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Bukka White Parchman Farm

Traffic | Item No: 586453
Vinyl LP | 1969 / US – Reissue | New
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Item Description
Born Booker T. Washington White, Bukka’s trajectory as a blues performer follows a familiar template for his
time. Born in Mississippi, maybe in Houston, MS – maybe in Aberdeen, MS – maybe in 1902, maybe in 1909
or even 1906 he recorded throughout the 1930s. Bukka even recorded while incarcerated in the Mississippi
State Penitentiary aka Parchman Farm. Asked about his time at Parchman White commented “Well, I mostly
played guitar.”
During the 1940s and 50s as Blues moved from the Delta to Chicago, from rural to urban, Bukka’s career went
dormant. And then, like many of his time, his talent was “rediscovered” in the early 60s, in no small part thanks
to a brilliant guitarist in his own right, John Fahey. Performances and all new recordings happened throughout
the 60s, building interest in Bukka White’s Delta roots. This compilation of White’s best early material was first
issued in 1969 (1970 in the US), collecting Bukka’s 78s recorded for Vocalion and Okeh. His influence on rock
performers of that day cannot be understated. He opened for rock bands he’d inspired at venues like The
Fillmore, played his instrument in such a fashion that some said it’s like he was trying to destroy that guitar, his
most famous guitar, a 1933 National Duolian, was even known as “Hard Rock.” And then there’s the fact that
his song “Shake‘em On Down” was so influential on Led Zeppelin that they, “borrowed” from the song for both
“Hats Off To Roy Harper” and “Custard Pie.”
Bukka White was many things, a strong influence on his cousin B.B. King, a cotton picker, a mule driver, a hobo,
a player in the old Negro Leagues, a boxer, a preacher, a convict, a factory laborer and, as celebrated here,
one of America’s blues pioneers.
Item Details
Item No: 586453
Artist: Bukka White
Title: Parchman Farm
Label: Traffic
Catalog No: TEG78512LP
Format: Vinyl LP, Vinyl, LP
Pressing: US – Reissue
Release Date: 1969
Genre: Organic Grooves
Style: Blues
Available since: 2018-07-11
Condition: New
Price: 19,99 €
Weight: 250g (plus 250g Packaging)
Tracklist
A1 Pinebluff, Arkansas
A2 Shake'em On Down
A3 Black Train Blues
A4 Strange Place Blues
A5 Where Can I Change My Clothes
A6 Sleepy Man Blues
A7 Parchman Farm Blues
B1 Good Gin Blues
B2 High Fever Blues
B3 District Attorney Blues
B4 Fixin To Die
B5 Aberdeen, Mississippi
B6 Bukka's Jitterbug Swing
B7 Special Streamline
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