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Way Back in the Country Blues: The Lost Dr. Oster Recordings

Way Back in the Country Blues: The Lost Dr. Oster Recordings
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Robert Brown was an acoustic country blues guitarist and singer. Born in Itta Bena, Mississippi, in 1927, Brown performed under the name Smoky Babe. His only known recordings were made in the early 1960s by Dr. Harry Oster, an ethnomusicologist at Louisiana State University. Little is known of Brown—one of his fellow blues musicians, harmonicaist Lazy Lester, described him as "… just a little street guitar player." This collection of 17 songs was recorded by Oster in 1960–1961 but remained unissued until 2014.

Track Listing

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Boss Man Blues Smoky Babe 2:58
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102
Backyard Boogie Smoky Babe 4:03
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103
Bad Luck and Trouble Smoky Babe 2:35
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104
Diggin' My Potatoes Smoky Babe 2:32
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What's Wrong With You Smoky Babe 2:31
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Chicago Bound Smoky Babe 3:09
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107
If I Had Listened To What My Mama Say Smoky Babe 3:30
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108
On Mr. Walter's Farm Smoky Babe 2:48
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109
I'm Goin' Home on the Morning Train Smoky Babe 2:51
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I'm Goin' Away Baby Smoky Babe 3:12
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Way Back in the Country Blues Smoky Babe 4:03
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Shake, Shake Mattie Smoky Babe 2:53
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I'm Wild About You, Black Gal Smoky Babe 2:29
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Arkansas Blues Smoky Babe 2:15
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Terraplane Blues Smoky Babe 3:28
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Goin' Home Blues Smoky Babe 3:54
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Boogie Gal Smoky Babe 3:33
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