• Sam Chatmon - Sam Chatmon's Advice
    (Rounder Records  1979  2018)

    Sleeve in Excellent condition
    - some wear to corners/edges

    Vinyl in Nr MINT condition

    Sam Chatmon (born Vivian Chatmon; January 10, 1897 – February 2, 1983) was a Delta blues guitarist and singer. He was a member of the Mississippi Sheiks. He may have been Charley Patton's half-brother.

    Chatmon was born in Bolton, Mississippi, United States. Chatmon's family was well known in Mississippi for their musical talents; he was a member of the family's string band when he was young. In an interview he stated that he started playing the guitar at the age of three, laying it flat on the floor and crawling under it. A year older and he recalled singing a song including the lyrics "Run down to the river thought I'd jump an' drown / I thought about the woman I lovin' and I turn around". He regularly performed for white audiences in the 1900s.

    The Chatmon band played rags, ballads, and popular dance tunes. Two of Sam's brothers, the fiddler Lonnie Chatmon and the guitarist Bo Carter, performed with the guitarist Walter Vinson as the Mississippi Sheiks.

    Chatmon played the banjo, mandolin, and harmonica in addition to the guitar. He performed at parties and on street corners throughout Mississippi for small pay and tips. In the 1930s, he recorded with the Sheiks and also with his brother Lonnie as the Chatman Brothers.

    Chatmon moved to Hollandale, Mississippi, in the early 1940s and worked on plantations there. He was rediscovered in 1960 and started a new chapter of his career as a folk-blues artist. In the same year he recorded for Arhoolie Records. He toured extensively during the 1960s and 1970s. While in California in 1970 he made several recordings with Sue Draheim, Kenny Hall, Ed Littlefield, Lou Curtiss, Kathy Hall, Will Scarlett and others at Sweet's Mill Music Camp, forming a group he called "The California Sheiks". He played many of the largest and best-known folk festivals, including the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., in 1972, the Mariposa Folk Festival in Toronto in 1974, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1976.

    A headstone memorial to Chatmon with the inscription "Sitting on top of the World" was paid for by Bonnie Raitt through the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund and placed in Sanders Memorial Cemetery, Hollandale, Mississippi, on March 14, 1998, in a ceremony held at the Hollandale Municipal Building, celebrated by the Mayor and members of the city council of Hollandale, with over 100 attendees. Chatmon was later honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.


    A1 St. Louis Blues

    Composed By – W.C. Handy*

    A2 Hollandale Blues
    A3 Open That Book
    A4 Screwdriver
    A5 Fishing Blues
    A6 Ashtray Taxi
    A7 Vicksburg Blues

    Composed By – Little Brother Montgomery

    A8 "P" Stands For "Push"
    B1 Let The Good Times Roll

    Composed By – Spe-de-ode-Fleecie Moore*

    B2 I've Got The Whiskey
    B3 Dough Roller Blues
    B4 Sugar Blues

    Composed By – C. Williams*, L. Fletcher*

    B5 Good Eating Meat
    B6 God Don't Like Ugly
    B7 That's Alright

    Composed By – J.A. Lane*

    B8 Pussy Cat
    B9 I Hate That Train


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    • Product Code: 2018
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