DEEP SOUTH PIANO

DEEP SOUTH PIANO     Agram Blues AB3CD 2026

10a. DSPIn 1968 and 1972 Karl Gert zur Heide traveled the United States in search of living exponents of one of the most neglected African-American art forms: piano blues. Forty-five years later all the artists are deceased and if it were not for Karl’s devotion, this unique music would have been lost forever. The featured artists are Sunnyland Slim, Little Brother Montgomery, Shakey Horton, Lafayette Leake, Sweet Williams, Dewey Corley, Tuts Washington, Buddy Burns, Willie Bell Dailey, Joe Montgomery, Gus Perryman, Roosevelt Sykes, Simon Frazier, Adam Cato and Leon René.

The box contains 3 CDs with 77 tracks and a 20-page illustrated booklet with extensive liner notes by Karl Gert zur Heide.

The Deep South Piano box sells for only 20 euros and is a companion to zur Heide’s book Deep South Piano: The Story of Little Brother Montgomery (Studio Vista: London, 1970).

Disc 1

SUNNYLAND SLIM (piano/vocal), LITTLE BROTHER MONTGOMERY (piano/vocal) and SHAKEY HORTON (harmonica), 25 August 1968

01                The Devil Is A Busy Man

02                Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie

03                Milas Davis Blues

04                Grinder Man Blues

05                Shave ’Em Dry

06                Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

07                Boogie

08                You’re Gonna Need My Help Someday

LAFAYETTE LEAKE (piano), 29 August 1968

09                Lowdown Blues

10                More Blues

11                Boogie No. 1

12                Boogie No. 2

13                Gone With The Wind

14                Boogie No. 3

15                Boogie No. 4

LITTLE BROTHER MONTGOMERY (piano), 29 August 1968

16                Dangerous Blues

17                Dudlow Joe

18                Papa Lord God Blues

19                Rip Top Blues

20                Joe Martin Blues

21                Bob Morton Blues

22                Joe Lewis Blues

23                Vanado Anderson [Andrews] Blues

24                Loomis Gibson Blues

25                Trembling Blues

26                Will Ezell’s Blues

27                Don’t You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

28                Basin Street Blues

 

Disc 2

LITTLE BROTHER MONTGOMERY (piano), 30 August 1968

01                Forty-Four Blues

02                Little Brother Special

03                Jan Blues

04                Suitcase Blues

SWEET WILLIAMS (piano) and LITTLE BROTHER MONTGOMERY (piano), 2 September 1968

05                Poor Buddy Richards Blues (takes 1 and 2)

06                Leon Brumfield Blues

07                Poor Buddy Richards Blues (take 3)

08                Poor Buddy Richards Blues (take 4)

09                Sweet Williams Boogie

10                Four O’Clock Blues

11                Whispering

DEWEY CORLEY (piano/vocal/kazoo), 5 September 1968

12                Just A Dream

13                West Helena Blues

14                Yancey Special

15                Saturday Night Fish Fry (plus Buster Brown, tub bass)

TUTS WASHINGTON (piano), 16 September 1968

16                Mr. Freddie Blues

17                Forty-Four Blues

18                Boogie Woogie On The St. Louis Blues

19                Fish Fry Blues

20                Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie

21                Yancey Special

22                12th Street Rag

BUDDY BURNS (piano), 23 September 1968

23                Dirty Blues

24                Waltz

 

Disc 3

LITTLE BROTHER MONTGOMERY (piano) and his sister WILLIE BELL DAILEY

(piano/vocal), 29 August 1972

01                Glory, Glory, Hallelujah

02                Montgomery Family Blues and Vicksburg Blues

JOE MONTGOMERY (piano), 3 September 1972

03                Old Blues

04                More Old Blues

05                Stride Piece

06                There Is No Telling What God Will Do

07                Do What I Say (piano part)

08                What Have I Done

GUS PERRYMAN (piano), 8 September 1972

09                Maple Leaf Rag

10                St. Louis Blues

11                Old Blues

12                Big Butter And Egg Man

ROOSEVELT SYKES (piano/vocal), 12 September 1972

13                Rock Me In The Morning

14                The Way I Feel Blues

SIMON FRAZIER (piano), 13 September 1972

15                I Cried Over You

16                Some Of These Days

17                How Long

18                Salty Dog

19                Careless Love

ADAM CATO (piano), 16 September 1972

20                Solitude

21                Old Barrelhouse Blues

22                Rhythmic Blues

LEON RENÉ (piano), 18 September 1972

23                Brown Skin

24                When It’s Sleepy Time Down South