Disc 1 Rolled From Side To Side - Little Hat Jones Two String Blues - Little Hat Jones Double Crossing Blues - Texas Alexander Johnny Behren's Blues - Texas Alexander Rambler Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson Dry Southern Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson Jim Nappy - Hattie Burleson Don't Sell It, Don't Give It Away - Oscar Woods Triflin' Woman - Black Ace Texas Worried Blues - Henry Thomas Old Country Stomp - Henry Thomas Back Gnawing Blues - Ramblin' Thomas Down In Texas Blues - Jesse Thomas Dallas Rag - Coley Jones & The Dallas String Band Sugar Blues - Coley Jones & The Dallas String Band Texas And Pacific Blues - Frenchies String Band Seven Sisters Blues Pt.1 - Funny Paper Smith Seven Sisters Blues Pt.2 - Funny Paper Smith Monkeyin' Around - Jake Jones & The Gold Front Boys Texas Blues - Willie Reed Dreaming Blues - Willie Reed Jack Of All Trades - Bernice Edwards T.P. Window Blues - Jack Ranger
Disc 2 Santa Fe Blues - Smith Casey West Texas Blues - Smith Casey West Texas Woman - Whistlin' Alex Moore Heart Wrecked Blues - Whistlin' Alex Moore Sundown Blues - Blind Norris The Katy Blues - Blind Norris Sunbeam Blues - Billiken Johnson Interurban Blues - Billiken Johnson Elm Street Woman Blues - Dallas Jamboree Jug Band Flying Crow Blues - Dallas Jamboree Jug Band Good Mornin' Blues - Texas Bill Day Goin' Back To My Baby - Texas Bill Day Wandering Blues - Gene Campbell Robbin' And Stealin' Blues - Gene Campbell Texas Dream Blues - Teddy Moss Ocean Wave Blues - Teddy Moss Matchbox Blues - Black Ivory King The Flying Crow - Black Ivory King Nok-Em-All - Eddie And Oscar Bad Luck Town Blues - Black Boy Shine Gamblin' Jinx Blues - Black Boy Shine West Dallas Drag No.1 - Robert Cooper Black Gal, What Makes Your Head So Hard? - Joe Pullum
This is a very revealing and comprehensive review of what was being produced in Texas between the war by solo artists and jugbands of the time. Perhaps overshadowed by what was being created in Mississippi and other parts of he country, it is a revelation to have recordings by so many artists I had never heard and all of them of a high standard (and not a mention of blind lemon or blind willie johnson who have received enough musical and biographical attention in the intervening years). particular praise should be given to Casey Smith who moaning, wailing and clawhammer guitar style sent shivers through me. It is a shame that not many more recordings have been unearthed. There should be enough new material on this disc to provide many new leads for all except the most obsessive and comprehensive collector. There are bigger collections of Texas Blues out there but this one is a fine introduction to the most essential artists of the time.
Little Hat Jones Texas Alexander Blind Lemon Jefferson Hattie Burleson Oscar Woods Black Ace Henry Thomas Ramblin' Thomas Jesse Thomas Coley Jones & The Dallas String Band Frenchies String Band Funny Paper Smith Jake Jones & The Gold Front Boys Willie Reed Bernice Edwards Jack Ranger Smith Casey Whistlin' Alex Moore Blind Norris Billiken Johnson Dallas Jamboree Jug Band Texas Bill Day Gene Campbell Teddy Moss Black Ivory King Eddie And Oscar Black Boy Shine Robert Cooper Joe Pullum