This post brings to the fore the Texas piano blues school, a big amount of piano players generally labelled as "Santa Fe piano blues" because the pioneers of the genre were playing in the juke joints scattered along the railway stations of the ATSF (Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe), a line that starting in Kansas brought travellers and goods to Santa Fe in New Mexico through Texas.
the pioneer of this style is the enigmatic Andy
Boy (probably Anthony Boyd), born in
Earl Gilliam was born at
Connie Mack Booker is the pianist of
dozens of sessions throughout the years behind a big amount of artists (B.B.
King, Jr Parker, Blues Boy Jones, Johnny Copeland etc...) he has not been very
well documented. Born on 2 May 1931 at
A lot of thanks to Tom Thumb and Jose Yraberra for their help, sharing some of the rarest tracks on this collection.
ANDY BOY, vcl/pno.
01. Evil blues
02. House raid blues
03. Too late blues
05. Out o'line blues
06. Lonesome with the blues
07. Jive blues
08. Yellow gal blues
EARL GILLIAM, vcl/pno;
Lucian Davis, a-sax; Gene Burke, t-sax; Russell Willis, g; Donald Cooks, bs;
Leo Hopkins, dms.
09. Don't make me late baby
10. Nobody's blues
11. Wrong doing woman
12. Petite baby
13. Just you and I
Earl Gilliam, vcl/pno;
14. Funky twist
15. Going back home
CONNIE MACK BOOKER, pno; Eddie Green, dms; L.C. Williams, vcl. Houston, Tx. june 1949
16. Shout baby boogie
17. Rich women blues
Connie Mack Booker, vcl/pno; Goree Carter, g; band. Houston, Tx. 1949
19. You're trying to bring me down
20. Rich woman blues
21. My baby left me
Connie Mack Booker, vcl/pno; Henry Hayes, a-sax; Ed Wiley, t-sax; Goree Carter, g; Donald Cooks, bs; Ben Turner, dms. Houston, Tx. 1950
22. Trouble making woman
Connie Mack Booker, vcl/pno; Cal Green, g; band. Houston, Tx. 8 december 1953
24. Love me pretty baby
25. All alone
26. Freight train rollings