Mudcat Café message #3674898 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #10103   Message #3674898
Posted By: GUEST,Joseph Scott
05-Nov-14 - 06:58 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Yellow Dog Blues (W. C. Handy)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Yellow Dog Blues
"A one-liner W.C Handy once recalled hearing a bottleneck guitarist perform near the turn of the century at a Tutwiler, Mississippi railroad depot is the earliest blues stanza that can be related to a blues performance as such." That is incorrect. Handy's autobiography said he first heard the 12-bar "blues" "Got No More Home Than A Dog" when he lived in Evansville (in about 1895), which was roughly 9 years before he heard the musician in Tutwiler (in about 1904). Both songs had AAA lyrics, neither mentioned having the quote "blues," and the Evansville song _more_ clearly had sad lyrics than the Tutwiler song did. Handy made a recording of "Got More Home Than A Dog" on vocal and guitar in 1938.