Walkin’ Blues

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Overview

Here’s a good example of Peg Leg Howell’s comfort with seamlessly transitioning from tuning to tuning, with him playing Vestapol tuning here. On so many recordings, he’ll go from Standard to Spanish to Vestapol (to custom tunings) and yet still sound like himself; compact, mid-register chords, catchy string bends, and simple yet classic blues lines played on the treble side.

One particularly interesting lick he plays here is the descending octave at the end of each chorus, which is quite similar to the octaves used by Willie Brown on Future Blues and Son House on Jinx Blues.

Workstation

Open G — DGDGBD
2nd Fret

Everybody got a lovin’ mama but me
Everybody got a lovin’ ma but me
That keeps me worried, troubled, don’t you see?

I’m going down South, wear ninety-nine pairs of shoes
I’m going down South, mama, wear ninety-nine pairs of shoes
I’m gonna keep a’walkin, till I loose these blues

Save your cryin’, it sure don’t make me stay
Your cryin’, it sure don’t make me stay
And keep on cryin’, ‘for you drive me away!

Don’t never drive, a good man from your door
Don’t never drive, a good man from your door
He may be your rider someday, you don’t know

I stood and cried, cried the whole night through
I stood and cried, mama, cried the whole night through
I swear I don’t love no other one but you

Song History

30 October 1929
Atlanta, Georgia
Columbia 14456-D

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