(1973) The Sonet Blues Story

J.D. Short

... read moreVery little recorded material exists of Delta bluesman J.D. Short. He only recorded two sessions in the early '30s for Paramount and Vocalion, then quickly faded into obscurity, making this edition of The Sonet Blues Story such a welcome reissue. Thanks to music historian Samuel Charters, Short was...

44′:34″ 10 Songs

1
J.D. Short
Starry Crown Blues
4:44
2
J.D. Short
My Rare Dog
4:40
3
J.D. Short
By The Spoonful
3:49
4
J.D. Short
You're Tempting Me
4:02
5
J.D. Short
Slidin' Delta
4:58
6
J.D. Short
I'm Just Wasting My Time
5:24
7
J.D. Short
The Red River Run
5:49
8
J.D. Short
Help Me Some
3:33
9
J.D. Short
East St. Louis
2:58
10
J.D. Short
Make Me Down A Pallet
4:37
Released 01 January 1973, ℗ 1973 Universal Music AB

Review

Very little recorded material exists of Delta bluesman J.D. Short. He only recorded two sessions in the early '30s for Paramount and Vocalion, then quickly faded into obscurity, making this edition of The Sonet Blues Story such a welcome reissue. Thanks to music historian Samuel Charters, Short was recorded at his transplanted home base of St. Louis in 1961 while Charters was passing through the area making similar field recordings of Henry Townsend, Barrelhouse Buck Edith North Johnson, Henry Brown, and Daddy Hotcakes. Charters returned a year later in 1962 to shoot some footage for a documentary film. These ten cuts were recorded mainly in the kitchen of Short's ghetto home, performing informally with acoustic guitar and harmonica. Short played original material, some of which had been handed down to him during his childhood, notably "Slidin' Delta," which he claimed to have first heard in 1907, while other tunes were built around existing themes like "By the Spoonful," and "Make Me Down a Pallet." Although it's impossible to detect, a few months after the 1962 session J.D. Short unexpectedly passed away at the age of 60. Luckily, fans of unfettered country blues can include this gem in their collections. ~ Al Campbell