• Tommy McLennan - Cotton Patch Blues 1939-1942
    (Travelin' Man Records  1984  TM804)
    Matrix No's: A1/B1 - UK Pressing

    Sleeve in Nr MINT- condition
    - some slight wear to edges/corners

    Vinyl in Nr MINT condition

    Tommy McClennan (January 4, 1905 – May 9, 1961) was an American Delta blues singer and guitarist.

    McClennan was born in Durant, Mississippi, and grew up in the town. He played and sang blues in a rough, energetic style.

    He made a series of recordings for Bluebird Records from 1939 through 1942. He regularly played with his friend Robert Petway. His voice is heard in the background on Petway's recording of "Boogie Woogie Woman" (1942). McClennan's singles in this period included "Bottle It Up and Go", "New Highway No. 51", "Shake 'Em on Down", and "Whiskey Head Woman".

    Several of his songs have been covered by other musicians, including "Cross Cut Saw Blues" (covered by Albert King) and "My Baby's Gone" (Moon Mullican). McClennan's "I'm a Guitar King" was included in the 1959 collection The Country Blues, issued by Folkways Records.

    McClennan died of bronchopneumonia in Chicago, Illinois, on May 9, 1961.

    "He had a different style of playing a guitar", Big Bill Broonzy said. "You just make the chords and change when you feel like changing"

    John Fahey's "Screaming and Hollerin' the Blues" contains an interview with Booker Miller, a contemporary of Charlie Patton's, in which Miller mentioned someone who is most likely Tommy McClennan, though Miller did not know his name: "... and I saw another fella he put some records out, they (him and Willie Brown) be together, but he be by himself when I see him, they called him "Sugar"... I ain't never known him as nothing but Sugar, he put out a record called Bottle Up and Go... I sold him my guitar."

    Bob Dylan covered Tommy McClennan's "Highway 51" on his self-titled debut album in 1962.


    A1 You Can Mistreat Me Here
    A2 New "Shake 'Em On Down"
    A3 Bottle Up And Go
    A4 Whiskey Head Woman
    A5 Cotton Patch Blues
    A6 Baby, Please Don't Tell On Me
    A7 My Baby's Gone
    A8 It's Hard To Be Lonesome
    B1 Des'e My Blues
    B2 Classy Mae Blues
    B3 Travelin' Highway Man
    B4 Blues Trip Me This Morning
    B5 Roll Me, Baby
    B6 I Love My Baby
    B7 Shake It Up And Go
    B8 Blue As I Can Be


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    • Product Code: TM804
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