Lemon Nash - Papa Lemon: New Orleans Ukelele Maestro


Arhoolie Records



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AARH 970546
UPC: 096297054611
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"Recorded between 1956 and 1961 by both New Orleans jazz archivist Richard B Allen and FolkLyric Records founder Dr Harry Oster, this collection of songs and interview material is truly extraordinary stuff. Having first picked up the ukulele around 1915 during the Hawaiian music craze, Papa Lemon Nash hit the road with a medicine show in the early 1920s, hawking Royalist Blood Tonic for an Indian Chief and a legless cowboy(!) and travelled with various circuses.

"With the exception of two stints on the railroad, an eight-year stretch with the merchant marine, and some time spent work-ing out of Nashville with a nine-piece band, Papa Lemon spent the better part of 50 years playing blues, jazz, ballads, popular tunes or whatever else it took to earn a tip the streets and barrooms of New Orleans.

"While much of the material is familiar — 'Sweet Georgia Brown,' 'Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out,' 'Stagolee,' 'Big Rock Candy Mountain' — the performances are anything but, as Nash's idiosyncratic, good-natured vocal delivery, phenomenal uke playing and the placing of each piece in context render every performance fresh and exciting.

"With extensive biographical notes by Adam Machado and some terrific period photographs, this is an absolute must-have for any ukulele players interested in the blues and further proof that pretty much nobody covers 'the old, weird America,' as consistently well as Arhoolie Records." — fRootsmag.com


Side 1
Bourbon Street Parade
Papa Lemon’s Blues
Serenading with Frank Wagner
Grave Digger’s Blues
Trouble With the Man
What Was A Medicine Show Like?
Bowleg Rooster, Duckling Hen/ Sweet Georgia Brown
$25 a Night
Nobdy Knows You When You’re Down and Out
Anybody Seen My Kitty?
Please Give Me Black and Brown
Let the Good Times Roll
What a Friend We Have In Jesus

Side 2
Way in the Hee Hi Hoo
We Played Anywhere
I’m Blue Every Monday
The Battlefield
Rabbit Brown
If You Could Fight Like You Can Love
Those Drafting Blues
Spano’s and Fox
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen
Big Rock Candy Mountain
The Jiggler Vein and the Raincoat
Brownskin, Come and Go With Me

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