I’ve Got Trouble

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Overview

Listening to Muddy Waters’ I Can’t Be Satisfied, and then listening to this recording, it’s like the song takes on a full grunge transformation. Being through the first 2 Sutherland songs now, it’s probably no surprise what that transformation comprises of,

– Growly strings, owing to the amazingly detuned setup

– Big bends, adding lots of character, which are thrown in between loose string sweeps

– Overall strong riffs to drive the whole song

Again with Sutherland’s steady foot-tapping rhythm, coupled with his gnarly playing, I’ve Got Trouble is a 3rd recording that makes a person wish he recorded at least a few more full showcases of his playing.

It also makes you wonder if he really was a fan of Muddy Waters (or perhaps Muddy learned it from him). There’s a chance that they crossed paths at some point in their lives (or multiple points), seeing as they lived in Chicago around the same time when they were younger.

All in all, I’ve Got Trouble is the last of Sutherland’s solo songs to give an insight into his style. Really, you could say it’s enough to get a vision of his style, and gives a good amount of ammo to fuel new ideas and perspectives on how to grow some riffs. The organic nature of his songs (and the settings that they were recorded in) is huge inspiration on their own to start doing new things.

Hope you’ve enjoyed these Belton Sutherland lessons!

Workstation

Spanish Tuning — BEBEG#B

Well, I know my little ole baby
She gonna jump and shout
When that old train rolls up
I come walking out
And I got trouble

Well, my mama told my papa
Just before I’se born
You got a boy child comin’
Gonna be a rollin’ stone
I got trouble (x2)
I’m worried all in mind
And I just can’t be satisfied
I just can’t keep from cryin’

Well if you’ll be my little ole baby
I’m gone be your brown
Think the good lord made you
Angels brought you down
I have trouble (x2)
(I be all worried in mind)
And I just can’t be satisfied
I just can’t keep from cryin’

All in my sleep I
Hear my doorbell ring
Lookin’’ for my baby
Didn’t see a doggone thing
I got trouble (x2)
(I be all worried in mind)
And I just can’t be satisfied
I just can’t keep from cryin’

Well if you’ll be my little ole baby
I tell you what I’ll do
I’m gonna rob and steal now
And bring it back to you
I have trouble (x2)
(I be all worried in mind)
And I just can’t be satisfied

Song History

3 September 1978
Canton, Mississippi (at Clyde Maxwell’s house)
Field Recording by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long

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