To wrap up my Memphis (Country) Blues Festival re-creation, I'm going to link you to some audio of the rest of the bill.
The Southern Fife and Drum Corps was some configuration of Otha Turner (pictured at right) and his extended family, possibly with Napoleon Strickland. Off Otha's official site is this full-length mp3 of Shimmy She Wobble, which Martin Scorsese used in the soundtrack of his epic movie Gangs of New York. Here are clips of Napoleon doing "Back Water Rising" and his own version of "Shimmy She Wobble" and Otha doing "Otha's Piece." These and other good numbers recorded during the week of the June, 1969 Festival are still available on Arhoolie Records' Mississippi Delta Blues Jam In Memphis, Vol. 1, which you can sample here. If you have RealPlayer installed, you can watch video of Otha here and here.
Memphis Piano Red was a cool albino dude who was sparsely recorded, but you can hear samples of his "Mobile Blues" and "Abel Street Stomp."
Lum Guffin, according to Birdman Records: "With a style like Mississippi Fred MacDowell, Guffin toured with Sleepy John Estes and Bukka White to name others. His lack of fame and recorded music is an enigma." Five clips of Lum can be found here, including "Moaning and Groaning Blues" and "Old Country Blues."
Rev. Robert Wilkins is most famous for "That's No Way to Get Along," covered by the Rolling Stones as "Prodigal Son." Click here for some samples from The Original Rolling Stone. Here's the full "I'll Go With Her Blues" and a small video of him doing gospel.
Black Rock was a band started by Archie Turner (aka Hubbie Mitchell), Cornell McFadden, Curt Thomas, Buddy Davis, and later Willie Pettis that cut demos at Stax before Archie moved over to his stepdad Willie Mitchell's operation at Hi Records and joined the Hi Rhythm section that backed up so many hits for Al Green, Ann Peebles, and others.
Sid Selvidge was and is a great vocalist and very competent fingerstyle blues and folk guitarist who can turn in exquisite covers like Charley Jordan's "Keep It Clean" (Jordan's full-length original) and Furry Lewis' "Pearlee" (Furry's original). Here's a short trailer for Sid's latest album/DVD.
Moloch was a blues-rock project of the late lamented Lee Baker. Don Nix recorded this group not long before Stax Records went through a lot of changes before going under. That album contained the original recordings of "Going Down" and "Same Old Blues" and is now a collector's item but is sporadically re-released internationally. Here's a clip of Moloch live at the 1969 Festival doing "Smokestack Lightning" with Sid Selvidge singing. I lived with members of this band and road-managed them for maybe two years. This post is for you, Lee.
ENCORE: Thanks to Public Domain 4U, aside from Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers' "Walk Right In" and a personal favorite, the Memphis Jug Band's Hattie Hart's classic brothel number "Won't You Be Kind?", go pick your own classic country blues!
Hope you enjoyed the show.