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DELTA BLUES BOTTLENECK SLIDE GUITAR COVER SONGS BY LAWLESS LUKE

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Hello and welcome!  Here you will find an ever increasing collection of Delta Blues Bottleneck Slide Guitar cover songs, performed by Lawless Luke.  If you are hankering for new recordings and interpretations of Mississippi Delta Blues Bottleneck Slide Guitar then you have come to the right place.  These songs really catalogue my development as a Delta Blues Bottleneck Slide Guitar player and shows the progression of my playing as my obsession for this style has grown. 

I truly believe that to write authentically in a Delta Blues Bottleneck Slide Guitar style then you really have to understand how the masters such as Tampa Red and Gus Cannon played.  Once I’ve learned these songs, I then take this knowledge and apply it to my own compositions, which you can listen to on my music page. 

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Released 26th March, 2017

Lawless Luke

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You Got To Reap What You Sow

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Here’s my version of ‘You Got To Reap What You Sow‘ by Tampa Red, a Delta Blues Bottleneck Guitar song taken in part from the Bottleneck Blues Guitar book by Woody Mann. The rest has been transcribed by ear from the original 1929 recording. It took months to transcribe and learn :-)…I suppose the song name is very true, you certainly do reap what you sow.

Denver Blues

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This is my take on ‘Denver Blues‘ by Tampa Red, a Delta Blues Bottleneck Guitar song taken in part from the Bottleneck Blues Guitar book by Woody Mann. The rest has been transcribed by ear from the original 1929 recording. It took a couple of months to transcribe and learn, I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed playing it 🙂

Poor Boy Long Ways From Home

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Here you will find a cover of Gus Cannon‘s ‘Poor Boy Long Ways From Home.’ The original recording is from 1927 and is one of the very first Delta Blues Bottleneck Slide Guitar pieces recorded.  The transcription is taken from Woody Mann’s Bottleneck Blues Guitar. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed playing it, the song is quite apt for me now as I seem to spend a lot of time away from home in various hotels! 🙂

Lyrics

Been a poor boy and a long way from home, long ways from home.  Been a poor boy and a long way from home,
Well I got arrested no money to buy my fine, money to buy my fine.  I got arrested no money to buy my fine.

Said, I guess I’ll have to catch the Frisco out in this land,
Catch the ‘Frisco out.  Lord, I guess I’ll have to catch the ‘Frisco out.  Then if that don’t do it, I’m going into woods a while, try the woods a while.  If…

I cried “Hello central, gimme, your long distance phone,” I cried “Hello central, gimme, your long distance phone, “She asked me what number did I want, I cried please Mam gimme thirteen forty nine. Thirteen forty, I cried please Mam gimme thirteen forty nine.

Tried to phone home to my, tried to phone home to my, tried to phone home to my.

Told her send me a little, told her send me a little money, told her send me a little money, for her to buy my fine.

She cried, “The bucket’s got a, she cried, “The bucket’s got a, she cried, “The bucket’s got a, bucket won’t hold no beer.”

I Am The Black Ace

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Here’s my latest Bottleneck Blues Slide Guitar cover. It’s called ‘I Am The Black Ace‘ and was originally written and performed by Buck (Babe) Turner in 1937 and then again in 1960. I’ve covered the 1960s version. I learnt this number whilst on the road traveling for 6 months with my wife Laura, on our honeymoon. This song certainly was a challenge to play, and really pushed me as a bottleneck slide guitar player. That being said I’m pretty happy with the take I recorded here. The songs in Open G tuning in the concert key of A. I recorded it on my Black Jack Deluxe Cigar box guitar, I recorded the vocals through my Shure Green bullet harp mic. I hope you enjoy listening, if you do please give it a like and a share.

Lyrics

I am the Black Ace,
I’m the boss card in your hand.
I am the Black Ace,
I’m the boss card in your hand.
But I’ll play for you Mama, if you please let me be your man.
Sometimes a Black Ace, never comes in sight.
Sometimes a Black Ace, never comes in sight.
But I’ll play for you mama, if you please will treat me right.

Says I lays in the deck mama, I lays close and tight.
But I’ll play for you mama, if you treat me right.
If you don’t want me mama, I say please take me along.
Cause I’l play for you mama, whee when the king is gone.

I’ll be your winner, in any game you play.
I’ll be your winner, in any game you play.
If you don’t want me mama, I said please just let me stay.

Says, you know you don’t want me mama, you won’t even say.
That’s alright mama, you’re gonna need my help someday.
I said “please, mama, please don’t drive me away.
Cause I’ll be a good fella, mama, if you please will let me stay.”