’ Son Jackson 1:49
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Johnnie Mae Lil’ Son Jackson 2:30
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Buck Dance Lil’ Son Jackson 1:56
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I Walked From Dallas Lil’ Son Jackson 1:57
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Rock Me Lil’ Son Jackson 2:33
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Roberta Blues Lil’ Son Jackson 2:22
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