Monday, September 28, 2009
Peg Leg SAM - Kickin' It 2000
Label: 32 Jazz
Peg Leg Sam was not your typical country-blues performer -- he was in a class all his own. Born in 1911, he naturally embraced the country-blues of his generation, while also maintaining the early medicine show roots he learned as a child. Sam's sometimes humorous and always impassioned monologues, combined with harp virtuosity (he sometimes played two of them at once), came from a life of dedicated showmanship built up after years of passing the hat for crowds of spectators. Since Sam was definitely under-recorded, he has gained status as one of those irreplaceable characters who fell through the cracks, making these sessions fortunate to have available. These tracks were originally released on the Trix label as Medicine Show Man, and are now available as Kickin' It on 32 Blues. Sam is accompanied separately on the disc by guitarists Baby Tate and Rufe Johnson, from two South Carolina sessions recorded in Spartanburg during 1970 and Jonesville two years later.
By Al Campbell, All Music Guide.
A rollicking Country Blues harmonica player with a raucous, whooping style, Peg Leg Sam was born Arthur Jackson in South Carolina in 1911. He worked as a leader and accompanist, sporting trademark tricks like playing two harmonicas at once. He's an essential link between Medicine Show and traveling Vaudeville Blues and Modern Blues.
By Tom Heyman.
Peg Leg Sam was a performer to be treasured, a member of what may have been the last authentic traveling medicine show, a harmonica virtuoso, and an extraordinary entertainer. Born Arthur Jackson, he acquired his nickname after a hoboing accident in 1930. His medicine show career began in 1938, and his repertoire — finally recorded only in the early '70s — reflected the rustic nature of the traveling show. "Peg" delivered comedy routines, bawdy toasts, and monologs; performed tricks with his harps (often playing two at once); and served up some juicy Piedmont blues (sometimes with a guitar accompanist, but most often by himself). Peg Leg Sam gave his last medicine-show performance in 1972 in North Carolina and was still in fine fettle when he started making the rounds of folk and blues festivals in his last years.
By Jim O'Neal. AMG.
Peg Leg Sam- (Harmonicas, Vocals);
Charles Henry "Baby" Tate- (Guitars)
Henry "Rufe" Johnson- (Guitars)
Keb' Mo' (guitars, banjo, harmonica, vocals); Jim Keltner, Steve Jordan (drums); Sergio Gonzalez (percussion, drums); Reggie McBride (bass); Scarlet Rivera (violin); Greg Leisz (pedal steel guitar); Greg Phillinganes (synthesizer, pedal steel guitar, keyboards); David Mann, Lawrence Feldman (saxes); Thomas Tally (viola); Gerri Sutyak (cello); Leon Ware, Dennis Collins, Marva Hicks (backup vocals)
01. Who's That Left Here 'While Ago
02. Greasy Greens
04. Irene, Tell Me, Who Do You Love
05. Skinny Woman Blues
06. Lost John
07. Ode to Bad Bill
08. Ain't But One Thing Give a Man the Blues
09. Easy Ridin' Buggy
10. Peg's Fox Chase
11. Before You Give It All Away
12. Fast Freight Train
13. Nasty Old Trail
14. Born in Hard Luck