‘Murder in the First Degree’ Vintage American Murder Ballads 1925- 1949 – Viper DL146
8th of May 2021 – DOWNLOAD
Murder is as old as time, it’s been the survival of the fittest (or most ruthless) that has forged the nation of the USA, where it is your God given right to carry a firearm. But there’s always been a fascination with the bad guy, be it in the black and white film noir gangster movies or in the songs about outlaws and bar room brawls that result in the ultimate of finalities- death. Racial injustice in the Southern States added to this and no one can really deny that in a nation of gun owners this would reflect in casualties (no less relevant in the present day) The Gas Chamber, noose or ‘old sparky’ (the electric chair) never really did work as a deterrent to crimes of passion committed in the moment. Featured on this album is Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, The Carter Family and many more amazing artists and balladeers telling the dreadful news in song.
1. Willie Nix – Lonesome Bedroom Blues 1940.
2. Bowman Sisters – Old Lonesome Blues circa 1930.
3. Delmore Brothers – Lonesome Jailhouse Blues 1933.
4. Forest City Joe – Lonesome Day Blues 1936.
5. Arthur Miles – Lonely Cowboy Part 1 1929
6. Charlie Segar – Lonesome Graveyard Blues 1940.
7. Jesse James – Lonesome Day Blues 1936.
8. J.H Howell’s Carolina Hillbillies – Lonesome Life of Worry 1938.
9. Bobby Grant – Lonesome Atlanta Blues 1927.
10. Roy Harvey and Leonard Copeland – Lonesome Weary Blues 1929.
11. Willie Harris – Lonesome Midnight Dream 1930.
12. The Carter Family – Lonesome Valley 1936.
13. Ruby Glaze – Lonesome Day Blues 1932.
14. Roy Hall & his Blue Ridge Entertainers – Lonesome Dove 1938.
15. George Torey – Lonesome Man Blues1937.
16. Gene Autry – Lonely River 1941
17. Bertha Henderson – That Lonesome Rave 1928.
18. Asa Martin & his Kentucky Hillbillies – Lonesome Broke and Weary 1938.
19. Sam Collins – Lonesome Road Blues 1931.
20. Blue Ridge Duo – Lonesome Road Blues 1925.