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Freedom Train - The Texas Blues of Lil' Son JACKSON 1949-1955

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JASMCD3222

Although the term 'Texas Blues' is rather more synonymous with electric guitar slingers like T-Bone Walker and Albert Collins, acoustic Country Blues performers like Lightning Hopkins and MELVIN 'LIL' SON' JACKSON were equally popular on their home patch.

Jackson emerged in the late 1940s and made the R&B Top 10 with his first release, 'Freedom Train Blues', for the Gold Star label, on which he was billed as 'Little Son' Jackson, in 1948.

Although none showed up on the national R&B charts, his later Gold Star 78s were all massive regional 'hits', selling in their tens of thousands to local jukebox operators.

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Although the term 'Texas Blues' is rather more synonymous with electric guitar slingers like T-Bone Walker and Albert Collins, acoustic Country Blues performers like Lightning Hopkins and MELVIN 'LIL' SON' JACKSON were equally popular on their home patch.

Jackson emerged in the late 1940s and made the R&B Top 10 with his first release, 'Freedom Train Blues', for the Gold Star label, on which he was billed as 'Little Son' Jackson, in 1948.

Although none showed up on the national R&B charts, his later Gold Star 78s were all massive regional 'hits', selling in their tens of thousands to local jukebox operators.

He subsequently recorded extensively for Imperial, for whom his most notable release was 'Rockin' And Rollin' (1950), a disc which proved influential beyond all reasonable expectations, providing the template for Muddy Waters' 'Rock Me' (1956) and B.B. King's 'Rock Me Baby' (1964), and going on to become a major Blues standard.

Track Listing

GOLD STAR RECORDS
1. GAMBLING BLUES
2. HOMELESS BLUES
3. CAIRO BLUES
4. EVIL BLUES
5. ROBERTA BLUES
6. FREEDOM TRAIN BLUES
7. GROUND HOG BLUES
8. BAD WHISKEY - BAD WOMEN
9. NO MONEY NO LOVE
10. GONE WITH THE WIND (SHE'S GONE)
IMPERIAL RECORDS
11. TICKET AGENT BLUES
12. TRUE LOVE BLUES
13. SPENDING MONEY BLUES
14. TOUGH LUCK BLUES
15. PEACE BREAKING PEOPLE
16. ROCKIN' AND ROLLIN'
17. TWO TIMIN' WOMAN
18. NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION
19. MR. BLUES
20. TIME CHANGES THINGS
21. STOP FOR THE RED LIGHT
22. UPSTAIRS BOOGIE
23. BIG GUN BLUES
24. GET HIGH EVERYBODY
25. MY YOUNGER DAYS
26. CAN'T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN
27. SAD LETTER BLUES
28. ROCKIN' AND ROLLIN'
29. PULP WOOD BOOGIE
30. THRILL ME BABY

JASMCD3222

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Format
CD
Price Code
A
Release Date
June 10th, 2022
UPC Bar Code No
604988322224