In Defence of Charley Patton's "Frankie and Albert"

Cornerstones of American music: ballads relating to Omie Wise, the Rock Island Line and Stagger Lee and Billy Lyons. Added to this list must surely be the story of Frankie and Albert (variously titled “Frankie,” “Frankie and Johnny” and so…

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Voodoo Symbols and the Blues

References to black cat bones, High St John the Conqueror Root (or 'little John the Conqueroo' as Muddy Waters famously sings in his classic track Mannish Boy), mojo hands and more generally 'hoodoo men' and 'hoodoo women' abound in…

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